We get a lot of questions here about CBD use and in particular topical CBD creams for pain relief. Our customers use topical CBD creams for everything from chronic conditions like arthritis, eczema and muscle and joint pain to their daily skin care regimens. Personally, I use it on my knees, ankles and feet after my long runs for recovery and I notice a big difference.
Research and some clinical trials into the pain-relieving potential of CBD have shown that it can help reduce a variety of chronic pains. In cream form CBD interacts with the CB2 receptors in our skin without it being absorbed into the bloodstream so it is perfect for localized pain relief as opposed to full body body relief.
More research needs to be done as to whether it is more beneficial to use CBD creams over other topical pain relievers, but many people are attracted to CBD because it is all natural and essentially free of side effects.
Most creams are made from infusing high-quality cannabis flowers in some kind of quality oil—coconut or olive typically—which extracts the active compounds, either CBD, THC, or both depending on the type of hemp used. This oil is then blended with other therapeutic herbs, like arnica or lemongrass essential oils, that are well-known pain relievers.
“When it comes to cannabis-based topicals for muscle soreness or other pain relief, there’s absolutely no reason why it should be a big deal to try,” says Gregory Gerdeman, Ph.D., neurophysiologist who researches cannabinoid biology and pharmacology at Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, FL.
CBD works on pain in three ways, first endocannabinoids are natural signals in your body that help maintain homeostasis by detecting and regulating hunger, pain, mood, and memory. CBD helps elevate your natural levels of pain-relieving endocannabinoids by blocking metabolism as they’re moving around your body.
CBD is also an anti-inflammatory, limiting the release of inflammatory mediators induced when the micro-tears you induce in your muscles during exercise cause pain, without thwarting the healing process. Lastly CBD hyper-activates the pain receptors called TrpV1, heating them up and thereby desensitizing them to pain.
We have a number of great Topical CBD creams on THC.com. This week we are featuring one of my favorites: Canna Joint Relief.
Canna Joint Relief is available after many years of refining the formulation and extraction process and seeking out botanicals with decades of traditional usage, and scientific validation, for supporting a healthy inflammatory response and pain relief.
The CBD is CO2 extracted without the use of harmful chemicals. All of the other botanical ingredients undergo a slow Extended Extraction process drawing out the chemical potency of each plant.
The synergistic effect of a clean CBD source and refined processing provides topical support in times of need. Each ounce contains 10+ mg CBD (cannabidiol CO2 extraction from hemp), organic lavender flower extract and organic lavender essential oil, organic hops extract, organic ginger extract, olive oil, beeswax and vitamin E.
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