A Information to CBD Themes, Balms and Lotions
Rae Lland, November 18, 2019
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CBD products are not only popular, but also much easier to get hold of than generally banned THC products. There are many ways to use CBD, but topics are one of the most accessible. However, before you decide to buy a product off the shelf or online, you should first know a few things.
What are CBD topics?
CBD or cannabidiol is a compound produced by cannabis and hemp plants. Unlike THC, CBD does not produce a high feeling.
CBD topics such as lotions, balms, gels or creams are infused with CBD to produce skin-friendly products that contain the medicinal properties of CBD. Topically, CBD is most commonly used to treat pain and inflammation.
Is a CBD right for me right now?
CBD topics penetrate into the skin in a targeted manner without entering the bloodstream. This makes them a fantastic choice for those who want to focus their healing properties on specific problem areas rather than feeling the effects on their entire body. CBD issues can potentially bring relief for a variety of pain headaches and skin problems such as:
- Joint or muscle pain
- Headache / Migraine
- Menstrual cramps
- Foot or hand pain
Lo Friesen, Chief Chemist of the Cannabis Wellness Company Heylo believes that CBD topics are also a fantastic preventative medicine. She says that repeated daily use of these topics not only allows the body to absorb CBD more quickly, but also builds CBD levels in these areas and prevents inflammation from deteriorating.
"It's just preventive maintenance," says Friesen. "For example, people with arthritis on their hands every day [CBD topicals] have less pain and less inflammation. Over time, they will have less pain in their hands than people who use them for treatment [the pain as it happens]. "
What other ingredients are included in CBD topics?
Some CBD products may contain bases such as shea butter or oils such as coconut, avocado, jojoba, or vitamin E. These nourishing ingredients are great for the skin and provide added value for the medicinal properties of CBD. It is also possible to find more traditional lotions with CBD or aquaphor based products.
While water-based lotions are made, creams usually have a fat or oil base and embalm a thicker base like beeswax. Waterborne lotions are absorbed more quickly, but oily CBDs are more easily absorbed into the skin and penetrate deeper into the skin. In the meantime, gels may be useful for easier and thicker application and may therefore be preferred for patients with limited manual skills such as arthritis.
Ultimately, however, Friesen says, "Just take your favorite skincare product and find something with similar ingredients, add CBD, and you've already done better."
How to differentiate CBD quality products from "snake oil"
Unfortunately, due to an overburdened market and lack of regulation, not all CBD topics will achieve the desired results. CBD can be obtained either from hemp or traditional cannabis. However, the extracts obtained therefrom usually differ considerably in the variety of compounds contained.
CBD cannabis extracts typically contain a variety of beneficial compounds, while the chemical diversity of hemp is rather limited. They also want to make sure that a hemp-derived product actually contains CBD – cannabis seeds or stems do not produce CBD. Therefore, it is important to understand which part of the hemp plant was used for the extraction process.
In addition, some products claim to contain a wealth of CBD, but reality is not always consistent with the label. How can consumers ensure that they get a quality product?
Jeremy Riggle, Chief Scientist at the Cannabis Wellness Company Mary's Medicinals weighed:
"Not all CBD products are the same and consumers should do their research. Ask questions – what type of CBD extract does it contain: full spectrum, broad spectrum or isolate? Where does the raw material come from? Does the producer use ecological and sustainable agricultural practices? Does the supplier have an analysis certificate showing the test results for pesticides, heavy metals, residual solvents, microbes, cannabinoid potency and terpene profile? "
Finally, it should be noted that the milligram content can make a difference and is generally better with CBD. Friesen says you get what you pay for, but that's also why some switch to current CBD: THC products. Friesen believes that these products are 1: 1 or 1: 3 more effective than CBD due to the tendency of cannabinoids to enhance each other. Therefore, patients may be able to use less to achieve similar effects than with a CBD-pure product, and save money.
Overall, there are many great current CBD products on the market for those who want to try a targeted method to place these helpful cannabinoids in problem areas and add CBD to their wellness routine.
Rae Lland is a freelance writer, journalist and former editor for Weedist and The Leaf Online. With an emphasis on culture, music, health and wellness, she has been featured in numerous online cannabis publications as well as in print editions of Cannabis Now Magazine alongside her work for Leafly. Follow her on Instagram @ rae.lland