Are CBD Topical Creams Effective?

Using CBD for pain has gained in popularity since the passing of the 2018 ‘Farm Bill.’ Now that Americans have access to a wide variety of safe, high-quality CBD products, many people are using the natural healing properties of CBD to combat pain. As a result, CBD cream, topical, roll-ons have become essential components of most cannabinoid hemp product lines.

Delivering a concentrated dose of CBD directly to a sore muscle or joint is the clear advantage of using CBD topical creams. While we have plenty of anecdotal accounts that suggest topical CBD provides instant relief, we are far behind in proving CBD’s effectiveness in treating chronic pain in a clinical environment.

CBD Topical Cream

CBD topical comes in a variety of forms. Skincare products used to deliver cannabinoids and nutrients to the skin and pain relief cream are considered topical. CBD in a balm, lotion, gel, cream, or roll on is all meant to be rubbed into the skin.

Topicals are extremely popular and are proven anecdotally and in animal models. We expect more studies to give us a clearer perspective regarding using CBD topically as we move forward.

CBD topical cream is one of the most popular forms of CBD. However, users must be aware of how it should be used because CBD cream contains other ingredients. For example, some CBD cream is meant for skincare and contains botanical extracts that help fight acne, brighten skin, and hydrate. Other forms of CBD cream include sunscreen and pain relief cream. They also feature other natural ingredients to provide users with an elevated experience and additional benefits.

CBD Topical Pain Relief 

According to a survey by Single Care, 60% of CBD users report they use the cannabinoid to fight pain. Treating chronic pain or injuries is the most popular use for CBD today.

The accessibility and usability of CBD topical products such as CBD roll-ons give users instant access to natural pain relief. Anytime a user is experiencing pain, they can reach for their topical and apply directly to the source of discomfort.

CBD oil and edibles don’t provide the instant results we’ve seen from thousands of personal testimonials.

While we don’t have enough research to definitively say if CBD topicals could be used in the place of prescription pain relievers, we do have promising studies using animal models.

How Do CBD Gels Work?

CBD gel is another form of topical. Some people prefer a gel over cream because they like the consistency better. Again, there isn’t a difference concerning absorption; both are subjected to the skin, which isn’t very permeable.

Whether you are choosing cream or gel, we recommend finding a highly concentrated product. Much of the CBD won’t reach the bloodstream when applied topically. Some seasoned CBD users will take CBD oil daily to ensure their body is getting a healthy flow of cannabinoids to promote balance around the clock.

Using CBD Oil Topically

Many CBD users are utilizing topical CBD oil in their skincare routine. The oil can be used on its own or combined with a CBD lotion. In addition, CBD oil can be used similarly to serums, one of the most popular trends in the skincare industry.

Effective But We Need More Studies

CBD creams help countless users deal with pain daily. According to anecdotal evidence and personal testimonies, CBD cream is effective but hasn’t been proven with extensive double-blind clinical trials. CBD has the potential mechanism to combat certain types of pain, but finding the correct dosage and specific condition is challenging.

We expect to see more research into topical CBD and pain, but thanks to cannabis reform, users have the opportunity to try topical CBD for themselves and assess if it is a viable solution.


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