What’s a topical? Topicals are cannabis-infused lotions, balms, and oils that are absorbed through the skin for localized relief of pain, soreness, and inflammation. CBD topicals (creams, salves, lotions, etc) are just as great as CBD oils, water-solubles, and edibles, AKA Ingestibles, but in their own soothing way. When you topically apply CBD on your skin, rather than digesting it, it does not enter the bloodstream although it does penetrate the skin and work with nearby cannabinoid receptors. This results in quick, targeted relief. CBD topicals work so quickly because they’re absorbed by the skin, which contains its own endocannabinoid system. When you take an ingestible, the CBD is digested, metabolized, and distributed throughout the body. Using both topicals and ingestibles is going to provide the maximum benefit for those seeking to treat the whole body while getting localized relief.
Sore knee, painful wrist, or achy back? Simply rub a pea-sized amount of our award-winning CBD topical relief cream on your sore spot and let the non-psychoactive cannabinoids work their magic. Topicals are also great for fatigue, headaches, cramping, troublesome skin conditions, burns, scars, and more!
Can use of CBD topically cause a drug reaction? As mentioned before, unlike ingesting CBD, topicals aren’t digested in the body and absorbed by the bloodstream. That being said, a CBD cream, lotion, or bath bomb should NOT cause a drug interaction. While it is very unlikely to occur with any of our high-quality lab-tested products, some CBD topicals can cause an allergic reaction. Ingredients are listed on every label and also available online. Apply any topical in a small isolated area as a test patch for safe measure. An allergic reaction, however, is typically external and different from a drug reaction, which is often an internal situation.
Topical vs. Transdermal: This article is about CBD topicals which are different from transdermal CBD products such as pain patches. Transdermal products, like pain patches, are designed to be absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin. While there isn’t any scientific evidence to prove otherwise, it doesn’t seem like this method of CBD application causes drug interactions, at least not in the same way an oil could. This is because transdermal delivery methods are designed to bypass the digestive tract and liver altogether and deliver CBD directly to the bloodstream.
What should you use? If you have any specific questions regarding which CBD product is best for you, don’t hesitate to ask your local CBD store staff or contact us online. We’re always happy to help you determine which products best fit your needs and lifestyle.
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