From arthritic pain to skin conditions like rosacea and psoriasis, a little TLC from a CBD topical could be just the thing you need. Why, you ask? Because cannabis topicals can treat localized conditions without entering the bloodstream. You can apply CBD rubs liberally without psychoactive effects. You can even use them along with other CBD forms like tinctures, CBD oil softgels, edibles, or hemp flower that you can vape or smoke.
Today we’re going to discuss the best CBD salve for pain, CBD face cream, CBD muscle balm, and more. If you’ve been looking for the best hemp lotion or full spectrum CBD roll on for your knee pain, arthritis, or back pain, we’re going to give you some of the best CBD options you can use topically.
So let’s dive in and quickly define topicals and their uses.
What Are Topicals?
Because CBD topicals are non-intoxicating and do not absorb into the bloodstream, they can be used as much as you need.
How Does Topical CBD Work?
Cannabis-infused products work through binding to cannabinoid receptors in the skin. These receptors are found throughout our bodies in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). They can be activated to cause certain effects, either by our natural endocannabinoids, such as anandamide, or phytocannabinoids like THC and CBD from the cannabis plant.
To be clear, a CBD topical will not make you high—even a full spectrum CBD cream. The cannabinoids in most topicals can’t breach the bloodstream. Their effects are localized. Transdermal patches, however, will deliver cannabinoids to the bloodstream and could have intoxicating effects if the THC content is high enough.
CBD Isolate Vs Full Spectrum
Just as with other forms of CBD, you can buy CBD topicals that use different types of hemp extract:
- Full spectrum (whole hemp plant extract, contains some THC)
- Broad spectrum extract (full spectrum of cannabinoids without THC)
- CBD isolate (pure CBD topical)
And just like with other forms of CBD oil, we always prefer and recommend high-quality full spectrum products. This type of CBD extract retains the whole plant benefits of a range of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and more. When all of these natural compounds are present in your hemp extract, you have the benefit of the entourage effect, which is all of these compounds working together to enhance their therapeutic effects. Read more about it in our article about why full spectrum matters.
Types of CBD Topicals
CBD Salves, Roller Balls, and Lotions
Highly concentrated full spectrum CBD topicals for soothing localized pain in joints and muscles. Roller balls have the added benefit of massaging during application.
We have three stellar products from Ananda Hemp to recommend. Ananda Hemp has over 20 years in the hemp business, and their products are backed by science and experience, as you can read for yourself in this study.
First, we’re excited to tell you about a new product that people are going nuts over. The Ananda Hemp Full Spectrum Roll On massages your sore spots as you apply it. Not only does it have the pain-relieving power of full spectrum CBD extract in it, it also contains soothing essential oils and other natural ingredients like coconut oil, wintergreen, lavender, eucalyptus, and beeswax to name a few. If you’re looking for something to relax muscles spasms, soothe back pain, or to rub into some burning foot neuropathy, you might just fall in love with this CBD roll on stick.
For the top of the line in analgesic balms, a CBD topical salve that is a pain reliever, an anti-inflammatory, and a master at soothing soreness in muscles and joints, look no further than Ananda Hemp Spectrum Salve 125. With many of the same natural, soothing ingredients as the Roll On, a little dab of this full spectrum CBD distillate will do you. But you can use as much as you want, as many times a day as you need, to relieve your knee and back pain, arthritis joint pain, tendinitis, and more.
If you want to kick it up a notch, try Ananda Hemp Full Spectrum Lotion 250. We’re talking 250mg of pain-killing cream for your joints, muscle aches, inflammation in your back, neuropathic pain, and more! Getting regular neck tension at work? Get some CBD lotion relief on the spot. Like their other CBD topicals, this lotion can go with you anywhere, so you can have an on-demand anti-inflammatory or CBD pain-reliever available for your localized conditions.
CBD Lubes and Intimate Oil
Cannabis has long been considered an aphrodisiac. As a lubricant, CBD can help with pain, dryness, and discomfort and can also heighten pleasure.
Ananda Touch Bliss Intimate Oil is formulated by a female scientist, Dr. Alex Capano, who also has years of experience treating families in reproductive health. She created this CBD intimate oil to enhance and equalize the pleasure for all sexual partners. With 250mg of active cannabinoids and all-natural ingredients like Cacao Seed Butter, Peppermint, and Black Pepper this product is intended to help stimulate and soothe.
Just like regular bath soaks, but with the healing-power of CBD as the star of the product.
We recommend Vertly Bath Salts. The husband and wife team behind Vertly bring expertise in health and beauty, herbalism and wellness, and the cannabis industry. Their finely crafted CBD bath salts combine natural healing salts, minerals, botanical infusions and cannabinoids formulated to calm the mind and body. Great for soothing soreness and stress after a long day of work, travel, or exercise. Active botanicals will stimulate circulation as well as offer the benefits of aromatherapy. A perfect, easy way to self-care.
This includes cannabis-infused serums, face creams, face masks, makeup, body lotions and lip balms.
We love to recommend Kana Skincare products. If you have not seen our article on visionary CBD skincare formulator Janice Buu’s CBD sleeping masks, we urge you to catch up on the 9 benefits of using Kana CBD face masks.
The other extraordinary Kana Skincare products we advise lovers of healthy, glowing skin to try are the Kana CBD + EGF Infused Active Botanical Essence and LIT CBD Premium Facial Oil Blend. The Botanical Essence contains active botanicals, full spectrum CBD, and EGF (epidermal growth factor) which stimulates fierce skin renewal. The LIT face oil soothes and brightens all skin types with the power of hemp phytocannabinoids and the secrets of Korean beauty. Make your skin glow again!
Benefits of CBD Topicals
1. CBD Manages Localized Pain
Got pain in a specific part of the body? Cannabis topicals are a great remedy for localized back and knee pain or joint pain from arthritis.
Your skin is your largest organ and it’s loaded with CB1 and CB2 receptors. Both THC and CBD act on these receptors in the skin to provide relief from pain.
For all-over aches and soreness, consider using a CBD-infused bath soak.
2. CBD Can Treat Skin Conditions
CBD interacts with endocannabinoid receptors in the skin to help minimize inflammation, itching, and pain in people with eczema and psoriasis.
Both conditions can be embarrassing and, more importantly, uncomfortable. For many psoriasis and eczema patients, the options are limited. Especially because there is no cure for either.
The key to treating eczema and psoriasis is managing them, and full spectrum CBD extract is showing real potential for managing symptoms of eczema.
A study in 2007 revealed that cannabinoids inhibited the buildup of dead skin cells, which is the direct cause of psoriasis.
For skin conditions on the body, lotions and bath soaks may offer relief. For eczema on the face, a high-quality CBD skincare product is a good option.
3. CBD Has Anti-inflammatory Properties
Cannabinoids’ relationship with the ECS and all the receptors in the skin help them modulate immune response.
Anti-inflammatory is one of the big responses in the skin as a result of CBD.
A study in the journal Rheumatology showed how cannabis can reduce inflammation. Researchers found that patients who suffered from arthritis had an abnormal amount of CB2 receptors in their joint tissue. Cannabis can help fight inflammation by activating these receptors.
In addition, people have been using CBD for skin inflammation ever since studies have been revealing its natural anti-inflammatory effects.
If you suffer from joint inflammation, CBD rubs may offer relief. A high-quality hemp extract skincare product may help reduce skin inflammation on the face.
4. CBD Promotes Healthy, Youthful Skin
A major CBD benefit is that it is a natural antioxidant. Studies show that CBD reduces free radicals. Using CBD for your skin means eliminating toxins and chemicals that can flood your bloodstream and pores.
Antioxidants accelerate the healing process and inhibit tissue damage caused by the environment. One study found that Cannabidiol (CBD) is a more potent antioxidant than Vitamins C or E.
Another reason cannabis keeps skin youthful is because as we age, our skin loses moisture. Our bodies aren’t as efficient at stimulating and balancing oil production. The result is fine lines and wrinkles. CBD oil works to bring back that balance to your skin.
Research has also found that CBD works in two ways on acne. It inhibits too much production of sebum, keeping acne from developing, or combats inflammation in existing acne.
CBD-infused skincare can help keep your skin youthful, healthy, and clear.
5. CBD Enhances Sexual Pleasure
Cannabis-infused oils and lubes are now being created to increase sexual pleasure, while relieving pain and discomfort experienced by some during intercourse.
THC is a vasodilator, which means that a THC-based lube has the potential to increase blood flow to the genital area, heightening sensations.
Umm, we just have one question: What can’t cannabinoids do?
Always Buy High-Quality CBD Topicals
The greatest harm associated with a CBD topical is a low-quality product. If a topical doesn’t have the cannabinoid content it claims, or if its secondary ingredients are lackluster, or worse, irritating, you could be wasting your time and money on a product that isn’t beneficial to your skin, and may even do harm.
A good formula to use when you’re are shopping for a product is:
Science + Experience (usually) = Quality
If you can see that there is some science associated (scientists, COAs, studies, etc.) with the brand and it has some respectable experience in the topical manufacturing and/or cannabis industry behind it, it’s way more likely you’re onto a better product. The more transparent the company, the higher the quality. Usually.
The Nature’s Breakthrough educational resource is just one of the ways The Hemp Haus practices its sincere commitment to and passion for educating people about CBD and helping them find the right, high-quality product based on their needs.