Common Questions About CBD Ointments

by | Mar 6, 2022 | Blog

When And How To Choose Them?

CBD oil is becoming more and more popular and for a good reason. There are a lot of claimed benefits of CBD in various fields – gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, muscle pain relief, mental health, skincare, and so on. However, some might still be confused about its forms and types. If something is a CBD ointment – that doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain CBD oil – it does and has to, but CBD oil can also be used on its own, just as it is. When talking about CBD ointments, we’re talking about topicals that contain CBD oil – such as creams, roll-ons, lotions, etc.

Can CBD Be Absorbed Through Skin?

Yes, CBD can be absorbed through the skin, but it works in a different way than when taken orally or via inhalation. With topical use, CBD connects with nearby cannabinoid receptors rather than just entering the bloodstream. How does it do that? Thanks to the endocannabinoid system and homeostasis.

When CBD gets in touch with our cannabinoid receptors, these receptors then connect to the nervous system and stretch out to our organs. With skin, since the topical can’t really get into the bloodstream, it gets absorbed – thus providing a localized effect.

Can I rub CBD on my Skin?

Yes. CBD topicals come in various shapes and forms – roll-ons, creams, lotions, tincture, etc, and all of them are used in this way. Usually, topicals are used for localized pain and inflammation, but they can be used for skin care in general and for treating a certain skin condition.

According to research, CBD and hemp seed oil have a lot of potential for treating acne, psoriasis, eczema, and more. So, rubbing CBD on the skin does come with benefits, as can be seen in these various studies.

Is a CBD cream Better Than Tincture?

That might depend on your preference and lifestyle choice. Both forms of CBD have their own pros and cons, however, roll-ons might outweigh everything.

For example, OH Sapiens’ Insta-Ease Ointment is made of natural, organic Castor (or Jojoba) oil combined with hemp oil. Because of its form, this ointment has more concentration and is more efficient compared with, let’s say, creams. It’s also smaller in size, portable, and much easier to apply.

Does CBD Ointment Help With Muscle Pain?

It can, yes. There are studies that showed improvement in muscle pain after using CBD – which is why CBD is often used not only for arthritis and neuropathy but sports recovery too. Studies claim that  CBD does help treat muscle pain, but more research is always welcomed. Also, researchers discovered that subjects were unlikely to develop a tolerance to CBD’s effects, so their dose did not have to be increased over time.

Does CBD Ointment Help With Inflammation?

Scientists say – yes. As mentioned above in the linked research, CBD oil does help with inflammation, even if it’s not taken orally, but as a topical. This makes CBD ointment extra helpful with sports injuries and sports recovery, which is why a lot of athletes and fitness enthusiasts use it today.

What To Consider When Buying CBD Topicals?

As with anything else you want to buy that contains CBD, the most important thing to check is the ingredients. Focus on the source of CBD,  the potency of the topical, how much THC percentage it has, what is the CBD oil mixed with, the base of the product, and research the overall brand.

Pure, high-quality CBD combined with other beneficial ingredients like Castor, Jojoba, or Lavender oil, will always outperform products that use low-quality CBD and mix it with a bunch of other things just to get a particular look and consistency. So, make sure to do read the labels and look for reviews.

Other things you should keep in mind is – how easy is it to use it? With topicals, it’s very easy to miss-dose and not apply it evenly – which is why roll-ons might be a better choice. They’re smaller in size, easier to use and it’s not as easy to miss-dose.

How To Use CBD Ointments?

That depends on the product. Usually, CBD ointment is directly applied to an affected area and massaged into the skin.

Side Effects

People generally tolerate CBD well, however, some side effects are possible – like fatigue and tiredness. WIth CBD ointments, there is a possibility of experiencing irritation, mostly because of other ingredients in the product. That’s why you should always do a patch test first.

The Takeaway

CBD ointments are not the same as CBD oils or tinctures, so they don’t have the exact same effect, nor does it take the same amount of time for the results to kick in. With ointments, it takes a bit longer for CBD to interact with the CBD receptors in the human body, and the overall way of how it works is a bit changed.

However, when it comes to pain relief and muscle recovery, ointments are probably the best choice, especially if you don’t want CBD to affect any other part of your body a lot.

Since ointments are topical and get absorbed into the skin while not getting into the bloodstream, they could work great for people that only want to achieve one, specific and topical thing – like pain or acne for example. If you’re curious about other CBD products and are not sure which one to choose, maybe this shopping guide could help.

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