CBD topicals are quickly building into a very big industry and there's a great reason for that; they can bring pain relief to those suffering from general inflammation or discomfort caused by previous injuries. In fact, topicalscan work so well that we’ve decided to expand our line of products.
But some folks still would like to be brought up to speed on the what’s, why’s, how’s, and pretty much the “everything’s” about CBD topicals – so we decided to put this blog together that will tell you everything you’ll ever need to know about CBD topicals!
So just what is CBD? It stands for cannabidiol, a naturally-occurring cannabinoid that is produced in cannabis plants. CBD has a unique property in that it interacts with the human body’s endocannabinoid system which affects pain, sleep, mood and appetite.
A topical isn’t ingested or inhaled – rather, it’s applied to the skin itself. Because the outer layer of the skin is not easily permeable, topicals can not reach the inner layers of the skin (the dermis and hyperdermis) nor will it enter the bloodstream. This makes it an excellent choice for people, especially “first-timers” who may be unsure about allowing CBD to enter their bodies directly (the way vapes do, for example).
There are three main forms of topicals:
Salves: they soothe the skin and help lessen pain that stems from stings and burns.
Lotions (and creams): they restore and moisturize the skin.
Oils & Serums: they also restore and moisturize but have a thinner texture than creams.
CBD topicals aren’t just comprised of CBD; they often include natural ingredients like coconut oil, lavender oil, beeswax, avocado, almond butter, shea/cocoa butter, and other essential oils. Ignite's topicals, for example, include BD Isolate, Arnica Extract, Menthol Crystals, Aloe Vera Juice, and Lemon EO. Obviously, you have to read the product’s ingredients to know which ones contain what.
What Do CBD Topicals Help With?
Various CBD topicals are designed to help with the following issues:
Be warned, though; CBD topicals are not intended to be used on open wounds or cuts because of the risk of infection. Also, because the inner layers of the skin are exposed, you run the risk of causing an internal reaction to the CBD.
Because the CBD topical is only applied to the epidermis, you might expect to see:
Help with skin conditions
Help with burns/stings
Do not expect any relaxing sensations throughout the body, the topicals are meant for targeted relief where applied. However, like any type of topical test on a small part of your body to check for possible allergic reactions to any of the ingredients.
CBD topicals come in different strengths; they can come in the 250mg-300mg range and some high-concentration packages can even reach 1500mg of CBD. A topical is not restricted with recommended doses like tinctures and edibles are because they’re not ingested.
CBD is not the same as THC so you won’t get or feel high. The highest legal levels of THC allowed in hemp is 0.3%, and sometimes topical products are formulated with full spectrum CBD oil which contains trace amounts of THC. With trace amounts of THC in the CBD topical you can expect increased levels of pain relief but without any psychoactive effects. However, Ignite uses CBD isolate in our topicals line to never put CBD consumers in contact with THC. We formulate our CBD isolate based topicals with other non-cannabinoid, natural ingredients to maximize the benefits.
First remove clothing in the area you’re going to apply the CBD topical to as it might stain the clothing. Wash the area with soap and water and dry fully. Then using your fingers apply a modest amount of the topical to the affected area and massage in. It should take effect quickly, but you might find that you’ll also need to apply it to areas surrounding the spot.
And the best news of all? Ignite now has you covered! We’re offering up four CBD Topical products:
Check out our line up and give ‘em a try! We’d love to hear what you think of them, so drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.