18 Apr ARE YOU SALVE SAAVY?
With a little knowledge choosing a cannabidiol (CBD) topical may not be so daunting! Topicals are designed for the skin, which is an incredibly active and functional organ. In fact, the largest in the human body! Our skin functions at the cellular level and acts as a barrier to outside harmful free radicals. While the skin performs as a barrier, it also acts as a useful molecular passage way quick to absorb lipid-based oils like we find in CBD topicals. Still, a myriad of terms can cause confusion when seeking a topical for pain relief such as salves, ointments, balms, creams, patches, and “roll-ons”. But most terms simply refer to the types of ingredients and they can differ greatly.
Read the label! The label will reveal many important facts about your product. Let’s begin with the amount of CBD per container-the higher the milligrams within a smaller volume, the more concentrated the CBD. The container should say CBD oil or “Hemp Oil” and not “Hemp Seed Oil” which is for cooking.
Secondly, consider the source from where the CBD originates. One of the top leading sources is in the domestic Kentucky-Ohio Valley Region with excellent conditions for growing. Many tobacco growers are utilizing their expertise, now converting their knowledge and methods to growing medicinal hemp. The state of Kentucky was once a global leader in the 1800’s. This is very exciting for American farmers who have the expertise and can once again grow healthy hemp in their rich climate.
All products should have a batch number on the label and be backed up by the company’s Certificate of Analysis (COA). The CBD carrier, coconut oil, has been proven to be highly effective and should be one of the first ingredients listed. Your product can and should be traced back to when and where it was made with a batch number. The COA document records the tests performed, amounts of CBD and THC as well as and other unnecessary solvents and metals found in the plant.
If chosen correctly, a CBD topical can be most effective because it is applied directly to the localized area. Finally, the topical method works rapidly, because it is not ingested and bypasses the digestive system.
Topical CBD treatments can be beneficial for skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, rashes, skin lesions and acne. Also, topicals have proven highly effective for such conditions such as arthritis, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis etc. Overall, topicals provide much needed pain relief for people with joint, muscle and nerve pain. The topical CBD application eases inflammatory conditions that help maintain your body’s natural balance (homeostasis) and works well with natural CB2 receptors in the skin’s Endocannabinoid System.
Some last points to be made when shopping for CBD topicals. CBD creams and lotions can be effective, too, but are water based moisturizing agents that allow for a broader pass over a skin area. However, it is the salves and balms that use a natural wax with a fatty oil base ( usually beeswax) that carries the CBD in a more therapeutic medicinal manner. Beeswax is fine but, candelilla wax is 100% vegan and a native plant to Mexico. It is often preferred for sensitive skin. The ingredient coconut oil is proven to be one of the most effective carriers of CBD. Coconut oil has a high content of fatty acids and the more fatty acids, the more CBD it can carry throughout your system. Finally, a CBD topical will not get you “high” and has been effective for many, many consumers. Please keep an open mind and explore different products at different strengths and be consistent in daily applications. Our skin has its own Endocannabinoid System (and CBD interacts wonderfully with the natural receptors in the ECS which exists in every cell type. We recommend a salve, a balm, ointment (which can be interchangeable terms) that contains a wax base, supplemented with a coconut oil carrier. Research a solid, reputable source of CBD purity and clarity derived from hemp. As for the sticky texture, we are confident that it is well worth it to overcome any pain!