When CBD skincare products first hit the market, I was a little freaked out. The concept of absorbing “drugs” through your skin reminded me of, like, heroin users who shoot up through their toes or doing cocaine “nummies” (on the gums instead of up the nose).
Obviously, CBD isn’t a drug.
I mean, at least in the sense of it being able to get you really f***ing f***ed, instead of a little spaced out and nauseous, on par with taking too much Advil. I knew I was being ridiculous. But I became genuinely curious to know how topical cannabidiol works, and knew I couldn’t be the only one who was left a little mystified.
Here’s the deal, according to Medical Marijuana Inc.: “CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors found on the skin’s sensory nerve fibers and subcutaneous tissue. This interaction stimulates the endocannabinoid system, encouraging its efforts to keep the body balanced and functioning at its best.” The experts at Medical News Today concur, noting that “CBD stops the body from absorbing anandamide, a compound associated with regulating pain.” As an added bonus, hemp oil also naturally contains nourishing ingredients like vitamins A and D to encourage skin repair, C and E to protect against free radicals, and Omega-3 and 6 to regenerate the skin’s outer layer.
Need some cold hard proof? A study was done in 2016 at the University of Kentucky, where scientists confirmed that “transdermal CBD gel significantly reduced joint swelling” in lab rats with arthritis in their knees. Other visual showings of pain, like the way the rats positioned their joints, seemed improved as well.
As with any medication OR skin care product, though, the best proof is in your own pudding! Order a bottle of House of Gro’s Relief Salve and see for yourself.
My conclusion? Topical CBD rocks because, unlike the total body-numbing effects of smoking weed or even ingesting CBD oil, you can apply it directly to your trouble spots and it diminishes pain and inflammation right away. For an impatient New Yorker like myself, this is the golden ticket.
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