CBD has become one of the most intriguing compounds in the alternative health care industry. Since the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, a virtually limitless variety of CBD products have become available to consumers.
While often overshadowed by tinctures and edibles, CBD creams and topicals offer unique benefits.
How Do CBD Creams Work?
CBD Creams contain cannabidiol (CBD), which is one of a group of compounds in hemp and cannabis plants. These compounds, called cannabinoids, have the ability to interact with receptors in our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS plays a vital role in keeping our biological systems in balance. The ECS helps us maintain homeostasis by helping to balance functions, such as:
- Temperature control
- Inflammation and pain responses
- Mood regulation
- Sleep cycles
Although the ECS was only discovered by scientists in the 1990s, the system evolved over 600 million years ago. Almost every animal contains an endocannabinoid system, including sophisticated species like mammals and primitive invertebrates like hydra and sea urchins.
The endocannabinoid system contains two types of receptors, CB-1 and CB-2. The brain and central nervous system have an abundance of CB-1 receptors. CB-2 receptors are primarily concentrated throughout the organs of the immune system, including the spleen, glands, and bone marrow. CBD interacts with both types of receptors.
Here’s the part where CBD cream comes into play. One of the body’s largest organs contains both CB-1 and CB-2 receptors—the skin. Each layer of our skin contains endocannabinoid receptors. We even have ECS receptors in our sebaceous glands and hair follicles. Let’s take a closer look at how CBD creams may help contribute to healthy skin and support our general well-being.
What Benefits Do CBD Creams Offer?
CBD creams offer a host of benefits, including soothing aches and pains, reducing stress, and improving the appearance of the skin.
CBD Cream Can Help Soothe Aches and Pains
CBD’s ability to reduce inflammation, aches, and pains has been well-documented by the scientific community. We’re becoming increasingly aware that chronic inflammation lies at the root of many of today’s most stubborn health conditions.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that at least 22.7% of the adult population of the U.S. have a doctor-diagnosed condition involving severe joint aches and pains. Many more of us struggle with milder forms of muscle and joint discomfort. Preliminary studies have concluded that topical CBD products like CBD cream have potential for the treatment of joint aches and pains.
Joint-related illnesses aren’t the only painful issues that can benefit from CBD cream. Professional athletes have found CBD so useful for recovery that several national and international sports organizations have removed CBD from their lists of prohibited substances, including the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which oversees the Olympics.
If professional athletes are seeing such positive results from CBD, you can imagine how CBD creams may help us regular folks manage our everyday aches and pains.
CBD Cream May Help to Relieve Stress and Tension
Most of us would agree that managing stress is one of the more challenging aspects of living in our fast-paced society. According to statistics published by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), over 40 million adults in the United States alone are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder each year. That’s over 18% of the entire population of the U.S! Moreover, the ADAA statistic only reflects diagnosed cases. The number of Americans struggling with anxiety is undoubtedly higher.
So, how can CBD help?
An increasing body of published research is concluding that CBD has powerful anxiolytic effects. Clinical studies with humans showed that CBD repeatedly reduced experimentally induced anxiety.
Among the many ways that CBD combats anxiety is through the compound’s ability to calm the amygdala. The amygdala is the part of the brain that’s responsible for our fight-or-flight reaction. In response to a perceived threat, the amygdala releases a host of hormones like cortisol to prepare us. We experience this in the form of anxiety, fear, or even panic.
CBD also helps us relieve stress by boosting levels of one of our most abundant natural endocannabinoids, anandamide. Also known as the “bliss molecule,” anandamide produces the sense of euphoria that athletes feel after strenuous exercise. CBD helps maintain anandamide levels by inhibiting the enzyme FAAH, which breaks down the endocannabinoid. An overabundance of FAAH has been linked to anxiety, depression, irritability, and a range of other issues.
We’ve only mentioned a few of the many ways that CBD works to keep us calm. It’s no wonder that many medical researchers are considering CBD as a potential treatment for anxiety disorders.
CBD Cream Can Help Keep Your Skin Radiant
CBD can improve the appearance of the skin in a host of ways. Science is only beginning to understand the compound’s full potential, but we know that CBD can help our skin through its antioxidant power, its ability to reduce inflammation, and its effect on sebaceous glands.
The Antioxidant Power of CBD
By now, most of us will agree that reducing free radicals is one of the most effective means of keeping our skin looking young and healthy. Numerous studies have shown that CBD acts as a potent antioxidant. Some scientific reports have even concluded that CBD has more antioxidant power than vitamin C and E. Antioxidants like CBD help the skin repair itself, stay hydrated, and fight against free radicals from exposure to UV rays and environmental toxins.
CBD Can Help Calm Inflamed and Irritated Skin
Excess inflammation plays a central role in a host of skin conditions, including:
- Contact dermatitis
Clinical investigations are continuously confirming anecdotal reports of CBD cream helping with red, inflamed, and irritated skin. Researchers from the Department of General Surgery at the University of Modena in Italy conducted a comprehensive clinical study of CBD’s effect on patients with skin conditions ranging from dermatitis to psoriasis. The study concluded that after three months of treatment with CBD ointment, every patient showed a significant improvement in their symptoms.
CBD May Help with Acne
Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne affects nearly 50 million Americans each year. Unfortunately, traditional acne medications are often either ineffective or accompanied by serious side-effects. Scores of recent studies have outlined CBD’s ability to reduce the secretions of the sebaceous glands responsible for causing acne.
Side Effects of CBD Cream
CBD creams and other topicals are generally well-tolerated and produce little to no side-effects. Consumers have occasionally noted mild side-effects from using ingested CBD products, such as:
- Dry mouth
- Changes in appetite
Most side-effects subside by simply cutting the dose of CBD. However, if symptoms continue, you should stop using the product and consult with your physician. CBD may interact with some prescription medications. When used in conjunction with certain pharmaceuticals, CBD acts similar to grapefruit and can make the drugs have a stronger effect. Please speak with your doctor before taking CBD.
What CBD Cream Won’t Do
CBD cream will not get you high. Cannabidiol (CBD) is non-psychoactive, unlike its sister cannabinoid THC. By federal law, hemp-derived CBD products must contain less than .3% delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
CBD will never cause an overdose. Unlike opioid receptors, endocannabinoid receptors are conspicuously absent from the part of the brain that controls respiration and malfunctions during an overdose.
How to Use CBD Cream
You can incorporate CBD topicals into your regular self-care routine and use CBD cream in much the same way you use your current topical products. Here are some of our favorite ways to use CBD cream:
- For aches and pains: Wash the painful area with soap and water to remove dirt, sweat, and residuals from other products. Rub an appropriate quantity of CBD cream into the affected area. Wait five minutes to see if you notice any change. Apply more CBD cream, if needed.
- For skincare: After your usual bathing routine, apply CBD cream to your skin using a circular motion. Use less CBD cream on facial areas or elderly skin. Avoid sensitive areas like the eyes as you would with any cosmetic product.
- For stress and tension: Massage a dime-sized portion of CBD cream into each temple and at the back of the neck.
CBD cream is not recommended for use on intimate areas of the body.
Tips for Choosing a High-Quality CBD Cream
CBD topicals are such an innovation in skincare, but you need to be careful when you’re choosing a CBD cream. You should ask a few key questions before making your purchase, such as:
- How much CBD is in the cream? Many CBD creams don’t contain sufficient amounts of CBD to produce any results. A decent CBD cream should have at least 8 mg of CBD per milliliter.
- Was the product tested by a third-party laboratory?: With the current lack of full FDA regulation, third-party lab testing is critical. Ask the manufacturer if you can see the Certificate of Analysis (COA) for the product. The COA will tell you how much CBD and THC are in the product. Lab-testing can also detect any harmful contaminants.
- Does the cream contain broad-spectrum, full-spectrum, or isolated CBD?: Most authorities consider broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD as more beneficial. Broad-spectrum and full-spectrum extracts include all the compounds in hemp plants that act together to create the entourage effect. CBD isolates only contain cannabidiol and do not offer the benefit of the entourage effect.
- What does the cream base contain?: The contents of the base has a significant influence on how the cream feels on your skin. The cream may contain synthetic ingredients, allergens, or ingredients that go against your personal values.
Each 50 ml bottle of Prince & Flower Universal Topical CBD Cream contains a full 500mg of broad-spectrum CBD. The advantage of broad-spectrum CBD is that it includes all of the beneficial hemp compounds except the THC. With broad-spectrum CBD, you can take advantage of the entourage effect without worrying about THC building up in the fat cells.
Our cream base contains only organic, ethically-sourced ingredients. You can examine our Certificates of Analysis right here on our website.
Disclaimer: This blog article is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to treat or diagnose any disease. If you struggle with a serious health issue, please consult with your trusted health professional to determine if CBD cream is right for you.