Deep aches and pains in your muscles and joints will send you looking for quick relief. If you ask those who have tried it, many will tell you that a CBD muscle rub brings something to the table that you don't get with regular muscle rub creams. If you're curious about how (and why) this topical form of CBD can help soothe stubborn aches, here's what you need to know:
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Topical CBD is simply a practical application of CBD that helps to target localized areas (compared to oral doses that have a total-body, systemic effect).
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a hemp-derived cannabinoid that doesn’t get you high. Because of its hemp source, it’s federally legal and highly accessible. Thankfully, despite its differences from THC, it still interacts with the endocannabinoid system in a similar manner and can provide many of the same therapeutic effects as medical marijuana.
There are a few different types of CBD topicals, from healing balms to muscle rubs, and each formulation has a unique range of uses. Different formulas may also include a variety of secondary ingredients that boost or alter the therapeutic effects.
CBD muscle rub, also sometimes marketed as CBD pain relief cream, is a unique formulation with specific uses that differ from other types of CBD topicals. Let’s discuss:
We mentioned that different topical formulas have different compositions and uses, so what exactly is CBD muscle rub used for?
Well, muscle rubs can be lotion-based or oil-based, and they typically contain CBD, a carrier oil, and a variety of botanicals or additional ingredients designed to help relieve pain and inflammation.
Ingredients (and their efficacy) vary greatly, but some ingredients you're likely to find include menthol, camphor, arnica, eucalyptus, lavender, and other botanicals with soothing effects. These botanicals penetrate deep below the skin's surface and help to relieve discomfort quickly, which can help to take the edge off while CBD takes effect.
Our CBD Muscle Rub, for instance, combines a potent CBD extract with hand selected botanicals, including cooling menthol, soothing arnica, and a powerful dose of turmeric oil. The combination is designed to support blood flow, lower inflammation, and offer a synergy that helps to calm pain and discomfort in the joints and muscles.
More research is needed to further understand the potential benefits of CBD when applied topically, but many experts do agree that CBD may have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Limited evidence also suggests that CBD may be useful for managing itchiness related to pruritus. Other research suggests that CBD could help to manage inflammatory conditions, like arthritis, when applied topically.
As far as this unique application goes, muscle rubs are designed specifically to penetrate deeply to address discomforts in the joints and muscles. The botanicals may penetrate the skin quickly and help to provide fast relief, although they usually have short lived effects.
CBD works a bit more slowly, taking up to 20 minutes to reach endocannabinoid receptors beneath the skin's surface, but may have sustainable effects. This combo effect can provide fast and long lasting relief from muscle pains and aching joints.
To sum it all up, some benefits of CBD muscle rub may include:
We mentioned that CBD muscle rubs are designed to offer fast and long lasting relief from aches and pains, but how do you actually use a CBD muscle rub? Typically, topicals are designed to be a pot as often as needed, assuming they don't contain any ingredients that could irritate the skin with overuse. This is something worth considering with CBD muscle rubs since some people may find that over-applying menthol, camphor, eucalyptus, or related botanicals could irritate the skin. Of course, most CBD muscle rubs use a safe carrier oil to help protect the skin from any potent botanicals.
Here are some tips for using a CBD muscle rub in your daily wellness regimen:
Use at the first sign of pain.
You can apply CBD muscle rub at the first sign of discomfort or even as a precautionary measure against oncoming pain. For instance, it may be useful for aiding athletic recovery after a workout if you apply it to affected areas immediately after working out.
Reapply as needed.
Since CBD doesn't reach the bloodstream when applied topically, you can use CBD topicals as often as necessary. That means that you can reapply every few hours or as needed to help stave off discomfort.
Talk to your doctor about using CBD topicals with current medications.
As we mentioned, CBD applied topically will not reach the bloodstream, so you can probably use CBD topicals alongside your regular medications without any interference. Of course, always talk to your doctor first before combining CBD with medications. CBD is known to have some drug interactions, especially when taken orally.
Combine with systemic doses
Another benefit related to CBD topicals not teaching the bloodstream is that you can pair them with other CBD doses without taking too much. That means that you can use them in combination with a systemic CBD product, like an oil tincture or gummies, to double down on your CBD dosage to target serious concerns from both angles.
Although CBD derived from hemp is legal, CBD oil and topical products are still mostly unregulated in the U.S. Currently, they're only subject to state regulations, which might be inconsistent from state to state. That means that it's the consumer's job to verify the quality of a CBD product before they buy. Here's what to look for:
The label of the product should include:
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