What Are CBD Topicals?
To understand the therapeutic potential of CBD topicals, it's often helpful to know what CBD is and how it works.
CBD (cannabidiol), is one of the numerous cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. The health and wellness potential of CBD is explained by its ability to interact with the receptors of your endocannbinoid system. It's the interaction between the messengers and receptors of this essential communication network that influences nearly every function in your body, including pain perception and healthy skin function.
Topical CBD works differently than other CBD products. When you swallow a tincture, capsule, or other CBD edible, a significant amount of the plant-derived cannabinoids are metabolised by your liver. The remaining cannabinoids circulate through your bloodstream after passing through your digestive system. Since the cannabinoids you swallow must be processed through your digestive system, it can take a while to feel the effects, and some could be lost to digestion along the way.
The therapeutic potential of products like our CBD bathbombs, bath salts and skincare range is due to the way the cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system receptors directly within your skin. Since topical CBD bypasses your digestive processes, the effects of CBD topicals can be felt much longer than ingestible products. That's why topicals could be ideal for long-term relief from localised symptoms.
The phytocannabinoids in CBD mimic the functions of the endocannabinoids produced in your body. Endocannabinoids are the chemical messengers of your endocannabinoid system. Many researchers today believe the endocannabinoid system maintains homeostasis the internal balance that all living organisms need for survival. That said, it’s believed that imbalances in the endocannabinoid system function can lead to disease.
It’s believed that imbalances in the skin's endocannabinoid system could facilitate the development of numerous skin conditions, including dermatitis, psoriasis, and even skin cancer. If you’re prone to skin issues, supplementing the endocannabinoid system with a topical CBD product could help maintain healthy skin function.
CBD is shown to calm irritation as it reduces discomfort. Knowing the following potential benefits of CBD topicals, and the many reasons people are using topical products could help you decide if a topical could be your best option.
Reducing Pain and Skin Inflammation
Whether discomfort is caused by an intense workout or the effects of a chronic health condition, CBD is shown to work as effectively as many prescription and over- the counter medications designed to alleviate pain and inflammation.
Since research suggests CBD oil has analgesic, antispasmodic, and neuroprotective properties that could alleviate the symptoms of numerous chronic pain conditions, many people are using CBD topicals for their potential to soothe overworked muscles, reduce the frequency or severity of muscle spasms, minimize the pain and inflammation of arthritis, and protect diseased joints from nerve damage and nerve pain.
The analgesic, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory effects of CBD oil are due to its effects on the endocannabinoid system receptors and several non- endocannabinoid receptors, including the GABA, serotonin, and dopamine receptors. CBD also triggers the production of anandamide, one of the two main endocannabinoid system messengers made in the body. The more anandamide available in your body, the less pain you will feel. Anandamide blocks pain signals by binding with CB1 receptors.
Alleviating the Discomfort of Chronic Skin Conditions
Healthy skin has an even texture, tone, and colour. It feels neither too dry or too moist and does not itch, flake, or burn. Skin health and appearance is determined by its ability to shed old skin cells and generate new, healthy cells.
Topical CBD is shown to mimic the effects of lipids found in healthy skin and modulate key receptors known to soothe skin irritation and reduce inflammation. Since research suggests CBD targets so many factors integral to skin health, many people are using topical CBD for its potential to alleviate the discomfort of numerous skin conditions, including allergic dermatitis, sunburn, skin itching, seborrhea, eczema, and more.
Reducing the Symptoms of Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects the skin and joints. The visible symptoms of psoriasis are caused by new skin cells moving to the surface much faster than they should. The process of new skin cell generation that normally cycles throughout the month can occur within days for psoriasis patients. The acceleration of the skin cell life-cycle leaves those affected with patches of dry, silvery, scaled skin that can crack, itch, and bleed.
Research suggests topical CBD can improve the symptoms of many inflammatory skin conditions, including the uncomfortable symptoms of psoriasis. CBD is shown to reduce the syptoms of psoriasis by inhibiting the production of keratinocytes and reducing the accumulation of psoriasis plaques.
Balancing Oil Production and Clearing Acne
As the natural oil in your skin rises through your pores, it carries dead skin cells to the surface of your skin. When dead skin cells can't reach the surface, they clump, block your pores, and trap bacteria.
The blemishes, which present as acne, on the surface of your skin are the result of your immune system responding to the trapped bacteria. Many of the current treatments used to fight acne and blemishes can over-dry skin, cause irritation, and make breakouts worse.
Topical CBD products are shown to be quite beneficial for those living with acne-prone skin. CBD is believed to reduce the frequency and severity of breakouts by balancing oil production, reducing the inflammation that triggers breakouts, and calming irritation. The antimicrobial properties of cannabidiol (CBD) help to further minimise bacterial growth.
Protecting Skin from the Signs of Ageing
Skin is a complex organ, an active structure that supports several "mini-organ systems" oil glands, hair follicles, sweat glands, and an immune system. Over time, collagen and elastin production slows, and skin loses its ability to repair damage. The visible signs of skin damage include fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and loose, sagging skin.
The receptors of the endocannabinoid system are found in nearly every type of skin cell. Research suggests that activating the endocannabinoid receptors with topical CBD could protect skin from environmental hazards and possibly stall the signs of ageing. Just a few of the many potential benefits of CBD for maturing skin include improving the turnover of skin cells, mimicking the function of natural skin lipids, balancing oil production to minimise dryness, and minimising collagen loss.
Finally, as a powerful antioxidant, CBD protects and repairs skin cells damaged by factors like sunlight and pollution. It’s even shown to have more antioxidant potential than vitamin C and vitamin E, both well-known for their rejuvenating potential and ability to protect skin from free-radical damage.