CBD oil is blended with fats such as coconut oil or beeswax to make creams, lotions, and balms that users apply right where they want the CBD to work. Users typically report that they begin feeling the effects 30 to 45 minutes after the application and for up to three hours after that.
Topical products come in various forms and strengths. Many are like moisturizing lotions that can be spread over arms, legs, necks, and shoulders or rubbed into pain joints. Balms, like many over-the-counter pain-relief rubs, are thicker than the creams and often come with other well-known soothing ingredients such as menthol. Because of their consistency, balms work well for massaging into targeted spots.
Topical CBD applications are most popular for treating chronic pain of the joints and other specific spots on the body and for dealing with skin conditions, such as acne and eczema.
Used for: Treating pain “hot spots” or skin conditions caused by inflammation.
Many cosmetics brands take advantage of the latest trends in health and wellness to keep their products up-to-date. So, no surprise, you can now find moisturizers, antiaging creams, lip gloss, mascara, skin scrubs, specialty soaps, blemish treatments, shampoo and other hair care products, and even toothpaste formulated with CBD oil. Unlike lotions, creams, and balms that are designed to treat specific hot spots on yourbody, CBD cosmetics have low doses, so they would only contribute to maintaining your body’s overall levels of CBD rather than treating a particular condition. There’s no research showing that the kind of minute amounts of CBD found in cosmetics have any benefit.
Cosmetics and other topicals are governed by different FDA regulations than food and drink. Cannabis-derived ingredients are permitted in products that are not consumed. But as with all CBD products, the FDA prohibits claims about healing specific conditions in the marketing of these products.
Used for: Looking good while you’re feeling good.
Many people, from professional athletes and weekend warriors to folks looking for a little stress relief, enjoy soaking in warm water to soothe their sore muscles and relax their minds. They can try to enhance the experience by adding bath salts and bombs blended with CBD. The bath products are meant to act as a gentle anti-inflammatory for the whole body. The formulas typically include essential oils from other medicinal herbs, such as lavender, chamomile, and arnica, which have long been used to treat common aches and pains and stress. People with chronic foot pain also use CBD bath salts for soaking their feet.
Bath products come with higher doses of CBD—250 milligrams or more—than you generally find in products you ingest. That’s because your whole body is absorbing the compound rather than just your digestive system. Customers reviewing a CBD bath product online noted that it was effective at reducing the swelling and itching that result from bug bites and it soothed inflamed and scaly skin.
Used for: Adding extra anti-inflammatory relief to a soothing hot bath.
Source: Prevention CBD & You by Nelson Pena, Scott Meyer, Richard Carmona MD