CBD Topical uses

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CBD comes in various forms and thankfully has many different uses and benefits. Topical CBD is great for those users who do not want to ingest CBD but would rather apply it to the skin and receive comparable results. Manufacturers of topical CBD claim that these products can help aide in easing pain and reducing inflammation which in the end is beneficial for patients with specific health conditions. However, more research is needed surrounding this topic to validate these results. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)” says that further research will help determine whether CBD products are equally effective as other pain medications, such as ibuprofen, in providing pain relief (Medical News Today).

Topical CBD often uses broad-spectrum CBD which contains no THC or only trace amounts. Research indicates that topical CBD is beneficial for various conditions. “ The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD) says that the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD may aid treatment for acnepsoriasis, and eczema. A 2016 study in rats found that some CBD products may have long lasting therapeutic effects on inflammation and behaviors associated with arthritis. Also, a  2020 study found that CBD oil can significantly reduce pain for people with peripheral neuropathy, which is nerve damage that generally causes discomfort, numbness, and weakening in the feet and hands.A 2019 study found that people who experience temporomandibular disorder (TMD) may notice an improvement in their condition after using CBD products. TMD can cause pain and stiffening in and around a person’s jaw” ( Medical News Today).

When shopping for a topical CBD, it is important to consider a few factors. First, read the label to check the dosage and potency. Most products will list the dosage in milligrams (mg). Start with a low dosage and low potency and then increase if necessary. A low potency topical CBD will typically contain 3 mg per application whereas a high potency will tend to contain 8 mg per application. Second, consider the cost. Topical CBD may be expensive based on brand, potency, etc. Users should consider the price range and how often they may need to purchase the product. Furthermore, a product may not be of better quality or have more benefits due to the cost. Always do your own research and purchase from a reputable source.  Third, consider the ingredients. Some CBD extraction processes use harsh chemicals that leave traces within the product. If you can, shop for organic ingredients.
With any topical lotion, ointment, cream, oil, etc there is always the possibility of side effects. “The AAD says that contact dermatitis may be a side effect of skin cream but notes that this can occur with any topical lotion, not just CBD skin creams”(Medical News Today). Consult with a medical professional if you have any questions or concerns.

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