Cannabis topicals are, I admit, sort of an anomaly to me. I have an ache, I rub my CBD salve on it, and the pain is gone. It reminds me of my grandma’s era of medicine – the TV infomercial “blue goo” jelly with the minty smell that made my growing pains go away. Now I am old enough to understand that this nearly instant pain relief is not just grandma magic. Topical medicines, including hemp seed oil, have been used for centuries. Here is a guide to topical cannabis and CBD salve.
Introduction to topicals
Topicals are cannabis infused lotions, balms, or oils that are absorbed through the skin for localized relief of pain, soreness and inflammation. These products are sometimes called “transdermal” – meaning across the skin.
How does CBD salve work?
Cannabis topicals work by binding to a network of receptors called CB2. These receptors are found throughout the body and are activated by naturally occurring endocannabinoids, or by phytocannabinoids such as CBD or THC. Topical medicines do not enter the bloodstream, but rather interact with CB2 receptors to relieve surface-oriented conditions.
What conditions can CBD topicals help?
Cannabinoids possess anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-itch qualities.
Arthritis – arthritic pain is caused by inflammation and CBD and THCa are anti-inflammatory.
Eczema and psoriasis – the anti-itch property of cannabinoids makes CBD salves a potential treatment. Just be sure that the product you choose does not contain terpenes that could be irritating to your condition.
Menstrual Cramps – During menstruation a woman’s body makes chemicals called prostaglandins. These nasty suckers cause inflammation and pain sensitizations. High levels of prostaglandins are associated with heavy bleeding and strong contractions. CBD has been found to inhibit the prostaglandins-producing enzyme! Wow! On top of that CBD relieves the symptoms that cause discomfort by relaxing muscles, relieving pain, and reducing inflammation.
General aches and pains of the joints and muscles are relieved with the anti-inflammatory action of CBD. To double this action Our Remedies CBD salve includes several other ingredients from nature known for their regenerative properties.
What is in Our Remedies CBD salve?
Arnica is a relative of the sunflower, and can be used to help heal bruises, manage pain, and regenerate tissue.
Menthol creates a cooling sensation by stimulating cold-sense receptors.
CBD salve in the massage industry
Our Remedies has been supplying local massage therapists with CBD salve to use in their practice. It is becoming more and more common for massage therapists to integrate CBD into the services they offer.