CBD salves, lotions, and creams have gained a lot of momentum as a potential treatment for localized discomfort and normal inflammation. Although research in this area is still in its early stages, many people have turned to CBD for discomfort and acute pain relief. Topical CBD creams and salves are a quick and convenient way to harness CBD’s potential therapeutic benefits. Here’s what you need to know about these products.

Why Use a CBD Topical Salve, Lotion, or Cream?

Topical creams have become a go-to product for many people suffering from acute pain and normal or exercise-induced inflammation because they can provide relief for hours. They are also very easy to carry and to use. Many people prefer to keep them in their gym bag or their work bag in order to fight muscle and joint discomfort whenever and wherever it may strike. 

In recent years, professional athletes in sports ranging from soccer to MMA have begun to tout the benefits of CBD for helping their muscles recover more quickly and keeping discomfort at bay after intense workouts. It’s no surprise, then, that many regular gym-goers have also begun to apply CBD topicals before and after their workouts in order to enjoy the same benefits. 

Regardless of what’s causing your discomfort, CBD topicals may be able to help. 

How Do Topical CBD Salves, Lotions, And Creams Work?

Topical CBD creams should be applied directly to trouble spots that are causing discomfort. Once they are applied, they sink deep inside the skin to produce localized effects, without ever reaching the bloodstream to produce systemic ones. Because of this, CBD topicals will never alter your state of mind or produce any kind of psychoactive activity. 

The cannabinoids in the cream work by interacting with your body’s cannabinoid receptors. Once they are absorbed, they can get to work producing their effects. 

How To Apply A CBD Salve, Lotion, or Cream


Applying a topical CBD salve or lotion is simple.

Begin by cleaning the area well and drying it off. Grease or dirt that exists on the skin can make it harder for the contents of the cream to be absorbed. 

After your skin has been cleaned, go ahead and apply your CBD topical salve just as you would any other cream. Make sure to rub the cream into your skin in a circular motion, as this will help it be absorbed much more efficiently, rather than just sitting on your skin being absorbed slowly.

Give the topical an hour or so to work. If you aren’t experiencing the effects you desire, go ahead and apply some more. Otherwise, wait 2–3 hours before reapplying again to keep the effects going. 

The Best CBD Salve For Everyday Pain


So what’s the best CBD salve for acute pain? 

One cream we recommend is our CBD Releaf Balm, winner of the Men’s Health 2021 Best CBD Balm For Targeted Muscle Relief award. This CBD-rich salve is made with simple plant-based ingredients that work to deliver a soothing warmth followed by a cooling cold sensation. This balm makes the most of both CBD and hot-cold therapy to provide multifaceted relief to sore muscles and joints.  

Check out our CBD-specific shop for a selection of other top-of-the-line CBD topicals for muscle pain. 

Oftentimes, a good CBD salve for pain is one that also contains a little bit of THC. 

That’s because both of these cannabinoids are believed to potentially fight off inflammation and provide relief from certain kinds of pain. By combining them, you get the best of both worlds, allowing you to take advantage of the therapeutic potential of both through the entourage effect. Remember, though, that topical creams and salves will only produce localized effects, not systemic ones. This means that you will never have to worry about the THC they contain getting you “high” or making you fail a drug test.

Check out our CBD Balm if you’re looking to try a little THC in your topical, as well.

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