by Laine Hammer & Cyrus Sepahbodi
If you’re interested in dabbling in CBD products, it can be confusing to jump right into the cannabis wellness space. There are so many options and so much information out there, it’s hard to know what the right choice Is for you. For those of us who are a little weary about ingesting CBD oil for physical discomfort, we recommend starting with topical CBD oil. At Papa & Barkley, we’ve created a whole line of topical CBD oil products. From our soothing CBD Releaf Body Oil to our moisturizing CBD Releaf Lotion, and of course, our award-winning CBD Releaf Balm, there’s no doubt that there’s a CBD topical out there for you. Learn all about the ways CBD oil can help you feel better and the importance of adding it to your everyday routine!
Topical CBD Oil: How It Works
If you are new to cannabis, fret not! Using a topical CBD oil is easy. There are two key ways that topical CBD oil works to reduce discomfort and normal inflammation. First, the oil contains what are called phytocannabinoids, also known as cannabinoids, which interact directly with our endogenous endocannabinoid system (ECS). When you use topical cbd, the cannabinoid penetrates deep into the tissue where applied, saturating the ECS so that the precursors for discomfort and normal inflammation are reduced. The ECS is a system of receptors (CB1 & CB2) throughout our body that manages various biological functions. CBD naturally raises the endocannabinoids in your body, helping to relieve discomfort. CBD helps limit your body’s normal inflammatory response when you have muscle soreness due to exercising or lifting weights. By working with the natural functions in your body, CBD provides a calming effect for both your mind and body. When taken regularly topical cbd oils can help make you more comfortable, whether you have aches and soreness or need to unwind after a long day.
CBD Topicals & the Entourage Effect
The entourage effect—the idea that molecules that occur together in nature interact in useful ways — applies to cannabinoids and terpenes. Terpenes are molecular compounds that are naturally found in plants and insects, manifesting most often in the forms of natural oils, and are accompanied by a distinct aroma and viscosity. Terpenes and cannabinoids (such as CBD and THC) work together to maximize benefits in the body. Lab and patient-based studies reveal that while CBD or THC can work alone for some symptoms, they can often create better outcomes in combination. Specific ratios, especially with naturally occurring terpenes, have the potential to cause even better effects. The entourage effect is one of the leading theories influencing cannabis research worldwide.
How to Use a CBD Topical
Topical CBD can come in several forms – like a body oil, balm, lotion, or even a patch. There are even CBD-infused bath salts and soaks to give you full-body comfort. When you have an area of the body where you are feeling discomfort, you can use topical CBD the way you would a lotion to help reduce stress, discomfort, and normal inflammation. The great thing about topical CBD oil is that it doesn’t enter the bloodstream when you apply it, meaning it just targets the specific area you apply it to. To ensure a body oil works to the best of its abilities, you need to apply it liberally. Our skin is designed to all topicals from entering the body, so if you choose a product with a high concentration of CBD, make sure you apply enough to sink into your skin’s and provide the best results. Side note: if you’re using it in the bath, follow the product instructions for how long you should soak to really reap the benefits.
Will Topical CBD oil get me ‘high’?
In the case of a cbd topical, they are designed to provide targeted comfort by letting cannabinoids penetrate the skin and interact with our endocannabinoid receptors. A CBD topical can help with flexibility and mobility to the joints, soothe sore muscles or muscle tension, or help with other areas of the body. Because the cannabinoids do not enter the blood stream directly, effects are localized and intoxication doesn’t occur. Results can sometimes be felt within minutes and can last anywhere from two to four hours. Most people don’t experience any intoxicating effects from taking Papa & Barkley’s Hemp CBD products, however, every person’s body responds differently to cannabinoids. As always, it is better to start low and go slow as well as seeking the advice of a medical professional before starting a new health regimen.
Choosing the Right CBD Topical: Whole Plant Full Spectrum
There’s a CBD topical product for everyone. Are your knees sore from that 10-mile run? Rub on some CBD Releaf Balm to soothe aching joints. Got tight muscles from sitting or standing all day long at your desk? You deserve a massage! Liberally apply CBD Releaf Body Oil to the places you need it most. And if you’re dealing with dry, irritated skin? Moisturize with our CBD Releaf Body Lotion! CBD topicals are the perfect way to embrace the world of cannabis wellness without the intoxicating effects of THC!
Now that you know all about the benefits of topical CBD oil, you can find the perfect topical to meet your needs. For more information about Papa & Barkley’s topical Hemp CBD line, visit https://papaandbarkleycbd.com/.