Bumps, bruises, and sore muscles–we’ve all experienced them. Normally, we’ll just ingest an over-the-counter pain relief medication to reduce the discomfort and inflammation associated with these minor injuries. And while they are valuable treatments for doctors and patients alike, like all medications, they can come with some pretty nasty side-effects. Popular NSAIDs like Ibuprofen and Aspirin can cause systemic problems like stomach bleeding and liver and kidney damage, which can have devastating effects for some. According to the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), each year NSAID side effects hospitalize over 100,000 people and kill 16,500 in the U.S., mostly due to bleeding stomach ulcers. A little scary considering most of us have taken them.
But what is there was a better way? What if we told you that there are topical creams out there that can ease pain and discomfort *naturally* without the negative effects of traditional pharmaceuticals? Interested? Then look no further than topical CBD infused pain relief.
What Kind of Treatments are Out There?
With CBD’s scientifically-proven pain relief properties, its no surprise that dozens of products are cropping up in the market for topical pain relief containing the cannabinoid. But how can you decipher which products are best for your needs?
Topical treatments include salves, lotions, and creams. While the difference between them varies across the industry, in general, the differences lie in their consistency. Salves are anhydrous formulations, meaning they are not made with water and are instead wax or oil-based. Due to their consistency, salves do not absorb into the skin as well as lotions or creams.
Now creams and lotions are made when water and/or hydrosols/aloe vera gel are mixed into a butter formulation, creating an emulsion. Less water added means a thicker consistency (creams), while more water added means a thinner consistency (lotions). Due to the absence of high quantities of wax or oil, creams and lotions are more likely to absorb better into the skin, increasing the effectiveness of a topical treatment.
Are they Safe?
Yes, because they are all-natural. CBD is a naturally occurring compound, and topical products are forged by infusing high-quality CBD oil and therapeutic plant extracts into a mixture. Because no harsh chemicals or by-products are used, topical treatments are safe to use, even in sensitive areas. Since they're not formulated to be transdermal, topical CBD won’t absorb past your skin into your bloodstream, with no risk of it reaching vital organs. And because CBD is non-psychoactive, there is, of course, no risk of getting a “high”. However, while CBD oil in these topical treatments is safe, be sure to do your homework to ensure the products you are using have a COA which clearly maps out what is in the product. Any reputable brand will provide one for consumers.
Is There Evidence They Work?
While many medical experts are skeptical of CBD’s topical benefits, multiple published studies suggest that CBD may play a role in reducing pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and joint discomfort.
According to Medical News Today, the studies are:
- 2011 study found that CBD helped reduce inflammatory pain in rats by affecting the way that pain receptors respond to stimuli.
- 2014 review of the existing body of research on animals concluded that CBD may be an effective treatment for Osteoarthritis.
- 2016 study found that the topical application of CBD had the potential to relieve pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
- 2017 study found that CBD might be a safe and useful treatment for Osteoarthritis joint pain.
If you’re looking for an all-natural method of pain management, CBD topical treatments may be right for you. Check out more of the benefits of CBD inside and out and learn more about the healing properties this compound provides. And if you’re ready to try it out for yourself, Cannalle’s full-spectrum CBD Infused Pain Relief Cream is just what you need.