How do CBD topicals work?
Hemp (Cannabis) is rich in phytocannabinoids that activate the same receptors in our bodies as endocannabinoids do. Endocannabinoids are cannabinoids that our own bodies produce on demand. Both of these interact with a body system called the endocannabinoid system, which is a network of cannabinoid receptors through out the body that play a crucial role in homeostasis, or balance. Homeostasis regulates how cells function within the body and serve as a bridge between the brain and the body.
While THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid, acts as a direct replacement for endocannabinoids, CBD is more of a natural enhancer and helps the body to use its own endocannabinoids more effectively. To understand this better, you need to understand that there are two main cannabinoid receptors, the CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are found mainly in the central nervous system and the CB2 receptors are found mainly in tissues and the immune system.
Now that we’ve covered all of the key players, you might wonder exactly how topicals work. Very simply put, the skin has both CB1 and CB2 receptors, meaning that topical application is a quick and effective way to absorb cannabinoids and why they are absorbed so quickly this way. When you compare consuming cannabinoids via inhalation (smoking or vaping, for example), the cannabinoids must pass through the lungs and into the bloodstream before activating the endocannabinoid receptors in your brain. When consumed as a supplement, either sublingually or just by swallowing it’s hard to determine how much is absorbed, as there are many variables and everyone is different. When applied topically, the endocannabinoid receptors that reside in the muscular tissue under your skin give the applied cannabinoids a direct path to finding those receptors, which results in rapid absorption and relief that can last up to four hours.
Topically, cannabinoids are a very effective and localized treatment for many issues, such as joint pain, muscle aches, cramps and soreness, as well as being extremely effective for certain skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. Don’t worry, even if you are using a full spectrum topical that contains a small amount of THC, it will not penetrate the blood brain barrier, so you will not feel any psychoactive effects nor will you have to worry about testing positive for THC.
If we’ve piqued your curiosity about trying a CBD topical, Authentic Botanicals has some great options to choose from, whether it be for skincare or pain. All of our topicals are infused with real herbs and resins, in addition to phytocannabinoid rich hemp extract.
It doesn’t take a lot of a quality product to activate the endocannabinoid system, so a little goes a long way, which makes it a cost effective and safe remedy. For pain relief with a warming effect, try our full spectrum or isolate (hyperlink pain relief) and for a cooling relief that is great for muscle pain and post workout stress, try (hyperlink muscle relief). Many of our customers also love Muscle Relief for headaches and neck tension. If you are suffering with skin issues related to inflammation, such as eczema, psoriasis or any skin irritation, we recommend (hyperlink Skin Repair) for targeted relief. (Hyperlink skin soother) is great for daily use, diaper rash and even skin burn and is great for broad spectrum use. Whichever you choose, your skin and body will be happy you tried it.