CBD topicals

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CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound produced in hemp plants. Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t produce a feeling of being high.

CBD topicals such as lotions, balms, gels, or creams are infused with CBD to produce skin-friendly products that contain the medicinal properties of CBD. In topical form, CBD is most popularly used for managing pain and inflammation, however, recently we have seen it appear in cosmetics such as body lotions, wrinkle creams and facemasks.

Is a CBD topical better for me than an Oil?

CBD topicals penetrate the skin to provide targeted relief, without entering the bloodstream. Whereas with an oil, the CBD enters directly into the bloodstream offering relief all over the body. This makes CBD topicals a fantastic choice for anyone who wants to focus the healing properties in specific problem areas rather than feel the effects throughout their body. CBD topicals can potentially provide relief for a variety of pain, headache, and skin issues such as:

Lo Friesen, lead chemist for CBD wellness company Heylo, believes CBD topicals are also a fantastic preventative medicine. She says using these topicals every day, multiple times a day allows the body to not only uptake CBD quicker, but also build a CBD level in those areas and prevent worsening inflammation.

What about CBD cosmetics?

The use of hemp by the cosmetic industry is nothing new. It has in fact been touting the virtues of the plant since at least the early 1990s, for which it mainly uses seeds and oil. What changes the game today is popularization of CBD, or cannabidiol, an active molecule whose effects on the human body seem to be numerous.

The advantage of its entry into the composition of cosmetic products is that it allows a action with local effect. Most other forms of CBD products (pollen, oils, e-liquid) indeed imposes a global action, including on parts of the body not concerned. We are interested in CBD cosmetics that are:

  • moisturizing
  • antioxidant
  • acne treatment
  • anti-aging (CBD would help in particular to neutralize the effects of UV rays, harmful to the skin).

Why use CBD cosmetics rather than pure CBD?

CBD molecules are naturally present throughout the hemp plant. However, most of them are concentrated in trichomes. These small shiny and sticky vesicles adorn the flowers and reach their maximum size when the flower reaches maturity. The cannabidiol can then be extracted, either by hand or by drying and pressing the flowers.

The result of this extraction is a CBD paste of oily texture. Used pure, it is therefore neither practical to handle, nor lenient towards clothing or any other surface with which it comes into contact. Thanks to cosmetics industry know-how, rapid and deep absorption of cannabinoids is possible. The comfort in use is therefore better and stains on clothes or sheets are only a distant memory.

They notably offer an adjusted pH, the source of products suitable for all skin types (dry or oily skin, sensitive skin).

CBD cosmetics also have the advantage of containing other active agents who come to supplement and enhance the effects of cannabidiol. They notably offer an adjusted pH, the source of products suitable for all skin types (dry or oily skin, sensitive skin). The other components also allow better targeting of products, for optimal use on different areas of the body (back, face, hands, etc.).

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