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Introduction to Topical Hemp Products

A very interesting and effective way to use Whole plant Hemp is to apply it topically (on the skin).Our skin is home to literally thousands of CB2 receptors. When we find inflammation or pain associated with our skin and underlying joints and muscle, we also find a higher concentration of CB2 receptors…ready to receive either endocannabinoids (already present in our bodies) or exocannabinoids…(the type you receive by ingesting or applying Whole plant hemp products). It’s a match made in heaven!…as nature intended.

Over the coming weeks I will be talking more about topical products and how we can best utilise them to enhance our Health and wellbeing.

 

A topical Whole plant hemp product can come in a range of products which may or may not be combined with other therapeutic essential oils, terpenes and vitamins.

However, some topical products use a natural or synthetic isolates to save cost, unfortunately this often means that they are also sacrificing maximum efficacy.

Topicals come in a range of concentrations, consistency of carrier oils and qualities so it is important to understand what you are purchasing to ensure you get the best results.

Any additional ingredients added to CBD to create a quality topical must be carefully considered for added therapeutic value and bioavailability.

Topicals can be used in conjunction with oral administration or independently. For some the idea of taking CBD internally can still bring with it uncertainty or complications due to current legal restrictions.

Topicals are an easy, effective way to address musculoskeletal aches and pains, inflamed joints and skin, sports injuries and itching due to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.

 

 

Types of topical CBD products:

 

Creams – A creamy cosmetic used to care for the skin.

Usually a light carrier base that spreads easily and can assist with moisturising and protecting the skin. Creams can sometimes contain UV protection and can be medicated or unmedicated.

 

Try it for: Most general skin irritations/ protection from the environment/sunburn/rashes/chafing.

 

Salves – An ointment used to promote healing of the skin or to soothe and protect. It generally has heavier base oil that can feel highly moisturising and protective, often sitting on the surface of the skin for longer than a cream.

Very similar application to a Balm.

 

Try it for: Abrasions/Bruises/ Arthritis/ Headaches/ Migraines/ Muscle soreness and tension/ Joint pain/ Psoriasis/ Eczema/ lesions/ Swelling/ itching/redness.

 

Balms – A fragrant ointment used to heal, sooth and protect the skin.

These can be used for targeted treatment due to the stable and thicker texture of the product. Often containing beeswax or soy-based carrier to ensure active ingredients are absorbed at the desired location, this also prolongs the absorption of cannabinoids, making it more ‘slow release’. Other terpenes and essential oils are combined with other the active ingredients to promote healing and protection. The use of Bees wax can also increase its water-resistant properties.

Very similar applications to a Salve.

 

Try it for: Abrasions/Bruises/ Arthritis/ Headaches/ Migraines/ Muscle soreness and tension/ Joint pain/ Psoriasis/ Eczema/ lesions/ Swelling/ itching/redness.

 

Oils – A viscous liquid often derived from coconut, hemp or sunflowers or other oil producing plants. CBD oil that is used sublingually is often suspended in MCT oil (mid-chain triglyceride, such as coconut, hemp or sunflower oil)

 

Try it for: While primarily used sublingually, oils can also be used on the skin to reduce inflammation or minimise pain and discomfort on the skin surface or underlying joints and muscles.

 

Serums – Serums are skin care products that are designed to deliver high concentrations of specific active ingredients to the skin. … Most often, serums are clear, gel-based or liquid. They utilise carrier oils that are chosen specifically for deep absorption into the delicate skin of the face, hands, neck and decolletage and tend to be less thick than a moisturiser.

Try it for: Hyper-pigmentation/ Acne/ Anti-aging/ Rosacea/ Sun damage/Dryness/ Balancing sebum production

 

This can be done in conjunction with oral administration of ingestible oil tinctures or independently. For some the idea of taking Whole plant hemp oil internally can still bring with it uncertainty or complications due to the current legal status.

 

Topicals may be an easy, effective way to address musculoskeletal aches and pains, inflamed skin, sports injuries and itching due to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.

 

Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis:

It has been theorised that CBD may help skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.  A small study published in 2019 in Clinical Therapeutics that included people with atopic dermatitis found that a Whole plant hemp ointment helped clear skin and reduced itch and the sleep loss it caused.

Research also suggests Whole plant hemp is anti-microbial, with some data showing it works about as well as antibiotics to kill Staphylococcus aureus. Staph can infect the skin of people with atopic dermatitis, triggering flares and other complications.

 

Acne:

It has also been hypothesised that CBD creams can assist with acne by modulating the skins sebum production. Some people recommend both internal and external administration for the most effective treatment of acne. Reducing the over production of sebum associated with acne.

Some CBD oils also contain terpenes, many terpenes have superb antibacterial activity which also helps in treating existing acne.

 

Headaches:

CBD oil, creams and balms can also be applied to your neck, temples or forehead to help relieve headaches and migraines. We know that when we activate both the CB1 and CB2 receptors there is a decrease in pain signalling messages being received by the brain.

 

Adding Essential oils:

Adding lavender or German chamomile essential oil to your CBD balm, cream or oil boosts it’s anti- inflammatory action to promote skin healing or adding lavender, peppermint or eucalyptus essential oils can help control headaches. Warming essential oils such as ginger, black pepper and rosemary can be added when the CBD oil or cream is being used to address musculoskeletal pain or spasm.

 

NOTE: As it is with sublingual oils, research shows clearly that the whole plant and all its constituents are often more effective than isolates.

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