When one talks about using cannabidiol or CBD topicals, the usual ones that come to mind are those in the form of gummies, capsules, or tinctures. But in recent years, CBD topicals are becoming increasingly popular, not only because of their variety of uses but also because THC products are widely prohibited. Many people are now exploring the benefits of CBD topical products, especially for localized relief.
But while it's true that CBD topicals are becoming more common in products such as creams, lotions, and gels, there are still lots of misconceptions about them. Not all are still in the know about how exactly topical CBD products enter your body and whether the benefits are the same as the ingestible variety.
Before getting on the subject of topicals themselves, it's better to have a clearer understanding of CBD first.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the more than 100 compounds naturally found in the cannabis Sativa plant. These compounds are also known as cannabinoids. CBD is quite a common and popular cannabinoid used in the market. Cannabinoids are molecules that interact with the body's cannabinoid receptors.
The natural cannabinoids that our body makes are called endocannabinoids, which have special receptors that form the endocannabinoid system or ECS. The ECS is responsible for maintaining and balancing the body's homeostasis state.
Growers and manufacturers extract cannabinoids such as CBD from hemp plants that are specially cultivated to produce lower levels of THC, a psychoactive substance found in cannabis. Companies rely on this industrial hemp to produce CBD products with less than 0.3 percent THC, which is the legal limit.
The CBD extracted from hemp is used to make a wide variety of products, which include edibles such as gummies, oil tinctures, and CBD topicals. Since these products contain lower levels of THC, they don't produce the "high" sensations usually associated