The term “topical cbd” encompasses a wide range of hemp-based products that are applied directly to the skin, typically in areas that require focused attention. In a recent report by CWI, lotions and creams accounted for the largest share of CBD topical SKUs (43%), followed by balms (26%). The majority of these products are made with full-spectrum hemp oil (or a sticky oil extracted from the plant using supercritical CO2), which often includes the other main cannabinoids, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabigerol, along with natural botanicals like menthol, aloe vera, and arnica Montana.
The Science Behind Topical CBD: How It Works for Pain Relief
When slathered on, these formulas are generally absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin, and they can provide fast-acting relief in isolated areas that may be experiencing pain or discomfort. CBD ointments are popular with athletes, those who work in physically demanding jobs, and anyone seeking a way to manage stress and sore muscles.
In addition to delivering pain relief, CBD topicals can also address a variety of other issues such as itchy skin, inflammation, and acne. They can also offer a more targeted delivery of specific therapeutic compounds, such as the cannabinoid cannabidiol, to the area of concern. A small 2020 study showed that CBD ointments are effective at managing the pain associated with nerve damage, and a 2022 study found that CBD topicals can be effective at reducing itchiness in people with eczema.