Four Ways to Use CBD Topicals and Creams

CBD infused skin balm

From dietary supplements to infused coffee to bath bombs, CBD is everywhere lately and offered in a variety of products. So then how does one decide? Which CBD products are the best for you? That all depends on what kind of results you’re looking for. However, a good multi-functional product we think everyone should have in their arsenal is a CBD topical.

In fact, we’re such fans of our CBD Infused Skin Balm, we almost always have a jar of it on hand just in case (think one in the medicine cabinet, one bedside, one in our desk drawer…) We can’t overstate how quickly this balm has worked for us on those pesky stove burns or painfully deep papercuts. You’ll definitely want to keep this CBD skin balm on hand. But CBD topical creams and balms are also especially great for joints, sore muscles, or anytime you need to relax. Below are just four of our favorite ways to use CBD topical creams and balms.

CBD Topical Balm

1. Relief From Localized Acute Pain

CBD topical creams and balms can be excellent additions to relieving localized inflammation and pain in the joints and muscles. Recent research has specifically focused on the benefits of topical CBD for arthritis pain. After applying a topical CBD gel to arthritic rats for four days, researchers in a 2016 study saw reduced joint swelling and decreased measures of pain and inflammation. They found that topical CBD applications may provide relief for arthritis pain without the many side effects of traditional pain relievers.

CBD binds to the receptors in our brain that influences pain perception making it an effective pain reliever. Not to mention the fact that CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory. Proper Hemp’s CBD Joint Creme + OptiMSM helps every user manage their localized pain and cut down on inflammation. Rub instant relief on your knuckle, elbows, ankle, or any other area of pain and get back to doing the things you love. Pain-free.

2. Heal Burns & Cuts

Thanks to CBD’s antibacterial properties, topical CBD creams are great to keep on hand for healing cuts and burns. Additionally, CBD is known for helping reduce pain and inflammation. This can be especially beneficial because, well, burns and cuts can sting.

CBD topicals are absorbed quickly into the skin, meaning they’re fast-acting. The Proper Hemp Co. CBD Infused Skin Balm works better and faster than aloe in healing burns, while also clearing up cuts faster than other brands of ointments and creams. The restorative natural plant properties of the CBD balm quickly goes to work on any irritated or over-stimulated area of skin.

CBD topical skin balm

3. Soothe Dry Skin, Eczema, & Psoriasis

A 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology suggests that CBD topicals may be effective against eczema, psoriasis, atopic and contact dermatitis. The study’s senior author Dr. Robert Dellavalle, MD, stated that “perhaps the most promising role for cannabinoids is in the treatment of itch.” It’s believed this may be thanks to CBD’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

Broad spectrum CBD, like Proper Hemp Co.’s products, contains all the natural compounds found in the hemp plant (cannabinoids, flavonoids, fatty acids, antioxidants, and terpenes). The antioxidants, Vitamins C and E, and terpenes found in CBD are especially valuable for promoting healthy skin and reducing inflammation. While individually beneficial, they are especially powerful when working together synergistically. This creates what’s referred to as the “entourage effect.”

Additionally, many CBD topicals are infused with naturally moisturizing and soothing ingredients. (We can’t get enough of the pleasant scent of natural eucalyptus and lavender in our CBD Infused Skin Balm.)

4. Relieve Sore Muscle

Whether from working hard at the gym or simply tension from the stresses of life, we’re all familiar with sore muscles. Fortunately, natural and fast relief can be found with topical creams like Proper Hemp Co.’s CBD Muscle Gel. In fact, thanks to its recent removal from the World Anti-Doping Agency‘s list of banned substances, CBD (especially in its topical form) has grown in popularity amongst athletes and fitness enthusiasts. This is in part due to its ability to promote quick recovery and pain relief.

Simply massage CBD topicals and balms well into your skin over any sore areas–like your back, legs, or shoulders. You’ll feel a noticeable difference in the amount of tightness and soreness. Go ahead and try it yourself; we promise our CBD Balm will have your back!

CBD topicals and creams won’t necessarily cure ailments. However, they can provide relief from sore and strained muscles, stress, skin irritations, and arthritis pain. Whether accompanied by other forms of CBD or used on their own, Proper Hemp Co.’s CBD topicals are a natural and soothing alternative for relieving localized inflammation and promoting overall wellness.

Can CBD Help with Pain Relief?

Topical CBD Cream for pain relief

It’s been estimated that 50 million Americans are living with chronic pain. It’s also the most common reason adults seek health care. Unfortunately, traditional painkillers and opioids have dangerous side effects, causing many to look for alternate, healthier options. While it’s still a relatively new option, popularity is growing around Cannabidiol (CBD) for pain management. And although more research needs to be done to more fully understand abilities, initial research is promising.

A 2008 report examined recent research on CBD and other cannabinoids for pain relief. Compiling studies from the late 1980s to 2007, they concluded that adding CBD to one’s treatment plan for pain relief “shows great promise.” It’s not surprising then that according to a 2018 cross-sectional survey of CBD users, pain was the most common medical reason for using CBD.

By intercepting the transmission of pain signals in the body, CBD works with the body’s nervous system. It helps provide natural pain relief without the nasty side effects of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) and opioids.

CBD as an Anti-Inflammatory

Inflammation is the body’s defense mechanism against infection and vital to our immune system. However, prolonged inflammation can lead to serious health issues, including pain. But by suppressing the inflammatory response, CBD may provide relief for many of the symptoms related to inflammation-based problems, including alleviating pain and reducing swelling and soreness.

A study on mice and rats, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicinesupports these theories. Additionally, their study suggests that individuals are unlikely to build up a tolerance to CBD. Meaning that, unlike typical anti-inflammatories and painkillers, CBD likely poses no threat of addiction and increased dosing won’t be necessary for continued results over time.

CBD for Pain Relief

Recently, osteoarthritic rats were part of a study evaluating CBD’s potential to relieve inflammation, pain, and joint neuropathy. Findings revealed decreased joint inflammation as well as improved weight bearing in the rats with CBD use. Researchers also noted CBD’s potential to actually prevent the development of joint pain from occurring in the first place, concluding:

This study showed for the first time that local CBD administration inhibited pain and peripheral sensitisation in established OA. Topical treatment with CBD reduced leukocyte trafficking and joint hyperaemia during the early stages of MIA. By attenuating this initial inflammatory response with CBD, end-stage OA pain and peripheral neuropathy were abrogated. Thus, CBD may be a safe therapeutic to treat OA pain locally as well as block the acute inflammatory flares that drive disease progression and joint neuropathy.

2016 study also examined arthritis pain in rats.  After applying a topical CBD gel to the rats for four days, researchers saw reduced joint swelling and decreased measures of pain and inflammation. They found that topical CBD applications may provide relief for arthritis pain without the many side effects of traditional pain relievers.

CBD Topical Creams

As emphasized by the above studies, CBD topical creams and balms can be an excellent addition to relieving localized inflammation and pain in the joints and muscles. Proper Hemp Co.’s CBD Infused Skin Balm delivers a soothing dose of relief for pain induced by inflammation. It’s especially great for sore and strained muscles, skin irritations, or anytime you need to relax. Proper Hemp’s CBD Joint Creme + OptiMSM helps every user manage their localized pain and cut down on inflammation. Rub instant relief on your knuckle, elbows, ankle, or any other area of pain and get back to doing the things you love. Pain-free.

Curcumin + CBD for Pain Relief

You’ve probably heard of turmeric and its impressive anti-inflammatory and pain fighting properties. But did you know that curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric? Curcumin has actually been shown to be the ingredient responsible for all those great benefits that have made turmeric a staple in our wellness cabinets.

However, due to the curcumin’s poor bioavailability–meaning the body has a harder time absorbing it–positive results are best achieved when curcumin is combined with other agents, such as seen with Proper Hemp Co.’s CBD + Curcumin Pain Relief Softgels. While chronic inflammation contributes to many common Western diseases, curcumin can suppress many of the molecules known to play major roles in inflammation. This results in a phenomenal source of natural pain management, especially when paired with CBD. This magical combination creates a natural inflammation fighting powerhouse. Together these ingredients help alleviate pain from migraines, menstrual cramps, joint aches and several chronic conditions.

CBD for pain relief

Disclaimer: Though the current CBD research as a pain reliever is encouraging, further examination is needed. Additionally, Proper Hemp always recommends discussing with a physician prior to adding new dietary supplements to one’s routine. 

Does CBD Reduce Inflammation?

Inflammation is a vital and fundamental aspect of the body’s immune response. It defends against illness and infection, signaling to the body to heal and repair itself. It’s also a defense against foreign viruses and bacteria. Basically, we need inflammation to stay healthy. But you know what they say about too much of a good thing. While acute inflammation can promote healing and protection, chronic inflammation can lead to organ damage and illness. In fact, most chronic pain is even linked back to high levels of inflammation.

Reduce inflammation with CBD

Acute Inflammation

Most of us are familiar with acute inflammation. This short-term, localized type of inflammation occurs when we experience a sprained ankle, a cut on our hand, or a sore throat. When an injury or illness occurs, blood vessels dilate to increase blood flow and the body’s white blood cells release a chemical into the bloodstream. This signals to the body to protect against infection and promote healing. Acute inflammation may manifest as redness, heat, swelling, pain, and loss of function. Onset is often rapid and is resolved quickly once healing is complete or the threat is diminished.

Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, persists over an extended length of time. Also known as persistent or low-grade inflammation, this type isn’t part of the body’s healing process and is experienced throughout the whole body. Pathogens, an overactive immune response, or long-term exposure to an irritant are a few of the causes of chronic inflammation.

The primary concern is that this type of prolonged inflammation can lead to serious health issues. Science indicates that diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, hormonal issues, digestive problems, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders may all stem from inflammation. Even fatigue and mood disorders show a correlation with chronic inflammation. 

CBD to Reduce Inflammation

Just as there’s plenty of science indicating the connection between inflammation and health problems, research is also revealing several means of reducing inflammation and returning the body to homeostasis. Diet plays a significant role in this process, linking heart-healthy fats, leafy greens, and turmeric as inflammation fighters. However, studies are also showing Cannabidiol (CBD) to be a natural and powerful anti-inflammatory. In fact, perhaps one of the most heavily studied effects of CBD is its potential to reduce inflammation. While research on this forefront is still new and CBD’s long-term effects need to be studied further, the results of CBD as an anti-inflammatory are promising.

Recently, osteoarthritic rats were part of a 2017 study evaluating CBD’s potential to relieve inflammation, pain, and joint neuropathy. Findings revealed decreased joint inflammation in the rats with CBD use. Researchers also noted CBD’s potential to actually prevent the development of joint pain from occurring in the first place. 

Research has also begun on CBD in relieving symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). This debilitating chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract includes Chron’s disease and ulcerative colitis. However, one promising study demonstrated CBD reduced colonic inflammation in colitis-induced mice and in cultures derived from colitis patients. This moderated inflammation also led to a reduction of detrimental intestinal damage.

Pain Relief with CBD

By suppressing the inflammatory response, CBD can also provide relief for many of the symptoms related to inflammation-based problems. CBD may especially be of great assistance for alleviating pain and reducing swelling and soreness.

A study on mice and rats, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicinesupports these findings. Additionally, their study suggests that individuals are unlikely to build up a tolerance to CBD. Meaning that, unlike typical anti-inflammatories and painkillers, CBD likely poses no threat of addiction and increased dosing won’t be necessary for continued results over time.

Topical CBD Creams

CBD topical creams and balms can be an excellent addition to relieving localized inflammation and pain in the joints and muscles. A 2016 study done on rats found that “topical CBD application has therapeutic potential for relief of arthritis pain-related behaviours and inflammation without evident side-effects.” And thanks to its recent removal from the World Anti-Doping Agency‘s list of banned substances, CBD (especially in topical form) has grown in popularity amongst athletes and fitness enthusiasts. 

Proper Hemp’s CBD Infused Skin Balm and CBD Joint Creme + OptiMSM are both recommended for helping loosen muscles and reduce blood pressure, which alleviates pain and inflammation. These balms deliver soothing doses of relief for pain induced by inflammation. This makes them ideal for joints, sore and strained muscles, or anytime you need to relax.

Reduce inflammation with CBD skin balm

Curcumin

Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has been shown to be responsible for impressive anti-inflammatory and pain fighting properties. However, due to the curcumin’s poor bioavailability–meaning the body has a harder time absorbing it–positive results are best achieved when curcumin is combined with other agents, such as seen with Proper Hemp Co.’s CBD + Curcumin Pain Relief Softgels. While chronic inflammation contributes to many common Western diseases, curcumin can suppress many of the molecules known to play major roles in inflammation. This results in a phenomenal source of natural pain management, especially when paired with CBD. This magical combination creates a natural inflammation fighting powerhouse. Together these ingredients help alleviate pain from migraines, menstrual cramps, joint aches, and several chronic conditions.

Stress Relief with CBD

Long-term stress has been shown again and again to also be a contributing factor to inflammation. Not surprising considering the toll we know it takes on our overall health. Interestingly enough, though, research indicates that the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS) plays an integral role in how we respond to stress. This suggests that by achieving and maintaining a healthy, functioning Endocannabinoid System, we may be able to better manage stress and therefore reduce some of the body’s existing inflammation. A daily CBD supplement can be an easy and effective boost to reducing one’s overall stress.

Disclaimer: Though the current CBD research as an anti-inflammatory is encouraging, further examination is needed. Additionally, Proper Hemp always recommends discussing with a physician prior to adding new dietary supplements to one’s routine.