How To Use CBD Cream On Your Skin (Topical CBD)

Use CBD On Your Skin

UPDATED: October 9, 2020

Cannabis extracts have been used topically to relieve pain and treat skin rashes in India and Latin America for hundreds of years.

CBD skin products come in ointments, salves, and lotions. 

They are not psychoactive and can be used to treat pain, inflammatory skin rashes, and bacterial skin infections.

CBD Topical Products

CBD and cannabis products made for skin application have a wide possibility of use:

Topical CBD seems to be one of the most versatile applications for this already very versatile compound.

Weekly it seems we hear from  people who have had no luck with conventional medicine:

Screen Shot 2017 05 28 at 1.40.45 AM

How does CBD work on the skin?

The endocannabinoid system is thought to play an important role in the immune response of our skin.

An improper immune response can result in inflammation and this is why CBD is being researched as an anti-inflammatory for inflammation-related skin conditions.

Other important functions of the endocannabinoid system in the skin include regulation of cell growth and wound healing.

Both CB1 and CB2 receptors have been found throughout the skin.

Due to the fact that your skin Is the largest organ in the human body, it makes sense that by applying a topical lotion to your skin that you will benefit from CBD and other ingredients that are in your topical CBD product.

When you apply your CBD lotion onto your skin the CBD is absorbed into your skin along with the additional ingredients in your lotion. It's not any different than when you use face cream or sunscreen. 

Since CBD lotion is applied to a specific location on your body, the benefits that the CBD are bringing to your body are hyper-focused on the area that you applied the CBD lotion. 

If you tend to get arthritis in a knee or a shooting pain in your neck, CBD lotion can be used to focus the CBD to an exact location of the body. 

The skin is excellent at absorbing and delivering nutrients from lotions or oils that are applied to it, and in this case, the CBD that is in your product gets absorbed as well.

best cbd topicals

Are there side effects of using CBD on the skin?

Using CBD On The Skin

CBD and cannabis skin products are generally safe to apply liberally to the skin and are not likely to cause side effects. 

Even if the product contains THC, psychoactivity is not likely with this delivery method.

However, it is very important that you test a small amount on your skin first before applying liberally to the affected area. 

Allergic reactions have occurred and you need to test yourself to see if you are allergic to whatever product you are using. 

It's also not recommended to use CBD skin products that contain alcohol as this could make some skin conditions worse.

If you do have an allergic reaction, it may not necessarily be an allergic reaction to CBD or one of the cannabinoids. 

Instead, you may be having an allergic response to an additive in the product you are using. 

Check product labels and try to find products that only contain CBD, cannabinoids, and the base that acts as the carrier – i.e. coconut oil or hempseed oil.

How should I use CBD on my skin?

Always speak with a doctor before using CBD, especially if you already take other medications. 

CBD can cause drug interactions

You likely do not need to worry about drug interactions when using CBD topically but we always recommend speaking with your doctor and/or dermatologist.

After making sure you are not allergic, you can liberally apply CBD lotion to any place you have pain or skin irritation.

People with arthritis pain have reported fast relief by applying cannabinoid-rich topical products directly to an inflamed and painful joint.

Screen Shot 2017 05 28 at 1.24.00 AM

CBD lotions and balms can be used on the hands, knees, feet, back, and neck.

People are reporting success in treating eczema with CBD.

CBD for eczema

While it's generally recommended to stick to external use only, some people have reported CBD lotion to be effective for treating hemorrhoids.

CBD for hemorrhoids

Mixing different delivery methods of CBD is common and people have reported success with using topical applications at the same time as a tincture or vape product for faster relief of their symptoms.

What terpenes are good for CBD topical applications?

Look for B-caryophyllene and pinene. 

These terpenes are anti-inflammatory and work synergistically with THC and CBD

What are studies saying about using cannabinoids (CBD and THC) for topical applications?

resources

Hammell DC, Zhang LP, Ma F, et al. Transdermal cannabidiol reduces inflammation and pain-related behaviours in a rat model of arthritis. Eur J Pain. 2016;20(6):936-948. doi:10.1002/ejp.818

Maida V, Corban J. Topical Medical Cannabis: A New Treatment for Wound Pain-Three Cases of Pyoderma Gangrenosum. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Nov;54(5):732-736. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2017.06.005. Epub 2017 Aug 14. PMID: 28818631.

Bíró T, Tóth BI, Haskó G, Paus R, Pacher P. The endocannabinoid system of the skin in health and disease: novel perspectives and therapeutic opportunities. Trends Pharmacol Sci. 2009;30(8):411-420. doi:10.1016/j.tips.2009.05.004

Appendino G, Gibbons S, Giana A, Pagani A, Grassi G, Stavri M, Smith E, Rahman MM. Antibacterial cannabinoids from Cannabis sativa: a structure-activity study. J Nat Prod. 2008 Aug;71(8):1427-30. doi: 10.1021/np8002673. Epub 2008 Aug 6. PMID: 18681481.

Casares L, García V, Garrido-Rodríguez M, Millán E, Collado JA, García-Martín A, Peñarando J, Calzado MA, de la Vega L, Muñoz E. Cannabidiol induces antioxidant pathways in keratinocytes by targeting BACH1. Redox Biol. 2020 Jan;28:101321. doi: 10.1016/j.redox.2019.101321. Epub 2019 Sep 5. PMID: 31518892; PMCID: PMC6742916.

Related products posts

cbd drinks

Getting Refreshed with CBD Drinks [Best 8 CBD Drinks on Market]

CBD drinks are a refreshing and easy way to get a measured serving of CBD. Discover the many products available on the market, plus our 8 recommendations.

read more →
cbd cigarettes

CBD Cigarettes Are Lit, Find Out Why [10 Top Brand Joints Reviewed]

CBD cigarettes are what you'd imagine them being, CBD flower in the form of a pre-roll joint. Tobacco smokers are switching to non-toxic, non-addictive hemp cigarettes in large numbers.

read more →
Medterra liposomal cbd good morning

Medterra Liposomal CBD+ Good Morning Review

Medterra Liposomal CBD+ Good Morning capsules combine all the herbs you'd want for a refreshing morning . Learn a bit about liposomal, and read our review of why it matters.

read more →
cbd bath bombs

7 Best CBD Bath Bombs – Learn to Relax

Bath bombs are a great way to relax or prepare for a night of undisturbed sleep. CBD bath bombs add another layer to the mix and are a welcomed addition to your routine.

read more →
cbd-cannabis-suppositories

Why Are People Sticking CBD Up Their Butt? Everything You Always Wanted To Know About CBD Suppositories [Updated Nov. 2020]

CBD suppositories are used by those who can't swallow pills or take CBD by any other form. Suppositories allow the CBD to reach your bloodstream at a higher concentration. [Plus 4 Suppository Recommendations]

read more →
cbd-isolate-powder-spoon

Everything You Need to Know About CBD Isolate [Plus 7 Isolate Reviews]

What exactly is CBD isolate? And why is it so beneficial? If you’re looking to make your own CBD products, knowing about CBD isolate is a good place to start.

read more →

Like it? Share it.

>
hemp

FREE Beginner's Guide to CBD

Interested in CBD but don't know where to start? Get the FREE eBook and join our community of 30,000 learners.

Sign up below for our free 20-page eBook that will bring clarity and insight into the world of CBD. You'll also be added to our newsletter featuring the latest CBD news and offers.

Sign Up to Get our FREE CBD Beginner's Guide eBook plus receive our weekly newsletter ​
medterra gummies free

Sign up for the CBD newsletter

Receive 2 FREE packs of high-quality Medterra CBD gummies when you sign up for the CBD School Newsletter. No further purchase obligation and you can unsubscribe anytime. Hit subscribe and check your email.