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By Kendall Jenkins on 2020-07-30 16:05:00

The global market is facing the explosion of cannabidiol (CBD) products in varied forms. Its popularity is quite evident from the fact that around 7% of Americans are using CBD which is expected to grow to 10% by the end of 2025. The amount of its sales already flows in billions. As per the largest survey on CBD usage, it was found that women were more likely to use CBD than men and once they started, they were least likely to return to their traditional medicine.

Now the question arises regarding the type of CBD to opt for. There are numerous ways to use CBD that treat various issues but if you're suffering from aches, acne, eczema, or any other skin problem, a topical might be something you're looking for. A CBD topical is any cream or lotion infused with CBD that can be applied directly to the skin.

How do CBD creams function?

CBD creams are designed to work in a number of ways, say to reduce inflammation, pain, enhance the number of endocannabinoids within the body, etc. The endocannabinoid system deals with managing pain, inflammation, metabolism, anxiety, stress, etc. By restoring the endocannabinoid system, CBD can impose varied benefits to the users.

Studies have proven that CBD creams can stimulate this system very precisely while rendering unique benefits. Being an anti-inflammatory product, CBD detains our body's inflammatory processes and thereby diminishes the pain. Moreover, the topically applied CBD, i.e., CBD creams, can directly revive the endocannabinoid system in the skin. This not only modulates skin health but also treats various skin conditions like allergy, acne, psoriasis, eczema, etc. The endocannabinoid system in the skin also regulates cell growth and wound healing. After the application of CBD cream, it binds with the cannabinoid (CB1 and CB2) receptors near the location of your ailment.

How do CBD creams differ from other CBD products?

There is undoubtedly a huge variety of CBD products in the market, and then what's so special about CBD creams? Well, creams carry quite a few but strong supports on their side. On the first note, CBD creams provide localized relief. It simply means that these can be applied directly to the area where it is required, whether it's for acne, eczema, psoriasis, pain, or inflammation.

One more reason in its favor can be its ability to provide quick relief. When taken orally, CBD passes through the digestive system to reach the bloodstream whereas rubbing it on the skin directly impacts the target. Though this doesn't provide you instant relief, it definitely takes a lesser time than its other forms.

Creams also have a lighter consistency that can be quickly rubbed into the skin. These are even more luxurious and moisturizing than their counterparts. Moreover, most of the CBD topical (creams) possess essential oils too. So, meanwhile, these creams perform their task, it leaves you with a delightful fragrance.

How to Apply CBD Creams?

Well, it's not a difficult question to answer. CBD skincare is undoubtedly blowing the world with its tremendous popularity. Unlike oils and pills, you don't require its specific dose. Apply a small amount of cream to your affected areas and give it an hour or so. If nothing is felt, apply a little more. Many companies recommend re-applying CBD cream every 3-4 hours, even if it works. Since CBD creams offer localized relief, you need to rub it on the skin but follow the general guidelines to ensure the maximum benefits.

1. Go for the allergic test

a. Take a glance at the list of ingredients of the cream and check if you are allergic to any of them.

b. Before applying it all over, go for a spot-test. Try a small amount of it on a small spot of your skin and measure the reaction. Once you get the green signal, you can carry on with the product.

2. Clean the affected area

Evaluate the affected area, clean it, and dry it gently with a towel. Apply the cream and rub it generously over the targeted area just like you apply any moisturizer. Since the creams provide localized relief, you need to correctly evaluate the affected area wisely for quicker and better results. To avoid wastage, it's recommended to apply it on the key areas like soles of the heels and feet, face (specifically the pores and around the nose), shoulders, neck, joints, calves, and back.

3. Give it some time

These give quicker results but not instantly. It definitely takes time. For better results, cover the affected area with a bandage. You may also opt to apply the cream before going to bed to work it overnight.

Is it really fruitful?

Since very little research has been conducted in this regard so far, it's too early to comment on anything but the results are quite promising. The American Academy of Dermatology even recommended using topical CBD products as a supplement for acne, eczema, and psoriasis last year. However, its effectiveness relies on a number of factors, like the source, quality, and dosage.

Another study published in the March–April 2019 issue of the journal Clinical Therapeutics involved 20 participants with certain skin issues and observed that a CBD ointment enhanced skin elasticity and improved skin hydration. The reason may be the presence of fatty acids in the ointment or the anti-inflammatory effect of CBD.

As per the research conducted so far, CBD products are generally safe to use topically and don't cause any side effects. As the product doesn't enter the bloodstream, there doesn't lie a probability of drug interactions. A study published in Forensic Science International found topical THC use resulted in negative in both urine and blood drug tests.


Since the application of CBD creams is pretty easy and the inherent CBD doesn't enter the bloodstream, you need not be worried regarding the dosage. As aforementioned, you simply have to apply it passably on your targeted skin based on your requirement. For better implication, generally, a time interval of 4-6 hours is prescribed for reapplication by most of the companies.

How to pick the best one for me?

It's always a matter of personal choice. As there are a plethora of options available in the CBD topical market, you need to do intense research before buying. Since it's applied on the skin, opt for the one with skin-caring ingredients like coconut oil, jojoba oil, lavender oil, etc.

  • If you are looking for pain-relief, search for the product with cooling or warming ingredients, and also natural compounds like turmeric.

  • Always pick a reputable brand that exhibits third-party lab reports displaying the product contents. It will carry positive customer reviews too. For example this review of Medterra, that highlights what makes their CBD Creams effective.

  • Before indulging anything into your routine, consult your dermatologist.

Final take

So this blog clearly exhibits that creams are the easiest and safest way of consuming CBD. While bearing the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, CBD works miracles for various ailments like chronic pain, burn, eczema, psoriasis, skin infections, sore muscles, etc. Don't even bother about turning out to be positive on a drug-test after its consumption, as it doesn't get you high. Just give it a test-try, check the label for CBD concentration, and legality in your state. Don't forget to check third-party verification to get an authentic product.

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