What Are CBD Topicals & How do they Work

CBD topicals are any hemp-infused product that is designed to be applied to the skin.

The body has within it a vast network of receptors called the endocannabinoid system or ECS for short. The cannabis compounds found in hemp interact with these receptors to help maintain homeostasis (balance) throughout the bodily systems. Endocannabinoid system receptors are found in the brain, immune cells, organs, connective tissues, glands - and the skin.

Topical CBD works differently than ingested products. When you swallow capsules or hold a tincture under the tongue, the cannabis content in the product is absorbed into the bloodstream through the digestive process or via the mucous membranes. These compounds then act on a "system-level" throughout the body - generally over a 4-8 hour period.

When applied topically, CBD penetrates through the skin to interact with the local ECS receptors. These products help maintain healthy skin function and can be used to target specific issues like soreness or skin conditions. Topicals can work for extended periods because the active ingredients are applied, absorbed and interact directly with the affected skin area (and beyond!).

When to Buy Topical CBD?

Even with an understanding of how topical CBD products work, you may still be wondering when you'd choose them, especially when faced with a wide range of product choices available today. Our view on topicals is that they are perfect in two cases:

If you have a specific skin or localized issue that you need regular support with.
As a compliment to an ingestible product to be used on an as-needed basis.

For example, someone with an ongoing skin issue may choose to apply topical hemp extracts regularly. These customers might never use an ingestible product as their issue is localized and specific. As a contrasting example, we find that many people, for example athletes, choose to use both ingestible and topical CBD in tandem. This allows them 'system-level' support of an ingestible combined with local, specific support of a topical.

Beyond these standard regular use cases, there are many 'special occasion' cases where a CBD topical might be a great go-to. Bath bombs being a great example, a CBD massage being another.

Premium CBD Supply offers the most reputable CBD Topical products, from bath bombs and lotions to facial serums, each with independent lab testing

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