CBD 101

CBD EDU: Get To Know CBD Topicals

Ah, topicals. Even the thought of them is therapeutic. CBD topicals include creams, lotions, balms, patches, shampoos, conditioners and even bath bombs. Rule of thumb: If it goes on top of your skin instead of in your tummy, it’s a topical. CBD topicals are some of the most fun and restful ways to recover from stiffness, soreness and dryness. Here’s information about how topicals work, how to use them, and what to look for when shopping. 

How do topicals work?

Like other forms of CBD, CBD topicals work by binding to cannabinoid receptors when applied. The endocannabinoid system plays a key role in your body’s sleep, mood, appetite, and memory functions. Even individuals who have never touched cannabis in their lives have an endocannabinoid system.

Unlike edible CBD, topicals typically don’t reach the bloodstream. In that way, they offer what’s known as “localized relief.” An easy way to understand localized relief is to think about chapstick—dry, sore lips will benefit from applying chapstick locally to the mouth.

Thinking beyond chapstick, topical CBD can help soothe soreness, itchiness and general discomfort. It’s also a go-to for athletes that are interested in muscle recovery, or for those who want to prevent post-workout aches. Every topical has a unique purpose and may be combined with other ingredients that offer relief. Some natural pairings for CBD in topicals include menthol, lavender, jasmine and other herbal extracts that have been shown to help people quiet their minds and find restful relaxation.

How do you apply topicals?

Topicals should be applied directly to the skin in the area they are intended to benefit. It’s necessary that you read the label on your topical product to understand what the application amount is supposed to be and how often you are able to apply the product. The product label can also give you information about the potency of the CBD as well as information about the benefits of other ingredients. By reading the label carefully, you will also learn more about what type of CBD is used—isolate, broad- or full-spectrum.

Most topicals, such as lotions or creams, are applied by gently massaging into the skin. Topical application can be as indulgent as you desire—if you have time to kill, why not treat yourself or your partner to a little topical massage to help ease any discomfort? Other topicals, such as patches, can be applied straight to the problem area. For bath bombs, just toss it right in the water and soak up. For more specific advice about how to best enjoy topicals, be sure to read up on your specific product. 

What topicals should you try?

At Social CBD, we recommend looking for three things in CBD products: Purity, Power and Honesty. Our products contain 0.0% THC and designed to give you the calming results you need. The Social CBD Essential Rest line features our Rest CBD Body Lotion which is infused with gentle lavender and chamomile-infused moisturizer as well as muscle therapy. The Essential Rest line also includes a Lavender CBD Balm Stick which helps give exhausted muscles a break.

Another category worth investigating is our Swift Recovery collection. From gels and creams to patches and sprays, this intensive treatment line offers something for everyone. These products combine pure hemp with alleviating ingredients including aloe, tea tree oil and vitamin E to name a few. These products offer targeted, soothing relief for muscles on the mend.