DMSO is often used to increase the absorption of other medications or supplements when applied topically.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been studied extensively and shown to have a wide range of potential health advantages for the body. Still, its low bioavailability in topical medications stymies how effectively it works.
Combining DMSO and CBD may increase the effectiveness of CBD topicals. While further research is needed, some preliminary reports suggest this could be a more effective way to use CBD topically.
What is DMSO?
DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) is a chemical that comes from wood and is formed as a byproduct of paper manufacturing. It has been used as a solvent and carrier in various drug therapies for many years.
DMSO is known for its ability to penetrate the skin and other membranes, increasing their absorption into the body and making it an effective carrier of other medications or supplements.
This quality has made it a popular topical treatment for conditions such as pain, inflammation, and joint stiffness.
What is DMSO used for?
DMSO is most commonly used on the skin to increase the absorption of other medications or supplements.
When applied topically, DMSO can help increase the bioavailability of CBD (cannabidiol), allowing for greater absorption and effects from the CBD.
DMSO has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects well, which can be very helpful for those who have arthritis or other inflammatory conditions.
How is DMSO used?
DMSO is most commonly applied to the skin. Depending on what you want to use DMSO for, it can be applied externally almost anywhere on the body. There are a few ways to use DMSO topically, some of which include:
• Applying a small amount of pure or diluted DMSO to skin
• Using products containing DMSO, such as creams or lotions.
DMSO can also be taken by mouth (e.g., as a liquid or capsule) to treat conditions such as interstitial cystitis (inflammation of the bladder).
Combining DMSO and CBD
One of the main benefits of using DMSO is increasing the bioavailability and absorption of other medications or supplements. This means that the active ingredients in these substances are more readily absorbed by the body when taken with DMSO.
DMSO penetrates cell membranes easily and can carry other substances into cells. When DMSO carries substances into the body’s cells, the effects of these substances are felt more quickly and begin to take effect sooner than they would without DMSO.
When combined, DMSO and CBD may help to increase the absorption of CBD through the skin. This could lead to a more significant effect from CBD topicals and provide relief from many conditions.
The CBD industry has also been taking steps to improve the bioavailability of CBD by creating new methods for its application and absorption into the body. These efforts have yielded topical solutions containing greater concentrations of CBD that can absorb more efficiently through the skin.
One of CBD’s most promising applications is in the treatment of pain and inflammation. This includes inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, chronic pain and inflammation disorders, joint swelling, and more.
Combining CBD with DMSO can increase the bioavailability of CBD topicals and may improve their effectiveness.
Benefits of using DMSO with CBD
There are many potential benefits to using CBD topical products with DMSO.
Some of these benefits may include:
- Greater absorption and bioavailability of CBD
- Reduced pain and inflammation, which may be helpful in treating a variety of conditions such as arthritis and other inflammatory disorders.
- Reduced joint pain and stiffness
- Relief from skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis
DMSO has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects, which can be very helpful for those suffering from inflammatory conditions like arthritis. When combined with CBD, these effects may be amplified, providing relief for those who need it.
Many studies show CBD to be an effective treatment for chronic pain and inflammation. When used in combination with DMSO, CBD topical products may provide relief for long-term pain that other treatments haven’t been able to touch.
Also, CBD’s analgesic effects may provide relief from many minor pain sources like muscle aches and sore joints.
How to use topical CBD products with DMSO
DMSO is a powerful solvent that will increase the absorption of anything on the skin. For this reason, it is important to use DMSO only on clean, dry skin.
For example, if you have any dirt or other contaminants on your skin, they will be absorbed into your body along with the DMSO.
To use topical CBD products with DMSO, start by thoroughly cleaning both your hands and the area of your body you wish to apply the product.
Next, dry the area and apply a small amount of the product. If this is your first time using the product, apply it to only a small area.
Once you have applied the topical, monitor yourself for its effects before applying more or using it on a larger area.
Side effects of DMSO
DMSO has some potential side effects that vary depending on the route of administration (for example, whether it is ingested, applied to the skin, etc.) and method of application (such as using pure DMSO or products containing DMSO).
Common side effects of using DMSO on the skin include a strong garlic odour, stomach upset or nausea, and skin irritation.
Side effects of taking DMSO by mouth may include headache, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and drowsiness or dizziness.
Always speak with your health care provider before starting any new dietary supplements or medications, including over-the-counter medications or supplements.
Final thoughts on DMSO and CBD
DMSO is a compound that has excellent potential in the CBD industry. Not only does it have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of its own, but it can enhance the absorption and bioavailability of CBD.
By enhancing the effectiveness of CBD topicals, DMSO may improve their potential for pain relief and inflammation; it is also a potentially valuable tool in treating common skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne and eczema.
These benefits are just some examples of how topical products containing DMSO can provide incredible therapeutic value when combined with CBD.