You may be familiar with CBD, the non-intoxicating compound in cannabis that many have turned to for its therapeutic effects. Some people take CBD in tinctures or capsules, but CBD can also be taken transdermally in the form of topicals.
What are CBD topicals?
Lotions, gels, soaps, and creams are all forms of CBD topicals. They are often infused with CBD alongside other soothing ingredients like essential oils.
Topicals are great for targeted relief because they directly affect the location they are applied to by interacting with cannabinoid receptors in the specific area. When you take a CBD tincture, it absorbs into the bloodstream, essentially targeting many cannabinoid receptors throughout the body. When you apply CBD topicals, it does not hit the bloodstream and stays localized.
The benefits of using CBD topicals
Studies have found CBD and other cannabinoids to be effective anti-inflammatories. Inflammation is the root of many types of pain, making CBD a potential tool for relief. Achy muscles or joints may benefit from the application of CBD topicals because the CBD will bind to cannabinoid receptors in the area it is directly applied to.
When CBD enters the bloodstream, it begins to circulate across the body. Since CBD topicals bypass the bloodstream, they’re an effective way to quickly provide targeted relief to a specific area in a quick manner.
CBD may also be a neuroprotective antioxidant, according to a study from 2000. Antioxidants help the skin repair itself and prevent damage to the skin. With this in mind, CBD may be a favorable addition to any skincare routine.
Essential oils and CBD – a soothing blend
If you’ve done a lot of CBD research, you may have heard of “the entourage effect”, where all plant parts work together symbiotically to boost one another’s effects. This means CBD, other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and more from the cannabis plant can boost one another’s therapeutic responses by working together.
Terpenes are responsible for the unique taste and smell of cannabis, but they’re not only found in marijuana. In fact, there are many terpenes present in various plants contributing to unique smells and tastes across all types of food and plants.
Essential oils are full of terpenes, and combining them with CBD means more soothing aromas and a synergistic relationship between all of the different compounds.
Mellow CBD topicals contain carefully curated blends of essential oils, from lavender and bergamot to juniper and frankincense, to create a more relaxing and soothing topical for everyday use. Each essential oil has its own unique blend of terpenes with various uses, so we’ve carefully selected the best pairings for each of our topicals.
Our Love Mellow face cream, for example, has a soothing blend of various oils. We’ve packed frankincense oil, which has historically been used in natural cosmetics across various cultures, alongside lavender, patchouli, and other beneficial essential oils.
Best of all, our topicals are 100% natural, with mostly organic essential oils and extracts.