Have you heard about the potential benefits of CBD creams?
Well, it’s true:
CBD creams can help treat a variety of symptoms including pain, inflammation, as well as skin conditions like acne, dermatitis, and more.
If you’re interested in using CBD creams, you’re probably wondering how to dose these products.
Below I share some general dosing tips for CBD creams and other topicals.
How Do CBD Creams Work?
CBD creams work by activating the endocannabinoid system in the skin.
As you probably know, the endocannabinoid system is the biological system that processes cannabinoids like CBD and THC (the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis).
The endocannabinoid system is also involved in a plethora of bodily processes, including everything from pain sensation to inflammation and memory.
In the skin, the endocannabinoid system helps drive down local inflammation and modulates the growth and differentiation of skin cells.
It also helps regulate apoptosis, the natural programmed death of cells.
All of these processes are vital to skin health.
By activating your skin’s endocannabinoid system, you can help stimulate many of the natural processes that help to keep your skin functioning properly.
Topical CBD Doesn’t Reach the Bloodstream
When you ingest CBD in the form of an edible or tincture, you’re delivering it to your bloodstream from where it can be carried to receptors scattered all around your body.
CBD topicals, however, don’t reach the bloodstream.
Instead, they deliver CBD directly to the receptors and ion channels in the part of the skin where they are applied.
This is important for 2 reasons:
First of all, it means that CBD topicals are great for treating localized symptoms in a particular area of the body (like inflammation in a specific joint, for example).
Secondly, it means CBD topicals will have different effects than other CBD products that are made to be ingested (like oils).
For example, you might find that CBD topicals offer faster relief from arthritic inflammation and pain.
On the other hand, you might find they are less effective at treating anxiety and stress than, say, CBD gummies.
Dosing CBD: Understanding the Basics
Using the right dose of CBD is super important.
However, dosing CBD is very different from other medications and/or supplements.
With CBD, there is really no one-size-fits-all approach to dosing.
Instead, it’s all about finding what works best for you.
Your ideal dose of CBD should help alleviate your symptoms while minimizing any side effects.
For some people, this can be just a few drops of CBD oil taken once a day.
For others, the ideal dose of CBD can consist of a full dropper of oil combined with edibles and topicals.
Note: CBD is a non-toxic, extremely well-tolerated supplement. However, it can produce side effects like headaches, lethargy, and diarrhea in some people. To avoid these side effects, always start with small doses and give your body time to adjust to the new supplement.
Dosing CBD Topicals: How Much CBD Cream Should I Use?
Whenever you try a new CBD product, make sure to carefully read the packaging and instructions that come with it.
For me, I find the perfect dose of CBD cream to be roughly 1 finger full, but you can use even less if you’re just getting started.
Apply the cream to the affected area, gently rubbing it into the skin like you would a moisturizer.
Then, spend some time to gauge your response.
Take note of what affects it has on you, and how long those effects last.
Then, reapply when necessary.
My dad, for example, uses CBD topicals to treat chronic inflammation and pain in his knee from arthritis.
He uses a combination of different CBD products but finds topical creams to offer fast, localized relief.
He usually applies the creams in the morning after his shower, and again at night before bed.
He sometimes applies the creams under a bandage, just to give his knee some extra support and protection while he sleeps or goes about his day.
My husband, Tyler, also uses CBD creams, mainly to treat Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS).
As an amateur triathlete, Tyler spends a lot of time at the gym and is no stranger to DOMS.
He uses a variety of CBD products as part of his training routine, including oils, chews, and specially-formulated workout supplements.
However, he swears by CBD creams as one of the best ways to treat sore, tight muscles after a long workout.
He typically applies the creams directly to the affected muscles right before bed.
How CBD Has Helped Me Treat Acne, Skin Problems, and Anxiety
Like Dad and Tyler, I use CBD myself.
Ever since I hit my teens, I’ve struggled with acne and skin blemishes, especially when I’m stressed and anxious.
And the fact that I work a really stressful, high-pressure job doesn’t help.
In the days leading up to a big meeting or presentation, my skin typically flares up with big, inflamed blemishes, some of which have left me with permanent acne scars.
I’ve visited numerous different dermatologists, and most of their prescriptions did little to help my skin.
Some were even so strong they only seemed to cause further irritation.
Luckily, I learned about CBD after using it to treat Dad’s arthritis.
Once I learned about the endocannabinoid system and the role it plays in maintaining skin health, I was quick to give it a try.
And I’ve never looked back since.
Today, CBD creams are my go-to solutions for treating acne, rashes, and other blemishes.
If you’re looking to use topical CBD products, make sure to check out my homepage for specific reviews to help you find the products that work.
For more information on CBD creams, their benefits and uses, make sure to keep reading my blog.