A CBD topical can refer to several different kinds of CBD products. CBD topicals include creams, lotions, balms, rubs, and more. The main difference between CBD topicals and other CBD products is how the product absorbs into the body. When you take an internal CBD product such as an oil, gummies, capsules, or other application it absorbs into the body either through the sublingual glands in your mouth or your digestive system. These types of CBD products allow the CBD to be distributed throughout your body.
When you use a topical CBD product it doesn’t work in the same ways as a CBD product that you ingest. Rather, CBD topicals are applied to one location and the effects stay concentrated in that area. For instance, if you apply CBD to your knee, the effects are going to stay concentrated around the knee. A topical CBD product applied to the knee would have no effect on pain you may be experiencing in your back as well.
CBD topicals work by interacting with your body’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a complex network of receptors located throughout the body that help regulate pain, inflammation, mood, and more. The skin, muscles, and joints have their own cannabinoid receptors. Applying a topical solution then, allows the CBD to bind with these specific receptors. What this means is that if you are having an issue that is more localized, a topical application of hemp may be the way to go.