All About CBD Topicals

What is CBD?

CBD stands for Cannabidiol, which is the second most prominent of the active ingredients found in the hemp plant. CBD is a critical component that, unlike THC, does not produce a “high.” CBD can be bought isolated by itself from a hemp plant, containing minimal-to-no THC, or it can be derived from the actual cannabis plant, in which case slightly higher levels of THC (up to 0.3%) will be present.

What are CBD Topicals?

Topicals are considered one of the easiest and most-effective methods of utilizing CBD. While CBD does not produce a high like THC, also found in the hemp plant, it provides tremendous health benefits to patients. CBD topicals come in many forms, including topical creams, transdermal patches, and balms. These products are safe ointments that allow for the ingestion of CBD.

How do I Use CBD Topicals?

CBD Topical Creams

High quality oils, such as those from MyBotanicaWellness, include a number of healthy fats which provide numerous benefits for your skin and are a great source of moisture

CBD topical creams are designed for the patient to apply them directly to the skin, which can cause relief at both the surface-level and for deeper tissues, muscles, and joints. 

CBD Transdermal Patches

CBD patches have risen in popularity over the last several years. The patches are designed to slowly release a select-dosage of CBD into the patient’s bloodstream. Many people prefer the ease and extended release of these patches compared to vapes and edibles. The CBD patch allows CBD to be applied directly to the skin, which then enters the bloodstream for tremendous relief. Many patients state that the patches give them relief for longer periods of time than other ingestion methods.

Where Should I Put my CBD Patch?

Patients all have their preferred area of placement for their CBD patches, often determined by what is being treated and the location of pain. 

Common places to put a CBD patch include:

  • On the back of your wrist
  • Inside your ankle
  • Inside your bicep
  • On your back (typically lower back)

    Does CBD Get you "High?"

    While many CBD patients report feeling more relaxed, there is no risk of feeling “high” if the patient is using CBD products from the hemp plant. However, if utilizing CBD extracts from a hemp plant, the product may have higher levels of THC, which could result in the patient experiencing the “high” associated with marijuana. 

    Can CBD Topicals Go Bad or Expire?

    All CBD products do, in fact, have expiration dates. It is recommended to keep your CBD products in cool and dark places, such as a drawer or closet. With topicals, there are other agents within the cream that can extend the shelf-life, but it is recommended to follow the expiration date on your CBD Topical’s packaging. 

    Side Effects of CBD Topicals

    Typically, there are no major health risks associated with the use of CBD oil. That being said, Side Effects can occur and may include:

    • Depression
    • Dry-mouth
    • Diarrhea
    • Sleepiness
    • Dizziness
    • Loss of coordination
    • hallucinations
    • low blood pressure

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