Picking the Right CBD Topical

Picking the right CBD topical

Written by Edward Chaney:

CBD topicals have gained momentum in the CBD industry in 2021. 

Now that Cannabis is legal in most States and Internationally, most consumers are more apt to give CBD a try and topicals are an easy way to try CBD for the first time.  Today’s CBD topical’s include salves and balms, lotions, roll-on’s, creams, bath bombs and bath salts.   A topical can have anywhere from 12 g of CBD per ounce (usually in lotions), all the way up to 2000 g of CBD per ounce most commonly found in Salves and Balms.

What is CBD?

It’s a phyto-cannabinoid, meaning a cannabinoid that comes from a plant. Phyto-cannabinoids that come from the hemp plant are similar to the cannabinoids our body naturally makes which are called endocannabinoids.  Because they are so similar, they can interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).  Your ECS is tasked with regulating the systems in your body so they work effectively and efficiently, systems like, immune response, appetite, pain signaling, sleep cadence, inflammation response, and many more.

How to make sure you are getting the most out of your CBD Topical

Since CBD needs to get into your body, it’s important to understand the ingredients in your product, beyond the CBD and how the product should interact with your skin. If the design is to penetrate deep into the skin than the Carrier is important. Some carriers like Shea Nut butter and Rosehip oil are great for penetrating deep into the skin.  If you have sensitive skin you may require organic ingredients with no fragrances.

When applying CBD topicals to your skin, heat helps it penetrate the barriers. Massaging your CBD product for at least 30 seconds creating some friction is the most beneficial way to feel the benefits of your CBD topical.  Bath salts and bombs get more penetration because of the temperature of the water.  Menthol, most commonly found in roll-ons, can improve it’s penetration into the skin.  My favorite topical product is the pain salve, it was designed to penetrate quickly into the skin which allows it to interact with both the CB1 (inflammation response) and CB2 (pain neurotransmission) receptors.  Most have reported relief within 5 minutes.

CBD topicals are derived from the hemp plant, which is part of the cannabis family but is very different from the marijuana plant.  The marijuana plant produces high levels of THC while the Hemp plant produces very low amounts of THC, making CBD topicals non-psychoactive.   So don’t worry about feeling any effects from your CBD topical, other than relief!

CBD topicals and the way they interact with our body’s endo-cannabinoid system are spurring up clinical studies everywhere.  You can type “Topical CBD” on Google and find studies relating to CBD and inflammation, pain relief, muscle recovery, and sports performance.

How do I pick the right CBD Topical?

When shopping for your CBD topical you should ensure the product has a third-party test which validates the amount of CBD as it’s written on the label. This test is usually found on the website or can be handed to you if you were at a brick-and-mortar retail store. In absence of this test, there’s no real way to be sure how much CBD is in your product and many of samples taken by FDA reported much lower levels of CBD then reported on the label.  Having access to a third party test will also create higher confidence in the manufacturer’s willingness to self-police and maintain high standards.

What should you expect to pay for CBD topicals? 

For anyone who has experience here, the quality level of the ingredients can influence the cost significantly.  The CBD extract is the common product in all CBD topicals and the amount of CBD per oz will drive the price up.  Lastly, if you are purchasing a CBD topical with an Organic Certificate, this will also increase the price slightly.

First time buyers of CBD topicals should consider shopping at their local CBD store.  There you get to spend time evaluating the product and sampling it if possible.  The value of using all your senses along with someone to ask questions to, can greatly improve your satisfaction in your purchase.  Once you’ve experienced it first hand, then shopping online is considerably less risky.

This journey might take a little time and patience to work. Trying a reputable brand, like CANNAFYL, in a smaller size for a few weeks is a good idea. We have 15ml bottles that are exactly right for trying our products. Or the best idea is to try our Wellness Box. This great item has a 15ml bottle of each of the oil drop blends plus a small size CBD topical. It is the perfect way to start your CBD journey. At CANNAFYL, we take your health and comfort seriously. As a trusted, award-winning brand, your health is our priority. Visit our shop page to check out our options.


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