I don't understand all of it, but I know some basics a la ELI5. Your skin has CB2 endocannabinoid receptors in it. While topical CBD by itself cannot penetrate all the layers of the skin and get into the blood stream, it doesn't have to if you just want local relief. For localized effects, it only has to "activate" those immediate receptors. We have a limited understanding of everything that's going on, but one thing I've read is that CBD stops the breakdown of other natural endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are essential for regulating systems in our body, and they can do a variety of things such as reduce inflammation. By using CBD, you inhibit this breakdown, promoting an abundance of things like anandamide. This process in turn can do things like reduce local inflammation and even block pain signals. I like to think of topical use as a sort of local "chain reaction" once things get going. I prefer transdermals over topicals because I feel like they go the extra mile, but topicals are still good.
I have bad tendonitis in my elbow and it's gotten to the point where I can no longer do much with my right arm. I was going to try a CBD topical, but I honestly don't understand how it could possibly work. So I rub it on my elbow and somehow, it magically penetrates all of the skin covering the elbow and makes its way down to the irritated area? Skin does an amazing job of keeping foreign substances out. That's its main job. How is it that this amazing thing can actually work?
Google CBD and TrpV1 receptors as well as FAAH inhibition and you'll find some in-depth discussions on the above mentioned basics.
How Do Medical Experts Feel about Topical Hemp Extract Use?
Hemp extract comes in many forms, including oils, ointments, creams, lotions, patches, balms, and salves. Hemp extract oils and creams readily absorb into the skin and can be applied directly to painful or inflamed areas. We advise that if you choose to try topical application that you begin will smaller doses and increase the amount of hemp extract you use on a gradual basis until the desired result is reached7.
Since hemp extract oil is non-psychoactive3, applying it to the skin does not create mind-altering effects in the same manner that ingesting THC does. Therefore, the use of hemp extract in topical form is a useful alternative for those who wish to avoid the psychoactive effects of THC and/or those who would like options besides the over-the-counter, steroid-based creams often used for arthritis, joint pain, and a number of other ailments. This is especially true for aging users, parents, or adults who are concerned about practical matters (like failing drug tests, for example). For these reasons, topical hemp extract products are experiencing a rise in popularity within the U.S.
Official medical research on the effects of hemp extract isn’t as plentiful as it should be thanks to the stigma against marijuana and cannabinoid derivatives, cannabis’ Schedule I classification as an illegal substance, and a lack of FDA approval. However, much of the anecdotal evidence suggests that topical hemp extract’s neuroprotective, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory effects are very promising2. Overall, many within medical community are rapidly building the case that hemp extract can be a powerful relief agent for many conditions and that the health risk is negligible. Enliven Essentials is a New York-based company specializing in hemp extract products for you and your family. Enliven products utilize full-spectrum extract, meaning we use the whole plant complex for all the natural benefits in the plant, and we only use hemp extract derived from industrial hemp that contains less than the U.S. legal limit of THC or none at all. Explore our wide range of products today and check us out on social media! You can find Enliven Essentials on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Benefits of Hemp Extract
Hemp extract is emerging as one of the most exciting natural alternatives used to treat a wide range of common conditions, and for good reason. Until recently, it was the psychoactive component of hemp, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), that received all of the attention for its medicinal benefits, as well as its ability to produce mind-altering effects. However, with medical marijuana sweeping the country, researchers have begun to discover the amazing properties of many different cannabinoids found within the hemp plant.
In order to understand just how hemp extract works, we first have to understand the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The NIH defines the endocannabinoid system as “a recently discovered signaling system comprising the cannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptors, their intrinsic lipid ligands, endocannabinoids and the associated enzymatic machinery4.” The ECS is responsible for regulating many systems within the body such as mood, metabolism, pain, and immune function in mammals. Endocannabinoids are natural chemical signals in the body which interact with the cannabinoid receptors and help maintain homeostasis. It seems to maintain this homeostasis by monitoring and regulating pain, mood, hunger, memory, and more. If the ECS is affected, or the body is not producing enough endocannabinoids, these functions in the body may become unbalanced. Ingesting natural cannabinoids or applying them topically can help restore this balance.
I think this would work. ^
They've never done a thing for me.
Ones I bought in a store did nothing for me but one I made by extracting cbd actually did work really well for my chronic pain. The store bought one was 150mg cbd spread across roughly 4 oz. I crammed roughly 800mg worth in that same amount and got results.
That’s basically the Rick Simpson way. Works very well
I've got an 80 year old mother-in-law with arthritic and muscle/skeletal pain and I'm trying to help.