How to take CBD: Topicals
the quick & pain-free guide
These days, there are so many ways to get CBD into your bod, it can be confusing. So, for the next few issues, we’re breaking down all the different CBD delivery formats. As always, we’ll keep this short, sweet and to the point.
next up: topicals
Great for workout recovery, muscle pain, or those dreaded menstrual cramps
TIME TO ONSET: Varies
DURATION OF EFFECTS: Varies
WHAT IS IT?
ANYTHING APPLIED TO THE SURFACE OF THE BODY
Topicals are found in the form of lotions, salves, creams, and sprays.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
ABSORBED BY THE SKIN
Most topicals* don’t enter the bloodstream and are instead absorbed by CB2 receptors in your skin.
This allows them to work relatively quickly on the specific area you’ve targeted.
WHY CHOOSE A TOPICAL
FOR LOCALIZED PAIN RELIEF
Topicals are a great choice for targeted, fast acting relief for aches and pains.
Because most do not enter the bloodstream*, you don’t have to worry about dosing and can slather on as much as you'd like.
Wondering about skincare and how that fits in to everything we've talked about here? Well, most skincare does technically fall into the "topicals" category. BUT, because we recommend our skincare products to help with needs relating to skin maintenance vs. pain relief, we've broken these out into two separate categories. We'll be sure to cover skincare (and why CBD is so valuable for it) in an upcoming newsletter.
As we've noted above, most topicals do not enter the bloodstream. BUT, things can get a bit confusing when you start to encounter products that are applied to the skin’s surface and DO pass into the bloodstream...things like bath bombs, transdermal gels or transdermal patches. While we’ll dive into transdermals in another email, the key thing to note is that these types of products have a different chemical makeup than the topicals we’re discussing here; this allows them to break the skin/blood barrier. At Fleur Marché, we’ll always make it abundantly clear when something will pass into the bloodstream and when it won’t