CBD can be taken in a variety of ways, so how can CBD balm help? A soothing and softening emollient may improve problem skin as well as aiding relaxation. One of the questions we get asked the most is how to use CBD balms. Discover top tips from Cannaray, featuring massage tricks for tense muscles.
Dr. Sarah Brewer on the benefits of CBD balm
CBD (cannabidiol) oil is one of the most popular supplements for general wellbeing and, as well as being taken by mouth, can also be applied directly to the skin.
What is CBD balm?
Extracts derived from cannabis plants have been applied to wounds for thousands of years. 1 CBD balm is a soothing and softening emollient made by infusing CBD into a blend of organic beeswax and regenerating oils of coconut, argan and rosehip, plus therapeutic essential oils of geranium, eucalyptus and lavender. To use, apply a thin layer and massage thoroughly into affected areas of skin or over a tired joint.
How does CBD balm work?
When applied to the skin, CBD balm works in several ways. First is the physical and warming action associated with massaging it in. As children, we quickly learned that ‘rubbing it better’ really works for reducing the pain of knocks and sprains, and the same is true for sports injuries and painful joints in later life.
The action of rubbing stimulates nerve endings in the area and helps to overwhelm underlying pain signals, so the perception of discomfort is reduced. When rubbing is combined with an active ingredient that sinks into the skin the benefits are multiplied for reducing aches and pains.
CBD interacts with your own endocannabinoid system. Endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout the body, including in skin cells, skin nerve fibres, hair follicles and oil and sweat glands. 2 The abundant distribution of cannabinoid receptors in the skin allows topical CBD products to have a localised effect.
CBD balm can be used in addition to oral CBD capsules or drops. It can also be used on its own for those who don’t like the taste of CBD drops or who find it difficult to swallow capsules.
Key CBD balm benefits
The organic essential oils that form the balm base have additional skin softening and soothing actions to ease dry, chapped areas.
Applying a topical joint cream or gel after a warm bath or shower, or after exertion, helps it sink in quickly.
- Do not apply topical treatments to broken skin in cause they sting
- Wash your hands immediately after applying the treatment
- Don’t touch or rub your eyes while you have topical products on your hands
Dr Sarah Brewer is Healthspan’s Medical Director and holds degrees in Natural Sciences, Surgery and Medicine from the University of Cambridge. Having worked as a GP and hospital doctor, Dr Sarah now holds an MSc in Nutritional Medicine from the University of Surrey and specialises in nutrition. She is also an award-winning writer and author.
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How to Get the Most From Your CBD Balm
Want the scoop on CBD balms? They give you some of the benefits of CBD in topical form, so you can use them while massaging tension away when your muscles feel overworked. But what is a CBD balm? And how can it be used in your everyday self-care routine? Here’s the full lowdown – complete with tips to make knotted muscles a thing of the past.
What is a CBD Balm?
Put simply, it’s a balm that’s infused with extracts of CBD (AKA, cannabidiol); a hemp-derived cannabinoid extract that’s used in a variety of cosmetics and topical skin products. The extract is mixed with the balm and, sometimes, a raft of other skin-kind ingredients. Case in point: we’ve blended our CBD Muscle Balm with a muscle-warming tingle of eucalyptus. There’s also linalool, arnica and aloe vera in there; a trifecta of hero hydrators that nourish skin and make the balm quick to massage in.
The Benefits of a CBD Balm
While CBD oils and CBD capsules interact with your body internally, a CBD balm works on the surface of skin to enhance a muscle-soothing massage. The rich texture makes it easier for fingertips to glide over skin and eke out tension, whether you’re rubbing it into a sore neck, injured knee or achy shoulders.
The application method means CBD balms are designed to be applied in a very targeted way. However, it’s important to note that – unlike oils and edibles – CBD topicals won’t enter your bloodstream. This means you don’t need to manage your dosage in the same way – you can use as much as you like as long as you don’t exceed 70mg CBD per day.
What Is CBD Muscle Balm Used For?
CBD Muscle Balm is perfect for giving yourself a CBD massage to eke out tension and release tight muscles. Scoop out a generous amount, then warm between palms before applying directly to the skin in soothing strokes.
Where to apply CBD Muscle Balm?
To Ease an Achy Neck
Gently squeeze the back of your neck with the palm of your hand, then use fingertips to massage the area where your neck and shoulders meet, avoiding the spine. Press, release, then press again until you start to feel relief.
To Soothe Sore Shoulders
Get a little of the balm in the palm of your right hand, then reach over your chest and gently squeeze the back of your left shoulder. Roll that shoulder backwards as you squeeze, until you start to feel tension ease. Repeat on the other side.
When Do You Use a CBD Balm?
You can use a CBD balm at any time. Some like to apply it before they work out, as the act of massaging muscles can help to prep and warm up tight limbs. Others may prefer to rub in a scoopful after they’ve exercised, focusing on clicky joints and the soles of feet – any place they tend to hold tension.
CBD balms can also be applied during work. If you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk, keep a jar close by so you can rub the balm into scrunched-up shoulders in between calls. (The kind that really should have been emails). You could also try a CBD massage to relax after WFH, or apply the balm before you go to bed. Because it’s non-sticky, you don’t have to worry about getting it on your sheets.
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