CBD can be consumed in a variety of ways such as in pill form, vaping, gummies.  Some of the latest research is pointing to the potential of applying CBD topically.  Extracted from the plant’s stalks and seeds, hemp oil can be infused into topical body care products like balms, salves, lotions, and oils.  The benefits of topical CBD application are being touted as reliving some types of chronic pain, skin conditions, arthritis and other localized problems.  Appling Cannabidiol directly to the source of the problem allows a faster acting solution that does not have to be ingested and sent through the digestive tract.

The Therapeutic Potential of Topical CBD

There’s a lot of research into the overall benefits of CBD in humans, but when it comes to topical applications most of the studies used animals.  “In July 2016, a team of 7 researchers from the University of Kentucky published the results of their successful study of CBD for relieving arthritis symptoms in rats in the European Journal of Pain.  Scientists artificially induced arthritis in the rats’ knee joints, then studied whether CBD improved their mobility and reduced their pain.  Transdermal CBD gel significantly reduced joint swelling,” the researchers wrote, noting other indicators of pain, including how the rats positioned the affected joints, also seemed improved.  Exploratory behavior was not altered by CBD indicating limited effect on higher brain function, they added, further evidence that CBD has few side effects.”

“This data indicate that topical CBD application has therapeutic potential for relief of arthritis pain-related behaviors and inflammation without evident side-effects,” the scientists concluded.”

Also a 2013 study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology found that CBD controls cell proliferation and differentiation, indicating it can be used in treatment efforts for skin diseases like allergies or cancer.  Atopic dermatitis, also called eczema, has been shown to improve after treatment with hemp oil.  Additionally, CBD can adjust the output of oils in the skin and hair and inhibit skin cells’ lipid production, making it effective for preventing acne.

Topical CBD research is still in its infancy at present but the few studies that have been published show promising results.