When people think about all the ways to use CBD, they often overlook topicals – creams, lotions, salves, soaps, and any other product normally applied to the surface of the skin.
Natural Ways wants to change that. We carry a line of our own branded bath and beauty products that customers rave about. The price is right, and the quality and potency are second to none.
Let’s start with what is known about how CBD works when it is applied ON the body. Remember your amazing endocannabinoid system, your body’s own source of beneficial cannabinoids that helps balance everything from emotion to physical comfort? CBD in a topical form works with the same receptors, CB1 and CB2, to bring about relief. This excerpt from a July 2020 article in Discover magazine explains more:
By the time you feel any annoying itch or prick of pain, CB1 and CB2 receptors on your skin cells have already fired off signals to help dampen those unpleasant vibes. These receptors — part of the body’s endocannabinoid system — spend their workdays responding to chemical messages that help our skin nurture a healthy balance. CBD cream bypasses the CB1 and CB2 receptors and heads straight for a neurotransmitter middleman that blocks signals for pain and itch by working through agents called anandamide and 2-AG.
Sidestepping the CB1 and CB2 receptors means that CBD can mute pain without the high sensation delivered by THC. Not only does CBD have very little interest in switching on CB1, cannabidiol can actually mute any signals sent to that receptor. Researchers looking for safer pain treatments want to take advantage of this action because it means that CBD won’t spark addiction. (Source: Discover 7.28.20)
Reliable topical CBD products don’t just mask pain as some over the counter products do. According to Matthew Halpert, an instructor of immunology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, topical CBD can actually make the pain go away for a certain length of time because of the high concentration of cannabinoid receptors on the skin. (Source U.S. News and World Report 9.23.19)
Another study published in the journal Pain in 2017 looked at CBD as a possible help for patients with arthritis; it found that prophylactic treatment with CBD stopped pain and hindered the development of more pain in rats with osteoarthritis.
What about acne, the bane of every teenager’s existence? There is peer-reviewed, published scientific research showing that CBD is absolutely a game changer when it comes to restoring healthy skin!
Adding CBD to a quality topical is supported by science.
The key word is “quality,” so be sure your CBD skincare product doesn’t also contain preservatives, artificial fragrances or colors, or other chemicals known to be harsh to sensitive skin.
CBD also has eczema and psoriasis in its sights. A 2019 study reached the following conclusion: “The topical administration of CBD ointment, without any THC, is a safe and effective non-invasive alternative for improve the quality of life in patients with some skin disorders, especially of inflammatory background.”
In 2019, Forbes magazine covered the subject of CBD for skin health; A dermatologist is quoted in the article as saying that if you have a bad reaction to a CBD skincare product, it’s probably some other ingredient, like a botanical or essential oil, and not the CBD itself that has caused it.
Here at Natural Ways, we are not doctors and we do not give medical advice. We encourage our customers to talk with their physicians about whether incorporating CBD into their skincare routine is right for them. There is growing evidence that CBD when applied to the skin can be beneficial just as it can when ingested, and this makes for exciting possibilities.
Our online store features our Natural Ways line of premium CBD bath and beauty products to soothe and nourish skin and we urge you to visit to see for yourself. We take pride in identifying all our ingredients clearly and completely so customers can trust that what the label says is really what’s in the package.
When you shop with us, know that we care as much about the integrity of our products as you do. After all, we use them ourselves, on our children, with our pets, and we recommend them to our friends!