What are some of the top CBD ointments?
Cannabidiol (CBD) products are becoming increasingly popular. Research suggests that CBD has several potential benefits, including alleviating pains and strains. CBD is available in various formats, such as topical CBD ointments.
CBD is a cannabinoid, or compound, that comes from the Cannabis Sativa plant. It does not change a person’s state of mind or behavior, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the compound that can lead to the ‘high’ that many people associate with cannabis use.
This article will discuss CBD’s effectiveness and side effects and provide a list of CBD ointments that people might want to try.
The human body contains an endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is a complex cell signaling network of neurotransmitters, or chemical messengers, and cannabinoid receptors.
While limited research leaves some experts skeptical about the effectiveness of cannabinoids, others believe the ECS may contain multiple promising therapeutic targets. However, according to an article in Frontiers in Pharmacology, more research is necessary to explore this further.
Many studies suggest that CBD may have pain-relieving properties. A 2019 study indicates a link between CBD and reduced chronic pain. In the study, 94% of participants improvements in their quality of life. Additionally, a 2015 review notes that CBD may also have anti-inflammatory properties.
A 2016 study on rat models of arthritis notes that applying topical CBD reduced pain and inflammation.
A 2020 randomized controlled trial suggests that topical CBD may provide pain relief for people with peripheral neuropathy. Researchers found that CBD can significantly reduce intense pain, sharp pain, itchy sensations, and cold.
Other research also suggests that topical CBD may be useful for treating joint and muscle pain associated with other conditions, such as migraines.
Topical CBD may also benefit certain skin disorders. A 2019 study suggests that CBD ointment is a safe and effective treatment for those with inflammatory skin conditions.
The American Academy of Dermatology also note that topical CBD may be a useful treatment for acne, psoriasis, and eczema due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
CBD is generally safe and well-tolerated by many people. For topical CBD products, people are more likely to experience irritation from other ingredients in the ointment. It is, therefore, advisable for people to do a patch test before using the product.
Anyone looking to use CBD should first consult a healthcare professional, as it is possible for CBD to interact with some prescription medications or supplements.
However, topical CBD products are the least likely of any other CBD product to reach the bloodstream and cause any drug interactions.
Some common side effects of CBD, which may be dose-dependent, can include:
- dry mouth
- changes in appetite and weight
Typically, people apply the CBD ointment directly to the affected area and massage gently as necessary. Depending on the product, users might feel warm, cooling, or tingling sensations.
People should follow the instructions on the label and follow any guidance on the packaging. It is also important to note that CBD ointments may irritate when used on broken skin.
People should also be aware of the difference between ointments and other topical products such as creams. Typically, the primary difference is that ointments contain the highest oil content at roughly 80% oil. This means they stay on top of the skin and do not evaporate, ensuring maximum product absorption
It is important to choose CBD products on criteria that indicate good safety quality and transparency. Each product in this article:
- is from a company that provides proof of third-party testing by an ISO 17025-compliant lab
- contains U.S. grown hemp
- contains no more than 0.3% THC, according to the certificate of analysis (COA)
- passes safety checks for pesticides, heavy metals, and molds, according to the COA
People should also consider:
- company certifications and manufacturing processes
- product potency
- overall ingredients
- indicators of user trust and brand reputation, such as:
- customer reviews
- whether the company has been subject to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letter
- whether the company makes any unsupported health claims
Importance of third-party testing
Since the CBD industry is currently unregulated, there is a chance of unethical CBD manufacturers being dishonest about cannabinoid content in their products. This is where third-party testing comes in. It is important because:
- the FDA do not regulate CBD products
- it verifies the quality of CBD products
- it provides a neutral, unbiased source of information