Although it’s slow compared to capsules and supplements, CBD absorbs very easily into the skin and allows for consistent and continuous absorption over a longer period of time. Because of their many therapeutic benefits, CBD topicals are becoming increasingly popular; a wide variety of products, such as lotions, creams, salves, and more are just a click away for anyone with internet access.


As the name suggests, CBD topicals are lotions, creams, oils, salves, and balms that have been infused with cannabidiol, one of the most abundant cannabinoids found in cannabis and hemp. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it’s not at all psychoactive, so CBD on its own doesn’t induce any of the infamous cerebral effects. Like all cannabinoids, CBD interacts with the cannabinoid receptors that comprise the endocannabinoid system of the human body.

When applied topically, CBD is absorbed through the pores and acts upon the endocannabinoid system in the skin, which is how the therapeutic effects are experienced. Since topicals are used only on specific areas, the effects are only local. This can actually be better for some patients who only have problems with a specific region of their body.


Below is a step-by-step guide on how to most effectively use CBD topicals.

  1. Figure out where to apply your topical. Sometimes, it’s very simple; if you’re using a CBD face cream, you’d obviously apply it to your face. If you’re using some type of oil for pain though, that can be a little more complex. For example, if you’re getting a tension headache, applying a CBD topical to your neck could be beneficial. Figuring out exactly what’s causing your ailment will help you determine where to apply the CBD.
  2. Clean the area first. Every single day we come into contact with an innumerable amount of bacteria and various other pathogens. You don’t need to take a full-on shower, but before using your topical, it would be best to wash your hands thoroughly and use a washcloth to clean the affected area first.
  3. Apply generously. Of course you don’t want to waste your product as they can be rather pricey, but it’s fairly common to apply it in multiple layers. Thoroughly massage the topical into your skin, wait until it dries, and repeat one or even two more times.
  4. Wash your hands after you’re finished. Most CBD topicals have additional active ingredients, such as citrus, mint, or capsaicin (the active ingredient in hot peppers). While these components are definitely helpful for relieving pain, inflammation, etc., it wouldn’t feel too good getting any of these in your eyes, nose, or on your genitals. So just to be on the safe side, wash your hands.

How To Use Cbd For Skin Care


As with all CBD products, using topicals has a long list of benefits, with one of the most common being to treat local pain. For instance, if you’re dealing with back, knee, joint, or various other types of pain, CBD topicals could be your new best friend. Studies[1] show that transdermal CBD can be extremely effective for treating pain and inflammation.

In addition to pain, CBD topicals can also treat mild skin irritations, such as scratches, abrasions, burns, bug bites, and even stretch marks. And it’s also been clinically proven to treat inflammation-related skin conditions like acne. This is due to the fact that it’s a natural anti-inflammatory[2]. It also displays some notable antibacterial[3] properties.

Expanding further on the treatment of skin conditions, CBD topicals can also be used by those suffering from psoriasis. For reference, psoriasis is a condition in which an excess buildup of skin cells causes itchy and painful patches all over the body. A 2007 study[4] shows that cannabinoids inhibit the buildup of dead skin cells—although cannabis has been successfully used by psoriasis patients for far longer than that.


Now, onto some of the fun stuff CBD can do. Like did you know that CBD topicals can enhance sexual pleasure? Yes, it’s true! Although it’s a relatively new phenomenon in the West, Eastern countries such as India have been using cannabis as an aphrodisiac for well over 2,000 years. It’s even referenced in old tantric texts.

Additionally, CBD lotions and creams are known to keep skin youthful and glowing. Cannabidiol is an extremely potent antioxidant[5], so if you want your skin to continue looking good in your older years, consider switching to a CBD skin care regimen.

Have you ever used any CBD topicals? If so, what did you use them for and what’s your favourite product? Drop us a line in the comment section below!

External Resources:
  1. Transdermal cannabidiol reduces inflammation and pain-related behaviours in a rat model of arthritis
  2. Cannabinoids as novel anti-inflammatory drugs
  3. Antibacterial cannabinoids from Cannabis sativa: a structure-activity study. - PubMed - NCBI
  4. Cannabinoids inhibit human keratinocyte proliferation through a non-CB1/CB2 mechanism and have a potential therapeutic value in the treatment of ps... - PubMed - NCBI
  5. Cannabidiol and (−)Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol are neuroprotective antioxidants
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