CBD topicals are new territory -I get a lot of questions. Find answers to your CBD questions, and check out the benefits right here!
Cannabidiol—CBD—is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis is non-psychoactive or less psychoactive than THC-dominant strains makes it an appealing option for patients looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria.
Scientific and clinical research—much of it sponsored by the US government—underscores CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, anti-biotic resistant infections, epilepsy and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. Further evidence suggests that CBD is safe even at high doses.
One of the easiest ways to utilize CBD is through topical application. Topicals are creams, lotions, and oils that have been infused with CBD. Topicals are applied to the skin, and are not absorbed into the bloodstream, so they do not produce the typical "high" associated with smoking or ingesting Cannabis products.
A study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine found both CB1 and CB2 receptors are located in many areas of human skin, including hair follicles, sweat glands and nerve fiber bundles. This finding implies that the chemical compounds found in cannabis can directly affect these receptors without requiring a passage through the blood/brain barrier, thus keeping the user from feeling "stoned".
Cannabinoid Is a key ingredient to Cannabis
CBD is one of over 60 compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. Of these compounds, CBD and THC are usually present in the highest concentrations, and are therefore the most recognized and studied. CBD and THC levels tend to vary among different plants. Marijuana grown for recreational purposes often contain more THC than CBD. However, by using selective breeding techniques, cannabis breeders have managed to create varieties with high levels of CBD and next to zero levels of THC. These strains are rare (in Marijuana) but have become more popular in recent years.
CBD is non-psychoactive
Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high. While this makes CBD a poor choice for recreational Marijuana users, it gives the chemical a significant advantage as a medicine, since health professionals prefer treatments with minimal side effects.
CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same pathways as THC. These pathways, called CB1 receptors, are highly concentrated in the brain and are responsible for the mind-altering effects of THC.
A 2011 review published in Current Drug Safety concludes that CBD “does not interfere with several psychomotor and psychological functions.” The authors add that several studies suggest that CBD is “well tolerated and safe” even at high doses.
CBD has a wide range of medical benefits
Although CBD and THC act on different pathways of the body, they seem to have many of the same medical benefits. According to a 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, studies have found CBD to possess the following medical properties:
There are many reports of people using cannabis topically to treat burns. There are several studies where a car exhaust burn was treated with 1/2 cannabis cream, and 1/2 burn ointment. After only a few days, the side treated with cannabis was showing significantly more healing compared to the other side.
Swollen joints are painful, and can greatly reduce one's over-all quality of life. One of marijuana’s oldest recorded uses is relieving swelling & inflammation. After applying cannabis infused topicals to the affected areas, many users have experienced less pain throughout the day and an easier time sleeping at night.
There are many types of skin infections that seem to improve with cannabis. The most common skin infections, eczema and psoriasis, seem to benefit most from the anti-inflammatory properties of the CBD and THC contained in the cannabis plant.
The same compounds that help with inflammation, CBD and THC, also have significant pain relieving qualities. Studies with rheumatoid arthritis patients, have shown promising results with releiving pain within the joint, as well as reducing the inflammation and swelling associated with this condition.
Unlike smoking cannabis (which produces carcinogens and damages skin) applying cannabis topically can actually improve the health of your skin, resulting in improved elasticity, reduced acne and more youthful-looking skin. Also, many users have reported increased blood flow through the skin, as well as faster healing of small cuts, scrapes and bruising.
No! First, because we use 100% Hemp CBD which contains less than .01% THC, and second, because massage topicals are not absorbed into the blood so there is no "high" associated with use. FYI: any topical product labeled as "transdermal" WILL enter the blood stream. We does not use any topical with this type of absorption.
CBD Massage is still a typical massage, just using oils/salves/creams/gels that have been infused CBD. Think of the infusion the same as infusing lavender flowers into oil, or strawberries into water- the essence & oils contained in the plant are infused into the carrier oil.
CBD oil contains less than 0.3% THC, therefore, it is believed that most CBD topicals will not lead to a failed drug test.
CBD massage is right for everyone! CBD Massage is particularly helpful for people that suffer from chronic pain and inflammation, such as Fibromyalgia, Multiple sclerosis, Arthritis, migraines, recovering skin cancer survivors, and many more!
Yes, CBD use is legal in Florida.