Ouch, those aches and pains are a big nuisance at any age but especially when you ain’t no “spring chicken” anymore!
The topical application of cannabinoids allows them to be absorbed directly into the affected area of pain or inflammation.
The pain and stiffness that comes post-workout or from overexertion certainly has a pro-inflammatory component to it, so it’s reasonable to think CBD or other cannabinoids might have benefits. And beyond simple chronic pain issues, topical use has been reported as effective against the ‘central pain of multiple sclerosis.’ It may also help with skin conditions, including burns, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, and skin infections. Since they bind to CB2 receptors near the skin, cannabinoids activate the endocannabinoid system but are never absorbed into the bloodstream.
Dr. Ranga Krishna, a Brooklyn neurologist, states, “Topicals are a fantastic option as they’re easily measured in terms of ingredient compositions, and are higher in bioavailability than orally ingested compounds; this being because they are able to skip liver metabolization,”
When it comes to understanding CBD and nursing your pain with the right form, first identify the source of your discomfort. With muscular aches and pains it is a no brainer, “put it where it hurts and do it again.” But is your head throbbing or your sinuses making you miserable? For headaches, topicals should be massaged into your temples, if your sinuses are bothering you, rubbing a few drops along the sinus cavities on your nose can possible bring you relief.
They also work wonders for menstrual cramps, so help out a “youngin” that you know of, that suffers terribly. I wish this was an avenue available to me when I had horrible Endometriosis.
CBD topicals are now an important component to have in your medicine cabinet. Better late then never!