Winter is here and skin care is even more important as we battle cold temps, brisk winds and feeling dried out from having to crank the heat up at home. Taking care of yourself doesn’t have to be so hard this year, we’ve got a ton of amazing CBD skin care products ready for you! Not only will you get the benefits of nourishing your skin with quality products but you’ll also be adding CBD and its potential benefits to your daily routine! Read on to find out how Topical CBD works and what we have in our store for you.

HOW IT WORKS:

CBD when used in a body product such as our Massage Oils, Salves, Bath Bombs and Epsom Salt Soaks are considered to be Topical products since they go on or are absorbed transdermal, through the skin. So how does applying or soaking in CBD actually affect your body? First off, our skin absorbs ingredients in lotions, salves, oils and other topicals in different ways; either by the actual skin cells, or pulled into the skin between the skin cells, or into the glands. Everything boils down to which ingredients are used in the product, smaller molecules like the Vitamin C or the Vitamin A and E found in our Massage Oils and Salves, are absorbed by the skin cells since the molecules are very small and permeable, and then processed and entered into the body’s circulation. Large and non-permeable ingredients like cosmetics are too big to be absorbed by skin cells so they get absorbed around the cells and after bouncing around the cells get absorbed into the circulation system. Lastly large non-permeable can also be temporarily absorbed by certain glands within the skin that may then store the ingredient for a while before being released into the body’s bloodstream. (7). After the skin absorbs the ingredients within our various CBD Topical products and enters into the body’s system it interacts with the body’s natural Endocannabinoid System (ECS).

            “The ECS is responsible for regulating many systems in the body, such as the limbic, metabolic, nociceptive, and immunologic functions. Endocannabinoids are natural chemical regulators in the body that interact with cannabinoid receptors and help maintain homeostasis. They seem to do this by detecting and regulating pain, mood, hunger, memory, and more. If the ECS is affected, or the body is not producing enough endocannabinoids, these functions in the body may become unbalanced. And when the body is not producing or regulating endocannabinoids properly, ingesting natural cannabinoids or applying them topically can restore this balance. CBD differs from THC in the sense that THC mimics the natural cannabinoids in the body and binds with the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, which are found in abundance within the immune system, the gastrointestinal tract, and in the central and peripheral nervous systems. While THC binds to these receptors, CBD interacts with an enzyme called FAAH (fatty acid amide hydrolase).4 FAAH is responsible for pulling excess anandamide (a factor in homeostasis) out of circulation. FAAH breaks down and removes natural endocannabinoids. CBD stops this breakdown and in turn increases the natural endocannabinoids available to the body. Because endo- cannabinoids have a balancing and healing effect on the body’s numerous systems and functions, CBD’s ability to increase the amount of endocannabinoids available to the body may create a bevy of therapeutic benefits5.” (8)

“CBD cannabinoids are anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-spasmodic, and they enhance circulation and cellular regeneration.Due to its wide variety of medical benefits, CBD is used to treat a number of common conditions, including chronic pain, inflammation, seizures, insomnia, spasms, multiple sclerosis, and mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. As a topical agent, CBD oil can be directly applied to certain areas of the body as an effective means of relieving pain and soreness, reducing inflammation, and soothing inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema. Most users find that regular application provides an analgesic effect that significantly reduces localized discomfort.2 Even though CBD is most often taken for pain relief, research is showing it to be beneficial in relieving, cramps, headaches, and psoriasis. CBD’s effects can increase the natural levels of pain-relieving endocannabinoids, decrease inflammatory responses, and desensitize pain receptors.”  (9).

One of the biggest uses for topical CBD products is for musculoskeletal complaints. A 2019 report from the Arthritis Foundation found that 79% of the 2,600 arthritis patients surveyed had considered using CBD or had already used it. Twenty-nine percent said they currently used it for arthritis symptoms; among those using CBD, 55% used a topical product applied to the joints…In addition to arthritis, topical CBD products are geared to help people with eczema and psoriasis, says Samantha Morrison, a cannabis researcher at Glacier Wellness, a CBD company in Cedarhurst, New York…Reliable topical CBD products don’t just mask pain or inflammation as some over-the-counter topical pain relief creams do. They actually can make the pain go away for a certain time period, says Matthew Halpert, an instructor of immunology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. This is because of the high concentration of cannabinoid receptors on the skin…Cannabinoid receptors are present throughout the body and are associated with pain sensation, appetite, immune function, mood and more…Research done by Halpert, in collaboration with the company Medterra CBD in Irvine, California, has found that CBD is able to turn down the production of inflammatory markers like tumor necrosis factor alpha, which is made in overabundance by people who have conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Another study published in the journal Pain in 2017 found that prophylactic treatment with CBD stopped pain and hindered the development of more pain in rats with osteoarthritis.” (10).

Besides arthritic solutions, scientists have also begun to study skin issues and the affects of CBD on them. “In a small study with 20 patients published in 2019 in Clinical Therapeutics, a CBD ointment used over three months for psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and scars significantly improved symptoms and signs of the skin disorders.” (11).Scientists are still calling for more research and clinical trials of larger patients to fully discover all the possibilities of CBD.  Now that you understand the potential benefits of Topical CBD, check out what products we have in our CBD Topical Line and what other benefits the ingredients in each have for you!

WHAT WE HAVE:  

For a simple daily application of CBD, switch out your lotions for our CBD Massage Oil or our CBD Salves! Made with essential oils, quality oils, and pure CBD Isolate that is THC free these two products are amazing for on the go CBD care and application as much or as little as you need. Reapply throughout the day or start your day off with a nice shower and apply the CBD while your skin pores are still open from the warm shower for a better absorption of the CBD. If soaking in a hot bath is how you want to relax then make sure to check out our CBD Epsom Salt Soak and our CBD Bath Bombs! We recommend soaking in either the Epsom Salt or the Bath Bombs for at least 30 minutes to get the full dosage into your skin. Both products are made with CBD Isolate and are THC free as well and are made with Epsom Salt and Essential Oils. Use a Bath Bomb or our Epsom Salt Soak daily or whenever you need a little boost of relaxation and CBD! The best part of our CBD Skin Care Line is that no matter which product you choose, they all have an immediate absorption rate so the CBD can start working into your system right away! Read on to find out more about each item in our line and what the ingredients and scent profiles are.

MASSAGE OILS:

Our Massage Oils come in two different strengths; 500 mg. and 1,000 mg and in three amazing scents, Coconut Vanilla, Basil Mint and Peony Melon Lemon. Perfect for a relaxing shoulder and neck massages, or for use with sore muscles from working out, and you can also use the massage oil for sore joints! Our Massage Oils have the same scent profiles as our Epsom Salt Soaks so you can use the Soak and then finish with the massage oil for even more CBD!  Our Massage Oils are made with Mineral Oil, Sunflower Oil, Safflower Oil, Caprylic Capric Triglyceride, Sesame Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and a proprietary essential oil blend.

OIL BENEFITS:

Jojoba Oil is an emollient which unclogs hair follicles, and soothes chapped skin. (*3) Safflower oil is still being researched today but it is a common ingredient in many essential oil blends, cosmetics and is even used in cooking. Anecdotal research has shown that Safflower Oil may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits as well as pain-relieving effects. Safflower Oil also has a moisturizing benefit when used on the skin and can help soften and smooth your skin while helping with flaky skin issues. Safflower Oil has Vitamins A and E which help keep cells healthy due to their antioxidant properties. (4) Sunflower Oil is rich in oleic acid, Vitamin E, linoleic acid and sesamol and is highly absorbent while not clogging pores. Linoleic acid helps retain moisture in the skin while helping create a barrier against germs and bacteria and has anti-inflammatory properties that can help with dryness, and skin issues such as eczema. The oleic acid in the Sunflower oil is also helpful in healing wounds and skin abrasions. (5) Sesame Seed Oil has amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties due to the compounds it naturally has and can help with moisturizing the skin and keeping it soft because it contains several fatty acids such as palmitic, stearic, oleic and linoleic acids. Research is still ongoing as to all the benefits humans can gain from Sesame Oil but for now the animal and human studies that have been conducted prove that this oil may help with cell or tissue damage caused by oxidative stress, as well as helping the skin heal from second degree burns and can help reduce pain and finally it may help filter out UV rays to some extent. (6)

SALVES:

Salves have a stronger dose of CBD per ounce than the Massage Oils and are have a thick consistency. The salves warm up with your body heat and are best used for tough muscles that are super knotted and for really sore muscles and joints. The stronger dose means you should use a smaller amount than the Massage Oil for a similar affect. Our Salves come in two different strengths, 500 mg. and 1,000 mg. just like the Massage Oils, and come in three different scents than the Massage Oils; for salves we have Tangerine Citrus, Cucumber Kiwi Green Tea, and a Patchouli Rose Ylang Ylang. Our Salves also match the same scents that are in our Bath Bombs! Try using a Bath Bomb in the tub and then after a good long soak, lather on a matching scented salve for added CBD power! Our salves are made with Beeswax, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil and pure CBD Isolate that is THC free.

BEESWAX BENEFITS:

Beeswax has a wonderful array of benefits for skin care and can be found in our CBD Salves! Beeswax acts as a surfactant and creates a protective barrier on the skin that while still allowing your skin to breathe can create a protecting layer against irritants and is responsible in part of the thicker consistency in the Salve. Beeswax also offers several benefits to healing skin irritations due to its antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial abilities. Beeswax can help with antibacterial due to its ability to inhibit the growth of fungus and bacteria. For dry, rough wintery skin, using a skin care product with Beeswax helps draw moisture into the skin as well as sealing in the moisture since beeswax acts as a humectant and emollient and has Vitamin A in it which also helps soften and hydrate dry skin as well as aids in cell reconstruction. (*1)

EPSOM SALT BENEFITS:

Epsom Salt has been used for generations for various health benefits and the science behind it has something to add to the reasons why this home remedy works. Epsom Salt has Magnesium and Sulfate compounds and it is believed that this combination of ingredients can stimulate the detoxification pathways in our bodies. Magnesium removes toxins and sulfate can help improve the walls in our digestive tracts and make releasing toxins from our digestive system easier. Epsom Salt also has healing properties for skin; it can exfoliate dead skin cells as well as help soften rough and dry skin. People suffering from eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions may see their skin soothed by using Epsom Salt in a bath. Epsom Salt Soaks can also aid in reducing pain and swelling caused by a variety of inflammation issues such as Lupus, Gout, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis. The Magnesium in the Epsom Salt can also help rid the toxins caused from inflammation, and reduce joint and muscle stiffness, pain and swelling that can come from injuries, over working your body and from medical conditions. Stress is another area where Epsom Salt can come in handy; again, the Magnesium in Epsom Salt can help promote a healthier mental state since magnesium levels can boost the brain neurotransmitters that help reduce stress and promote melatonin production that our body uses to help induce sleep. Creating a foot soak with Epsom Salt can reduce foot odor as well as treat athlete’s foot and help with foot infections such as ingrown toenails and pull toxins out of your body with the magnesium and sulfate compounds. (*2) Check out our CBD Epsom Salt products below to see which bath soaking option you’ll love for your body!

EPSOM SALT SOAK:

Upgrade your bath time with a CBD Epsom Salt Soak or use our soak for a foot soak after a long day! We recommend using a Cup of the Epsom Salt for each Soak which means that each jar of our CBD Epsom Salt Soak will yield four doses, you can also cut the serving in half and just use hot water and our Epsom Salt for a relaxing foot soak. Our Epsom Salt Soak comes in three different scents; Coconut Vanilla, Basil Mint and Peony Melon Lemon and match the same scents that can be found in our CBD Massage Oil. We recommend soaking for 30 minutes in a warm bath with our Epsom Salt Soak to absorb all of the CBD; also try using our Massage Oil or our Salves after your soak for a more targeted application of CBD or for just a stronger overall dosage. Our Epsom Salt Soaks are made with Epsom Salt, Essential Oils, and Pure CBD Isolate that is THC free and the entire jar is 500 mg. of CBD, each cup is 125 mg. of CBD.

BATH BOMBS:

Create a new Self Care Routine with our CBD Bath Bombs! Each Bath Bomb has 35 mg. of CBD and each Bath Bomb pack comes with three Bath Bombs for a total of 105 mg. of CBD per pack. We have three scent options, Tangerine Citrus, Cucumber Kiwi Green Tea, and Patchouli Rose Ylang Ylang, available and a fourth option of a variety pack with each scent so you can try all three and find your favorite one! We recommend using the Bath Bomb in a warm bath and soaking for 30 minutes to allow your skin the opportunity to soak in all of the CBD, you can even finish your bath with an application of the matching scented CBD Salves on your problem areas for even more CBD assistance. Our Bath Bombs are made with Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Aqua, CBD Isolate, Coconut Oil, Essential Oils, Fragrance, SLSA (may contain Cream of Tartar, Milk Powder, Dead Sea Salt, Epsom Salt and Polysorbate 80).

 

This in-depth Blog has walked you through how our skin actually absorbs topical products, how CBD can assist the Endocannabinoid System with regulating your body back to a state of homeostasis, and which CBD products we carry to assist you with adding quality CBD into your health care routine. By using not only high-quality CBD, but also taking great care to include other ingredients in our products that have more potential health benefits, we have upgraded the CBD Topical standard. We hope that as you add these products into your lives you not only see benefits but also enjoy the different scent combinations as well.

Let us know if you have any questions and as always, we wish you health and happy skin this Winter!

-CBD Pharm

 

 

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