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October 30, 2021
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Can you use oral CBD oil topically and will it cause an irritation?

can you use oral cbd oil topically
 Anthony Clement
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Anthony Clement
July 12, 2021

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Medical hemp oil is the basic ingredient of topical CBD products, CBD edibles, CBD vape oil, and so on. CBD oil tincture is infused in capsules, gummies, creams, and all these others things. While most companies add some other ingredients to enhance potential benefits, cannabidiol is the main reason why we’re using these substances.  

In this article, we will answer the question, can you ingest topical CBD oil, and we will address some other things that are bothering hemp cannabis oil users.

What is CBD oil and how do we use it? 

CBD or cannabidiol is a cannabinoid substance that can be found in the hemp plant. It is also present in the marijuana cannabis plant but in lower quantities. Most companies will focus on CBD as the most potent of all cannabinoids. But, there are many other chemicals within the plant that shouldn't be neglected. In fact, the hemp plant has more than 100 different ingredients, which is why it probably has such a diverse impact. 

We get cannabidiol from the hemp plant. It comes in the form of an oil that can be further processed to create new items. Unlike the marijuana cannabis plant, hemp has low THC content making it relatively safe, according to the World Health Organization. As long as a product is made according to the law, it shouldn't cause psychoactive effects.

Every hemp cannabis tincture can be placed in 3 different categories: full spectrum oil, broad spectrum oil, and CBD isolate. Full spectrum oil has the same chemicals as the hemp plant. The broad spectrum is very similar to the full spectrum, but it doesn't have THC. Lastly, isolates only have one substance.

When making these products, companies also add essential oils such as MCT oil (extracted from coconut oil) to the mixture. Depending on which type of oil was used, as well as the carrier oil, the effects of cannabidiol topical may vary.

Hemp CBD oil is considered a sublingual CBD product. Although it's primarily intended for sublingual administration, it can also be used for topical application. When used orally, these products are meant to provide various internal benefits and to harmonize functions. On the other hand, a CBD topical is mainly used for muscles and skin. It is meant to provide minor pain relief and reduce muscle tension. Keep in mind that the product shouldn't be used as a replacement for the prescribed medication.

Is CBD oil the same as hemp seed oil?

Although nowadays most countries have their own hemp laws, the industry still lacks regulation. Businesses are trying to label everything and anything as a CBD product, even if it has minuscule amounts of the substance.

Before we get into some differences and similarities between oral CBD oil and topical CBD products, we need to say a few words about hemp oil. Oftentimes, companies market their substances as “hemp extract products.” But, there are some major differences between CBD oil and hemp oil.

Different parts of the hemp plant have different characteristics. Seeds are regarded as the least potent having a lot of omega fatty acids but lacking cannabinoids. On the other hand, stalks, leaves, and flowers have a plethora of cannabinoids and terpenes. The term "CBD oil" refers to products made from stalks, leaves, and primarily flowers. As the name implies, they are rich in cannabidiol but often have other cannabinoids as well. On the other hand, "hemp seed oil” utilizes the plant’s seed.

The main issue is that companies often try to sell hemp seed oil (much easier to make) as CBD oil tincture. And while we cannot deny that omega fatty acids are amazing, they are nowhere near cannabinoids in terms of their wellness potential.

Can CBD oil be absorbed through the skin?

CBD oil or CBD tincture is the basic ingredient of all medical hemp products, including various CBD ointment. Companies can use it to make a CBD salve, CBD cream, CBD lotion, and so on.

People use CBD topicals to address surface issues. They are especially effective for minor muscle soreness and tension but can also be used to improve the quality of your skin. Scientists believe that cannabinoids, and in particular cannabidiol, might have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. As such, a topical cream might potentially address some nagging problems.

So, can you use oral CBD oil topically?

As long as the product is in a liquid form, you can use it for topical application. Given that CBD hemp oil has an oily texture, you can use it on the muscles. However, most people prefer specialized items. Although CBD oil also utilizes carrier oils, most topicals have ingredients such as eucalyptus, camphor, peppermint, which are especially good for skin and muscle tissue. So, while medical hemp tincture is amazing in its own regard and is great for both sublingual and topical application, creams and lotions might provide better relief for the surface tissue.

CBD topical products are ideal for athletes. They can be used prior to and after exercising. Whether you use CBD oil tincture, CBD salve, or something else, it should make your muscles loose, flexible, and ready for high intensity and weight training. Furthermore, the substance might have some protective and regenerative properties, which would help the tissue restoration process that naturally occurs between workouts.

Can I rub CBD oil on my skin for pain?

According to what we know so far, CBD is a substance that might interact with the human endocannabinoid system.

While most data indicate that cannabidiol works as an antagonist of cannabinoid receptors (prevents binding), it might work in conjunction with some other cannabinoid chemicals such as THC to activate the endocannabinoid system. Anyway, there is too little data to make proper presumptions regarding internal mechanisms. However, there seems to be a connection between this system and cannabinoid substances found in the hemp plant.

The endocannabinoid system is meant to regulate numerous functions such as sleep, pain, stress, mood, focus, etc. By affecting its receptors, you might be able to harmonize the work of the system and improve all these functions.

Keep in mind that oral CBD and topical CBD are not the same in terms of the potential benefits. While oral chemicals and vapes can provide a wholesome impact, topicals are mainly used for muscles. Whether it’s due to their impact on the endocannabinoid system, or something else, cannabinoids might provide relief for chronic pain. We also mentioned potential antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Given all of that, the substances should be really soothing for your surface tissue.

Another interesting feature of topicals lies in their ability to hydrate the skin. These substances might be great for rejuvenating the tissue and shedding years off of it. Furthermore, they might also provide assistance for minor issues and imperfections. This is especially true if a product provides extra strength for dealing with these sorts of problems.

Applying CBD topicals

Whether you’re using CBD oil or cream, topicals are administered in the same way.

It takes a lot of money to buy medical hemp equipment, which is why these products tend to be expensive. As a result, it is imperative to use CBD topicals the right way and not waste them. Their effectiveness will vary based on several factors such as your weight, tolerance, the strength of the product, etc.

First off, make sure to properly clean the area where you want to apply the substance. Start with a smaller quantity just to test if there is an allergic reaction. Needless to say, you shouldn’t apply topicals on the infected or wounded area. No matter what you're using, give it some time to soak in.

These products take some time to work. Depending on an item, and metabolic factors, they might require from 15 minutes to 30 minutes to kick in. If nothing happens, you can put some more cream. Keep in mind that by adding more cream, you won't get better results as there is a limit on how much cream will be absorbed over a specific surface.

What are the potential side effects?

If you’re using CBD oil sublingually, you can experience a lot of different drawbacks. They might include things such as drowsiness, diarrhea, change in appetite, change in blood pressure, etc. Most of these issues will stop as soon as you stop using a product. They are rarely severe in nature, and some of them are closely connected to benefits. For example, drowsiness is related to hemp's sedative effect that otherwise reduces stress and improves sleep.

Topical items are a bit different. They are much safer than orals and vapes, which are regarded as safe substances as it is. With creams and ointments, you might experience an allergic reaction. But, as we previously mentioned, this is something that can be tested with a smaller test. The bigger problem is if you apply the substance to a wounded or infected area. But, almost no one will do that.

While cannabis oils and products can cause psychoactive effects, the same cannot be said for topicals. Like the underlying CBD substance, they will have trace amounts of THC. Usually, this content is limited to 0.3%, which isn't enough to get you high. Furthermore, topical CBD products will not reach your bloodstream, and they will not affect your brain. So, even if you wanted to get high, you wouldn't be able to.

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