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July 27, 2020

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Topical CBD products, like CBD-infused lotions and salves, can be an excellent way to target specific areas of discomfort and unlock the next level of recovery. But how do they work, exactly?

The basics

A topical CBD product is a lotion, cream or salve infused with cannabidiol and other beneficial cannabinoids from the hemp plant. Unlike an oil or edible product, the CBD in a topical cream is not intended to be distributed through the entire body via absorption in the mouth or stomach. Instead, it is absorbed through the skin and works to affect the area of application, quickly and efficiently. 

At a micro level

When CBD and the other cannabinoids in your topical product are absorbed through the skin, they bind with a complex set of receptors called the endocannabinoid system. This binding sets off a number of responses in the body, such as an inhibition of inflammation and an easing of pain. When we are injured or have just completed a difficult workout, our body sends blood and immune cells to the affected area to try to heal it. Unfortunately, this can also result in painful swelling or muscle soreness. Studies indicate that CBD’s immunosuppressant qualities may work to inhibit those local immune signals and stop the inflammation. Similarly, researchers are especially interested in the effect of cannabinoids on pain, with studies pointing to CBD functioning as an analgesic and an amplifier of the body’s natural pain management pathways. 

The big picture

By using a topical CBD product, you can target specific areas of pain and discomfort for quicker relief. Athletes, for example, love using CBD topicals after tough workouts to improve recovery and stay at the top of their game. Topicals have also been linked to positive effects on muscle spasms, skin irritation, blemishes and excessive dryness. For these reasons and many more, Remedio has turned to the very best scientists and natural ingredients to create our first ever topical CBD balm, Soothe. With notes of frankincense and lavender, Soothe is formulated to renew, repair and protect your skin, while reducing inflammation and easing pain. It is important to keep in mind, of course, that results will depend upon dosage and frequency of use and you may need to experiment to find out what your body responds to best. For more severe discomfort, many users find that taking a daily CBD oil, like our 2000mg Drops, in addition to using topical CBD creams as needed is the most efficient way to get the relief you deserve.

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