Cannabidiol (CBD) is here to stay.

CBD came on the scene as a hot topic in the last few years with several different products like CBD-infused gummies and CBD-oil tincture drops, but, more recently, CBD topical creams or lotions have been of major interest.

In recent years, several different studies have been done on CBD and have shown that when taken orally, CBD may have numerous benefits, including reducing anxiety, acting as a sleep aid for people with insomnia, and even serving as an effective treatment for childhood epilepsy syndromes such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

With that being said, perhaps the most common reason for using CBD is for reducing inflammation.

While the benefits of consuming CBD have become better understood, and evidence indicates that CBD does help with inflammation -- it begs the question, how do CBD creams help with inflammation?

How is using CBD cream any different than taking it orally?

Let’s find out!

CBD CREAM FOR INFLAMMATION

First things first, yes! Yes, CBD creams do help with inflammation!

WHAT IS INFLAMMATION?

To better understand how CBD creams can help with inflammation, it’s essential to understand what inflammation is and why it occurs. Don’t worry; we’ll keep it short!

Inflammation comes in two forms: chronic and acute.

Remember when you banged your toe on the side of your bed? It hurt like you know what, your toe turned red, and it began to swell a little bit, right? That’s acute inflammation.

Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is a whole different problem. Chronic inflammation lasts for a prolonged period of time (days, months, even years) and can create serious problems for your health. Have you or someone you know experienced severely sore knees for an extended period of time? That’s chronic inflammation.

For a simple explanation of inflammation, Harvard Medical School describes it best, “Think of inflammation as the body's natural response to protect itself against harm.”

Now that we understand inflammation let’s get back to the benefits of CBD cream!

CBD is one of the most effective anti-inflammatory options ranking higher than Vitamin C, Omega-3, and several antioxidants.

In a study at the University of Kentucky in 2016, researchers found that applying a CBD gel reduced mice’s pain and inflammation with severe arthritis.

At this point, there’s little doubt that CBD is an effective treatment when applied to inflamed areas.

BENEFITS OF USING A CBD CREAM

While the benefits of CBD for inflammation are clear, you’re probably wondering why you should use a CBD cream instead of a different method.

The benefits of using CBD cream comes down to two reasons: convenience and precise targeting of the inflammation area.

The convenience of using a CBD cream needs no explanation. Grab your favorite CBD cream and apply it whenever, wherever. No bad aftertaste. No worry about taking the proper dosage.

Possibly the best part about using a CBD cream for inflammation is that you can directly target the inflamed area.

If you’re dealing with sore joints like in the example used earlier, CBD cream comes in handy because you can apply it directly to the problem area.

Sore knees? Elbow? Apply a high-quality CBD cream and get the relief that you need!

- Rick's Hemp Oil Team

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October 07, 2020 — Eli Elias