Looking at all the information available on CBD oils, creams and extracts, it may seem as if it is a miracle cure for just about any and every illness, health condition or disorder. The fact is that while research is ongoing into the multiple benefits of the substance, there is still very little scientific evidence to confirm most of the claims.
This said, that does not mean that CBD cream cannot be used to treat a specific condition just because it has not been scientifically proven to be 100% effective. 4 of the more obscure facts regarding CBD creams include:
1. Cream Vs. Oil
The oil extract from the cannabis plant has a much higher concentration of CBD than a cream or lotion that has been diluted with other substances such as a carrier oil. It may make sense that the oil is therefore far more potent and therefore better to use topically (directly on the skin) than a cream. However, the carrier oil and other substances that are added to the oil extract to create creams fulfill 2 important functions - they help with better distribution of CBD as well as absorption. The CBD is absorbed by the skin directly into the bloodstream. So if you are using CBD oil topically, a cream is a better choice than the concentrated oil especially when it comes to pain relief.
2. The Endocannabinoid System
CBD works by activating the Endocannabinoid system in the body which is responsible for a whole host of functions in the human body.
.A little known fact is that the human body in fact produces it's own CBD in order for this essential system in the body to operate. However, the body only generates tiny amounts of this substance and increased level boost this system providing it with the ability to better heal, alleviate pain and fight diseases and illness.
CBD receptors that form part of the Endocannabinoid system and are located throughout the body. Creams are the ideal delivery method as they will begin activating these receptors from the moment that the CBD starts being absorbed by the skin.
3. CBD Vs. THC
By now just about everyone has been informed that THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis whereas CBD has all the healing properties and none of the psychoactive properties. However, new research is showing that THC doesn’t only contain the psychoactive properties but can also activate the Endocannabinoid system. THC is therefore not as “bad” as it has been made out to be and CBD is no less effective due to the presence of THC.
- Hemp Vs. Marijuana
For decades hemp has been claimed to be safer and more recently as an adequate source of CBD. This is not the case and the marijuana or cannabis plants have far higher concentrations of CBD than hemp and are therefore a better source of CBD.
There is no doubt that CBD has a variety of beneficial health properties but it is important to stay informed as to the latest scientific research and the facts regarding the substance.