Cannabidiol (CBD) is becoming steadily more popular as it becomes increasingly more commercially available. As well as the traditional CBD oil and tincture products on the market, many CBD-infused products are also becoming more widely available. From drinks like CBD-infused coffee to CBD balm, the UK market is bulging with health and wellness products that use cannabidiol as a core ingredient.
Recent medical research suggests that CBD oil has the potential to become an effective and safe treatment for mental health disorders like generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder and even post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition to evidence of its efficacy for mental health disorders, there is growing evidence that CBD can be an effective treatment for physical conditions and ailments as well. Cannabidiol may be an effective treatment for joint pain, chronic pain, muscle soreness and acne. One of the methods of administering CBD for these issues is via CBD-infused balms. But which balm is best for you? Here, we provide a CBD balm UK buyers’ guide which looks at how to use CBD balm to ease muscle soreness, relieve pain and improve skincare.
CBD Balm UK Buyers’ Guide: Muscle Salve, Pain Relief or Skincare?
Cannabidiol works via its interaction with the endocannabinoid system which is present in everyone. This complex system of neurotransmitters and cannabinoid receptors has a homeostatic function. This function helps to manage the balance of processes within the body. For example, evidence suggests that the endocannabinoid system plays a role in regulating functions including sleep, pain, mood and appetite.
The skin contains cannabinoid receptors and, therefore, using CBD as a topical rub on the skin can achieve many of the same results as ingesting the compound via drops. Below, we take a more detailed look at some of the individual conditions or ailments you may use CBD balm for and which products are best suited.
CBD BALM MUSCLE RECOVERY
When we workout, our muscles are damaged at a microscopic level. The fibres of the muscles tear, which causes them to inflame and then the body steps in to repair and rebuild the tissue. This is the process by which we build muscle over time when working out. It’s also the process that causes your muscles to ache after a particularly gruelling session.
A 2018 study into CBD as a pain and inflammation treatment reports that “Preclinical studies have shown that cannabinoid receptor agonists block pain in various acute and chronic pain models and that inflammation is attenuated”. As such, many exercise enthusiasts are beginning to appreciate the benefits of CBD muscle balm for workout recovery. Rubbing a cannabidiol-infused salve, like our OG Vegan CBD Balm, on your muscles after an intense workout may help to reduce inflammation and, therefore, reduce pain and improve recovery. The better your muscles can recover, the more you can workout and continue to build.
You can also use CBD oil drops to relieve pain from muscle soreness. However, the massaging action of using a rub has an additional therapeutic effect and can help to further ease any aches or pain and speed up the recovery time.
CBD SALVE FOR LOCALISED PAIN RELIEF
The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD when used in a balm can also help reduce the symptoms of localised pain. This is particularly true for joint pain from conditions such as arthritis.
Both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis cause pain in the joints – particularly the fingers, knees and elbows. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to accidentally attack the cells which surround the joints rather than fighting infection. This causes joints to become swollen, painful and stiff. Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis in the UK, is a condition that sees the gradual breakdown of cartilage at the end of the bones, which usually provide a protective buffer. Again, this breakdown of material can cause swelling and severe joint pain.
Much like with muscle pain, CBD balm can be used to relieve localised joint pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The way that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system also makes an impact. Research suggests that the endocannabinoid system is one of the key systems in regulating pain sensation. Coupled with its efficacy for tacking inflammation, CBD balms can help to make localised joint pain more bearable.
Although CBD is not a cure or treatment for every type of localised pain, it may be able to soften the edge of arthritis joint pain to make daily tasks less painful and improve quality of life. Simply rub our CBD balm product on the area of pain as required for relief.
BALM FOR SKINCARE
CBD balm, and CBD coconut oil, is also often used as a skincare remedy. The ageing process of the skin is impacted by chronic inflammation which occurs over time. When the result of a wound, inflammation over a short time may benefit the skin. But over extended periods, it causes ageing by exhausting the skin’s defence, weakening it and degrading collagen and elastin. So, the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD skincare can help to slow this process down and reduce the signs of ageing. When used as a lip balm, it can help soothe and moisturise dry lips.
As well as being anti-inflammatory, CBD is also an anti-oxidant. Being an antioxidant, CBD can provide the spare particle that a free radical can merge with. By bonding with free radicals, they will not go on to cause DNA damage and impact the skin.
Only Green: Selling Quality CBD Balm Across The UK
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