What is the use of CBD salves?
Their primary application is relieving pain, especially pain resulting from cramps and spasms, bad circulation, and inflammations. Because CBD is a substance with anti-inflammatory as well as anti-spasmodic effects, salves containing it are very effective against a whole host of issues that feature these two symptoms.
The most frequent ones include sore muscles, sprain injuries, arthritic wrists, general joint pains, and chronic muscle and joint aches. As for inflammatory problems, these salves are often used to treat skin conditions such as rashes, psoriasis, blisters, dermatitis, as well as eczema, skin dryness, and even fungal infection. You can read more about CBD’s effects on skin right here.
In addition, people also use these products to treat problems like seizures, menstrual pains, hemorrhoids, nerve spasms, ear pains, migraine, and symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks, depressed episodes, and even Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. There are also claims that small wounds, e.g. bruises, smaller cuts, and scraped skin heal faster when CBD salves are applied to the area.
How are they used?
Being a topical remedy, CBD ointments are used by applying a certain amount to the area of the body that has a problem. You’d spread it onto a rash or rub it into the place where the muscle is cramping. The ointment is absorbed through the skin into the body and goes to do its work.
It’s all-important to remember that, if you want your ointment to work, you must remove anything that would get in the way of its absorption. In other words, clean your skin properly. Things like dirt, natural skin oils, and other creams or whatever else you might’ve applied to yours skin beforehand are going to prevent your salve from taking proper effect. So, first wash up with warm water and soap, then wipe off dry, then apply your chosen CBD remedy. To learn more about how skin absorbs substances, you can start with this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absorption_(skin)
Once your skin is clean and dry, apply the salve and give it a few minutes to be absorbed, then cover it with a bandage or a clean cloth. If you’re using it to treat a child or a senior, use small amounts, because their skin is thinner and they’re therefore more sensitive.
Healthy adults can use a more generous dose. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult their doctor beforehand; it might be best for them to avoid CBD remedies altogether.
The time it takes until you feel noticeable relief will depend on several factors. These include the severity of your pain (or whatever condition you are seeking to relieve), the potency and dosage of the salve, the amount applied, and how frequently you use it. It could take anywhere from an hour to two full days, so be patient.
Also, manufacturers typically state the recommended dosage and frequency of use on the product packaging, so make sure to consult that as well. Cheef botanicals is one good example of an informative manufacturer. A general rule of thumb is to start with the minimal recommended dose and then gradually increase it over time.
How to tell the difference between various CBD topicals
If you have never gone shopping for a CBD salve before, you might want to take a moment and read up on its various cousins, to make sure you will not mix up your purchase. In addition to salves, there are also balms, lotions, ointments, creams, patches, and oil. All of these hemp remedies are applied topically and follow the same general idea, but they have their differences.
Salves and balms are the most similar. They both contain a high concentration of CBD, and are therefore the first choice for stronger pains, i.e. cramps or arthritis, and smaller injuries. Lotions, creams, and ointments are somewhat milder. They perform great against dermal inflammation, so they are helpful for rashes, burns, dry and itchy skin.
Oil is usually more potent and may contain THC as well, and it is often mixed with herbs. Patches are strong: they deliver both THC and CBD directly to the bloodstream, and the mind-altering effect is frequently stronger than smoking, so be careful.