As you know from previous blog posts CBD is a cannabinoid taken from the cannabis plant (or more specifically, hemp). The other well known cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which gives the high effect in marijuana. However, CBD products have almost untraceable amounts of THC in, so there is no psychoactive effect.
Cannabinoids take effect in the body by interacting with the endocannabinoid system which is comprised of cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids, and enzymes which breakdown and synthesize cannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are produced within the human body, whereas phytocannabinoids (like CBD and THC) are produced naturally by plants. The endocannabinoid system can impact a great number of our daily experiences, from how we experience pain, to our moods.
When it comes to pain, CBD solutions have been a promising new avenue for several reasons. Primarily, CBD has been found to be a natural anti-inflammatory and demonstrates immunomodulatory effects which can aid pain and inflammation.
Initially, CBD was only available in the form of an oil which was taken orally and then absorbed into the bloodstream. However, CBD creams are absorbed transdermally which allow the drug to be delivered directly to the pain. Researchers have also found that endocannabinoid receptors exist in the skin and in nerve fibres promoting the case for transdermal application of CBD further (1).
To find out if CBD cream for pain relief might work for you, trying and testing is the best way to learn - and this is a reliable option due to its safety profile and lack of psychoactive effects.