You may be wondering, what is a CBD (Cannabinoid) salve, anyway? In easier-to-understand terms, a salve is a medicine-infused concoction where the CBD is administered directly through the skin.
Why a Salve instead of a lotion?
Well, they both get the job done, but lotions use water as the base instead of oil, and generally speaking a fatty oil actually holds more of the CBD than water does. The more fatty acids an oil carries the more CBD there is likely to be. The CBD itself infuses with said acids bringing with it a more concentrated form than a water-based lotion.
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How does it work?
When you apply CBD oil by itself onto your skin, it will almost never reach the bloodstream. Using cannabinoids this way and you’ll get targeted relief to a specific area. The skin absorbs cannabinoids so that they can interact with cannabinoid receptors nearby. Human skin, in general, is not very permeable. Skin blocks the majority of substances to prevent them from entering the body.
In this case, a lesser concentration of CBD might have to be applied more so than a higher one. If there is enough material, your skin pores will absorb CBD to affect targeted healing. This works best when salves contain a higher concentration of CBD. it is recommended to use them only if you want relief in a specific spot, not the whole body. For that, I recommend taking the CBD oil by itself under the tongue instead.
What are some of the benefits?
A key ingredient, cannabidiol is a powerful antioxidant that prevents drying of the skin, helps the healing process and reduces the amount of time a wound needs to heal. CBD salves strengthen the skin’s natural defense system and its ability to regenerate, providing an excellent means of relieving and/or eliminating various types of skin ailments and medical conditions.
CBD salve for pain
CBD salve can help ease chronic pain in part by reducing inflammation. CBD binds with the CB2 receptors in our skin. It is best used for localized pain since it doesn’t offer full-body pain relief. It is an ideal solution for people who have arthritis.
CBD salve for psoriasis
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease characterized by patches of abnormal skin. Topicals infused with cannabinoids can ease psoriasis by reducing the inflammation and slow down skin cell’s growth.
CBD salve for eczema
CBD could help skin conditions like eczema by reducing inflammation and relieving dry skin. CBD can also help to soothe other symptoms related to eczema, such as itching and pain.
CBD Salves: What are they made of?
A natural wax (ours are made out of cocoa butter, shea butter, mango butter, or beeswax)
An oil base (this is what’s responsible for carrying the medicine, ours are made out of a rice bran oil)
What are Terpenes you ask?
Terpenes are a large and diverse class of organic compounds, produced by a variety of plants, and fruits. Even some insects produce them! Like some species of butterflies or even termites! Terpenes often have a strong odor and may protect the plants that produce them by deterring herbivores and by attracting predators and parasites of herbivores. Basically they are what make plants and fruits have a scent, and said scent can be extracted and turned into an oil that is then infused into other oils. They even come with their own benefits as well! Some of the different kinds and their benefits are:
Myrcene: Reduces pain and inflammation. Its scent is more Earthy, a little musky, giving it a more raw aroma to it.
Limonene: Improves mood and stress, having a citrus smell, as it comes from lemons and oranges.
Linalool: reduces inflammation and depression, smelling spicy and lavender like, as it comes from lavenders!
Caryophyllene: reduces inflammation and anxiety. It a bit spicy, almost pepper-like.
Pinene: Anti-inflammatory, one of the more obvious ones, it smells like a Pine tree!
So as you can tell CBD salves have lots of benefits, as they help in all sorts of ways! We hope this has been helpful to you, and informative. We hope to see you soon!