CBD Salve for Pain: Health Benefits, Uses, and Effects

May 13, 2021

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CBD Salve for Pain: Health Benefits, Uses, and Effects by Lisa Smith

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A CBD salve is a cream made to heal and benefit your skin and body. The salve is a mix of ingredients brewed with plant-based products or, in this case, CBD. The CBD salve also contains other components, called carriers, such as beeswax and essential oils.

They have a single purpose, to help the brewed CBD get onto your skin and be easily absorbed. 

CBD salve is similar to CBD lotion or cream because they are all applied directly to the skin. However, there is a significant difference. The cream and the lotion contain water, and that means they have an expiry date.

The salve is water-free, so it can last way longer and can’t dry out. Plus, since the balm is water-free, it is much thicker than the lotion or cream.

If you are wondering what CBD is and how it can benefit your health, let us explain. CBD, short from cannabidiol, is one of the 140 found compounds in the cannabis plant species.

CBD is safe to use, and it’s not addictive at all. It’s one of the phytocannabinoids, which are unique to the cannabis plant and empower the plant with its therapeutic characteristics.

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How Can CBD Salve Help With Reducing Pain?

You can easily envision the absorption process of the CBD pill or CBD oil which people take orally. Once you consume it, it dissipates into your digestive gut before it finds its way into your bloodstream.

However, it may be difficult to understand how exactly the CBD from the salve ends up operating in your bloodstream.

In general, the skin is an active organ of the human body; it is also the largest organ. While it acts as an obstacle to possibly damaging substances, it also acts as an effective molecular passage.

The skin absorbs lipid oils like those that contain CBD salves. 

Once you apply CBD salve for pain topically, the oil-based lipids deliver phytochemicals throughout your skin cells’ membranes. At this stage, the CBD can start its physiological mechanisms to surround your tissue and cell layers.

That’s why the salve is a good choice for health issues like joint or muscle pain and skin problems. The CBD works by directly targeting discomfort areas and acting as an anti-inflammatory agent.

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How To Use CBD Salves For Pain? 

If you want to use CBD salve for pain, you should apply it directly to your skin. After you apply it, your body will absorb the CBD, and it will target the location around the application area.

Since your skin is absorbing the dosage of CBD from the salve locally, you can’t get the same effect you can get from using CBD orally.

For that reason, you’ll probably want to optimize your dosage with the ideal technique for applying CBD.

Below is the step-by-step guide for the perfect application procedure.

Choose Your Target Zone

Before applying the salve, you should identify your exact pain location. For instance, if your leg is in pain, locate where your pain feels most pronounced. Identifying the pain areas will help you get a better effect.

You can also apply CBD salve even if you are not in pain. Many people target their tension areas on their bodies like the neck, wrists, or temples and rub from the salve to help them relax after a long day.

Clean Up The Spot

Once you determine your application area, you will need to clean that area and prepare it for applying the salve. It will help you wash away any unwanted germs, dirt, or any other types of particles that may interfere with CBD absorption.

If you wash your skin before applying the salve, you will get the highest effect from your dosage.

Pick Your Application Tool

Since every ounce of salve includes active ingredients, it is a good idea to use an application tool instead of your bare hands. This way, you will treat only the areas where the pain is located and avoid areas like your hands that don’t need CBD. 

So, get your tool (it can be something as simple as a spoon), take a generous scoop, and firmly rub the salve into your skin area.

Even though the dosage is up to you to determine, we propose you start with a smaller amount. Check how the first dose works for your pain, then you can increase the dosage until you reach the desired effect or complete pain relief. 

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What Are The Health Benefits Of CBD Salves?

The main ingredient in the CBD salve is cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a powerful antioxidant. It may also help assist the healing process or lower the amount of time a wound requires for healing.

CBD salve can improve your skin’s natural defense mechanisms and its ability to revitalize itself. 

At the same time, CBD may help relieve different kinds of skin conditions. The CBD salve for pain can reduce inflammation. It may also help with other health conditions such as:

  • Pain – CBD salve can help your body with all kinds of muscle pain because it provides immediate relief that can last for several hours. People use it for anything from acute pain and chronic pain to sore joints and sore muscles.
  • Eczema – CBD may relieve skin conditions such as eczema by reducing inflammation and soothing dry skin. CBD can also relieve other symptoms caused by eczemas, such as pain and itchiness. 
  • Psoriasis – Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease distinguished by patches of unusual skin. Topicals infused with cannabinoids may help ease psoriasis by minimizing skin inflammation.
  • Acne – Acne is a well-known skin problem for many people, which can be relieved by CBD. Studies have shown that CBD can control sebum levels and acts against inflammation.
  • Dry skin – Cannabidiol has the ideal balance of essential fatty acids Omega 6 and Omega 3, which can naturally and efficiently nurture and moisturize every skin type.
  • Wrinkles – CBD can stimulate and balance the skin’s oil production, making your wrinkles less visible. Since they usually appear when your skin is dry, the increased oil production by the CBD can reduce their definition.

Final Thoughts

If you are suffering from any of the above health conditions, you may want to consider using CBD salve. It is a natural, plant-based ingredient. 

CBD salve is available in a wide variety of stores. Just make sure to get one of good quality with a visible certificate of analysis so you know exactly what’s inside. The better the quality, the more it can relieve your pain.

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