One of the more interesting things about CBD is that there are so many different methods of ingestion: Everything from vaping juices to edibles to capsules, tinctures and more. Each method comes with it’s own pros and cons, but since CBD is so new, you may not even be aware of some of the positives of one method of consumption over another.
CBD Balm’s are one such example. These topical creams can be applied directly to the skin, allowing for relief from a slew of painful or uncomfortable conditions. But what can they be used for, exactly? Here’s a look at some of the benefits of CBD Balm which you may not even be familiar with.
CBD’s ability to control inflammation in your skin and muscles is one of its most well-documented potential benefits. However, CBD balm may be beneficial for more serious, painful conditions, including reducing the pain associated with various types of arthritis.
Numerous studies have found that CBD may have the ability to reduce the
join pain and swelling that is associated with arthritis, particularly when the CBD is applied as a balm. For example, a 2014 review of osteoarthritis in animals determined that CBD has the potential to be safe and effective in addressing this type of arthritis. A 2017 study also found that CBD may hold benefits for osteoarthritis. A 2016 study specifically reviewed the topical application of CBD for individuals with arthritis and found that CBD that, when applied as a topical to rats, CBD provided pain relief.
The findings are clear enough that the Arthritis Foundation wrote an article detailing the potential for CBD to provide pain relief, and issued a series of recommendations on how to shop for and potentially use CBD.
Skin care is one of the more popular potential uses of CBD. However, it is for more than just getting rid of old scars and keeping your skin looking fresh and clean. According to numerous studies – and even some advocacy groups – CBD may be helpful at helping to get rid of numerous painful and unsightly skin conditions.
For example, rosacea is a condition marked by irritation, redness and swelling on the face. According to published articles, CBD may be helpful at relieving all of these conditions when it is in a balm and applied directly to the face. It may be particularly beneficial to reducing the “flare ups” which are all too common for rosacea sufferers.
Another skin condition which CBD balm may assist is eczema. A small study of 43 people found that CBD oil helped reduce itching, redness and irritation which is common from eczema, and found that there was a longer period of time between flare-ups which commonly occur. Additional evidence was reviewed in an article from the National Eczema Foundation, which implied that CBD does have the potential to help provide relief for eczema sufferers. The article went on to note the potential, the need for future study, and that individuals who purchase CBD should be careful about what types of CBD they purchase and always make sure to consult a medical professional before using CBD.
CBD may also hold potential in helping people deal with psoriasis, a skin disorder which causes uncomfortable, red skin plaques to form over the body. Anecdotal evidence from psoriasis sufferers suggests that CBD can provide relief, particularly given that it has been noted to help individuals who suffer from dry, irritated skin with other conditions. An article from the National Psoriasis Foundation also found that CBD may have potential for controlling psoriasis, noting that a 2007 study found that CBD can help to slow the overgrowth of skin cells which causes psoriasis.
There is evidence to indicate that CBD is good for a host of different types of pain reduction. However, some of the areas of pain reduction may be less well known than others. For example, CBD appears to have some benefits at providing relief from nerve (or neuropathic) pain, a devastating, painful condition which affects as many as 20 million Americans.
This is pain not caused by soreness or a good workout, but rather pain which originates directly from the nerves in your body. It is often a result of physical nerve damage or other disorders like diabetes.
One study found that CBD can help provide benefits to individuals who were suffering from nerve pain, resulting in self-reported relief. Another study hypothesized this to be the case because it found that CBD helped to target specific receptors which were responsible for pain sensations.
If further studies to bear out these findings, it would make sense; as noted by other reviews, CBD impacts your body’s Endocannabinoid System, which is involved in the regulation of numerous areas, including pain relief. As such, it is possible that using CBD balms directly on an affected area could provide a great degree of pain relief.
CBD balm may be very good for skin care, but this is for more than just cleaning your skin. For example, did you know that CBD balm may help you get rid of acne?
This may occur for many reasons. For example, acne is typically caused by clogged skin pores, which are the result of dirty skin, excess oil and hormonal imbalances. Bacteria growth also plays a role.
CBD can help clean the skin and remove these products which result in the growth and spread of acne. There is also some evidence to suggest that CBD has antimicrobial properties. If this is the case, it explains why CBD may be helpful at stopping the growth of acne, as CBD can stop the bacteria which causes acne from spreading on your skin.
Additional evidence suggests that CBD has a role in regulating the production of sebum, an oil produced in your skin which leads to the proliferation of acne. As a result, CBD can help keep your skin clean and acne-free.