Is CBD Effective Topically?

Is CBD Effective Topically?

Not all that long ago, few people had even heard of CBD. Today, nearly everyone knows someone reporting favorable results using hemp-derived CBD products. Yet, despite the compelling testimonials and growing popularity, it’s easy to understand why someone might be skeptical. After all, people seem to be reporting similar benefits whether they’re using a CBD oil tincture, capsules, gummies, or applying their products topically.

Anyone evaluating product options with a healthy dose of skepticism might naturally wonder how that could be. We get it. But once you know what CBD is and how it works, some of the finer points of CBD use are much easier to understand. Whether you’ve been using a CBD tincture for years or aren’t quite convinced an edible is your best option, consider how you might benefit from a CBD-infused cream, lotion, or serum. Although CBD topicals are effective on their own, they can also be a great complement to any other CBD products in your daily routine.

What Is CBD?

CBD is the commonly used abbreviation for cannabidiol, the most abundant of the many non-intoxicating plant elements in industrial hemp classified as a cannabinoid. Although marijuana is also a potential source of CBD, most CBD users prefer hemp-derived products because the plants produce only trace amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabinoid that causes the intoxicating effect marijuana is known for. Since hemp-derived CBD products can’t cause intoxication, they’re available to nearly everyone who might want to experience their many potential health and wellness benefits.1

How Does CBD Work?

Based on what the research shows so far, the many reported benefits of CBD use are explained by the way cannabinoids mimic the messengers and interact with the receptors of the largest regulatory system in the body, the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Since the communication between ECS messengers and receptors regulates nearly every critical function essential for overall health and wellbeing, the impact of using hemp-derived CBD products depends on which crucial functions might be restored to balance (homeostasis) through ECS support.2

Why Are People Applying CBD Topically?

When supporting ECS function with CBD capsules, gummies, or other consumables, the cannabinoids are processed through your digestive system before entering your bloodstream. Although long-lasting, most CBD users relying on ingestible products wait 1-2 hours before experiencing any noteworthy benefits. Topical CBD products tend to work much faster. Most CBD users report favorable results in as little as 15 minutes.3 Although individual results can vary, consider how you might benefit while using a topical CBD product for either of the following concerns.

Discomfort After Physical Activity

Based on the feedback of nearly 2000 CBD users, most people report using hemp-derived CBD products for relaxation, better sleep, and for pain, inflammation, and stiffness after physical activity.4 When applied topically, CBD penetrates the surface of your skin. Once absorbed, the cannabinoid interacts with the ECS receptors in tissues far below the surface. The interaction with ECS receptors just below the surface of your skin could help provide localized, targeted relief where you need it most.

Skin Health and Appearance

Although many synthetic ingredients in skin care products can cause more skin issues than they solve, current research shows CBD helps support skin health and appearance. As the cannabinoid absorbs through the surface, it interacts with ECS receptors found on nearly every type of skin cell, including the receptors regulating oil production, inflammation, moisture retention, skin cell turnover, and collagen production.5

What to Look for When Shopping for Topical CBD Products

Using CBD topically could have a significant impact on how you look and feel, but not all CBD topicals are the same. Since the purity, potency, and overall quality of your selection will have a significant impact on how well your CBD topical might work, it’s important to know what to look for while you’re shopping. To help avoid a potentially disappointing purchase, you’ll want to pay close attention to the following details as you’re reading reviews and browsing product options.6

The Source of the Hemp Oil  

While shopping for CBD-infused topicals, it’s important to remember that there are two potential sources of hemp oil. When you’re interested in the health and wellness potential of hemp-derived cannabinoids, it’s important to look past any marketing claims for a list of ingredients. CBD is extracted from the stalks, stems, and flowers of the plant. Hemp seed oil does not contain CBD.

Cultivation and Extraction Methods

Industrial hemp pulls heavy metals and other toxins from the soil as it grows. That’s why you should stick with topicals made with extracts sourced from non-GMO, naturally cultivated crops. Since your skin could absorb any potentially harmful solvent residue left behind from extraction processes, stick with brands that rely on food-safe extraction methods. CO2 extraction produces the cleanest results.

CBD Content Specified in Milligrams

You should always know how much CBD is in any product you select. If a company relies on vague terms like “high-potency” or “extra-strength” without specifying an exact amount of CBD, keep looking. Reputable CBD companies specify the total amount of CBD in their topicals in milligrams (mg). If a brand doesn’t specify potency, their products probably contain too little CBD to be of any significant value.

Access to Third-Party Test Results

The best CBD brands rely on third-party test results to verify product purity and potency. One of the easiest ways to know you’re getting high-quality CBD is to stick with companies that provide access to those test results. You can use that Certificate of Analysis to verify that the topicals you select are as potent as the manufacturer claims and have been screened for heavy metals and other potential contaminants.

Are You Ready to Experience the Many Possible Benefits of CBD Topicals?

There are many ways to experience the health and wellness potential of hemp-derived CBD. Whether you’re looking for targeted relief for tired, over-worked muscles and joints, or some of the many possible skin benefits of CBD-infused skincare products, consider investigating some of the many plant-powered CBD topicals at BOTA Hemp™.

At BOTA™, we’ve identified the best elements nature has to offer and infused each of our botanical formulas with non-GMO, naturally cultivated, CO2 extracted CBD. Every product we offer features a range of botanicals selected for specific concerns.

To soothe your body after a tough workout or at the end of a stressful day, try BOTA™ Warming Muscle Melt Crème. Each 2oz jar gives you 300mg of full-spectrum CBD. To help keep your skin looking and feeling its best, consider browsing our selection of CBD facial serums, toners, moisturizers, body care products, and plant-powered CBD Gift Sets. All BOTA™ CBD skincare products are third-party tested, US Hemp Authority™ certified, vegan-friendly, and cruelty-free.



1. Project CBD. (2021) What is CBD?

2. Journal of Young Investigators. C Sallaberry, L Astern. (2018 June 01) The Endocannabinoid System, Our Universal Regulator.

3. Your CBD Academy. J Harmon. (2020 February 20) How Long Do the Effects of CBD Last?

4. CBDistillery. N Sifers. (2020 December 28) Lingering Discomfort After Physical Activity? CBD Could Provide Soothing Relief.

5. Phytecs. (2021) Introduction to the Skin’s Endocannabinoid System.

6. Shape. D Astorino. (2021) How to Buy the Best Safe and Effective CBD Products.


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