Topical application of CBD is becoming a very popular delivery method of CBD for localized pain relief. You can apply a topical directly to specific areas of pain and inflammation and yield the benefits of CBD. What makes topical application unique is that it largely avoids entering your bloodstream.
Since it is absorbed transdermally, meaning through the skin, topical CBD has a longer onset time than vaporization and tinctures. This is because our skin can only absorb so much at one time, meaning the skin basically regulates the speed at which the topical is absorbed. Transdermal absorption of CBD also avoids first-pass metabolism, yielding a higher bioavailability, and the effects last longer than vaporization.
Topical application of CBD is an ideal method for localized pain relief.
Sources and further reading:
- “Human Cannabinoid Pharmacokinetics” [Chemistry and Biodiversity]
- “A Therapeutic Effect of CBD-enriched Ointment in Inflammatory Skin Diseases and Cutaneous Scars” [Clinica Terapeutica]
- “Topical Medical Cannabis: A New Treatment for Wound Pain” [Journal of Pain and Symptom Management]