Why CBD Topicals?

"Your epidermis is showing."

Many of us learn as children that epidermis is a fancy word for skin - the largest organ in the body. The skin is an all-important and multifunctional workhorse, protecting us from the environment, sensing light, moisture, pain (and pleasure), playing a crucial role in immunity, hormone function, Vitamin D synthesis, and much more.

What may come as a surprise to many is that our skin is rich in CB1 and CB2 endocannabinoid receptors - which is why CBD topicals can be such a saving grace. Before we talk about the different types of CBD topicals we offer, we feel it's valuable to have a brief crash course on the anatomy of the skin as it pertains to cannabinoids.

[If you'd rather skip the heady stuff, scroll down to 'CBD Salves vs. Roll Ons.']

CBD TOPICALS: A CRASH COURSE

 

The skin consists of a few primary parts:

Epidermis - The outermost layer, formed by keratinocytes (waterproofing/antimicrobial), melanocytes (responsible for skin color), Merkel/Langerhans cells (for sensing touch, pressure, temperature, pain, itch), and Langerhans cells (antigen-presenting immune cells).

Hypodermis - Made up of various immune cells (fibroblasts, adipocytes, and macrophages), blood vessels, and nerve fibers. This layer offers protection from viruses, bacteria, and allergens.

Dermis -Largely composed of collagen, nerve fibers, and blood/lymphatic vessels, the dermis is also the residence of the skin's appendages - hair follicles, sebaceous glands, and sweat glands.

Appendages - Dubbed 'mini-organs,' the skin's hair follicles, sebaceous glands, and sweat glands play many essential roles. Sebaceous glands supply oil to the skin's surface, creating a waterproof barrier, enabling thermoregulation and microbial protection. These appendages also produce steroids and hormones (such as Vitamin D) and are crucial to immune system function.

Comprised mainly of hair follicles and sebaceous glands, the'pilosebaceous unit' (what a mouthful) is sometimes called the'brain of the skin,' as it controls a vast array of biological functions (including stem-cell supply, immunomodulation, and synthesis of inflammatory-regulating molecules). New studies suggest that the endocannabinoid system may play a crucial role in regulating the all-important pilosebaceous unit - meaning CBD topicals likely have a significant effect on every aspect of skin health.

Hair follicles experience a lifelong cycle of phases, known as growth, regression, and resting. When the CB1 receptors in hair follicles are activated, the cell division stops, and many cells die; this results in impaired hair growth and an extended regression phase, also known as catagen. In layman's terms, out of whack endocannabinoid production could be part of the reason you're going bald.

When cannabinoid imbalance strikes thesebaceous glands, they cannot secrete sufficient amounts of sebum, weakening the waterproof skin barrier and increasing susceptibility to infection.

While the research is currently insufficient to determine the exact role endocannabinoids and their receptors play in sweat glands, what science has shown is that CB1 and CB2 receptors regulate their life cycles.

Endocannabinoid Receptors - CB1 and CB2 receptors are both present in virtually every type of skin cell. The omnipresence of cannabinoid receptors in the skin hints at the importance of maintaining good 'cannabinoid tone' - or the balance of cannabinoid levels in the skin. While several types of skin cells secrete endocannabinoids (such as anandamide and 2-AG) on an as-needed basis, they are susceptible to the same problems that affect the rest of the mind and body - the issues at the root of Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome.

The three types of cell function (proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis) are all moderated by cannabinoids. The maintenance of these crucial cellular functions is what enables life-long skin regeneration and wound healing.

CBD SALVE VS. ROLL ON

 

CBD salves are usually applied to the body to relieve sores, itchiness, and other bothersome skin conditions. A salve is loosely defined as any ointment used to promote healing of the skin or as protection.

Topical cannabis and hemp have been used for millennia, with records of use dating back to ancient Egypt. According to Dr. Tamas Biro, director of immunology at the University of Debrecen in Hungary, states that "the main physiological function of the skin's endocannabinoid system is to constitutively control the proper and well-balanced proliferation, differentiation and survival – as well as immune competence and tolerance – of skin cells."

He says that the dermal layers of the skin produce cannabinoids, and most skin functions are moderated to some extent by the local skin endocannabinoid system. The bottom line - the skin is loaded with cannabinoid receptors that are implicated in nearly all the skin’s biological functions, and they need a little extra support sometimes - just like the rest of our body.

Although CBD topicals are not eaten or ingested, and thus do not go directly into the bloodstream, parts of our skin absorb and retain the cannabinoids in CBD topicals, allowing for immediate and localized benefits. Depending on the product, you may feel tingling, warming, or cooling sensations - meaning you should make sure to carefully read the ingredients before applying a CBD topical to a sensitive part of your body (you know what we're talking about). We also advise not applying any CBD topicals to broken skin or other open wounds.

Sebocytes (the cells which make up the sebaceous gland, responsible for secreting the oil/sebum that keeps skin smooth and supple) absorb cannabinoids via hair follicles. This effect means that CBD can help moderate oil production, increasing or decreasing it as needed - useful for a wide variety of skin ailments. Depending on the condition you are using a CBD topical for, you could see results immediately, or it could take up to several applications to experience the desired effect.

CBD Salve vs. Roll-On

What we love about CBD salves is how convenient they are - apply a little to the area needing some extra love, massage it in, and that's that! Generally, less is more - you'll only need a minimal amount, and then a few minutes to let it soak in. With some trial and error, it's relatively easy to dial in your ideal CBD salve dosage.

Our CBD Salve is oriented for all-over total body support (except for the face) and offers additional aromatherapeutic benefits thanks to the presence of high-quality essential oils.

The CBD Roll-On is geared more for focused, on-demand relief of aches and physical discomfort - and also has a super convenient applicator.

HOW TO PICK THE BEST CBD TOPICAL

 

Like any other type of CBD product, it's essential to do your research before purchasing any CBD topicals:

Choose Full Spectrum CBD - To benefit from the healthful synergy of the 'entourage effect,' it is paramount to use real full spectrum CBD products. At Ananda, our proprietary ethanol extraction process allows us to extract hundreds of phytonutrients from our Kentucky-grown hemp. Our technique enables us to keep the same ratio of cannabinoids as they occur naturally in the hemp - something few other CBD companies can boast of.

Demand Certificates of Analysis - Certificates of Analysis for third-party laboratory testing is crucial. These documents show levels of cannabinoids and terpenes and verify the absence of common contaminants like heavy metals, pesticides, residual solvents, microbials, and mycotoxins. At Ananda Hemp, we offer up-to-date CoA's for every product we sell. Type the batch number located on the back of the product packaging, type it into our handy CoA lookup tool, and see the CoA for the product which you hold in your hands.

Examine the Ingredients - Our skin is highly capable of absorbing a variety of substances, whether good or not-so-good. Make sure you do a careful read-through of any CBD topical to ensure there are no hard-to-pronounce chemicals or other scary substances.

It's prudent to take notice of the carrier oils in your product, as certain oils (like coconut) melt at relatively low temperatures, and are best kept in a cool, dark place to maintain the ideal consistency.

HOW TO USE CBD TOPICALLY

 

Less is more - a little goes a long way with both of these products. Locate the area in question, apply a small amount, and rub it to help the skin soak it in (besides, we could all use a little more self-massage). Some popular area to apply our products include:

  • - Neck
  • - Feet
  • - Shoulders
  • - Joints (knees, wrists, elbows, ankles, hips)

Before applying the salve or roll-on, give the targeted area a quick wash and dry. Since our skin is continuously exposed to dirt, dust, and various microbes, it's good to get them out of the way to maximize the topicals' effectiveness. You don't need a full shower - a wipe with a wet cloth will most often do the trick.

Don't forget to wash your hands after using the salve - you wouldn't want to use it and then go to the bathroom and create a 'tingly problem' for yourself.

CBD Salve vs. CBD Tincture - Which is Best?

Comparing CBD Topicals to CBD Oils/Tinctures is like comparing apples and oranges - many people like to use both for full-body support, both inside and out.

CBD Salves/Topicals are ideal for quick and targeted relief of various challenging skin conditions. CBD Oils/Tinctures are better for overall health and wellbeing, as well as mood, energy, and nervous system support.

However, you can undoubtedly apply CBD Oils or Tinctures to your skin; they just won't have the added benefits of moisturizers and essential oils that can make topicals a joy to use. Never ingest a topical CBD product, though. These products are designed specifically for use outside the body and could be irritating to the mouth, throat, and digestive tract.

What is Full Spectrum CBD Oil?

Full spectrum hemp CBD oil is the pure oil extracted from hemp, which is bursting with natural cannabinoids and phytonutrients. Unlike isolated or synthetic cannabinoids, full spectrum hemp CBD oil contains an array of cannabinoids, as well as many essential vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, flavonoids, and terpenes. These compounds have been proven to work synergistically - meaning they are more effective when presented together, as opposed to isolated or purified molecules.

Does Full Spectrum CBD Oil contain THC?

Many people are concerned that CBD may cause effects related to marijuana (or THC) use. Fortunately, there is no need for worry as full spectrum CBD oil is procured from hemp that contains less than .3% THC (trace levels that will not cause intoxication). However, we believe that this small amount of THC works synergistically with the other nutrients found in full-spectrum hemp CBD oil - and this belief is supported by scientific research.

Is CBD Oil Safe?

To quote a report  published by the World Health Organization, “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.” The article goes on to say, “several countries have modified their national controls to accommodate CBD as a medicinal product. To date, there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

What is the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil?

Oftentimes companies will confuse these two terms, either intentionally for marketing purposes, or unintentionally due to the fact that CBD is a relatively new industry.

Hemp oil (also known as hemp seed oil) is pressed from hemp seeds, resulting in a nutrient rich oil full of essential fatty acids, chlorophyll, and various other nutrients. Many experts agree that hemp seed oil is the ideal carrier oil for CBD - which is why we use it in our full line of premium CBD products.  

CBD oil is pressed directly from the flower of the hemp plant (and in some cases the stalk and stems, which has little cannabinoid content). More often than not CBD oil refers to a blend of cannabinoids and terpenes (obtained via an extraction process on the hemp) carried in an oil (such as hemp oil).

What is the difference between cannabis, hemp, and marijuana?

Hemp and marijuana are both Cannabis. Cannabis Sativa L. is simply the botanical name for the plant, of which hemp and marijuana are two different types.  

Hemp is known to have higher amounts of cannabinoids, such as CBD, CBG, CBN etc. and lower amounts of THC. Whereas marijuana has been bred over time to have higher amounts of THC and small amounts of other beneficial cannabinoids.

CBD products made from marijuana remain federally illegal; whereas the hemp that we use in our products is federally legal.

Will I be able to pass a drug test with Ananda Hemp products?

Our products contain less than .3% THC. However, because of the fat-soluble nature of THC and other cannabinoids, accumulation may reach levels that can be detected by a routine drug test.  

There are many variables, such as individual genetics, lifestyle, and metabolism that make it difficult to know if you will pass a drug test. If you are concerned with passing a drug test, we do not recommend using any of our products.

Check out our blog for more information on CBD and drug testing.

Are your products Non-GMO? Vegan? Gluten-free?

Ananda Hemp is proud to be 100% Non-GMO and gluten-free, and all of our CBD oils/tinctures are completely vegan.

Can I buy CBD Oil online?

Absolutely! We make it simple for anyone to purchase CBD from our website - simply select your products and proceed to checkout.

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