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Topical CBD: Denver Weed Shop’s Guide to Balms, Creams, and Lotions


May 13, 2021

CBD may be the new kid on the block, but more and more people are discovering its value. From bath bombs and lip balms—and everything in-between—CBD has a multitude of uses. The sheer number of CBD products available today can be confusing, so here is a guide to help you learn more about the world of CBD topicals.

What Is a CBD topical?

First of all, let’s talk about what CBD is. CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is one of the many cannabinoids (chemical compounds) that can be found in marijuana and hemp.

“Topical” is just a fancy way to describe creams, balms, lotions, and salves that are applied directly to a particular part of the body as a kind of treatment. Chances are, you use topicals regularly in the form of lotion or lip balm.

How Do CBD Topicals Work?

Living beings with a spine have receptors all throughout the body that interact with chemicals called “cannabinoids,” which the body naturally produces. Many people are surprised to learn that their bodies produce cannabinoids. The body’s process of producing and interacting with cannabinoids is referred to as the endocannabinoid system. (You can read more about the endocannabinoid system in this article: A Simple Guide to the Endocannabinoid System.)
The cannabinoids that are produced in plants can interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system to help it do its job. The plant-based chemicals are called phytocannabinoids, and they act much like vitamins to the body’s endocannabinoid system.

When you apply CBD directly to the skin, it absorbs into the body and binds with the cannabinoid receptors where you apply it. 

Do CBD Topicals Geta Person High?

No, you cannot get high from CBD topicals. CBD does not contain the psychoactive that Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) does. THC is what makes people high. Even if there were traces of THC in the lotion you applied, this would not make it to the bloodstream. Think about it: If you have ever used a lotion or balm that contained alcohol, you didn’t get drunk. It’s similar to using CBD topicals.

Can You Use Too Much?

There are many studies reinforcing the belief that CBD is one of the safest substances around, so it’s next to impossible to overdose on it. You could, however, have an allergic reaction to a CBD topical just like you would to any lotion or balm, so you should test it on a small portion of your skin before applying it liberally.
What Kind of Conditions Can CBD Treat?

CBD has been recommended in treating the following:
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Chronic, localized pain
  • General joint pain
  • Muscle soreness
  • Bug bites
  • Bacterial infections
  • Anxiety

CBD topicals can often improve the following skin conditions:
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Flaky and patchy skin
  • Infections
  • Psoriasis
  • Rashes
  • Red, puffy, or inflamed skin

Are You Ready to Give CBD Topicals a Try?

At Altitude, your favorite Denver weed shop, we’ve got a full range of cannabis products, including high-quality edibles, tinctures, concentrates, and bud. Our friendly budtenders can give you advice for the right product to meet your needs. Stop by one of our three locations and stock up on whatever you need!