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How to Use Topical CBD

Topical CBD! One of the most popular products on the market and one of the newest trending products for supporting joint and muscle health, topically applied CBD is all over the natural health news right now. These products usually take the form of CBD-infused creams, or in our case – balms. But how do you use it? We’ll break it down: 

CBD applied topically for pain is incredibly common and many people suffer from chronic localized pain and hope CBD will help. We hear you!

First things first: Always speak with a doctor before using CBD, especially if you already take other medications. It’s very unlikely, but CBD may possibly cause drug interactions. So if you’re taking medication for pain, inflammation, arthritis or other concerns, make sure you talk to your doctor about CBD and if it’s right for you.


The Benefits of Topical CBD

Topical creams or balms are one of the most popular products utilizing CBD. A topical option is perfect for those who not only might need full-body support for their eCS but also suffer from topical concerns. Topical CBD is popular with athletes, the elderly, or anyone looking for localized relief of occasional discomfort. 

Plant Therapy’s CBD Deep Relief Balms are the perfect combination of CBD, essential oils, and moisturizing ingredients. This balm is great for muscles, joints and occasional discomfort and combines the valuable terpenes of therapeutic essential oils with the cannabinoids in our broad-spectrum CBD.


How to Use Topical CBD

CBD BalmApply your topical CBD product to the areas of concern. Avoid using topicals with essential oils on your face, near your eyes or other mucous membranes. And if you’re using our Deep Relief Balm, limit your use to a pea-sized amount, 1-3 times a day.

With Deep Relief Balm, a little bit goes a long way. You can use just a small pea-sized amount – and in order to avoid wastage, we recommend focusing on some key areas that commonly suffer from local issues:

  • Neck & shoulders
  • Hands, wrists, arms
  • Elbows
  • Knees
  • Feet and ankles
  • Other areas of concern


Where Can You Use Topical CBD?

plant therapy CBD how to use CBDThough commonly used on joints or in places that experience occasional muscle pain, CBD can be applied to any area of concern except the face, near your eyes or any mucous membranes. Some products are designed for use on the face, but because of the essential oils infused in our topical CBD products, we don’t recommend use on the face. 


Choosing a Topical CBD Strength

CBD BalmChoosing a strength of CBD can be confusing, but topical CBD use simplifies this process. 

Those with a medium to large body mass and/or medium to high body fat may benefit from the higher strength CBD balm more than the lower strength balm. Those with a smaller body mass and low body fat may benefit more from using the lower strength CBD balm. Just like with our CBD tinctures, we suggest that you gradually move to a higher strength until you experience your desired effect. 


Essential Oils + CBD and the Intentional Use of Terpenes

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Part of what makes our Plant Therapy CBD Deep Relief Balm different and special is our use of essential oils with our topical CBD. We know that the entourage effect is an important part of how CBD works with our Endocannabinoid System and combining the beneficial terpenes of these therapeutic essential oils allows them to work synergistically together to further support bodily health.

  • Copaiba Oleoresin: High in Beta-Caryophyllene, a terpene that is known for helping to reduce inflammation and ease muscles. Over the last decade, caryophyllene gained scientific attention when it was identified as one of the first non-cannabinoids to directly activate cannabinoid receptors. Therefore, the effects of caryophyllene may be due to this terpene’s effect on our endocannabinoid system.
  • Lemongrass Essential Oil: High in Neral, a terpene that is known to help reduce inflammation and ease pain sensations, this terpene also has sedative properties. This oil is also high in Geranial which can be calming and may help promote mental and physical well being.
  • Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil: Terpinen rich, which may help ease discomfort and can also be calming. 
  • Lavandin Essential Oil: Contains 1,8-Cineole which may help support healthy circulation. Lavandin is also high in Linalool and Linalyl Acetate, which may calm muscles and also help soothe anxiety and worry. 


Carefully Chosen Carrier Oils and Butters

Essentials of Blending: How To Blend Essential OilsAn important piece that often gets lost when you’re reading the label of a topical CBD product – which oils and butters were chosen to create the balm itself. 

Now, you might not think that this is important, but each different product that goes into your CBD balm base has its own unique properties that work to complement the CBD. Plant Therapy’s Deep Relief Balm has a very carefully chosen blend of natural carriers to help support the effects of the CBD. 

  • Evening Primrose Carrier Oil: Moisturizing, penetrates the skin deeply and may help reduce inflammation.
  • Jojoba Carrier Oil: Extends the benefits of other ingredients, is highly stable, and non-greasy.
  • Beeswax: Anti-inflammatory, hydrating, and helps the balm retain its texture.
  • Shea Butter: Anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, and skin-softening properties.
  • Cocoa Butter: Moisturizing.

Just remember, though the carrier oils in topical CBD may have moisturizing properties that are beneficial, our clean, natural Body Butters or Healing Balm might be a better choice for you if you are looking for a moisturizer. 


Seeing Results

CBD balmOne of the top questions we get when we’re discussing CBD is “how long to wait before seeing results?”. The answer isn’t always a simple one. Since everyone is different, and every human body is different, there is no way to determine how long it will take. In some instances, you will notice a difference within minutes to hours, but it could take several days depending on the individual and the concern you’re trying to address.

Though topical CBD absorbs fairly quickly, absorption rates can vary slightly for each individual. Topical CBD will absorb faster on fatty parts of the body such as thighs and slower on less fatty areas such as knees and elbows.

With this in mind, try applying a small amount of the Deep Relief balm to the areas of concern and give it at least an hour. If you experience nothing, then try applying a little bit more to see if a larger amount might be helpful. And remember, it may take up to several weeks to see the long-lasting effects of your CBD Balm.

You might be shocked by how well just a few milligrams works, so go slowly! 

We know that when it comes to CBD, there are always more questions to ask. If you’d like to read more about CBD, check out these other blog posts:



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5 thoughts on “How to Use Topical CBD”

  • Great thanks for this overview . I have heard recently that more and more countries are legalizing the rules for the sale of cannabis-related products for medical use, and it’s not surprising since it has such a valuable effect on us and can treat many disorders.

    1. Many people report that topical CBD has helped with localized issues like back pain. Plus our Deep Relief Balm is great for muscles, joints and occasional discomfort because it combines the valuable terpenes of therapeutic essential oils with the cannabinoids in our broad-spectrum CBD.

  • I would love to try this. I have some from a MLM company a d it works great on my arthritis and pinched nerves. Cant wait

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