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Topical vs. Ingesting CBD: What’s Right for You

CBD is one of the most popular products in the natural health sphere right now, and it’s getting a lot of buzz. And for good reason! The potential benefits of CBD are incredibly exciting. CBD can not only help support your endocannabinoid system but also has the potential to help relieve occasional discomfort when applied topically, especially for localized concerns.


Common Types of CBD Products

CBD products come in many forms, including salves, lotions, tinctures, oils, liquids, capsules and more. And on top of that, CBD also comes in different concentrations. But each of these methods requires different usage methods. Each of these different methods has different rates of bioavailability. 

Bioavailability, or the rate at which a substance is absorbed into the bloodstream, is a big factor in the “which CBD serving size/product is right for me” equation. In addition to the strength of your CBD product, bioavailability will determine how much of the CBD actually makes it into your bloodstream. Fun fact: Bioavailability isn’t just for CBD! Your doctor uses this known factor to calculate any standard dose of any prescriptions.

Bioavailability is not just about the serving size of your CBD but is also affected by the method of consumption or use, and there are two mains kinds of CBD use you’ll see most often:

CBD Tinctures: 

CBD tinctureWhen taken sublingually (as Plant Therapy CBD tinctures are designed to be taken), CBD helps support your overall eCS functioning and bodily health!

Sublingual use of CBD tinctures involves dropping the CBD liquid into your mouth and holding it under your tongue for 60 seconds. This method allows absorption through the sublingual gland under your tongue and bypasses the digestive tract. This method also has the highest rate of bioavailability at up to 40% of your CBD getting absorbed into your bloodstream, making it perfect for supporting overall health.

Plant Therapy’s CBD Tinctures are designed for maximum sublingual absorption, so they are suited to total body and eCS support.

Topical CBD: 

CBD balmMany people report topical CBD is very beneficial, especially for localized discomfort. But this may vary from person to person and it’s a little harder to measure. Balms and cremes are designed to help ease localized discomfort. Topical bioavailability for CBD is usually a little less than sublingual use, closer to 10%, but topical CBD can offer potential localized relief nonetheless. Plant Therapy’s Deep Relief Balm combines beneficial essential oils with CBD to maximize local relief of discomfort.


How Does CBD Work?

CBDBecause CBD works with your body instead of against it, cannabinoids are a natural way to help your body maintain homeostasis.* 

CBD works by naturally supporting your body’s own endocannabinoid system and supporting your body’s endocannabinoid levels with cannabinoids found in hemp. By supporting your body’s own endocannabinoid levels, you can help keep your body working properly and maintaining homeostasis. CBD also prevents enzymes from breaking down your body’s own natural endocannabinoids, which lets your body retain more endocannabinoids and function properly on its own.*

Plant Therapy’s CBD Deep Relief Balm combines valuable terpenes from the essential oils in the product with the benefits of CBD to work synergistically together in order to help relieve discomfort in localized areas of concern. 


Essential Oils + CBD and the Intentional Use of Terpenes

how to start using CBDPart of what makes our Plant Therapy CBD Deep Relief Balm effective is our use of essential oils in conjunction 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 types of 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 and moisturizing, our clean, natural Body Butters or Healing Balm might be a better choice for you if you are looking for a moisturizer. 


Plant Therapy’s Broad-Spectrum CBD Products are THC-free.

Each bottle of Plant Therapy’s Hemp Extract CBD or Deep Relief Balm is broad-spectrum and THC-free, which means you get the endocannabinoid system benefits with none (0.0%) of the THC. This means there is no sensation of being “high”. 


Plant Therapy CBD Products

Plant Therapy CBDPlant Therapy offers both topical and oral CBD options in order to give our customers flexible options for CBD use. 

Deep Relief Balm: 

  • 500 mg per 2 oz tin
  • 1,000 mg per 2 oz tin

Broad-Spectrum CBD tinctures: Comes in Cinnamint, Pina Colada & Unflavored

  • 100 mg (6 mg/mL serving size)
  • 500 mg (16 mg/mL serving size)
  • 1000 mg (33 mg/mL serving size)
  • 2500 mg (83 mg/mL serving size)


Using Topical CBD with a CBD Tincture: 

plant therapy CBD how to use CBDIt’s safe to say you might want to try combining CBD methods, especially when your issue is both systemic and localized, or you feel like you could benefit from both types. This is absolutely ok and may even multiply the benefits of your CBD intake. Just as with all other CBD use, make sure you go slowly. CBD tinctures may be taken regularly to support systemic bodily balance. Topical CBD may be used directly on the area(s) of concern. And any strength of topical CBD may be combined with any serving size of CBD tincture to customize your CBD for your own personal needs. 

But just keep in mind that high levels of CBD may cause liver damage, so do not exceed 45 mg per 5 lbs of body weight per day. 



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