You might probably know that there are several types of topical CBD products that can be used to alleviate different health disorders. But choosing the right topical CBD product is always confusing. CBD creams, CBD lotions, CBD soaps, CBD salves, etc. are some of the popular CBD topicals available in the market.
CBD salves are becoming more popular than other CBD topicals in the last few months. They offer some additional health benefits that CBD creams or CBD lotions cannot offer. They have more specific uses and applications.
In this article, we will take a look at CBD salves and how it is beneficial for the human body. But first, you should know about cannabidiol.
What Is Cannabidiol?
Cannabidiol or CBD in short is one of the 113 cannabinoid compounds present in the marijuana and hemp plants. It is usually extracted from the hemp plant because of the low amount of THC. CBD is very popular all around the world for its therapeutic properties. CBD is proven to be effective in treating many of the health disorders that affect the human body.
CBD was discovered in 1940 and for the past few decades, there are so many clinical studies that tried to find out the effect of CBD on the human body. Based on these studies, it is now known that CBD can be an effective alternative for health disorders like stress, anxiety, depression, pain, insomnia, acne, psoriasis, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, etc.
A CBD salve is a type of topical ointment that is infused with CBD oil. It can promote the healing of skin and also its protection. CBD salves are expensive than other CBD topicals because of the presence of other ingredients like terpenes, essential oils, etc. CBD salves are typically made using beeswax and coconut oil. They also contain natural hydrating components that are beneficial for your skin.
One of the biggest advantages of CBD salves is that they are very easy to use. All you have to do is to apply a little CBD salve to the affected area on your skin and massage it properly for the skin to absorb the CBD quickly. The main difference between CBD salves and other CBD topicals is that CBD salves use fatty oils and wax as a base, while other CBD topicals use water and moisturizing agents as their base.
The THC content in CBD salves is less than 0.3%, which is well under the legal limit. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about the psychoactive effects of THC.
How Are CBD Salves Made?
CBD salves are very easier to make when compared to many of the other CBD topicals. The base of the CBD salves is wax. More often, the wax will be beeswax. It is then added to other compounds like dried herbs, essential oils, etc. which increases its wellness benefits.
The first step in the making of CBD salve is creating an infusion of CBD and carrier oil. Coconut oil is usually used as the carrier oil because it contains fatty acids that carry the CBD oil. The CBD oil is then mixed with the melted beeswax for creating the CBD salve. Different manufacturers add different beneficial ingredients to the salves they make. But the base process remains the same.
How To Use CBD Salve?
When compared to other CBD topicals, using CBD salves is pretty easy. Here are some tips for using CBD salves effectively.
Figure Out Where To Apply The Salve
The first thing to do for applying CBD salve is to figure out the area of your body that needs treatment because there is no point in applying the salve all over your body. Also, CBD salves are very expensive and they come in a small container. So, you do not want to waste it. If you are feeling pain in any of the regions of your body, you only need to apply a small amount of CBD salve there for getting a localized relief. After applying the CBD salve, do not forget to massage it properly.
Clean The Affected Area
Make sure to clean the affected area on your skin with water before you apply the CBD salve for localized relief. Our skin is constantly in contact with disease-causing germs and bacteria and it is better to remove them from the skin with warm water. You can also use a wet cloth to wipe the area. Also, make sure to wash your hands after applying the salve because it may contain heating or cooling agents that may cause side effects in some people.
Do Not Overuse It
Unlike other CBD topicals, CBD salve only requires a small amount to show the desired effects. It is also expensive, so using a large amount means a waste of money. In addition to that using too much CBD salve can make your skin oily.