Publish Date: 08/02/2020
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
CBD has certainly become the talk of the health and wellness industry in recent years. This miraculous compound claims to provide relief to people suffering from various health conditions, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and pain. People who have used CBD oil or topicals have reported relief from both acute as well as chronic pains in joints and muscles. The use of CBD in sport is very underrated, but that is starting to change.
On the other hand, cannabis-infused cream is also growing popular in the world. Even celebrities and athletes have claimed to rely on this new topical cream and reckoned that it is in fact quite effective in getting rid of sore muscles and body aches.
So, what must you focus on as of now – CBD or cannabis cream? We will find out in this article.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, popularly referred to as CBD, is a naturally-occurring cannabis compound. Yes, we can smell the next question from you – is it intoxicating in nature? Well, the simple answer is no, it’s not. Cannabis products usually contain a compound named tetrahydrocannabinol, which is also known as THC. A large volume of THC presence in a compound leads to producing high in the body. In other words, THC is primarily responsible to get you stoned. CBD has less than 0.3% of THC, which is simply not enough to get you high! Thus, it is non-psychoactive in nature. However, its therapeutic qualities have made various CBD formulations quite popular among the masses. These variants include CBD cream, CBD oil, CBD edibles, CBD gels, CBD gummies, etc.
Also, it would be a good time to let you know that CBD has been legalized in all 50 states of the US in 2010 under the Farm Bill. However, since the state laws have the upper hand, it is important to understand the local laws before you purchase or sell CBD products.
What is CBD Cream?
Cannabis cream is an ointment that’s blended with high-quality cannabis flowers. The cannabis flowers are mixed with a carrier oil, which is usually coconut or olive, which help in extracting the active compounds. There are other therapeutic herbs added to the mixture and the same goes through the extraction process, so that what remains is the purest cannabis cream, which more or less, contributes in relieving people from pain.
According to Cannabis Radar, cannabis-infused cream is topical in nature, not transdermal. This means that the cream can only spread on the top layer of the skin and not pass through your skin down into your bloodstream. So, you do not have to be worried about getting high via this cream.
“When it comes to cannabis-based topicals for muscle soreness or other pain relief, there’s absolutely no reason why it should be a big deal to try,” he says.
Thus, it is absolutely safe to apply cannabis cream on your body.
How do they work?
When it comes to relieving people from pain, both CBD and cannabis-infused creams come with a good rate of success. However, the research and studies in the area are quite limited and yet that’s not stopping people from trying their hands on cannabidiol and cannabis products.
By logic, both CBD and cannabis interact with the endocannabinoid system of the body, which regulates important physiological systems, including memory, pain, mood, digestive issues, sleep, skin problems, etc.
The endocannabinoids or simply cannabinoids of the ECS are natural signals that help in bringing the body to a state of balance. They regulate hunger, pain, mood, memory, and other features and help the body achieve homeostasis. When CBD or cannabis is introduced in the system, they naturally release cannabinoids that attach themselves with CB1 and CB2 receptors that release cannabinoids. In a way, CBD helps in enhancing the release of cannabinoids to help the receptors bring balance to the body quickly and safely.
The cannabis products, at the time of interacting with the receptors, also contribute in bringing high to the body because of the large volume of THC in the products. However, please note that the same is not the problem with the cannabis-infused cream since the same can be applied only to the top layer of the skin and cannot get inside the bloodstream. However, CBD products, since they do not contain THC in high volume, cannot produce any kind of intoxication in the body.
What does research say about the same?
Unfortunately, the research and trials on the effectiveness of both CBD and cannabis cream is quite limited. Thus, one cannot rely on them as of now. However, the trials are currently in progress and we expect positive results for both CBD and cannabis being effective in pain relief.
Amongst the available research, a study analysis published in the Journal of Pain Research, revealed that the topical use of CBD products can reduce pain in animals. It has also been established by science that cannabis and CBD topicals can relieve people suffering from the pain of conditions like sclerosis.
However, the results from human trials are still in fancy and we need to wait to get 100-percent approval from science about the same. According to Gerdeman,”The pain and stiffness that comes post-workout or from overexertion certainly has a pro-inflammatory component to it, so it’s reasonable to think CBD or other cannabinoids might have benefits, but we have no research to support this yet.”
The final verdict
So, should you try CBD or cannabis cream? Well, going by the current scenario, CBD is winning at quite a speed because people are absolutely sure that it is non-intoxicating in nature and contains almost zero THC. Cannabis cream, on the other hand, does contain a considerate amount of THC, but unlike other cannabis products, doesn’t get you high because the cream can only be applied on the top layer of the skin and since it cannot seep down to the bloodstream, it cannot get the person high. Thus, you can go for any of the two to relieve yourself from any sort of body pain. However, there are more trials and studies done on CBD’s extraordinary ability to heal muscle and joint pain, even if research on humans is still pending to convince the experts on the same. You should, however, be assured that both CBD and cannabis cream are both safe to use.
The experts agree that more peer-reviewed research is required to believe that CBD as well as cannabis cream bring their own healing to the pain. However, people should really go for the cream or topical they truly believe in. If nothing else, then the placebo effect will do half the job. Even so, CBD or cannabis cream will definitely help you overcome the pain, or so say the anecdotes. In any case, you should always buy a high-quality product from well-reputed companies that have acquired the certificate of analysis or COA. Also, make sure that the products have gone through an authentic extraction process and are as pure as they can be. Every product should be third-party lab tested to ensure that they are safe to consume or in this case, applied on the skin. Remember, your faith and safety will create miracles that you do not even know existed. Whatever your pick is, we hope that you find relief in it and bid goodbye to your pain.