How CBD works when topically applied to the skin.
Unlike CBD oils, that are consumed orally, CBD balms or creams are applied directly to the skin and do not enter the bloodstream. As the largest organ in the human body the skin is an effective barrier against potentially harmful matter. However, it can also act as an effective molecular pathway, able to deliver beneficial substances that are directly absorbed, at the point of application. In the case of CBD when applied to the skin in the form of a balm, cream or gel has theraputic potential for pain and muscle relief, skin health and dermetelogical conditions, itching and wound healing.
Our bodies produce Cannabinoids called Endo cannabinoids; think of them as chemical communicators working in unison to maintain a healthy nervous and immune system. Cannabinoids, like CBD, when introduced from an external source, attach themselves to receptors within the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
There are two Cannabinoid receptors in the human body. The CB1 receptor is found in the brain, spine and nervous system. The CB2 receptors are found in the skin, digestive system and nervous system. While cannabinoid receptors remain the primary targets for endocannabinoids, they have also been shown to bind to Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) receptors present in various types of skin cells (Figure 1) and are involved in different functions like formation and maintenance of the skin barrier, cell growth, cell differentiation, immunological and inflammatory processes.
While many topical CBD products appear to be relatively well tolerated, topical safety studies are underway, and the evidence is still emerging. This is why all of our products have been CPSR (Cosmetic Product Safety Assesment) tested.
By reading this study and it’s links, it really goes to show with more research we could understand the healing potential of topically applied CBD. It excites me to think that the work that we are doing here at CBD Bristol, in our own little way is incresing that knowledge by existing and selling these products. Our whole business grew out of customer feedback from different products. So that is why we feel we really know our stuff in this area and make the best CBD balms in the UK.