CBD is gaining extensive popularity in recent times, as more and more people have started incorporating CBD products in multiple ways in their daily life. Cannabidiol has undoubtedly become a part of many peoples' routines across many cultures. Moreover, large scale studies are examining CBD's multitude of health benefits and how we can benefit from its ease of use and wide-ranging potential.
Besides oral administration of CBD, one of the other routes receiving more attention from science as well as users is the topical delivery of cannabinoids. Therefore, we can see how the applicability of CBD is progressing towards a need-based, non-opioid regimen.
At Nordic Oil, our commitment to establishing awareness, educating people, and making CBD more accessible is at the forefront of our ethos and resonates in our high-quality and innovative products.
What are CBD topicals?
Cannabidiol or CBD is a naturally present compound in cannabis and hemp plants and alongside THC, is now one of the most well researched and popularised cannabis compounds. However, growing scientific research in the field of cannabis is leading to more and more promising opportunities for developing non-psychoactive cannabis products to benefit various facets of life.
CBD topicals are available in the form of creams, balms, gels, and lotions. They are infused with cannabidiol and are applied directly to the skin. For this reason, topical administration of CBD is becoming increasingly popular in both cosmetic practices as well as for various personal uses.
Although CBD oils, capsules, and supplements are effective in oral administration routes, one cannot deny the deterioration caused by digestive processes.
Furthermore, when dealing with discomforts such as itching or irritation of the skin, muscle strains, or joint pain, oral routes of administering CBD might not be as effective as the topical alternatives.
Hence, CBD topicals are becoming a non-invasive option to improve the quality of life for many people who are affected by skin conditions and inflamed joints and muscles. CBD in the form of balms or creams targets the problem area of the skin affected, thereby providing relief and relaxation on a topical level, as opposed to oral or sublingual routes.
What do topicals contain?
Generally, topicals in the form of cream or lotion may contain a water base for providing hydration to the skin, while balms are usually fatty or have a thick base such as beeswax or shea butter. Additionally, the topicals may be infused with skin-nourishing agents such as; Vitamin A, Vitamin E, essential oils, and more.
Topicals that contain CBD are widely used in providing pain relief and maintaining skin health.
Liposomes are one of the latest and most advanced technologies within the pharmaceutical and CBD industry. They serve as transport vessels for delivering beneficial compounds directly to the cell and thus bypassing degradation caused by certain enzymes within the body.
Be it dietary supplements or topicals, CBD liposomes have captured users’ preferences and interests in an exceptional and much needed way.
Liposomes’ dual nature (hydrophobic and hydrophilic) delivers higher concentrations of CBD directly to the tissues, leading to greatly improved bioavailability.. Also, they are non-toxic, thermodynamically stable, and non-irritating to the skin. Hence, CBD topicals delivered through liposomes could be considered safer for prolonged application or long-term use.
How to use CBD balms?
You can use the CBD balm just like you would use any skin moisturiser or other skincare products. Take a small amount (pea-size) of the CBD balm, gently apply it to the desired area and leave it to be absorbed by the skin. The skin will then absorb the benefits of the cannabinoids.
Our CBD topicals are available in different consistencies, to suit different purposes. Eyr, Freyja, and Valkyrie are all balms and Thor has a gel form. We also have our lip balm, for those colder days.
Protip for our Thor gel- before applying the gel, use a warm towel or massage the problem area. This will warm up the affected muscle or joint and can help to improve absorption.
Why use CBD balm?
The formulation of our CBD topicals is designed in a way that increases the amount of CBD molecules absorbed by your skin.
Whilst creams are easy to spread over the skin and get absorbed quickly, balms have a thick layer and stay on the skin for longer. Because of this, the skin benefits from the effects of CBD by absorbing it slowly and consistently.
Moreover, regular use of CBD balms helps to strengthen the skin's natural ability to regenerate, thereby eliminating opportunities for any skin conditions.
Additionally, the liposomal technology used in our CBD balms delivers active ingredients directly to skin cells.
Our CBD Lip Balm is from hemp-derived full spectrum CBD combined with vitamins A and E, as well as other natural ingredients which are all added to keep your lips healthy and moist for a long time.
Valkyrie CBD Balm is made from CBD isolate and is a certified medical device class I. The balm forms a shield that protects the skin from releasing excess moisture, reduces blemishes, and provides soothing effects for clogged skin.
At the end of the day picking the right CBD topical is your personal choice and depends on which condition you would like to treat, so it is important to first identify what it is your skin needs.
But we have made choosing the right CBD topical an easy process for you, by including detailed product descriptions and key highlights of each topical on our webshop.
For further, more specific questions, please reach out to our customer support team anytime. You can also read our blogs to broaden your knowledge on CBD and we encourage you to stay connected with us on all popular social media platforms.
Our CBD Topicals
Some notable features of our CBD topicals are as follows:
- Liposomal technology used in our topicals helps deliver CBD directly to the skin.
- Freyja, Eyr, and Valkyrie are classified as medical devices class I.
- Several skin-friendly natural ingredients such as omega 3, 6, 7, 9 fatty acids, Quercetin, Linoleic acid, Ursolic acid, Myricetin, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Beta-caryophyllene, Cajaputi oil are present in our products.
- CBD topical in gel consistency (Thor Gel) is made from Isolates that provide immediate relief to muscles, joints, and tendons. While, Eyr and Freyja CBD creams provide comfort for Acne, Psoriasis, and Eczema conditions.
Importance of Certificate of Analysis (COA)
Most food products, chemicals, and pharmaceutical goods undergo a quality test in a laboratory. The lab analyses and confirms if the individual product from a batch meets its specification and issues an attested quality assurance document. That is called the certificate of Analysis. It contains the actual results obtained from testing a sample product.
The market today is flooded with several companies offering CBD products online and in-store. Many brands are dishonest about the cannabinoid content in their products and resort to improper labeling practices.
For example, you could come across topical CBD that is sold in the name of balm, ointment, or salve. These terms all have the same meaning and are interchangeably used jargon in topicals. So it is crucial to look further into the product specifications and detailed information on the label, and most importantly - check for a third-party lab report.
In any case, we always advise taking some time to research the quality of ingredients and manufacturing standards claimed by the CBD product before purchasing. A COA document contains unbiased information about a product. This is an indispensable tool and a sure way for consumers to access standard high-quality CBD products.
Can CBD balms have side effects?
One of the main advantages of CBD balm is that it eliminates the gut biome processes. Hence the safety profile of topical CBD products is superior compared to ingestibles and topicals are safe to use on most skin types.
However, in rare cases new CBD balm users may experience mild irritation. Such occurrences could be due to the reaction of the active compounds on your skin. People who suffer from severe skin conditions need to seek appropriate medical advice before using CBD topicals.
Finally, don’t forget to always practice good personal hygiene, consume plenty of water, and follow a nutritious diet.