Article by Growth Op via Canada.com
Cannabidiol (CBD) products are everywhere, from convenience stores to high-end retail shops. While there are many CBD converts out there, there are also people who use CBD topicals without knowing what the compound is and what effects it produces.
The CBD found in lotions and creams has much the same effect as it does when consumed orally. The compound has been used to treat pain and inflammation, making it a great addition to lotions and products that target pain, muscle soreness or just general skincare. One of the biggest draws for people is that CBD topicals are a very low-stakes way of getting to know a trendy compound without having to ingest it.
While it won’t provide stress- and anxiety-relieving properties, some scientific and anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD can treat inflamed skin and muscles, lending itself to pain management, relaxation and the treatment of skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
Before beginning to use any of these products, however, it’s best to keep a few things in mind. Since CBD is a relatively new compound (at least with regard to its inclusion in so many of the new brands in the U.S.), always read the ingredient list and check that the product contains CBD and not hemp oil.
Since the industry is so new, it seems that some brands are taking advantage of the misinformation that surrounds the compound. Reading the ingredients list will ensure a user knows there are no harmful agents present or compounds that a person may be allergic to.
In order to avoid purchasing a product that could cause harm or no effect at all, look for products that have Certificates of Analysis (COA), which basically ensures that the product has been thoroughly tested.
If using a CBD lotion product for the first time, do a spot test. Apply the product to a small patch of skin and check for rashes, itchy skin or any type of reactions (this approach is useful for anyone with sensitive skin, no matter what kind of product has been purchased).