Topical CBD products are everywhere these days, from CBD creams to salves and beyond. Most topicals combine the power of proven natural ingredients with CBD to deliver a range of chosen effects.
The focus of today’s blog post is our Rapid Relief Nano CBD Muscle Rub and how its ingredients support your wellness and exercise recovery.
Is CBD legal?
Hemp-derived CBD was legalized in the United States by the 2018 Farm Bill. We source our CBD isolate, broad spectrum CBD, full spectrum CBD, and organic full spectrum nano CBD exclusively from US-grown hemp plants and test from seed to sale so that you can rest easy knowing your Tranquil Earth CBD products are of the highest quality and are THC-free.
Many athletes, both professional and amateur, have turned to CBD topicals for localized relief. In fact, the World Anti-Doping Agency no longer prohibits the use of cannabidiol (CBD) among athletes.
Though CBD is not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for pain relief, studies are in the works to evaluate its anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties.
Should I use topical CBD?
It depends on what kinds of results you’re hoping for. If you’re looking for full-body effects, topicals may not be the right CBD products for you.
But if you need targeted relief for joint pain or sore muscles, CBD topicals offer just what you need!
How do CBD topicals work?
CBD supports good health and exercise recovery by acting in concert with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).
When it comes to topical application, CBD does not enter into the bloodstream to provide the total-body effects that you get with edibles, tinctures, or vapeable CBD e-liquids.
Instead, it penetrates just a few layers of skin and acts on the cannabinoid receptors, particularly CB2 receptors, found there. By activating the CB2 receptors, CBD enhances the soothing powers of proven pain-relieving agents like menthol.
What is nano CBD?
Our Rapid Relief Muscle Rub and Rapid Relief Roll-On contain organic full spectrum nano CBD. This cutting-edge formulation of CBD allows smaller particles of CBD to be delivered faster and more efficiently to targeted areas. This means you’ll not only feel results more quickly but also experience more potent effects than with standard CBD formulations.
Nano CBD is made up of the same cannabidiol as non-nano CBD, just broken down into very tiny particles. Those super small particles are then coated using micro-carriers to assist in the CBD’s delivery to the target area.
CBD + Other Natural Ingredients = Relief
CBD topicals often incorporate other natural ingredients to provide the most benefits possible. For example, our Amethyst Body Butter combines full spectrum CBD with aloe vera, shea butter, and coconut oil to restore moisture to even the driest skin.
But now onto the main focus of today’s blog: the ingredients that bring you rapid relief in our nano CBD salve.
You’ve probably encountered menthol in cough medicines, mouthwashes, and tons of other products. It’s a compound that is found natural in mint plants and has long been used for its pain-relieving properties. Menthol has been well-investigated by the scientific community when it comes to pain relief as well.
To get menthol from mint plants, e.g. peppermint, essential oils are extracted through distillation or a cold-pressing technique. The oils are then frozen, where waxy menthol crystals separate from the oils themselves. The crystals are filtered out, and voila! Menthol.
Menthol is a fast-acting pain reliever, but its effects are only temporary. Think of it more for short-term relief than long-term healing.
Menthol works by creating a tiny amount of inflammation in the skin where it is applied. I know it sounds counterintuitive, but stick with me. You’ll likely feel a cooling sensation at first, and it might turn into a warming sensation after a little bit of time. Though you perceive these changes, menthol doesn’t actually change the temperature of skin or muscle. It works for relief because this distracts your brain from the pain of your injury.
Just keep in mind to follow the directions on the label carefully and only use menthol products externally.
This ingredient comes from Arnica montana, also called wolf’s bane or leopard’s bane. The flowers of the Arnica plant are what’s been traditionally used in medicine.
Arnica may increase circulation in order to reduce inflammation and help with the healing of bruises and inflamed tissues. Many over-the-counter products can be found at your local drug store that contain arnica for this purpose.
Like menthol, it has been anecdotally used to fight pain and inflammation for a very long time. However, it is not FDA-approved to be a pain reliever, and not enough research exists to make any claims.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM for short) has become a popular dietary supplement because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
Research suggests that MSM has potential to help relieve pain where joints have been degraded, like what happens with arthritis. MSM may inhibit the breakdown of cartilage, giving your body a chance to heal itself.
Like arnica, MSM is not yet approved by the FDA as a pain reliever. Some studies suggest that MSM may help with reducing inflammation, but the body of research is small as of now.
Other Natural Ingredients
Our CBD salve also contains beeswax, coconut oil, lavender, and eucalyptus to give you the most support while you recover.
Beeswax naturally hydrates and calms skin without clogging pores, and coconut oil works similarly to seal in moisture in the skin. Lavender and eucalyptus calm the activity of the body’s stress response system to promote relaxation.
How to Use CBD Salves, Balms & Creams
If you’re experiencing joint pain or muscle soreness, simply grab your CBD salve. Wash and dry the affected area, and apply the salve generously. Massage it in and apply up to four times daily. Be sure not to apply CBD topicals to abraded skin.
Because our salve contains beeswax, you can apply before or after your workout without fear of perspiration decreasing its effectiveness.
Medical advice should be sought before using CBD. Talk to your doctor before use if you have a serious medical condition or use prescription medications.
Deciding What Works for You
With the amount of different types of products made with hemp-derived CBD oil, you have no shortage of choices when it comes to finding what’s right for you.
CBD salves/rubs, creams, balms, and roll-ons are fantastic options for soothing joint pain or sore muscles after a workout. On the other hand, CBD oil tinctures or edibles provide full-body effects and can promote healthy workout recovery from the inside out.