WHAT DOES CBD DO? IT ENHANCES YOUR SELF-CARE ROUTINE INSIDE AND OUT
“WHAT DOES CBD DO? – Because it can be hard to squeeze self-care into your already packed schedule, you have to make the most of that “me” time—cannabidiol, a substance many people hail as a health care miracle—can help boost the quality of your self-care.”
First, a Little Background
Here are a few basic facts, in case you’re just getting familiar with this topic:
- CBD is different from THC, the psychotropic substance in the cannabis plant;
- To be legally sold in the U.S., a product can contain no more than 0.3% THC;
- CBD won’t get you high;
- CBD won’t make you fail a drug test;
- CBD is generally considered safe, but you should still consult your health care provider if you have concerns about using it, especially if you take other medications or supplements, or have a preexisting health condition such as diabetes or pregnancy.
Massage therapists often develop overuse injuries, especially in the shoulders, back and hands, and you may already use massage, stretching, or hot/cold therapy to ease the pain. What does topical CBD do for a massage therapist’s self-care routine? Adding topical to your routine, such as by massaging your tired hands with infused massage oil or rubbing warming or cooling topical on sore shoulders, can amplify the results of your efforts.
Many topical products are currently on the market, and it can be difficult to decide on a high-quality one that will do what you need it to do. You’ll find CBD in massage oils, lotions, balms, ointments, and other preparations designed for topical application.
One of the first things to look at when considering a topical product is the total amount of CBD in the product. Most products will have a label or accompanying literature that, among other things, explains 1) the total amount in the entire container and 2) the amount of CBD per suggested dose.
When you choose a CBD topical, you should also make sure the company has its products routinely tested by third-party laboratories and makes the results of those tests easily available, such as on their website. Lab testing of each batch ensures the quality and quantity remain consistent.
High-quality topicals may also explain how their products are absorbed into the skin; they may refer to this as their delivery system or absorption method, and it’s often proprietary and unique to their company. For example, Herb Tech Pharma employs “phase change technology” in which the product changes after penetrating the stratum corneum, the outer layer of skin that covers the epidermis, in order to achieve optimal absorption.
“When the emulsion is in an oil environment (like the stratum corneum), all of the oil components organize on the outside of the emulsion, allowing it to penetrate the stratum corneum carrying along with the hydrophilic components on the inside of the emulsion,” notes Herb Tech Pharma’s website. “When the emulsion gets to the epidermis, a hydrophilic environment, the emulsion ‘breaks.’ This means that many of the lipophilic components leave the emulsion while the hydrophilic components now move to the outside of the emulsion.
“The lipophilic components that remain are now on the inside of the emulsion, which can now pass to the epidermis for hydration.”
When a high-quality topical CBD product absorbs into your skin, it can deliver many healing benefits, relieving pain, easing inflammation, and soothing skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis. Treating sore and weary hands, shoulders, and back muscles to a CBD topical after a long day of giving massage is a great way to engage in self-care.
“WHAT DOES CBD DO? IT ENHANCES YOUR SELF-CARE ROUTINE INSIDE AND OUT”
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