As CBD becomes increasingly popular in the UK, health and beauty manufacturers are releasing CBD-infused product ranges to keep up with demands for CBD cosmetic and skincare products.

CBD creams work differently to CBD oil. Where CBD oil is absorbed directly into the bloodstream, topical CBD products are applied to the skin. These CBD topicals are then absorbed by the skin to maintain skin health and wellness.

If you’re new to topical CBD products, you may have some questions about how to use them and which one to choose. Here you can find detailed answers to the best products and ways to use topical CBD creams.

The Most Common Questions About Topical CBD Products

Topical CBD products have CBD infused into a lotion which can then be easily spread over the skin and absorbed through the skin to release its benefits. But for those just starting out, there may be a number of questions that you have that relate to the timing, ease of use, discretion and dosage of CBD creams.

How long does it take from application for the topical cream to take effect?

It takes between forty minutes and two hours for the CBD to be absorbed by the skin.

How long do those effects last?

Although it takes longer for the CBD to be absorbed by the skin than it does for CBD oil in the form of a tincture, it should mean that the cream will be effective for longer.

Is it easy to use?

The application of CBD cream or any other topical CBD product is straightforward. It should just be rubbed into the specific area on the body where you are wanting it to have an effect. Ensure that your skin in that area is clean and free from other products and that your hands are clean before applying the product so that no dirt is rubbed on the skin and trapped between the skin and the cream.

What dosage should I use?

CBD applied topically does not enter the bloodstream so that cream can be used as frequently are you want, and the amount that you use does not need to be rationed. To get an idea of how much CBD you are taking, check the concentration of the cream that should be marked on the packaging. If you’re unsure about how much you should use, read the instructions on the bottle or jar to ensure that you’re using the product correctly.

Is it possible to be discrete?

Many creams that contain CBD do not allude to the ingredient on the product container, making the cream or lotion no different to any other cream. Additionally, most online CBD stores deliver orders in unmarked packaging, so it is possible to be completely discrete from ordering (which can be done online) to delivery and application of your chosen CBD cream.

How to Choose the Right Topical CBD for Your Needs

CBD-infused topical products include creams, ointments, salves, balms and more. But with so many different types of products and different manufacturers, it can be confusing trying to find one that works for you. By looking at the most important factors, it is easier to narrow down the options and make the right choice.

1.  Look at the quality of the hemp used in creating the CBD, as well as the other ingredients used

Balms and creams that are made from full-spectrum hemp help to maintain the wellness of your skin. Full-spectrum topical products are generally the best because they combine CBD with a mix of other beneficial cannabis compounds, including terpenes. These compounds work together with the CBD to produce the entourage effect. The best quality products will usually include other high-quality ingredients that will also moisturise and replenish the skin such as cocoa butter, beeswax, jojoba oil and other various natural oils.

2. Investigate the extraction method

Optimal extraction methods combine proven practices with the latest scientific developments. Included in the options are the:

  • Spagyric method where hemp is extracted using alcohol, then calcinated to isolate mineral salts. Then the two mixtures are combined to create a product that contains the plant’s extracts in a concentrated form.
  • CO2 extraction method where hemp oil is isolated at a specific temperature and pressure to ensure that the CBD and other beneficial components are not damaged.
  • Ultrasound extraction method where a probe is inserted into a solvent mixture, emitting low and high-pressure sound waves which create microcurrents that break through the hemp’s cellular walls to release the contents of the cell thereby effectively extracting the CBD and other compounds.

3. Check for third-party lab testing

Independent testing conducted by a third-party lab ensures that the final product is safe for use and contains the compounds that it promotes. These results should then be available on the manufacturer’s website to confirm that the product contains high CBD levels and, if it is full-spectrum, that the range of other beneficial compounds are also available in the product.

Independent testing should complement rigorous in-house testing for complete product safety, purity and consistency.

4. Check for evironmental friendliness

Hemp should be harvested, preferably by hand, from organic-certified farms. If done correctly, the hemp will remain free from contaminants that are added by heavy machinery. To improve the environmental friendliness of the product, the farms should ideally be located in the UK or Europe to reduce the crop’s carbon footprint when transporting the hemp as well as the end product.

5. Research the manufacturer’s reputation

There seem to be new CBD products on the market every time you check and, while some of them are legitimate, many are not as there are limited compliance standards that need to be adhered to. With this in mind, it is often a good idea to choose a brand that is known for producing high-quality, CBD products. In many cases, highly respected manufacturers will work closely with researchers to ensure that their customers have access to the best products on the market made from good quality ingredients that have been manufactured in a way the does not compromise the end product.

6. Reviews and feedback

Here a quick online search is often all that’s needed to get the information that you need. Independent review companies like Trustpilot have ratings for most of the top CBD manufacturers and sellers that highlight the quality of the products and the customer service levels that you can expect to receive.

People are using creams infused with CBD to help support the health and vitality of their skin. Understanding the basics of how these products work, and how they differ from each other is an important first step to ensuring that the product you choose is a good match for the outcomes that you want.