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CBD Salve for Pain Relief: How Does It Work?

Topical CBD products, like CBD salve, have gained worldwide popularity as natural pain remedies. Made with cannabidiol from the cannabis plant species and other ingredients to complement their effects, CBD salve is helping people stay active as they experience less pain. 

But what is it about CBD salve that makes it effective?

The Science Behind How Topical CBD Attacks Pain?

The Science Behind How Topical CBD Attacks Pain?

Cannabinoids, such as CBD and THC, attach to CB1 receptors in the brain and CB2 receptors (part of the body’s endocannabinoid system), sending signals to tell cells what to do. The effects that cannabinoids have on the body depend on which receptors they bind to.

The cannabinoid THC binds with CB1 receptors, which are concentrated in the brain and the central nervous system. THC creates the “high” from marijuana. The cannabinoid CBD, on the other hand, essentially bypasses CB1 and CB2 receptors. Instead, it targets TRPV1 receptors (also known as the capsaicin receptor), which control pain perception and inflammation. So, CBD helps regulate pain signals without the intoxicating effects that THC causes.

CBD salve, generally more concentrated than lotions, delivers more impactful results. It’s meant to be applied precisely where aches, pains, and swelling occur for targeted relief. For example, our CBD salve has 187.5 mg of cannabidiol per ounce, whereas our Recovery Lotion has 75 mg of cannabidiol per ounce. So, for soreness in a small, specific area — such as an elbow, knee, or ankle — CBD salve may be an ideal choice. CBD lotion may be the better choice for more widespread muscle soreness or stiffness because it can be applied more liberally.

What Other Ingredients Can Enhance CBD For Pain Relief?

Topical CBD can be even more powerful when combined with other ingredients with health-promoting properties.

For example, Hempfield Botanicals topical CBD salve contains top-quality hemp-derived cannabidiol AND essential oils of spearmint and pink grapefruit. Spearmint essential oil (Mentha viridis) has a soothing and relaxing effect on muscles. Pink grapefruit essential oil (Citrus paradisi) has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. These essential oils are also known for their revitalizing aromas that help uplift mood and promote feelings of well-being.

Uses for CBD Pain Relief Products

Uses for CBD Pain Relief Products

CBD salve can help reduce or alleviate various types of pain.

  • Arthritis
  • Joint pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Inflammation
  • Muscle aches
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
A Checklist for Choosing a CBD Salve Brand

A Checklist for Choosing a CBD Salve Brand

Not all CBD products are created equal, so it’s important to do your research and make sure you’re buying from a company that makes safety, purity, and quality their top priorities. It all boils down to learning how a product aligns with the three Ts: transparency, testing, and traceability. Considering the three Ts can mean the difference between buying an effective and safe product and one that will be a waste of money or potentially causes harm. Below are some questions to ponder as you assess a CBD brand’s commitment to the all-important Ts.

1. Does the manufacturer clearly state all of its product’s ingredients and CBD concentrations (mg in the package)?

CBD products are still not highly regulated by the federal government. The FDA does not test all CBD products, but the agency has found that some it has tested did not contain the concentration of CBD that they claimed.

Fortunately, government oversight and precautions are starting to catch up. However, until there’s more regulation, consumers face the challenge of assessing whether brands are trustworthy.

2. Has the product been third-party tested to ensure there’s an unbiased review of its safety, potency, and quality?

Many CBD manufacturers do their own quality testing, which may or may not be approached objectively and honestly.

Essentially, it’s up to the product manufacturer to decide the degree of testing it wants its products to undergo and what it wants to disclose about the results. So, “Buyer beware.”

You can feel more confident in the quality of a CBD product that has been third-party tested to verify it’s safe and contains the CBD concentrations it says it does.

3. Has the manufacturer achieved appropriate licensing and certifications?

A reputable brand will take the initiative to earn what licensing is mandatory and will voluntarily achieve certifications to validate its quality control measures. A CBD company that holds itself to the same standards as FDA-regulated companies provides consumers peace of mind.

4. Where does the manufacturer source its hemp, and how does it process it?

A company should be able to trace its products from “seed to shelf.” Look for a batch or lot number on the salve, which you can use to find and review lab reports for the specific batch associated with the product.

Also, consider if the brand shares where and how they source their CBD. If they don’t disclose that information openly, it’s challenging to know the origins of the CBD and whether the growers and producers follow proper safety and purity standards.

CBD Salve for Pain Relief: How Does It Work?

Check All The Boxes With Hempfield Botanicals CBD Salve

At Hempfield Botanicals, we hold ourselves to the highest standards when making our products. We produce our CBD salve, lotion, oils, and other offerings in our cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practice) certified facility in Lancaster County, PA. All of our CBD products go through a rigorous testing process (including third-party testing). Moreover, we provide detailed lab reports for each of them. Also, we source our CBD from hemp grown on organic, sustainable farms in Pennsylvania and Kentucky[1] .

As a certified B Corporation and Leaping Bunny certified company, we also demonstrate our commitment to upholding the utmost ethical standards and sustainability practices. Not only can our CBD salve help you do more with less pain, but also you can feel good about doing business with us.

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