We cannot call CBD what it is or put it on labels anymore because the United States has a patent on it. We can call it Full Extract Cannabidiaol Oil (FECO) or even go as far as Hemp Flower Extract.
Though research on the subject is minimal, one study, published by the US National Library of Medicine, found both CB1 and CB2 receptors to be located in many areas of human skin, including hair follicles, sweat glands and nerve fiber bundles. This finding implies that the chemical compounds found in cannabis can directly affect these receptors without requiring a pass through the blood/brain barrier thus keeping the user from feeling "stoned".
Topical cannabis is becoming an increasingly popular option for those who wish to avoid the psychotropic effects of cannabis (or those who might otherwise be sensitive to them such as pediatric and elderly patients) because it has the same therapeutic benefits for pain and inflammation without the high.
Cannabis has been used topically throughout history for such things as bath additives, pain and itch relief and antiseptic ointments. Though the results of using topical cannabis has been purely anecdotal, an abundance of ailments seem to be relieved -- if not cured -- through the use of topical cannabis therapy.
Some of the most common uses for topical cannabis include:
- There are many reports of people using cannabis topically to treat burns, such as the case in which a burn from a car exhaust was treated with cannabis oil on one half and antibiotic cream on the other. After only a few days, the side of the burn that was treated with cannabiswas healing significantly faster than the other half.
- The same chemicals in cannabis that reduce pain when ingested have been shown to reduce pain when administered topically. The medication offers fast-acting, location-specific pain relief without causing the wonky feelings of being stoned.
- Swollen joints are painful, and can greatly reduce one's over-all quality of life. By applying cannabis tincture directly to the inflamed areas, users have reportedly experienced less pain throughout the day and an easier time sleeping at night. This is especially important for those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.
Treatment for skin infections:
- There are many types of skin infections --both bacterial and fungal -- that seem to improve with cannabis. This will work for oral infections (such as an abscess tooth or canker sore) in addition to other infections like herpes or infected hair follicles.
Improve skin elasticity:
- Unlike smoking cannabis (which produces carcinogens and damages skin) applying cannabis topically can actually improve the health of your skin, resulting in improved elasticity, reduced acne and more youthful-looking skin.
Increase sexual pleasure:
- Female genetalia is very porous, which makes it an excellent site through which to administer topical cannabis. Cashing in on this concept are Evosand Foria who have created a personal lubricant by mixing highly concentrated cannabis oil with coconut oil and water (which makes for a very interesting time in the sack; a "heightened" sexual experience, if you will).
Shrink skin abnormalities:
- Skin abnormalities such as warts and moles come from within the body. Applying a cannabis tincture to the surface, however, then covering it with a waterproof bandage and leaving it to rest for a few days can rid the area of the imperfection or reduce the size of the abnormality by targeting the cells that produce it.
- As devastating of a disease as cancer is, its growth process is pretty basic; abnormal cells begin growing out of control, essentially ignoring their instructions from the protein p53 to self-destruct. Cannabis seems to work with the body to slow the growth of these cells and, in some cases, cause their destruction.
Evidence suggests that topical cannabis could treat a multitude of additional ailments including migraine pain, psoriasis, menstrual cramps, excessive itching and bug bites. Just remember to avoid contact with eyes and opened wounds when experimenting with topical cannabis, and seed medical attention for anything that might be serious.