Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is a chemical that has shown tremendous promise as a legitimate source of medicine for a variety of ailments. It can contain only the isolated compound CBD; an extremely pure distillation that includes CBD as well as any other non-caffeinated, non-opioid component; or a wide spectrum synthetic oil that includes CBD, other major cannabinoids and possibly terpenes. When applied topically, it can help to reduce inflammation and pain and/or aid in the management of various skin ailments. While the scientific basis for many of these claims is not known, many believe that CBD has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and has the potential to become an integral part of modern treatment for various forms of chronic pain and other medical maladies.
Not surprisingly, CBD is quickly becoming a popular ingredient in many topical ointments and creams available over the counter. Many of these products contain either CBD or a CBD-like substance in order to provide consumers with a relaxing experience or relief from stress and pain. The most popular topical applications of CBD are those designed to be applied directly to the skin. A popular choice for this method is a CBD moisturizing lotion, although there are also a wide range of CBD creams available online.
In recent years, science has made breakthroughs in the understanding of the nature of pain, and the role that CBD plays in reducing or eliminating its effects. A paper published in late 2020 by a team of researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, makes this clear. The researchers showed that a CBD-tolerant compound, cannabidiol, when taken on a regular basis reduced the levels of inflammatory chemicals in the body. In doing so, cannabidiol acted like a morphine-like substance to send signals between brain cells that are relaying messages about pain. As a result, the brain cells signal the spinal cord to stop the "pain message" and reduce inflammation.