CBD has been growing in popularity in the US due to the passing of the 2018 farm bill. One of the most common medicinal usage of CBD is for chronic pain.
CBD topicals can help those with targeted body pain, and unlike smoking, vaping, or edibles the CBD in topicals does not enter the bloodstream. These topicals bind to CB2 receptors near the skin and affect the endocannabinoid system locally.
CBD topicals are great for those with inflammatory skin conditions. Since CBD is an anti-inflammatory agent, these topicals can also help with treating acne, eczema, and dermatitis. CBD also has antioxidant effects that can slow down collagen breakdown that result in fine lines and wrinkles.
When applying the topical make sure you’re generous with the application. You don’t need to completely soak yourself but applying a second or third application after a few hours is common.
Understand that although topical CBD could significantly reduce pain it’s not a panacea. You shouldn’t expect pain to completely go away but rather expect a reduction in pain over time. Supplementing with sublingual CBD tinctures, capsules, or edibles can help with baseline pain relief, while topicals can help take off the edge for breakthrough pain.
When ordering CBD topicals or any CBD products make sure you ask for COA's. There's plenty of vendors selling "hemp lotion" with a cannabis logo that don't have any CBD in it.