The Inside Out Effect: Taking CBD Both Topically and Orally to Maximize Pain Relief
Here at Nibanna Life, we have quite a few customers who use Topical CBD products to treat pain caused by a range of different conditions, from arthritis to fibromyalgia, but many are unaware that they can safely increase the level of pain relief by adding an orally administered CBD product as well. In this blog article, we’ll take a closer look at the similarities and differences between topical and oral CBD products, and how the two can work together to give you even greater relief through the “inside out effect”.
Topical CBD Products for Pain Relief
Topical CBD products, such as creams, lotions and massage oils, have become extremely popular for treating pain because of the user’s ability to target a specific region of the body. These products are applied directly to the skin on and around the affected area, and are absorbed through the pores, where it can interact with cannabinoid receptors within the nearby nerve fibers and subcutaneous tissue. One major benefit of this application method is that the pain relief effects are generally experienced more quickly than they are when CBD is taken orally. Also, since topical administration doesn’t require the CBD to be processed in the liver, Topical CBD products can be used by anyone, regardless of other medications that they may be taking.
Oral CBD Products for Pain Relief
Oral CBD administration can be divided into two different methods of ingestion, sublingual and ingestion. Sublingual CBD supplements are held under the tongue for 60 seconds or longer, and allow the CBD to enter the user’s bloodstream directly via the mucous membrane beneath the tongue. Ingestion of CBD occurs when the user swallows the CBD product, which is then absorbed through the digestive system and then processed by the liver. It is important to note that this method is not recommended for those who are already taking certain medications that are metabolized in the liver through the cytochrome p450 enzyme channel. If a medication is not supposed to be taken with grapefruit or grapefruit juice (which also affects cytochrome p450), then it should not be taken with oral CBD supplements either. Oral CBD administration affects the body’s entire cannabinoid system, including receptors in the brain and central nervous system, producing not only pain and inflammation reduction, but also mood boosting and immune support effects.
Maximizing Pain Relief by Combining Topical and Oral CBD
For our customers seeking to get the maximum amount of pain relief from their CBD regimen, we recommend taking an “inside out” approach to CBD administration by combining topical AND oral CBD products. Not only will you get the fast-acting, targeted pain relief of the topical product, you’ll also see the longer duration of pain relief that is associated with oral CBD products. Not only that, most chronic, long term pain sufferers report increased levels of anxiety and depression as a result of the toll that their condition puts on the body, and oral CBD can help to decrease these symptoms as well. If you’re still skeptical, consider the fact that the same “inside out” approach has been used for decades with products that you’re probably already very familiar with. Aspercreme (Trolamine salicylate) is a topical variation of Asprin (acetylsalicylic acid), and when taken together, the two products can effectively target the same area of the body simultaneously, leading to greater relief of symptoms than either could produce on its own.
If you’re interested in learning more about how topical and oral CBD products can work together to relieve pain, stop by and talk to us about it, or shoot us an email with any questions that you may have.