We’re probably stating the obvious here, but pain is a drag! Whether it’s chronic (no pun intended) or acute, pain can make your life unbearable. Up until recently, the solution for a pain that just won’t go away has been powerful opioids. These drugs often cause more problems than they’re worth. Thankfully, a new, non-addictive treatment for pain is taking the medical community by storm: CBD cream.
But, as with most new medical developments, a lot of questions surround this topical pain reliever:
- What exactly is CBD?
- What is CBD cream?
- How is CBD cream different from CBD oil?
- Will CBD cream get you high?
- Are there any side effects of CBD cream?
The experts at Honest Marijuana will answer all those questions and more. We’ll even reveal the benefits of CBD cream and show you how to make your very own batch for pain relief. Before we do that, we’ll start at the beginning with the building blocks of CBD cream.
What Is CBD?
CBD is the shortened form of the word cannabidiol. Thank goodness for abbreviations, right? Cannabidiol is one of a group of naturally-occurring chemical compounds called cannabinoids. No abbreviation for that one. Sorry.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is probably the best-known cannabinoid, but others of note are:
- CBG (cannabigerol)
- CBT (cannabicitran)
- CBL (cannabicyclol)
- CBC (cannabichromene)
- CBDV (cannabidivarin)
All in all, scientists have isolated 113 different cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. We’re going to focus on CBD and how it can be used for pain relief. First, though, let’s discuss CBD creams specifically.
What Is CBD Cream?
Hang on to your hats for this one: CBD cream is just a cream (duh!) with CBD extract mixed in. Big Pharma makes creams and lotions with lots of additives and preservatives, but the best CBD creams contain ingredients you can find in your kitchen—nothing more. In fact, later on, we’ll show you how you can make your own CBD cream.
How Is CBD Cream Different From CBD Oil?
The main difference between CBD cream and CBD oil is how you take it. Here’s the breakdown:
- CBD cream is only meant to be applied to the skin (topically).
- CBD oil is only meant to be administered under the tongue (sublingually).
If you have a hard time keeping things out of your mouth, CBD cream might not be the best choice for you. It certainly doesn’t help that CBD cream often looks like and smells like a delicious pudding. Trust us, it’s not and it doesn’t.
So, sit on your hands—or put a blunt or joint in your mouth—but don’t eat the CBD cream! Sure, it won’t kill you, but it might cause substantial stomach pain. And pain is what we’re trying to avoid. So we’ll say it again: Don’t eat the CBD cream!
Will CBD Cream Get You High?
CBD cream will not get you high. The only way a CBD product (e.g., cream, oil, tincture, dissolvable strip, edible) could get you high would be if it contained substantial amounts of THC. CBD cream does not contain THC, at least not in any percentage that would make your world go psychedelic.
So, you can rest easy that the CBD cream you apply before leaving the house won’t have you tasting colors during your drive to work.
Are There Any Side Effects Of CBD Cream?
There are no inherent side effects of CBD cream. That said, if you have very sensitive skin, you may be allergic to some of the ingredients, like olive oil, beeswax, or vitamin E oil. But, honestly, those ingredients are good for your skin, so it’s unlikely that you’ll have any problems.
The only way you might experience any side effects is if you ate the cream (don’t do it!). CBD ingested into your body (either eaten, smoked, or administered sublingually) can cause:
- Dry mouth (although some don’t even really consider this a side effect)
- A reduction in your liver’s ability to process other pharmaceuticals
That second one is the major concern. If you’re taking a heart medication, for example, adding CBD to the mix will completely negate any of the benefits the heart medication has to offer. Be sure to consult your doctor before ingesting any CBD product.
But you’re not going to eat the CBD cream, right? You’re just going to rub it on your skin. In that case, you have nothing to worry about. You won’t feel any side effects from the CBD cream.
What Is The Benefit Of CBD Cream?
CBD cream can be used to treat a very specific area of your body that’s experiencing pain. If you take CBD oil for a sore muscle, you’ll get a general pain relief throughout your entire body, but the muscle pain itself may not completely disappear. On the other hand, if you apply CBD cream to your sore muscle, all of CBD’s pain-relieving effects will focus on that one area.
It’s like taking an aspirin for a sore muscle versus getting a massage. With the aspirin, you get a general pain relief, but the muscle may still be tight and sore. But with the massage, you can focus on the muscle until it is relaxed and pain-free. CBD cream is like that massage in that it can target a specific spot for maximum effect.
What Disorders Can CBD Cream Treat?
CBD has been used to treat a long list of medical issues, including cancer and diabetes. More specifically, CBD cream works to treat the following disorders:
- Chronic pain
- Acute pain
- Sore muscles
- Sore joints
- Skin infections
As you can see, CBD is quickly becoming the “Jack of all trades” of the medical world thanks to its effectiveness in a variety of different treatments.
Can You Make Your Own CBD Cream?
The answer to that question is a resounding, “Yes!” It takes a bit of doing, but the results are well worth the effort. Here’s what you’ll need:
Ingredients & Supplies
- 7-10 grams of ground, dried, high-CBD cannabis
- 1 ½ cups of coconut oil
- ⅓ cup of olive oil
- ⅓ cup of beeswax
- 1 cup of aloe vera gel
- 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil
- 2 tablespoons of shea butter
- Your favorite essential oil
- 1 baking sheet
- Double boiler
- Canning jar with lid for storage
You can find most of the ingredients for this recipe at your local drug store, grocery store, or health food store. While you’re there, pick up some cheesecloth and a canning jar too. You should already have a baking sheet in your kitchen because…COOKIES! Don’t suffer through the munchies without them.
At this point, you’re probably saying, “What the eff is a double boiler, and where the eff do I get one?” Calm down there, potty mouth. A double boiler is basically just a pot within a pot for gently heating and combining foods, like olive oil and beeswax, that have low smoke/burn temperatures. OK? Man, maybe you should chill out with some Girl Scout Cookies before going any further. Come to think of it, we’ll do the same. Be right back.
- Preheat oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spread your cannabis on a baking sheet, and place it in the oven.
- Decarboxylate your cannabis for 30 minutes (this is a vital step, so don’t skip it).
- About 10 minutes before your cannabis is finished baking, mix 1 ½ cup of coconut oil and ⅓ cup of olive oil in a double boiler.
- Heat these two ingredients on LOW until they are combined. Stir continuously so the oils don’t burn.
- When the cannabis is done decarboxylating, remove it from the oven and mix it into the coconut/olive oil mixture.
- Continue stirring on LOW heat for 20 more minutes.
- After 20 minutes, remove from the heat and pour the mixture through a cheesecloth to remove the plant matter.
- In the same double boiler, heat ⅓ cup of beeswax until it becomes a liquid.
- Add the coconut oil/olive oil/cannabis mixture from steps 1-8 and stir on LOW heat until thoroughly combined.
- At this point, you could stop, let the mixture solidify, and you would have a wonderful CBD salve. But hey, you came here for a cream, right? Onward and upward!
- Remove the double boiler from the heat (be sure to turn off the burner there, Slick) and add in 1 cup of aloe vera gel, 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil, 2 tablespoons of shea butter, and 1 or 2 drops of your favorite essential oil (we like lavender, tea tree, and patchouli).
- Transfer the mixture into a canning jar for storage (careful—the cream may still be hot).
That’s it! You’ve just cooked up a batch of your own CBD cream that can be used to reduce pain. Cool, huh? Keep in mind that this cream has absolutely no preservatives (unlike most store-bought creams), so it won’t last forever. You can increase its longevity by storing the canning jar in a cool, dark place like a closet or a medicine cabinet.
To use your CBD cream, just rub a dab on your skin where you feel pain. Then sit back, relax, and let the CBD work its magic. You’re welcome. Now get out there and be pain-free!
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