CBD Topicals FAQ
What are CBD topicals?
CBD topicals, including salves, lotions, creams, and balms, are skin-friendly products that are infused with cannabidiol (CBD).
CBD is one of the natural compounds produced and derived from the cannabis plant. It is the non-psychoactive part of the plant, meaning, it doesn’t get you “high”. CBD is unique in that it does not bind directly to cannabinoid receptors, thus, you don’t feel “euphoric”.
One major benefit of topical CBD products is its easy-to-apply application to your desired areas.
How are CBD topicals different from lotions, creams, and ointments?
CBD topicals are different from lotions, creams, and ointments in the regard that they should be applied to a specific area of the skin.
Topical products are more likely to be used to help the surface layer of skin, hence, topical.
A CBD infused cream, lotion, or ointment may exert its effects throughout the body by penetrating deeper parts of the skin.
The application of CBD topicals may be different than a CBD pain cream, lotion, or ointment. For instance, a topical may be applied similarly to how you apply deodorant, with a swipe or two over the specified area.
How do I choose a quality CBD topical?
Choosing a quality CBD topical right for you requires asking these important questions:
- Do the topicals products contain high-quality cannabis?
- Does the company provide certificates of analysis?
- Does the company do third party testing?
Not all CBD topicals are created equal. It’s important to know if the company uses high-quality cannabis, if they can provide certificates of analysis for each batch produced, as well as if they do third party testing. At NanoCraft, we use natural farming practices with non-GMO hemp free of chemicals and solvents.
Can CBD oil be applied topically?
CBD oil can be applied topically! Most CBD tincture oils come with a measurement dropper to help you gauge the amount of CBD you collect from the bottle.
For instance, you can apply CBD tinctures to areas of sore muscles by squeezing the desired amount of CBD oil in the dropper, onto the applied area, rubbing it in thoroughly, waiting for the cannabidiol to be absorbed through the skin.
Will topical CBD show up on a drug test?
It is possible that topical CBD may show up on a drug test. Most drug screening tests are testing for levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant, giving you a “high” feeling. However, drug screening tests may differ - some may test for a wider range of substances with any substance level present and others may only test for a select few substances.
If your CBD topical is hemp-derived and contains 0.3% THC or less, you may be in the clear. However, take this with a grain of salt.
It might be better to be safe than sorry here. If you are aware of a potential drug screening coming up for your employer or event, proceed with caution. The research behind CBD drug screening is still sparse.
Is CBD legal?
CBD topicals are legal, federally, if they contain less than 0.3% THC. CBD topicals are illegal federally if they are derived from the marijuana plant and contain greater than 0.3% THC.
Federally, marijuana is still illegal. However, certain states have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, such as California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and Illinois.
As of 2020, 47 states have legalized hemp-derived CBD for medical and recreational use. That means 94% of the US can purchase and utilize hemp-derived CBD topicals and products.
Can I travel with CBD cream?
As of 2019, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) clarified that products containing CBD are allowed in both checked bags and carry-on when traveling.
The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the legal definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act which made hemp-derived CBD containing 0.3% THC or less is federally legal. Thus, if users’ CBD meets this requirement, it is permissible for travel.
Your broad or full-spectrum CBD cream may be permissible by state specifics, meaning that the final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether or not an item is allowed through the checkpoint.
So for the most part, you’re clear for take off! Our Nanocraft CBD Products are 100% hemp-derived, containing 0.0% - 0.03% THC.
Am I allergic to CBD lotions? What are the symptoms?
Although allergies to CBD products are rare, it is possible for users to be allergic to cannabidiol.
CBD oil products have also been shown to help with allergy-related symptoms, due to its antihistamine properties.
However, in the chance that an allergic reaction does occur, potential reactions may include:
- Itchy eyes
- Dry cough
- Dry skin
- Inflamed, sensitive skin
Symptoms to expect that may be associated with the allergic reaction may also include:
- Low blood pressure
- Difficulty breathing
- Itchy skin
- Swollen throat
How do I use CBD topicals?
You can apply CBD topicals directly to the source or specific area, for a rapid and quick effect.
A ‘topical’ can be anything you apply directly to the skin rather than ingesting in different forms. In most cases, users can apply CBD topicals, creams, salves, and lotions to their elbows, wrists, knees, or other areas of concern on the skin. For instance, our topical products can be applied as easy as putting on your daily deodorant. It comes in a deodorant-like delivery system that allows for easy usage without the mess of other methods. A few quick swipes to the affected area and you’ll be reaping the health benefits in no time!
CBD topical effects may last up to 6 hours, but it varies depending on the user and their metabolism. For example, it may take numerous days for the CBD topical to get out of your system, thus, you may feel the effects for longer than 6 hours.
How often you apply CBD topicals is totally up to you! Some users apply once a day, some users may apply it numerous times a day. Start low and slow when it comes to incorporating CBD topical creams into your daily routine.
Keep in mind, some CBD topicals are more potent than others, containing anywhere from 250 - 1500 mg of hemp-derived CBD. So, ‘less is more’ may apply here.
Can CBD topicals be used for pain relief?
CBD topicals have great potential to be used for pain. Research is showing promise for CBD as a non-addictive, non-toxic, analgesic agent. Although more research is needed, Cannabidiol Oil products have been effective in:
Managing arthritis pain and symptoms
Fast relief for joint pain
Peripheral neuropathy (relieving localized muscle pain)
Nanocraft’s products are not intended to prevent, cure, treat, or diagnose any ailment, condition, or disease.
Many of our customers use our CBD topicals and salves to support, promote, and aid in their rapid recovery and well-being. In addition, our users and athletes often utilize our products to aid in targeted pain relief caused by sports injuries, soreness, and inflammation.
Check out our CBD for Athletes!
What else can CBD creams be used to relieve?
Again, our CBD topicals and products are not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any ailments, conditions, or diseases. However, topical Cannabidiol Oil products may assist and help:
- Skin inflammation
- Quality of life
- Heart health
- Sore joints and muscles
How much CBD cream should I use?
How much CBD cream you should use depends on you, your experience and frequency of CBD usage, as well as your metabolism.
If you are new to CBD creams and other CBD topicals, you may want to start ‘low and slow’. It’s possible that one swipe of CBD topical may do the trick, give yourself time to see if you feel the benefits over the next day or two. If not, you can always apply more next time!
We highly recommended consulting your physician prior to starting any topical CBD product, as they may recommend an appropriate dosage for you.
Do CBD topicals react with other lotions and oils?
CBD topicals may react with other lotions and oils. CBD oils may decrease or increase the effect of how other lotions, oils, and or medications interact and metabolize within your system.
We highly recommend talking with your physician about starting a topical CBD regime, as other lotions, oils, and drug interactions may produce unwanted side effects.
What other CBD products does NanoCraft offer?
Here, at Nanocraft CBD, we offer a wide array of cannabidiol products, for the athlete in all of us.
If you’re wanting a boost to your workout, give our CBD Waters and CBD Workout Powders a try. Packed with electrolytes, Vitamin B-12, and 10 mg of broad-spectrum CBD derived from hemp, our CBD Waters are a tasty option for workout sips, assisting you with a sense of calmness and focus during your workout.
Our CBD Tinctures are also a great option for those looking for a quick oil absorption, directly into the bloodstream, with 100% natural and organic ingredients and curated blends of essential oils.
CBD Capsules are a user favorite, being incognito, easy-to-take, and tasteless for those wanting a flavorless CBD pill option.