For many people, the standard go-to for everyday aches and tension are pain relief tablets. However, another effective way to treat common issues is topically. How does topical relief actually work? We break down the science behind these products, plus the key ingredient to look for--CBD.
Topical creams work not by targeting pain, but by distracting you from it by creating a temperature effect on the skin. “Most topical pain relievers work through an effect known as a counter-irritant,” says Dr. Andrew Kerklaan the Founder of Dr. Kerklaan Therapeutics.“They have an ingredient that creates a cooling or warming sensation which literally distracts you from the pain you are perceiving.” Some of these over-the-counter creams mask symptoms with a number of active ingredients such as anesthetics like lidocaine, or even steroids .
A topical cream with CBD like Dr. Kerklaan Natural CBD Relief Cream has several benefits. First, it doesn’t contain any steroids that can irritate or even thin the skin over time. Second, it uses natural ingredients including eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils to provide a soothing and cooling effect immediately upon application. Finally, the CBD works with your body’s naturally occurring cannabinoid receptors in our skin to target the areas that need it most.
The endocannabinoid system is a body-wide system. Endocannabinoids are lipid messengers that engage cell surface receptors, the same ones targeted by the active component in cannabis, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. The cannabinoid lipids in the skin can regulate many sensory and inflammatory events. Our skin has a large capacity to synergistically respond to cannabinoids, making CBD products very successful in acting as anti-inflammatory agents.
One of the major benefits to topical creams and sprays is that they can be very specifically applied to targeted areas. They also do not impact your stomach, digestive tract and liver. This is a significant benefit for those who have sensitive stomachs and reduces the risks of complications from using medication.
For people who have been relying for years on over-the-counter medication to treat everyday issues, Dr. Kerklaan’s Natural CBD Relief Cream can provide a natural alternative solution to common everyday problems.