CBD cream is one of the latest products introduced into the wellness marketplace and approved by the FDA, since the 2018 Farm Bill passed legalizing hemp-based CBD products. Cannabidiol also known as CBD is a phytocannabinoid found in the flowers of cannabis plants and is known for helping to reduce pain. CBD creams are made from extracting CBD from hemp and adding to carrier oils such as olive, coconut or sweet almond as well as water, beeswax and essential oils to create a cream.
A 2015 study funded by the American Cancer Society and the University of Kentucky on the effects of the transdermal administration of CBD on rats with arthritis was promising. The researchers found when CBD was applied topically, it decreased pain associated with arthritis and inflammation in the rats without any known side-effects.
During 2015, another encouraging study was published in the DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The study was conducted on mice with autoimmune encephalomyelitis, the prototype used to treat MS in humans. The study found a marked improvement of the paralyzed posterior extremities in the mice by using 1% topical CBD Cream daily. The researchers concluded daily use of CBD cream could lead to help manage the symptoms of MS in humans in the future.
Consumers are using CBD creams to help relieve pain from arthritis and MS as well as to reduce the symptoms of acne, anxiety and depression. Many others are using CBD creams to help minimize the side effects of cancer treatments and insomnia. The future of CBD cream to help manage pain and to reduce the symptoms of many other common ailments is promising. There are many CBD creams available to purchase online and in stores. Consumers should choose a CBD cream that is FDA approved and with ingredients best suited for them.