The Versatility of the Dropper: CBD Oil Uses
We’re always exploring new CBD oil uses and fun ways to apply our formulas. Did you know you can use your CBD dropper to apply the oil not just inside your body, but also on various parts of the outside of your body? For us, CBD is not just a trend. It’s a groundbreaking tool for restoring emotional, physical, and mental health into the lives of billions. Just as versatile as the many ways it helps people is CBD oil itself – allowing you to literally pour CBD onto your entire life.
Topical Treasure Trove
Beyond taking orally or sublingually, the topical application of CBD (and THC for that matter) is gaining increasing popularity for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-relieving) properties. Scientists are discovering evidence to show that CBD oil applied to the skin can possibly treat chronic skin issues like psoriasis and eczema.1 It’s the main ingredient that’s almost annoyingly popping up in dozens of face serums, balms, face oils, masks, shampoos, and conditioners. And it’s no wonder why; research shows that inflammation is often the common factor in many diseases,2 including skin ailments. As it turns out, using CBD oil might also be your ticket to healthy skin from head-to-toe.
1. Oil-based Lubricant
Using a few drops of your CBD oil as lube is a really good look. As we’ve already drilled into your head, its anti-inflammatory nature is key. It prevents irritation from friction, easing vaginal pain from dryness or one’s inability to open up—physically and emotionally. When used topically, CBD interacts with a special set of receptors in the skin known as TRPV-1 receptors,3 allowing it to reduce feelings of pain,4 heat, and possibly itch. There’s the tiniest bit of research out there that suggests its ability to interact with genital receptors possibly increasing clitoral stimulation through the dilation and swelling of blood.5 Sounds hot, right?! It can be used by those of us experiencing dryness due to menopause as well. Regardless of whether you’re trying CBD lube for self-love, play, or sex with a partner, you not going to regret using it.
2. Face Oil
CBD as a face oil is pure magic! We recommend adding a couple of drops onto your fingertips, working it evenly into your face. In addition to the glow, CBD can stimulate healthy oil production.6 Dry skin is the root of most skin damage. So when your skin naturally produces a healthy amount of oil, it minimizes dry patches, skin irritations, producing a more even tone and skin and possibly smoothing wrinkles. Look, we’re not trying to sell you on the idea that CBD will look younger—but you might. As we continue to keep an eye out for more peer-reviewed studies about the full potential of cannabidiol as a facial regimen, we recommend trying it out.
3. Skin Irritation/ Relief Oil
For folks who prefer not to take pain medications or abrasive skin creams. Topical CBD is an option for the reduction of pain while reducing swelling for various skin diseases such as acne, eczema (atopic eczema), herpes simplex, plantar warts, psoriasis, rosacea, scabies, and possibly even shingles.7 Along with pain, alleviating inflammation can soothe irritated skin, allowing it to heal. When it comes to achy joints, sore muscles, or menstrual cramps, as CBD penetrates through the dermis it targets different receptors embedded in the muscle tissue to relax muscles and alleviate contractions.8 For these same reasons, CBD is brilliant as a massage oil.
4. Hair Treatment
Try using your dropper to apply CBD oil directly to your scalp, massaging into your hair and leaving it in overnight as a hair and scalp treatment. A healthy scalp is the foundation of healthy hair and it reduces dandruff. Too, use a couple drops to smooth fly-aways, and to bring luster and shine to your hair. Though the jury is still out in regards to whether CBD can help hair growth, there’s no harm in trying. What we do know is that CBD is an antioxidant, packed with Vitamin A,C, E, and the fatty acids of Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9.9 All of these heavy hitters have a great reputation for promoting moisture, strengthen your locs and lowering the chance of breakage.
1 “Cannabinoides y Enfermedades inflamatorias de la Piel” Fundación CANNA https://www.fundacion-canna.es/cannabinoides-y-enfermedades-inflamatorias-de-la-piel
2 “Inflammation: A unifying theory of disease?” Harvard Health Medical School (2006) https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/Inflammation_A_unifying_theory_of_disease
3“Cannabinoids as novel anti-inflammatory drugs” Nagarkatti, P., Pandey, R., Rieder, S., Hegde, V., & Nagarkatti, M. (2009). Future Med Chem,1(7), 1333-1349. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2828614/pdf/nihms155268.pdf.
4Russo, E. B. (2008). Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat pain. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management,4(1), 245-259. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2503660/.
5“Expression and distribution of the transient receptor potential cationic channel A1 (TRPA1) in the human clitoris—comparison to male penile erectile tissue” International Journal of Impotence Research volume 29, pages 179–183 (2017) https://www.nature.com/articles/ijir201715
6 “The role of cannabinoids in dermatology.” Mounessa JS et al, (2017) https://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622(17)30308-0/abstract
7***Patent application “USE OF CANNABINOIDS IN THE TREATMENT OF INFLAMMATORY SKIN DISEASES”, United States Patent Application Publication, (2018) https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/f5/59/61/bf1d365207dc31/US20180263952A1.pdf
8 “Effects of abnormal cannabidiol on oxytocin-induced myometrial contractility” Diarmaid D Houlihan et al, Society for Reproduction and Fertility (2010) https://rep.bioscientifica.com/view/journals/rep/139/4/783.xml
9“Cannabidiol and (−)Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol are neuroprotective antioxidants” A. J. Hampson et al, (1998) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC20965/
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