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Of the many benefits of CBD touted by both the medical and holistic community; it’s also one of the most versatile wellness ingredients on earth. CBD is effective as an ingestible product – in the form of capsules, oral strips and tinctures; or for those looking to target physical pain at the source, topical CBD products are a top choice. Because you can apply it directly to a localized area, people who regularly experience soreness use topicals to get quick relief to specific spots. 


So how do topicals work?

CBD topicals are effective because as soon as you apply them to your skin, they interact with your cannabinoid receptors to send a signal to your endocannabinoid system which relieves that area. Although your skin absorbs the cannabinoid, it does not enter the bloodstream so it is not habit-forming. At this level, CBD products aren’t just helping to mask the pain as other over-the-counter brands do, but they can prevent the pain from returning for certain periods. This is because, unlike your typical name-brand products, CBD topicals are able to react with the high concentration of cannabinoid receptors on the skin.


Natural pain and inflammation relief

Although CBD topicals are used for a variety of reasons, their key benefit is inflammation relief. Inflammation can affect a variety of people and stems from many different conditions including:

  • Athletes with injuries, joint pain, and other sports-related ailments
  • Sufferers of arthritis
  • People with inflammation due to low vitamin intake
  • Those who suffer from other inflammatory musculoskeletal conditions 

For quick relief from inflammation, products like our ThermaChill Sports Cream can be applied right to the source. Combining the natural healing power of CBD with menthol to drive penetrating heat into the muscles, ThermaChill also contains 300mg CBD, eucalyptus leaf, camphor bark oil, hemp oil, aloe leaf and other key natural ingredients. For nighttime, we recommend our menthol-free soothing Lavender Roll On to reduce pain and inflammation, helping to improve your sleep.

Other topical CBD uses

Along with inflammation, topicals are popular for a number of painful conditions because of their ability to focus on specific areas. Other uses for CBD topicals are:

  • Skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and eczema 
  • Joint pain
  • Peripheral neuropathy, which is pain caused from nerve damage
  • Jaw pain or TMD (temporomandibular disorder)

CBD Tinctures can be taken straight or added to your favorite drink, smoothie or recipe. We recommend our Chocolate Peppermint Brownie recipe or a soothing soak with our easy DIY Bath Bombs!


CBD topicals help to treat and prevent these every day issues, with the added benefit of enhancing the quality of your skin. Most topicals contain moisturizing skin care elements, and some have fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6, which nourish your skin.

Incorporating topical CBD into your routine

The best way to see results from a CBD topical is to use it daily and be consistent with its use. You can start by ditching your over-the-counter products that contain harsh chemicals, and switching it out for products like Full Spectrum Zen’s Soothing Therapeutic Lavender Gel Roll-on, designed to soothe tired muscles, aches, headaches, and pain without the use of menthol. There are different types of topicals, all with the same benefits but different feels to the skin:

  • Balms usually contain very little water and instead have a base of oil or wax.
  • Lotions and gels are typically mixtures of water and cream and don’t leave the skin feeling greasy
  • Creams are the thickest type and don’t contain much water


The choice all comes down to preference, and whether you like a lighter or stronger topical on your skin. You can mix and match until you find a routine that works for you. Our ThermaChill Sports Cream comes in a trial size, so you can experiment before truly committing. All of Full Spectrum Zen’s natural, organic and vegan CBD topicals come with a 30-day money back guarantee so you can find what soothes your skin without worry. 


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