CBD Topicals Massage Lotion vs. Oil: How To Choose The Best

Pain management is a very real issue for many people. Muscle and joint pain, inflammation and muscle spasms are often helped by massage. Sometimes that isn't enough however, and lots of people will turn to prescription medications to manage their pain.  

As we've discussed before, many medications come with scary side effects, or carry the dangers of overdose, addiction or withdrawal. With the pain-management potential of CBD becoming more and more apparent, pairing it with massage has become a popular alternative in treating some types of pain. 

Choose A CBD Massage Oil

Using a topical CBD massage oil can have tremendous benefits on pain, inflammation and muscle issues. Topical massage is a great way to use CBD because the skin is naturally a semi-permiable membrane, and allows the “good stuff” (The CBD) to enter the body and do it's work. Because of the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, massaging the oil into affected areas can have seemingly miraculous results.

Choosing the right product for maximum benefit is very important. As with any other aspect of CBD use (or really any medication choices), this means doing research and asking plenty of questions. For many Americans, the first question will be “is this product legal where I live?”. That is a very tricky question, given the current “legal gray area” that most CBD products occupy. One place to start is to find out where the CBD comes from.

CBD that comes from industrial hemp (as opposed to cannabis that contains THC), is typically legal to use. This isolate contain almost no THC, and therefore won't give users the psychoactive effects typically associated with marijuana (it won't “get you high”, in other words).

If you live in a state where marijuana is legal for medical or recreational use, you can typically get an oil extracted from marijuana, and containing some amount of THC. It is important to remember that even in these areas, you are still subject to federal laws that currently ban marijuana for any purpose. Additionally, even states that have ended marijuana prohibition will still have strict laws against impaired driving, so please be careful in that area as well.

The next question to ask is also important: how is the CBD extracted, and how is the plant itself grown? Many people will prefer to use CBD sourced from organically-grown hemp, to avoid exposure to potentially harmful pesticides or fertilizers. More important is the process used to isolate the CBD. While most producers will use a safe and clean cO2 extraction process, some may use toxic chemicals such as butane, which you may recognize as stuff you don't want in your body. If you're using an unsafely-sourced product, you open yourself up to potential side effects. Of course, that defeats the purpose of seeking an alternative to prescription medication.

Once you've gotten over the hurdles of legality and safety, you can start making decision based on personal preference. Because there are such a wide variety of CBD massage oils on the market, it should be easy to find a product that fits your needs.

If you live in a weed-friendly state, you have the option of choosing a product with some THC present in the oil. Typically you can only get this from a dispensary, and it will likely be fairly expensive.

Besides THC, there are other isolates that can be very helpful with massage. Many terpenes will greatly enhance the pain relief, relaxation or other benefits you are looking for. In addition to terpenes, most massage oils will contain some skin-care product such as aloe Vera or Shea butter.

Many massage oils will contain some kind of scent ingredient. It may be best to avoid perfumes or other synthetic scents, as these can have unhealthy ingredients. But there are plenty of alternatives, such as topically-safe essential oils like rosemary or tea tree oil.

In the end, it will all come down to whatever works best for you. It's a good idea to try many products until you find the one that works best for you. Whether you are using the CBD massage oil to relieve inflammation and loosen muscles, ease joint or nerve pain, clear and soften your skin, or even just to achieve a deep, relaxing massage experience, there are CBD products that will fit the bill. Experiment and keep an open mind, and enjoy the experience.