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How to Use CBD Salves

Using CBD salves, creams, and other topicals is easy, even if you’ve never tried them before. But before you try any type of topical, you should first decide which one best suits your needs. While CBD oils and tinctures are some of the most popular products on the market today, CBD salves are quickly growing in popularity. And even though they can be on the expensive side, if you’re buying a top-quality salve that’s made with quality ingredients, it will be well worth the price you paid. Typically, salves cost more because they contain more ingredients than other types of CBD products like CBD oils, which can also be expensive. So, in order for you to get the most return out of your CBD salve, you should try to use it as efficiently as possible. 

What are CBD Salves?

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Topical CBD products and CBD skincare include things like creams, lotions, moisturizers, and more that are infused with the terpenes, phytonutrients, and cannabinoids that have been extracted from the hemp plant. CBD salve falls into that same category of topicals. In general, salves are crafted for more pinpointed uses and applications. Therefore, they are defined as topicals that can help support skin health and that can more specifically address particular muscles and joints.

What's the Difference Between Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum Salves?

The only difference between these two types of salve is whether they contain full spectrum hemp extract or broad spectrum hemp extract. Now what's the difference between these two?

Full spectrum means that the complete cannabinoid and terpene profile of the hemp plant is included in the product. That means that very low amounts of THC are present (less than 0.3%).

Broad spectrum means that the THC has been screened out, so it's very close to full-spectrum, just lacking one cannabinoid. All the terpenes and other cannabinoids are still present. Often people who are trying to avoid any exposure to THC use broad spectrum products or CBD isolate, which is just CBD and nothing else.

How Are They Made?

Salves have a thicker texture over creams and lotions because they are typically made from coconut oil, jojoba oil, and beeswax, all of which give them a distinctive consistency. 

When it comes to CBD salves, cannabidiol is the main featured ingredient, with other supporting ingredients like essential oils, terpenes, and other hydrating components blended in. CBD salves are exploding in popularity because they’re easy to use and don’t require a specific amount to be measured out. In order to best use salve, simply apply a small amount to wherever you feel you need it on your body, then massage it into your skin. Another great aspect of salve is that you can pretty much use it whenever and wherever you need to on any localized areas that feel they need some attention. 

Why Should You Use CBD Salve?

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Every type of CBD delivery method has its pros and cons. CBD oils and gummies are great if you want to take your CBD internally, but salves and creams are preferred if you have a specific area of your musculoskeletal system that you want to target. In general, most consumers use CBD as a means to support the endocannabinoid system, which strives to create or maintain balance in many other bodily systems. When the CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS, they are interacting with the many cannabinoid receptors that are located throughout the body, more specifically in the brain and central nervous system. Additionally, the skin is also jam-packed with receptors. 

How Do They Work?

When CBD is used orally and held under the tongue, it interacts with the receptors throughout the human body. However, when a CBD salve is applied topically, it interacts with the receptors that are specific to the skin. Therefore, if you’re experiencing discomfort in your skin, muscles, or joints, the salve can work with the body’s endocannabinoid system to restore balance to that area while softening and moisturizing the skin. Salve in particular is made with a heavier lipid base like wax, which lies on top of the skin and protects it while microscopic elements like CBD absorb into the epidermis.

Tips to Properly Use CBD Salve

It's best to start with a small amount- just a thin layer over the skin- and then gently rub in. Results are always best when you apply salve to clean, dry skin and give it ample time to work its way in before showering or swimming. A real pro tip is to be conservative and add more as needed. That way you won't waste extra salve by applying too much for your skin to absorb in one go.

How Can You Select a Top-Quality CBD Salve?

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Because CBD salves can sometimes be a bit on the expensive side, confirming the quality of the product before you buy is important. When looking for a topical product, you should pay close attention to these three things before buying: 

  • The Type of CBD it Contains: When using a topical CBD product, you should look closely at all of its ingredients. When it comes to CBD salves, instead of working with ECS receptors located throughout the entire body, they work with receptors in the skin at a targeted location. In order to get the most out of your salve, it’s best to go with a full-spectrum product, like FAB CBD Full Spectrum Body Salve, that contains all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytonutrients in the hemp plant. If you’re concerned about the THC in the salve, (even though by federal law all hemp-based products must contain 0.3% or less THC) then you can opt for a broad spectrum salve, as these varieties have had all of the THC removed. In full-spectrum and broad spectrum products, an entourage effect is evoked. In this phenomenon, all of the hemp plant’s cannabinoids work together synergistically to boost up each other’s positive properties while lowering any negative ones. 
  • Any Additional Ingredients: It’s also important to look at what the other additional ingredients of the salve are. When looking to buy a top-quality CBD salve from a reputable brand, you should opt for one that contains ingredients that are both safe for your skin and natural. FAB CBD Full Spectrum Body Salve contains either 1000mg or 3000mg of clean and potent full-spectrum CBD, along with cinnamomum camphora oil to heat the skin, menthol crystals to cool the skin, rosemary, ginger, lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, lemongrass oil, jojoba oil, and beeswax. When blended together, these ingredients create a pure and effective product that’s a delight to the senses.
  • Can You Use the Product Daily: Convenience is of utmost importance when using topical products. In fact, a great way to ensure that you’re using your CBD salve as often as you need to is to replace a product that you’re already using with the salve. So, if you have a regular product that you’re using for muscle and joint attention and/or dry skin, then go ahead and swap it out for your CBD salve. Topical products are carefully crafted to seamlessly fit into your existing skincare regimen.

Should You Try CBD Salves?

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If you’ve been looking to supplement your existing CBD or skincare routine with a convenient, easy-to-use salve, then FAB CBD Full Spectrum Body Salve fits the bill. Not only is the salve clean and free from dangerous pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, solvents, heavy metals, and other harmful chemicals, it’s also a pleasure to use and has an aroma that delights the senses. Additionally, the salve’s heating and cooling action is sure to sweet talk even the grumpiest of muscles. Remember, when looking for a topical CBD product, make sure you do your research to ensure that you’re buying a top-quality product from a reputable brand, like FAB CBD, that’s made with high-quality ingredients, and that has been thoroughly tested by a third-party lab for purity and potency.