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What is CBD Salve: Everything You Need to Know

What Is A CBD Salve?

While lots of people use CBD oil to help with one issue or another, it will not offer targeted relief from tough muscle and joint discomfort. That’s where CBD salve comes in. CBD salves, also known as CBD balms, are a thick topical form of CBD that can hydrate the skin and bring comfort to localized grumpy areas on the body. When salves are created, cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytonutrients from hemp are extracted and added into a special mixture that has a beeswax base. This mixture can then be applied to joints and muscles after vigorous exercise, a tough day at work, or anytime you’re looking to ease muscle tension or tenderness. 

What Makes CBD Salve Unique?

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A salve without CBD in it is just a basic salve. The act of infusing CBD into the mixture makes it a CBD salve. Some salves also contain pressed essential oils, heating and cooling ingredients, oils, and waxes. All of these are then blended together to create a semisolid material that’s both shelf-stable and thick. FAB CBD’s Full Spectrum Body Salve is unique in that it has a fire and ice effect that helps to both heat and cool angry muscles and joints. While the Cinnamomum Camphora Oil works to heat the area, the Menthol Crystals kick in to cool things down. We also added rosemary, ginger, lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree oil, and lemongrass oil into the mix to both nurture the skin and delight the senses. One of the best things about CBD salve is that it’s super easy to use. 

How Do CBD Salves Work?

By now, most people know that the human body has an endocannabinoid system, or ECS, that helps to bring it back into a state of balance. Our endocannabinoid receptors help control responses to stimuli like hunger, pain, sleep, and more. When CBD salve is massaged into the skin, all of the cannabinoids in it are absorbed into the tissue where they then reach the muscle tissue. The cannabinoids will next attach themselves to the body’s endocannabinoid receptors in the ECS that also connect directly to the central nervous System. Put simply, the cannabinoids interact with both the ECS and the central nervous system to help relieve muscle, joint, and skin discomfort. 

Why Do People Choose CBD Salve Over CBD Oil?

There are many pros and cons to using both CBD salve and CBD oil. While CBD oil tends to work quickly, it takes time, patience, and consistency to find the best dose for your body. When CBD oil is taken, it internally reaches ECS receptors throughout the entire body. Therefore, taking CBD oil is a great way to help boost your overall health and wellness. 

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The skin is the largest organ in the body that’s also jam-packed with ECS receptors. So, it makes sense that CBD salve can be used to calm and target areas of discomfort on the body while helping to improve the condition of your skin. Topical salves are great because when they’re massaged into a specific area on the body, the cells will receive a more concentrated dose of CBD that reaches the intended spot faster than if you were to orally take a CBD oil. So, while CBD oils are great for general health, salves are perfect for pinpointed places of irritation.

What’s the Best Way to Use CBD Salve?

Because CBD salve is a topical product, it needs to be worked into the area of concern on the skin. For best application, you should wash both your hands as well as the area in which you intend to rub the CBD salve into. Next, gently massage a small amount of CBD salve into wherever you need it. Some common places where CBD salve is used are the neck, temples, knees, elbows, feet, shoulders, hips, ankles, and wrists. Remember, because the salve is made from waxes and oils, you won’t have to use a large amount. Using too much will make the area feel oily and greasy. It’s best to use a small amount and then gently massage it into where you need it. Topicals tend to work quickly, so if you don’t feel any relief right away, you can always apply more salve as you see fit. 

When is the Best Time to Apply CBD Salve?

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Unlike CBD oils or gummies, salves can be used multiple times during any time of the day. Most people like to apply salve the moment they feel any discomfort, while others like to use salve just before going to bed. Because CBD salve assists in moisturizing and hydrating the skin, it can also be used to help calm sunburns, chapped lips, and dry spots on the body. The best thing about CBD salve is that there’s very little guesswork that goes into using it. 

How Can You Choose the Best-Quality Salve?

The best way to buy a top-quality CBD salve is to do your research. Look deeply into both the brand and its product. If you don’t have the time to spend on a lengthy research project, then there are three important factors that you can consider before buying CBD salve.

#1. What Variety of CBD is the Salve Made With?

In selecting a topical salve, it’s important to look at the variety of CBD it contains. For example, if you opt for a full-spectrum or broad spectrum CBD salve, then it will contain all of the beneficial terpenes, phytonutrients, and cannabinoids of the hemp plant. Therefore, it will evoke what’s known as the entourage effect. When this happens, the parts of the hemp plant work together in a synergistic way to boost each other’s positive properties while dampening their negative ones. The only difference between full-spectrum products and broad spectrum products is that all of the THC (0.3% or less by law) has been filtered out of broad spectrum CBD salves. Salves made from CBD isolate contain 99% pure CBD, as all of the other elements of the hemp plant have been filtered out using a special process. While CBD isolate products also have their own set of positive aspects, you’ll receive considerably more by using full-spectrum or broad spectrum CBD salves. 

#2. What are the Additional Ingredients in the CBD Salve?

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In selecting a salve, you should also be mindful about the other ingredients that were used to make it. A great rule of thumb is to select a salve that was made with gentle and natural ingredients. For example, FAB CBD’s Full Spectrum Body Salve contains ingredients that were chosen for their positive properties such as golden jojoba oil and beeswax to make a smooth base, full-spectrum hemp flower extract to best work with the ECS, menthol crystals and cinnamomum camphora to evoke a cooling and heating effect that helps calm down grumpy muscles, and essential oils that have calming scents and soothing properties that make the senses sing. 

#3. Can You Easily Use the Product Every Day?

There’s no sense in spending good money on a CBD salve that’s impossible to use each day. When choosing a salve, make sure that you can conveniently incorporate it into your existing routine. A fantastic way to remember to use a topical topical salve is to substitute it for a product that you are already using. For example, if you have a topical cream or salve that you like to use for tired joints and muscles, find a CBD salve that you can easily replace it with. This way, the salve will easily and seamlessly fit into your established routine.

CBD Salve: A Great Daily Supplement for General Wellbeing

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If you’ve been searching for a CBD product that you can use every single day to pinpoint areas of discomfort on your body, then CBD salve is your best option. CBD salves are hassle-free products that are easy to use, that help nourish and hydrate the skin, and that do an excellent job at calming down those overworked, grumpy muscles and joints. FAB CBD Full Spectrum Body Salve is made from clean, effective full-spectrum hemp extract and other high-quality ingredients that can soothe the senses and treat your skin, muscles, and joints. As with any other type of CBD product, you should always take the time to do your research to ensure that you’re purchasing the best product for your needs. After all, CBD salves are effective and amazing products to use when you pick the best ones.