Everybody loves CBD for sleep, stress, and relaxation.
Yet rubbing CBD into a sore elbow might seem like wasteful, wishful thinking. However, a mounting body of research and anecdotes tells us applying CBD directly where it hurts might actually help.
Topical CBDs for inflammation and sore muscles are rapidly gaining a foothold in the world of natural health too. Within the next few years, you’ll see CBD in a wide variety of skincare products ranging from sports balms to cosmetics. And with good reason — CBD works.
CBD: It’s not just in your head.
CBD plays a variety of roles throughout the body — not just in the central nervous system. That’s how topical CBD products bring relief; our bodies have specialized CBD receptors spread throughout our skin and immune systems. They’re called CB2 receptors.
Topical CBD products work naturally because our bodies already make their own CBD-like chemicals called endocannabinoids. Plant-derived cannabinoids— the ones found in CBD products for pain — are called phytocannabinoids.
Our endocannabinoids and CB2 receptors support immune regulation and, you guessed it — pain signaling. They help our bodily sub-systems coordinate a variety of functions related to stress and inflammation too. Ultimately, they’re why CBD topicals work so well.
Oral vs. Topical CBD for Inflammation and Sore Muscles
CBD fans say tinctures and beverages help relieve their aches and pains. But if you want deeper relief in one particular area of your body — a strained lower back or a sore knee for instance — you should consider a topical product.
When you put a CBD cream or balm directly where it hurts, you concentrate CBD in the immediate area. The result? Immediate relief that lasts several hours.
Topical CBD Products and Bioavailability
The only drawback of applying CBD topically is lower bioavailability. The body doesn’t absorb as much CBD through the skin as compared to oral dosing. However, topical products are effective because they deliver the CBD exactly where it hurts, even though the absorption is lower.
To increase bioavailability, our product engineers at UPSY formulated the CBD Cool-Aid Roll-On topical using pharmaceutical technologies for better absorption. “Nanoliposomal CBD isolate” may be a mouthful to say, but it’s exactly what your sore lower back is calling for.
Our manufacturing process takes molecularly isolated CBD and bonds it with healthy fats that your body can more easily absorb. They’re called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). Because our bodies readily absorb MCT oils, the CBD gets absorbed too.
And CBD isn’t the only bioavailable ingredient in the UPSY Cool-Aid Roll-On...
A CBD Roll-On That’s More Than CBD
Traditional sports balms use menthol for pain, and the UPSY Cool-Aid Roll-On does too. Menthol is a vasodilator that opens the blood vessels and allows for greater blood flow at the site of application. Better circulation can support healing, inflammation reduction, and, ultimately, a reduction in pain.
The Cool-Aid Roll-On has menthol to increase blood flow and the bioavailability of CBD, but it also has 19 other compounds for soothing relief, including arnica, turmeric extract, basil, and more. Together they provide biochemical effectiveness that other CBD topicals cannot.
 Dixon, H. The Effectiveness of Topical Cannabidiol Oil in Symptomatic Relief of Peripheral Neuropathy of the Lower Extremities. 2020.