Benefits and Science of Topical CBD

CBD is from the family of cannabinoids, natural chemical compounds found in plants, formally known as cannabidiol. It is just one of many cannabinoids found in the lush green Cannabis sativa hemp plant, one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. It originates from Central Asia and has been used in herbal remedies and textile production around the world since the beginning of recorded history. It was mainly used in parts of India for medicinal purposes, but only gained widespread interest in Western science in the 1990s with the discovery of cannabinoid receptors in the human body.

CBD Health Benefits

There are three main types of hemp: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate. Broad-spectrum hemp extract refers to CBD that has been extracted from the cannabis plant, along with all of the other compounds like essential oils, terpenes, and other cannabinoids except for THC. We use broad-spectrum, so we’ll focus on the benefits of CBD extracted from broad-spectrum hemp.


CBD and hemp plants have a complicated reputation, mainly due to misinformation. While the terms THC and CBD are often used interchangeably, they are two distinctly different cannabinoids found within the Cannabis sativa plant. CBD is a non-psychoactive, plant-based chemical compound, whereas THC produces a high when consumed.

CBD is isolated and extracted from the hemp plant, leaving the other cannabinoids, including the negligible amount of THC found in hemp plants, behind. And the CBD that we use is broad-spectrum, meaning it is guaranteed to be THC-free.

CBD vs hemp extract

CBD, and the bulk of all other cannabinoids (active compounds), reside in the plant’s flower. So, if you are looking at a product that includes “hemp extract” from “seeds and stalk” – you aren’t getting any CBD. You’ll generally find this type of marketing ploy on sites like Amazon, which is specifically prohibited from selling CBD products. Why does this matter? Because this leads consumers to spend a premium on products that contain absolutely no CBD and very little beneficial cannabinoids at all.

Optimal absorption

On its own, CBD isn’t able to penetrate the skin barrier – so using ingestible CBD drops as a topical CBD oil likely won’t help much. However, when the CBD particles are nano-emulsified (suspended in the formula as nano-particles), CBD is able to penetrate the skin barrier to reach the area of pain and do its job. Nano-emulsion is necessary for CBD to work as an analgesic, which is why we only use high-quality, nano-emulsified CBD in our Pain Relief & Recovery Cream. Every bottle of Rightful Pain Relief & Recovery Cream contains 500 mg of CBD that can be fully absorbed, effective, and provide long-lasting comfort.

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