In the last few years, CBD infused topicals have hit the mainstream. Spurred on by recent dermatological research and extremely high consumer demand for CBD creams, lotions, and ointments, even the major skin care brands such as L’oreal and Unilever have jumped on the hemp infused skin care bandwagon.
However, is there really any benefit for using CBD topicals for your pet? And if so, how can you find a quality product that is made with your pet’s holistic skin health in mind? When might a topical CBD be a better choice than a hemp oil tincture?
This article aims to answer those questions and more.
Benefits of Using a CBD Cream for Dogs
A topical CBD salve for dogs is not the right choice for every situation. For example, if you are hoping to calm your dog from a noise phobia or excessive barking, then an oral full spectrum CBD oil tincture is a better choice. Oral dosing is absorbed into the bloodstream and can have positive effects on systemic issues such as overall achiness, anxious behaviors, digestion, etc.
However, there are a few specific benefits of a CBD oil topical cream that may make it the right choice for your dog.
Target Specific Areas
One of the main benefits of using a topical CBD product is that it allows you to target specific areas such as a patch of dry itchy skin or a specific sore joint. Going right to the source of the problem means you get the most bang for your buck in terms of targeted relief out of each mg of cannabidiol.
Just a tiny amount of our full spectrum CBD Balm applied to the area will do. It melts as it comes into contact with the warmth of the skin, providing a thin layer of moisturizing salve that will absorb cleanly without leaving a greasy residue. With pet safe ingredients, it is okay if your pet licks the area, but do try to make sure it has at least 15 minutes lick free to absorb into the skin.
Bypass the Digestive System
When CBD is taken orally it must be digested through the digestive tract. At each stage (saliva, stomach, intestine) some of the active ingredients in hemp oil can be lost. Research has shown that the amount of CBD that is actually metabolized from oral administration can vary.
On the other hand, the active ingredients in hemp oil have been shown to be absorbed through the skin and into deeper tissues readily and quickly through topical administration. By bypassing the digestive system, using a CBD cream can give your pet faster relief right where they need it most.