Yes, in most cases you can use your oral CBD oil products topically on your skin. However it’s probably not a good idea for efficiency, price, and overall effectiveness. Let’s take a look at the differences between oral and topical CBD products.
Oral CBD Vs. Topical CBD: The Ingredients
The skin and internal systems interact differently with CBD, which is why when you examine the ingredients of popular topicals like Mary’s Nutritionals Muscle Freeze, versus a tincture from the same company like Mary’s Nutritionals Remedy Oil, they are starkly different. The primary difference is that oral CBD oils are meant to be absorbed in the digestive tract and the saliva glands of the mouth, while topicals are designed to effectively absorb through the body’s largest organ, the skin. This means topicals have carriers that are different from oils, which would cause gastrointestinal distress, as they’re not meant to be ingested.
That being said, we are aware of one company that has bridged this gap. When Leef Organics developed their acclaimed Revive CBD Balm, they focused on developing a holistic topical that could be used as needed around the entire body (avoid the eyes though!). We’ve heard from several customers that their morning routine is actually to add this topical to their coffee in the morning. With a simple list of ingredients like Cacao Butter, Grapeseed Oil, Organic Whole Plant CBD Extract, Calendula, Peony, & Lavender, Leef’s Revive Balm keeps it simple and provides endless uses for their topical.
Leef bridges the gap again with their Leef Organics Wild Crafted CBD Skin Oil, which is very different from oral CBD oils, in that it is intended exclusively for the skin. Once again, a read-through of the ingredients shows us that there are added components to help with absorption by the skin, that make this an external use only product.
Oral CBD Oils on the Skin
By contrast, when examining the ingredients of oral CBD oil, one may note a stark simplify when compared to topicals. The Design Wellness CBD Oil has only two ingredients for instance, Full Spectrum CBD and a carrier oil (MCT). Some, like Mary’s Remedy Oil, also contain flavoring (cinnamon) and other essential oils. As these ingredient combinations have been formulated to be absorbed through the digestive tract and glads, and not the epidermal layer of the skin, they are MUCH more effective when taken orally, especially when applied to the Submandibular Glands occupying the space under the tongue. This type of administration is called “sublingual” and while research is still ongoing, mounting evidence points to this being the most effective method of absorbing CBD.
To recap, of course you can apply CBD Oils intended for oral application directly to the skin, but they will likely lack ingredients that allow for effective uptake into the body. This will result in a bit of an oil slick on the skin as well, as absorption rates of oil are slow. For someone looking to use CBD as biologically and cost effectively as possible, experts recommend using oral CBD Oil in small amounts daily, under the tongue, and allowing your body to ramp up the strength of the Endocannabinoid System and allow this powerful tool to slowly work it’s magic from head to toe.