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Which CBD Product Is Better For Sports Injuries? Topical Or CBD Oil?

CBD approved for Sports Injuries
Written by Dr. Leah Zachar

Question: I tore my right medal meniscus. I can still play baseball, but my knee is swollen and painful. Will CBD cream or CBD oil help?

Answer: Topicals are 100% dependent on the solvent used. Higher dosages are required
because more material is needed to prepare a topical agent to cover the area.
If the CBD is designed to be delivered not as a cream or oil, but as a patch, the botanical agent will be absorbed through the layers of skin and subcutaneous tissue and may get into the bloodstream.

The dose of topical CBD needed is a function of the area to be covered. For instance, psoriasis, involving both arms and legs, would require a much higher dose than inflammation of the right knee. Once absorbed through the skin, the effects may last four to six hours. Topicals are usually applied 1-4 times a day. If very high doses are needed, an oil should be used instead of a cream, and it should be applied directly to the skin and then covered with a clean bandage. Reapplication with CBD oil should be done periodically, and each time the area should be covered with a clean bandage.

Topical benefits: There are no psychoactive effects. The creams help peripheral symptoms.
Creams are easily portable. There is no cannabis odor. It is moderately long lasting at 6-8 hours. It has a long shelf life, as the vehicle is alcohol.

Disadvantages: When used as an oil, it can be messy. The topicals have a variable range of
potency. Topicals are not beneficial for internal symptoms, and they can be costly.

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About the author

Dr. Leah Zachar

Dr. Leah Zachar, M.D. is a physician who worked for nearly thirty years in Internal Medicine.
She currently is a scientific adviser to CBD Testers. Dr. Zachar believes that there is much that medical cannabis, and cannabidiol in particular can offer to traditional medicine.

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