Ella Fitzgerald sang, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” Sure, except for getting sun damage! No matter how hard we try to cover up, slather lots of sunscreen on and be conscientious of the sun and UV rays, we still get sunburned occasionally.
Sunburn occurs when the body sends inflammatory cells to the damaged site in an attempt to heal. They guard the skin against further damage and motivate humans to get out of the sun.
There hasn’t been much research on using CBD to treat sunburns, but the studies and anecdotal evidence is promising. CBD has several ways it effects the skin that could be of use when treating a sunburn:
- Its anti-inflammatory aspect targets the main mechanism of the pain related to sunburns.
- The anti-bacterial effects are useful since burned skin is susceptible to infection.
- Its antioxidants are useful in fighting free radicals.
Nasty free radicals are brought on by overexposure to the sun and UV rays, smoke and other pollutants. They can cause fine lines and wrinkles, leading to premature aging.
Now let’s talk about the fun part! Summer is the time for playing outdoors and being weekend warriors. But when we overdo it or get hurt during our play, it’s no longer fun. CBD infused topicals absolutely help with pain management.
The topical application of CBD engages the endocannabinoid CB2 receptors in your skin. It allows this topical application to be absorbed directly into the affected area of pain or inflammation for faster and more focused relief. Pain and stiffness that comes post-workout or from overexertion certainly has a pro-inflammatory component to it. CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties can help the body heal faster, so you can be out there playing more.
So, put it where it hurts and do it again. It is best to apply the topical on the pain with vigorous application and repeat it often until you find the relief you are searching for. Also, if you end up with a headache from all that fun, massage a little on your temples and relax to let it work its magic.
“I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand / Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand.” – “Toes,” Zac Brown Band