How Might Traditional Sublingual CBD Oils Be Used as a Topical/Beauty Oil?

January 12, 2017
by david nadel

Many of us who maintain a daily routine with cannabidiol (CBD) do so with a sublingual CBD oil, also known as a tincture.  Taking hemp compounds in a tincture form remains one of the more highly popular delivery methods due to being easy to maintain and dose out, while still being gentle on the body; yet fully capable of being effective.  But, did you know that most CBD oils on the market can be used as more than just tinctures?

What is a Traditional Sublingual CBD Oil?

Traditional sublingual CBD oils, or tinctures, are formulas consisting of hemp extract that has been blended with a carrier oil.  They are administered below the tongue, and then are held there for about a minute before being swallowed.  This allows the cannabinoid(s) to absorb through the sublingual tissue, becoming active within 30 to 45 minutes while offering effects for about 4 to 6 hours throughout the body.

So, Can You Really Use CBD Oil Topically?

The simple answer is, “yes”.  Because the formula contains hemp extract, it can work as a topical, as actual CBD topicals on the market such as creams, lotions, balms, and salves containing the same type of hemp extract as CBD oil.  Also, we know from studies that cannabinoids do effectively absorb through the skin in their commonly extracted form.

Applying CBD oil directly to troublesome tissue of the body allows the cannabinoids to bind directly to the cannabinoid receptors in the deep tissue, offering potential anti-inflammatory properties in a localized and targeted manner.  Sure, topicals do the same thing, but if you are in a pinch, your CBD oil will work just fine.

How to Use CBD Oil as a Beauty Product?

Similarly, you can use sublingual CBD oil as a beauty product.  Again, cannabinoids absorb in a transdermal manner to bind to cannabinoid receptors locally.  Cannabinoid receptors in the skin of the face are in charge of balancing things like inflammation and sebum production, which is associated with acne.

And, once again, while products specifically formulated as CBD beauty creams, serums, and the like are available, sometimes we just do not have those products at our disposal, so CBD oil often works as a quick and accessible alternative.

What Should You Check for Before Applying CBD Oil to Your Face and Skin?

Some people might be wondering, do all sublingual CBD oils work as topicals and beauty products?  Well, most do, but before you use that said CBD oil product that’s in your possession on your face and skin for any purpose, make sure that it does NOT have the following.

#1: Non-Comedogenic Ingredients

If deciding to use your CBD tincture as a beauty serum or spot treatment, make sure that it does not use a comedogenic carrier oil.  Comedogenic ingredients are ingredients that can clog your pores due to how they absorb through the skin.  Most CBD oils use MCT oil as a carrier oil, and this is fine.  MCT oil is derived from coconut oil, but the manner in which it’s processed makes it less likely to clog the pores than coconut oil, which can aggravate acne in many individuals.

#2: Non-Irritating Ingredients

Similarly, avoid drying, irritating ingredients, such as:

  • Alcohol Derivatives
  • Certain Fragrances
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Apricot Kernels
  • Certain Chemicals That Can Also Be Found in Many Sunscreens
  • And Any Other Synthetics

Now, if your CBD oil contains alcohol derivatives or synthetics, then your CBD oil probably isn’t high in quality to begin with, because there is really no reason for these ingredients to be in a CBD tincture. 

#3: No Flavoring Ingredients/Agents

Many CBD oils out there are flavored, and you’ll probably want to avoid using a flavored CBD oil on your skin.  Why?  Because many flavoring ingredients can be irritating if you have sensitive skin, with citrus oils and peppermint extracts being at the top of the list. 

Also, some terpenes that are in CBD oils could actually irritate your skin when used in higher levels such as α-Pinene, Limonene, and Linalool.

Can You Use CBD Oil on Your Skin Daily?

If you find that your CBD oil is doing wonders for your skin inflammation or localized aches and pains, you may be wondering if you can use it daily to keep your issue at bay.  Yes, technically you can apply CBD oil daily to the skin.  But, at that point, you might as well purchase a CBD topical, or skincare formula made specifically for this purpose, and then continue using your CBD oil sublingually. 

CBD topicals and skincare products tend to be formulated with additional active ingredients that provide further helpfulness, like cooling menthol in topicals and essential oils in skincare products that help with dryness and irritation.

CBD Oil: Another Holistic Way to Treat Your Skin

Ultimately, that bottle of CBD oil you take as a tincture is actually a multi-purpose and highly versatile product.  You can apply it to the skin as needed, whether it be for beautifying purposes or localized relief.  But, to really target an issue pertaining to the skin, muscles, or joints, we recommend once again purchasing a topical or skincare formula that can maximize relief with a more advanced formula.

Note: Before applying CBD oil in a topical manner to your skin, or any CBD topical-based solution for that matter, talk your doctor and/or dermatologist first.  They are more qualified to give you guidance pertaining to your face and skin, and might even suggest another alternative, depending upon the skin condition you have and it severity.

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