The Complete Guide To CBD Salves: What They Are And Why You Should Use Them

CBD has exploded in popularity in recent years. From oils, vaping juices, tinctures, edibles, salves, and more, CBD comes in a variety of different products and can be ingested by the body in a number of ways. Each method has its own benefits, especially CBD salves.

What is CBD?

Let’s start with the basics. What is CBD, anyway? Research on CBD is still in its infancy, but scientists and doctors have and continue to test and confirm many of the therapeutic properties of CBD.

CBD (cannabidiol) is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis flower, a plant whose medicinal benefits have been used for thousands of years. It’s one of more than one hundred phytocannabinoids that are unique to the cannabis plant and are the source of its therapeutic benefits.

Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive. Many people want the health benefits of cannabis without the high, which is a major reason why CBD is becoming more and more popular.

What is CBD salve?

Salves, balms, and ointments are basically the same: a smooth and oily substance that is used to promote healing or protection of the skin.

Specifically, salves tend to be infused with plants that provide therapeutic benefits. When it comes to CBD salves, that infusion is CBD that has been extracted from the cannabis plant. Unlike lotions and creams with a higher concentration of water, salves are composed of a combination of oil and beeswax.

How do CBD salves work?

To understand how CBD salves function, it’s important to know how CBD works with the body in general. CBD interacts with the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Like the Nervous System, everyone has an ECS. This system naturally produces endocannabinoids that then bond with endocannabinoid receptors to produce specific chemical reactions.

One of the most appealing benefits of CBD salves is that it provides immediate relief. Unlike other CBD products which typically enter the bloodstream, salve is applied directly to the skin and is absorbed by the body instantly. The skin is the largest organ of the body and acts as a powerful molecular pathway, especially because the ECS is present in the skin. When applied, the CBD causes a reaction with receptors in the skin and nearby muscles. This makes it especially ideal for targeted relief.

“Most, if not all, skin functions are controlled by a certain extent by the local skin endocannabinoid system.” – Dr. Tamas Biro, Director of Immunology at the University of Debrecen in Hungary

Benefits of CBD salve:

  • Can provide localized relief
  • May soothe acute inflammation
  • May heal skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, & psoriasis
  • May reduce pain associated with various forms of arthritis
  • May reduce muscle soreness
  • May help reduce or eliminate acne
  • May help to ease chronic pain
  • Can nourish the skin and reduce dry skin
  • Can soothe itching
  • Can reduce acne
  • May balance and stimulate oil production
  • May provide relief from nerve pain
  • Has the potential to reduce muscle spasticity involved with multiple sclerosis
  • May help muscle recovery after exercising

Does CBD get you high?

An important note about CBD is that it’s a non-addictive and non-psychoactive substance, unlike THC which is responsible for the high that people often associate with cannabis. Although the two are closely related, CBD and THC react differently with various receptors in the brain and body. Both compounds offer therapeutic benefits, but CBD doesn’t make you feel stoned or intoxicated.

How do you use CBD salves?

Like any other salve, balm, or ointment, CBD salves are used by applying the substance directly to the area in need of healing. Begin by massaging a small amount onto the affected area until the salve has been fully absorbed into the skin. Once applied, the CBD is absorbed by surrounding skin cells and tissues.

Who should use CBD salves?

CBD salves are typically used to treat pain, soreness, or skin conditions. They’re ideal for a wide range of people and conditions, including athletes looking for muscle relief, anyone suffering from acute or chronic pain, or someone simply looking to treat acne and dry skin. The benefits of CBD salve are vast and can serve just about anyone.

From an Ayurvedic perspective, our zMAGIC full-spectrum CBD salve is supportive for Pitta constitutions or anyone with a Pitta imbalance. Pitta imbalances are a sign of excess heat in the body, which can cause side effects like inflammation. The Ayurvedic herbs infused in our zMAGIC salve provide cooling relief to heat-causing ailments and guide Pitta dosha back to its natural state of balance.

Our full-spectrum, Ayurvedic CBD salve

Our full-spectrum, locally made zMAGIC salve uniquely integrates the medicinal qualities of CBD with Ayurvedic herbs. Most CBD salves are only infused with CBD, but zMAGIC contains double the healing magic with restorative herbs like Neem, Shatavari, Guduchi, and more.

In short, zMAGIC offers the relieving benefits of CBD while also targeting the root cause of the issue with Ayurvedic herbs.

Because CBD salves provide the benefits of CBD without entering the bloodstream, it’s a great product for anyone who’s new to CBD and is curious about its effects. It’s also a go-to for anyone suffering from pain, inflammation, or challenging skin conditions. What are you waiting for? Our jar of MAGIC might be just what you’re needing.

Samantha Case is a writer, yoga teacher, and student of Ayurveda. She guides women toward conscious living by helping them cultivate self-awareness through meditation, yoga, mindfulness, introspection, and connection to nature Explore her offerings at


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