Last Saturday, I finally got my hands on my aunt’s delicious chicken curry recipe. I went out, grabbed all the needed ingredients, and bought all the spices. With my full concentration on dicing onions, a loud ring sounded from my phone. It surprised me, making me jump. And then I realized I had accidentally cut myself on the index finger.
It was bleeding—not too deeply, but painfully enough. I washed the wound under running water for some time, and when it stopped bleeding, I thought, can you use CBD oil on an open wound? Why not give it a try… I applied some cannabidiol oil I had with me. Then I put a band-aid on it and got right back to cooking.
I used CBD oil on my wound because I know it’s effective, but many people probably don’t realize it can help heal cuts and wounds and decrease pain.
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has been used to treat many illnesses since its powerful healing properties were discovered. Typically, when we hear of CBD and its effects, we think of it helping relieve anxiety and pain.
However, when we learn more about its advantages, we question and learn new things about its uses.
One such question is this: Can CBD oil be used in an open wound?
This article will answer that question and describe the correct way to use CBD on wounds.
Let’s jump right in.
CBD Help 101: Can You Use CBD Oil on an Open Wound?
In a word, yes, CBD oil does help with open wounds, especially minor cuts, and scrapes.
However, because not all CBD oils are the same, you must know more about the cure and the type of condition it is suitable for. Not all CBD oils on the market help treat wounds. CBD’s ability to heal depends mainly on the qualities of each CBD product.
Benefits of CBD Oil for Cuts and Wounds
CBD, or its base plant, cannabis, has long been used in traditional medicine to treat open wounds and skin conditions. There are historical accounts of its effectiveness and medicinal value. But cannabis itself has psychoactive properties and can cause undesirable effects.
CBD is a cannabinoid that comes from cannabis. It doesn’t get you high, but it has other benefits of cannabis, like calming, pain-relieving, and healing properties. These qualities make CBD safer and more reliable to use than normal cannabis.
CBD oil can help with stress, pain, and other common problems, but it can also help wounds heal by relieving pain and reducing inflammation.
CBD has a lot of potential for healing wounds and sores, keeping skin healthy, and speeding up the healing process. When applied directly to the skin, cannabinoids help wounds heal faster, stop microorganisms from growing, and reduce pain.
The benefits of CBD’s effects come from its actions on the endocannabinoid system in the body. This system has receptors all over the body, including the dermis and epidermis of the layer of the skins. CBD oil works by activating the cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2) receptors on the skin. This helps them grow, heal, and work properly.
When you get cuts and wounds, the inflammatory markers are activated in the body, leading to various signs of inflammation, including pain, redness, swelling, etc. CBD oil may act on this, reducing inflammation and providing relief. CBD also decreases oxidative stress by inhibiting superoxide radical production. This may help control the oxidative stress in wounds and thus accelerate wound healing.
CBD’s analgesic properties may help to decrease the pain caused by the injury. It helps relieve pain caused by various conditions and may provide immediate relief in sore muscles and joints.
It also contains antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help keep open wounds free from environmental bacteria and aid healing.
CBD has a skin protection and barrier function that can minimize damage caused by ultraviolet radiation and peroxide-induced damage. It can do this by expressing the heme oxygenase 1 (HMOX1) gene, an NRF2 target gene with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
CBD may also speed up wound healing by controlling epidermal cells’ growth and differentiation, fibroblasts’ functions, and skin inflammation.
A study done on murine models showed that CB1 and CB2 are involved in wound healing in both immune and fibroblast cells. CBD can activate CB1 and CB2 receptors and overexpress anti-inflammatory substances. It can also turn off the fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) enzyme and turn on the transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily V member 1 (TRPV1) protein and epidermal growth factor receptors.
These actions have been linked to wound-healing responses induced by cannabis analogs in such models.
CBD may also help treat oral sores because it kills bacteria and makes things feel better. It may even help in decreasing the amount of dental plaque and maintaining dental health.
Hence, CBD oil can not only soothe the pain and decrease inflammation but also aid healing.
In the case of topical CBD, it is unlikely to cause any severe side effects. So unless you are allergic to CBD products, it may be relatively safe.
How to Use Types of CBD Oil and Apply CBD on Open Wounds the Right Way
Many CBD products can be used to treat wounds, but the real question is which product to use for what kind of injury.
Here’s what you should know about using CBD oil to treat cuts.
CBD Oil Quality
Only medical-grade CBD oil, like our full-extract cannabis oil (FECO), is good enough for use on open wounds. Any impurities and unwanted additions could render them ineffective or cause more side effects. Our CBD oils are made from only the best base products, most hygienically, with minimal chances of contamination.
The flowers of Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica, not hemp, are used to make these oils. Our cannabis oil is made by extracting it with organic food-grade ethanol. This leads to safe medicines because they have been tested in a lab for quality, potency, and effectiveness.
Tincture vs Plain Oil vs Topical CBD Salve
Tinctures are CBD extracts mixed with ethanol. It can have anywhere from 60 to 70% alcohol and is often mixed with sweeteners and flavors to make it taste better and remove bitterness. Some may even contain vitamins, supplements, or herbal medications.
Our tinctures are helpful for those who have sensitive stomachs and cannot take oils. They are taken sublingually. So, take the tincture dropper and drop a few drops under your tongue. It will be absorbed into your system in a few minutes.
Tinctures do not directly work on wounds, as they are not typically used. Instead, they aid in healing by working on the body’s endocannabinoid system.
Plain CBD oil is often made up of a mix of CBD extract and an inert carrier oil, such as medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) coconut oil.
Most of the time, supercritical CO2 is used to extract these oils, which keeps the quality of the plant. After the necessary chemicals have been extracted, the carrier oil is added. Essential oils are sometimes used to add flavor.
CBD oils are easier to find and are more commonly used. Its advantage over the alcohol-based tincture is that it can be used by those sensitive to alcohol. CBD oils can be taken orally, and the full effect may take up to one to two hours.
Some oils can also be used topically or as a CBD cream. CBD products that can be put on the skin are usually used for quick relief and don’t affect the whole body.
Salves contain various natural components that give a soothing, cool feel and instantaneous comfort when applied. They are typically made with oil or beeswax added to make them thicker and denser. This makes it more easily applicable on the skin, as it can glide smoothly.
CBD salves are different from other CBD topicals because salves usually contain larger quantities of CBD and additional ingredients that are more effective or take a more aggressive approach to treat various ailments.
Wounds, severe muscle pain, and joint aches and pains are examples. Salve helps to heal and nourish wounds on the skin.
CBD salves and other topical CBD products help wound pain, sore muscles, and joints feel better on the surface. In contrast, CBD oils and other ingestible CBD products act on a systemic level. This is because the CBD goes into the bloodstream and travels throughout the body to work on the endocannabinoid system.
Both tinctures and salves are excellent for treating cuts, but CBD salves are easier to use because they can be put on the skin.
CBD is practical to use in different types of wounds. The affected area can be cleaned for minor skin scrapes, and you can put CBD directly on the abrasion.
If the wound is too deep and there is too much bleeding, go to the emergency room immediately for first aid. You can continue using CBD oil products directly on the wound once it stops bleeding, has healed a little, and isn’t so deep.
For burn wounds and blisters, if the burns are too deep, get medical treatment in the ER. Once it has healed a bit, you can apply CBD to it. In cases of superficial burns, clean the affected area, apply CBD oil or a salve, and wait. It may take time for the pain to subside in such wounds, but the medication can provide soothing relief.
Preparing the Wound
It’s essential to clean the wound before applying the CBD treatment. Rinse the wound with water first, and stop the bleeding by applying pressure to the cut or wound with sterile gauze, a bandage, or a clean cloth. If necessary, raise the wounded area to stop the bleeding.
Once the bleeding has stopped, clean the area with a disinfectant or antiseptic. If the wound is not too deep or isn’t bleeding, apply the CBD salve or oil. If the wound is too deep and the bleeding does not stop, get medical attention immediately. Once the wound has healed, you can apply CBD oil to it after cleaning the affected area.
Best CBD Products for Open Wounds and CBD for Pain
Here are some of our products that are ideal for treating minor injuries.
Restore Salve is a whole-molecule cannabis salve that may be applied to many ailments.
It is a good healing salve that can help with cuts, scrapes, bruises, rashes, and other problems. It can also relieve itching and bruising caused by bug bites and stings. It helps ease aching joints and muscle spasms, and it also helps treat things like shingles.
It is an oil made from the flowers of the heavy purple India plant and helps wounds heal quickly. It is easy to apply and can be used whenever needed.
Green Emu Restore Topical
Our Green Emu Restore Topical is primed for transdermal application and is ideal for cuts. On application, it goes deep into the skin and transfers the medical CBD into the tissues and bloodstream. This action is due to its transdermal transfer properties.
The medicine first goes through the stratum corneum, then down into the epidermis and dermis, but it doesn’t stay in the dermal layer. When the medicine gets to the dermal layer, it can be taken into the body through the tiny blood vessels in the skin.
Because of its noninvasive route, it has many advantages over other medications, such as those used in the parenteral route. It may be a good alternative for those with needle phobias.
The topical is especially good at reducing pain and swelling. It can also help heal tattoos, piercings, massages, and arthritis. It can be extremely useful for those sensitive to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Unlike common pharmaceutical tinctures, our Restore Tincture provides 100% natural and lasting pain relief. It is an oil-infused, cannabinol-rich therapy that can treat a wide range of symptoms and diagnoses without the side effects of THC.
Restore Tincture is an oil made from only ACDC flowers that are 100% organic and help reduce inflammation. It has a CBD dominance ratio of 18:1, which makes it effective in aggressive critical illness treatment.
It works very well for people who are sensitive to THC, and it can even lessen the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation used to treat cancer. Wound healing can aid in the faster healing of injuries and reduce pain.
These are some facts about how CBD products can be used to treat open wounds. Our CBD products help treat many ailments, including cuts and wounds. But always pay attention to how your body responds to CBD products because some people can become hypersensitive. If you have any questions regarding any of our products, contact us.
About the Author
Mingma Sony is a board-certified clinical doctor who works as a medical officer in the emergency department at Mahendra Narayan Nidhi Hospital and helps many patients daily.