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 it was then I realized I had accidentally cut myself on the index finger.
It was bleeding, not too deep, but painful enough. I washed the wound under the running water for some time, and when it stopped bleeding, 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 a lot of people probably don’t realize it can help heal cuts and wounds as well as decrease pain.
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has long been utilized to treat various ailments since the discovery of its enhanced therapeutic capabilities. Normally, 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 begin to question and learn new things about its uses.
One such question is this: can CBD oil be used in an open wound?
In this article, we’ll answer that question and describe the correct way to use CBD on wounds.
Let’s jump right in.
CBD Medicine 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 have to know more about the cure and the type of condition it is good for. Not all CBD oils on the market are useful in treating wounds. CBD’s ability to heal depends largely on the qualities of each of the CBD products.
CBD Oil Benefits for Cuts and Wounds
CBD, or rather its base plant cannabis, has long been used in treating open wounds and skin conditions in traditional medicines. There are historical accounts of its effectiveness and medicinal values. But cannabis itself has psychoactive properties and can cause undesirable effects.
CBD, a cannabinoid extracted from cannabis, does not have such psychoactive properties but retains other qualities of cannabis such as anxiolytic, pain-relieving, and healing properties. These qualities make CBD safer and more reliable to use than normal cannabis.
In addition to being beneficial for stress relief, pain alleviation, and various other common conditions, CBD oil can 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. Cannabinoids help the skin recover faster, inhibit the formation of microorganisms, and considerably reduce pain when administered topically.
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 skin. The cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2) receptors on the skin are activated by the action of the CBD oil, leading to their proper growth, healing, and functioning.
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 oils 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 pain caused by the injury. It helps relieve pain caused by various conditions and may provide immediate relief in sore muscles and joints as well.
It also contains antibacterial and antiseptic properties that can help keep open wounds free from environmental bacteria and aid in healing.
CBD has skin protection and barrier function as well, with the capability to 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 that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
CBD may also help accelerate wound healing by regulating epidermal proliferation and differentiation, functions of fibroblasts, and inflammation of the cutaneous area.
A study conducted on murine models has shown that there is involvement of CB1 and CB2 during the wound healing process in various immune and fibroblast cells. CBD can activate CB1 and CB2 receptors and overexpress anti-inflammatory substances. It can also indirectly activate transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily V member 1 (TRPV1) protein and epidermal growth factor receptors and inhibit the fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) enzyme.
All of these actions have been linked to wound healing responses induced by cannabis analogs in such models.
CBD may also aid in treating oral lesions due to its antimicrobial and soothing properties. 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 it can also aid in healing.
In the case of topical CBD, it is unlikely to cause any serious side effects. So unless you are allergic to CBD products, it may be relatively safe for you to use.
How to Use CBD Oil on Open Wounds the Right Way
Many CBD products can be used in treating 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 and in the most hygienic way with minimal chances of contamination.
These oils are derived from the flowers of Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica, and not from hemp. Our cannabis oil is extracted using organic food-grade ethanol, yielding safe yet potent medicines that have been lab-tested for quality, potency, and efficacy.
Tincture vs Plain Oil vs Salve
Tinctures are CBD extract mixed with ethanol. It may contain approximately 60 to 70% alcohol and is frequently mixed with sweeteners and flavorings to make it more palatable and remove its bitterness. Some may even contain vitamins, supplements, or herbal medications.
Our tinctures are useful for those who have a sensitive stomach and cannot take oils. They are taken sublingually. So simply take the dropper that comes with the tincture, apply a few drops of it under your tongue, and it will be absorbed into your system within a few minutes.
Tinctures do not directly work on wounds as they are not topically 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 inert carrier oil such as medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) coconut oil.
These oils are usually extracted using a technology known as supercritical CO2, which preserves the plant’s quality. 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 in those who are sensitive to alcohol. CBD oils can be taken orally and may take up to one to two hours to take full effect.
Some oils can also be used topically. CBD products developed for topical usage are typically utilized for on-the-spot relief and do not have full-body effects.
Salves are a formulation containing various natural components that give a soothing, cool feel when applied and give instantaneous comfort. They are normally made with additional oil or beeswax added to make it 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 as well as additional ingredients that are more effective or take a more aggressive approach to treating various ailments.
These include wounds, severe muscle and joint aches, and pains. Salves soothe the skin and also aid in nourishing it.
CBD salves and other topical CBD products function on a superficial level to ease wound pains, sore muscles, and joints, whereas 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 great for helping treat cuts, with CBD salves being the more direct treatment as they can be directly applied on the skin.
CBD is effective to use in different types of wounds. For small skin scrapes, the affected area can just be cleaned and CBD can be applied directly to the abrasion.
If the wound is too deep and there is excessive bleeding, visit the ER immediately for primary treatment. 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 heals a bit, you can apply CBD to it. In case of superficial burns, clean the affected area and apply the CBD oil or 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 important 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 bleeding does not stop, get medical attention immediately. Once the wound has healed a bit, you can apply CBD oil to it after cleaning the affected area beforehand.
Best CBD Oil Products for Open Wounds
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 for a multitude of ailments.
It is a high-quality healing and repair salve that is ideal for cuts, scrapes, bruises, rashes, and a variety of other ailments. It can also relieve itching and bruising caused by bug bites and stings. It relieves aching joints and muscular spasms and also helps in conditions such as shingles.
It is a 100% organic, flower-only oil extracted from heavy purple indica and helps in the early healing of wounds. It is easy to apply and can be used anytime when 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 medication first goes through the stratum corneum, and then down into the epidermis and dermis, without accumulating in the dermal layer. When the medicine reaches the dermal layer, it becomes available for systemic absorption through dermal microcirculation.
It has many advantages over other forms of medications, like ones used in the parenteral route, due to its noninvasive routes, and it may be a good alternative for those with needle phobias.
The topical is especially useful in decreasing pain and inflammation, and in aftercare of tattoos and piercings, massages, and arthritis. It can be extremely useful for those who are 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 be used to treat a wide range of symptoms and diagnoses without the side effects of THC.
Restore Tincture is a 100% organic oil derived only from ACDC flowers and has anti-inflammatory properties. It has a CBD dominance ratio of 18:1, which makes it effective in aggressive critical illness treatment.
It is extremely effective for those who are sensitive to THC and can even reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation during cancer treatment. For wound healing, it can aid in faster healing of injuries and reduce pain.
These are some of the facts about the uses of CBD products in treating open wounds. Our CBD products are ideal for treating many ailments, including cuts and wounds. However, always pay attention to how your body reacts while using CBD products as some may develop hypersensitivity to them. If you have any questions regarding any of our products, contact us.
About the Author
Mingma Sony is a board-certified clinical doctor and currently works as a medical officer in the emergency department at Mahendra Narayan Nidhi Hospital and helps many patients daily.