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Topical CBD: How & When to Use It

CBD is a wonderful tool to help naturally manage a variety of key wellness challenges that affect all of us today, like stress, pain and lack of proper sleep to name a few. 

And while many discover and try CBD products through gummy or tincture forms that you ingest, what isn’t as well known is the amazing fact that you can also get CBD in topical forms to apply directly to your body.

Perhaps you’ve already thought of this, ie., wouldn’t it be great if you could apply the all-natural management benefits of CBD directly on that areas that need it most?  Like shoulders, knees, lower back, basically anywhere that you are looking for recovery-boosting properties due to overworked muscles or achy joints. 

Well, the good news is you’re in luck! 

Today, topical CBD products are making their into our everyday wellness routines, providing all of the CBD benefits you know and love in discreet, portable, and highly concentrated sprays, roll-ons, and lotions. 

Topical CBD products are perfect for individuals looking to reduce soreness, enhance muscle recovery, and manage short and long-term aches and pains anytime, anywhere. 

Below you’ll find common questions – and answers – to help better understand the use of topical CBD for exercise, muscle pain, recovery & relief.

The Benefits of Topical CBD Products

Topical CBD products offer all of the upsides of traditional CBD products…plus a few more!

Like all of dosist health’s CBD products, our topical CBD offerings are created using 100% pure hemp cannabinoids. We take the time to isolate – never distill – our cannabinoids from the best hemp plants available to create the purest CBD formulas possible. 

That means our topical CBD products deliver the same inflammation and pain relief CBD aficionados have come to expect, but delivered in world-class premium topical products. 

In addition to CBD’s inherent pain and inflammation-fighting capabilities, the ability to apply your CBD directly to problem areas means topical CBD products are fine-tuned to improve both short term and long term joint and muscle soreness caused by exercise, strain, overuse and/or overall aches and pain.

Topical CBD products also hydrate the skin, making them an excellent choice for CBD users interested in enhancing their appearance while they improve their health. 

The Differences Between Topical CBD Sprays, Roll-ons, Lotions & Creams

If you’re considering topical CBD products, choosing the most premium highest grade formulas is key. Read on to determine which format is best for you and your lifestyle. 

With sprays, roll-ons, lotions, creams & more, it can be hard to tell what kind of topical is best for you. With that in mind, let’s break down the pros of each type of topical (plus their best uses) so you can buy your first topical CBD product with confidence.


Topical CBD sprays are designed to coat problem areas in a fine mist of CBD that provides localized pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects. CBD sprays work best when massaged into slightly damp skin and are most useful for pain in places in the following areas, making them a great choice for active consumers:

  • Neck 
  • Shoulders
  • Back
  • Knees
  • Elbows 

The best CBD spray formulas also include powerful additional cannabinoids, like CBG and CBC, and plant boosters like wintergreen, camphor, and ginger, that further enhance and amplify pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.


Topical CBD roll-ons are a perfect option for CBD users on the go, in the gym, or looking for the ability to conveniently and discreetly apply their favorite CBD products. 

CBD roll-ons deliver a concentrated dose of CBD directly to painful joints and muscles, making them ideal for relieving pain and fighting inflammation after exercise or strain to the shoulders, neck, back, elbows, or knees. 

For the best CBD topical pain relief, consider using a roll-on that amplifies CBD’s effects with an additional cannabinoid, like CBG.


CBD lotions are just like the lotions you know and love - plus CBD! 

CBD lotions are a great option for individuals that want to maximize the hydrating and pain-relieving effects of CBD, and be sure to look for one that also adds CBG. CBD lotions are also great for fans of rich, high-concentration CBD formulas that dive deep into aches and pains for longer benefits. 

When Is The Best Time to Use a Topical Product?

In good news the best time to use CBD topicals is pretty much anytime.

Specifically, if you’re using CBD topicals to manage pain caused by injuries, strain or everyday aches and pains, fortunately  CBD topicals can be used as much as needed without any fears of adverse effects. 

That means you can reapply your roll-on, lotion, or spray as often as necessary to manage and help with your symptoms, making it a wellness go-to everyday. 

Should I Use Topical CBD Products Before or After Working Out?

If you’re using CBD to manage pain, inflammation, and muscle recovery from exercise, you may be surprised to find out that one of the best times to use a topical product is before you start working out or exercising key body areas. 

And when is the next best time? Right after you finish up!

Topical CBD’s ability to relax muscles, relieve delayed onset muscle soreness, and speed muscle recovery makes it a perfect option before, during, and after a hard workout or work day. 

How Can Topical CBD Products Help Relieve Pain & Inflammation?

Topical CBD products help relieve pain and inflammation by binding to receptors in the body’s natural endocannabinoid system that produce antioxidant and anti-inflammatory responses. 

The endocannabinoid system, or ECS, regulates a variety of the body’s critical functions, like:

  • Sleep management 
  • Pain management
  • Emotional processing  
  • Immune and inflammatory responses
  • and more

CBD stimulates the body’s ECS to amplify positive responses, like enhancing pain relief and muscle recovery, improving insomnia, and assisting with overall relaxation of the mind and body.

How Can Topical CBD Products Help with Muscle Pain & Recovery?

While research into the inner workings of CBD in the body is ongoing, CBD is thought to use a multi-pronged attack to beat muscle pain and boost recovery. 

So far, researchers have discovered that CBD improves function, reduces soreness, and helps strains in muscles used during exercise.

CBD accomplishes this by limiting the build-up of immune cell responses that increase inflammation while stimulating the ECS to produce anti-inflammatory proteins and block the creation of pro-inflammatory proteins in the body. 

So whether it’s a spray, lotion or roll-on, Topical CBD products are an excellent way to maximize the wonderful benefits of CBD directly applied to your body. As always, look for the highest end formulas, cannabinoids and botanicals in your products that help deliver efficacy and an optimal experience for your wellness journey. 

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