Does CBD Have Limits?
When we were developing Limitless Lotion, we wanted to create a product that both held its own when compared to Liberty Lotion and also filled in some of the gaps of our original product. While every person’s reaction is different, we’ve found that, based on marketing surveys and the scientific literature, CBD often has a relief-over-time effect; in many cases, Liberty Lotion must be applied multiple times over a period of a few days to a few weeks in order for significant results to be appreciated. This is certainly not always the case, but this common mode of efficacy for Liberty Lotion does make some sense; in Liberty Lotion, the ingredient that does the most work is, of course, CBD. Studies have shown that CBD doesn’t do much to remove immediate pain-sensation (also known as pain-blocking). Contrary to what your first impression might be, this is actually in some ways a good thing. So much of contemporary Western medicine is focused on treating the symptoms instead of the underlying cause. And, as I touched on quite extensively in arecent article, the underlying cause for a startling number of conditions is in fact inflammation. So, for certain conditions, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, where the pain is highly topical and also centered around inflammation, Liberty Lotion can and often does have an immediate effect. But, for other conditions, which are focused around perhaps more subtle deep-tissue forms of chronic inflammation, it can take a while for the CBD to work its magic and reduce the underlying cause (inflammation) to the point where relief is palpable.
While this is not necessarily a weakness in Liberty Lotion, when developing Limitless Lotion, you can see how it would have been one of our major goals to include ingredients that provide an immediate pain-sensation reduction. If you’re a user of both of our lotion products, you may have noticed how the ingredients list for Limitless Lotion is significantly longer than the list for Liberty Lotion. This isn’t because we snuck in any nasty chemicals or anything like that; on the contrary, this indicates that, in some ways, Limitless Lotion is the more versatile product. Liberty Lotion only has two active ingredients, one of which is homeopathic (Arnica Montana), the other being, of course, CBD. As I just mentioned, while CBD is, as many of our customers say, a ‘miraculous’ substance, it does have its limits. When you take a look at Limitless Lotion on the other hand, it is immediately apparent that there’s a lot more going on here as far as sheer number of active ingredients are concerned. The active ingredient in Limitless Lotion with the highest concentration is Willow Bark Extract, which is followed closely by Boswellia Serrata Extract. Also included in the lineup are Flax Seed Oil and Argan Oil. Each of these ingredients contributes something unique to the overall product, and none shine brighter than the first, Willow Bark Extract.
Limitless Lotion Ingredients | Willow Bark
Willow bark has been used for thousands of years as a healing remedy. According to theUniversity of Maryland Medical Center, “[t]he use of willow bark dates to the time of Hippocrates (400 BC) when people were advised to chew on the bark to reduce fever and inflammation. Willow bark has been used throughout the centuries in China and Europe, and continues to be used today for the treatment of pain (particularly low back pain and osteoarthritis), headache, and inflammatory conditions, such as bursitis and tendinitis.” The article goes on to state that willow bark contains salicin, the source of Salicylic acid, which is used in many over-the-counter acne treatments. Some of you may be familiar with the healing potential of willow bark from one of my recent blog articles, “Limitless Lotion & Acne”. In this article, I touch extensively on how willow bark can be used to treat acne. Today, however, my focus is on the effect of willow bark on pain. The University of Maryland article goes on to say the following: “In combination with the herb’s powerful anti-inflammatory plant compounds (called flavonoids), salicin is thought to be responsible for the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects of the herb. In fact, in the 1800s, salicin was used to develop aspirin.” [italics mine].
Everybody and their mother has heard of aspirin. But how many were aware that this popular product was developed from an ingredient used in Limitless Lotion? Aspirin is well-known to block pain sensation. However, it does not reduce inflammation as well as CBD, according to a recent Israeli study. But, when put together… I think you’re starting to get the picture.
Liberty Lotion & Limitless Lotion
Let’s think of it this way: Liberty Lotion is the dedicated live-in nurse who helps your body overcome its inflammation and get you back to full health. But there are bound to be aches and pains along the way. So, when you’re in a pinch, Limitless Lotion is there to not only reduce inflammation but help block the pain sensation as well. Even though, in so many cases, Liberty Lotion immediately reduces pain remarkably well just on its own, when we were searching for what ingredients to include in Limitless Lotion which might add something not present in Liberty Lotion, willow bark really stood out to us as something we should definitely consider including. Luckily for us, it blends perfectly with our transdermal absorption lotion formula and quickly carved out its place as an essential ingredient in our new lotion formula.
It is my hope that you now have a better understanding of why we always recommend that Liberty Lotion and Limitless Lotion be paired together. We’re strapped for time during so many of our customer interactions, and we only have time to say something along the lines of “use Limitless Lotion for immediate pain relief and follow it up with Liberty Lotion for a longer duration of relief”. I’m sure our customers trust us at our word, but everybody likes to learn more when they can. So, while the other ingredients in Limitless Lotion, such as Boswellia, Flax Seed Oil, and Argan Oil work in ways similar to CBD, Willow Bark Extract is our beloved outlier, since it works much like aspirin to block pain immediately so that Liberty Lotion and the other ingredients in Limitless Lotion can go about their good work in peace.