When you apply CBD externally, though, it has specific benefits. That’s because when it’s absorbed through the skin, CBD doesn’t circulate throughout the bloodstream the way it does with other ingestion methods. Its anti-inflammatory oomph is directed right to where you need it most.

People use topical CBD to get targeted relief for aches and pains from conditions like arthritis or neuralgia. Or athletes may use CBD creams and gels to soothe soreness after a workout. Other people say that topical CBD products help with skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis.

With its antioxidant properties, CBD could also play a role in repairing acne, sun-damaged skin, and fighting the signs of aging.