Why Choose Topical Relief Products over Edible ones?

Why Choose Topical Relief Products over Edible ones?

When it comes to choosing how you want to use CBD, you have multiple options. The most common methods include topicals, edibles, vaping, and oils. All of them have their advantages and disadvantages, but some are better than others in particular situations. 

If you are debating between using topical CBD or edible CBD products, then you will want to think about the following reasons that topicals may be the right choice for you. 

You Can Focus Their Effects

One of the best things about topical products is that they let you fine-tune precisely where you want to feel the effects of the CBD. If you’re going to use the CBD to help relieve pain, inflammation, a skin condition, or something else in a particular spot of your body, you can apply the topical product to that area of your body. There is no need to waste the product on another part of your body. 

By contrast, edibles will affect your entire body, and there is no way to control where you feel the effects. You will have to use more of the CBD and mostly waste it on parts of the body that do not need the product. 


If you consume a CBD edible, you will have to wait a long time before it will enter your bloodstream. This is because your body must first digest it, and your liver must metabolize it. Additionally, your body will typically only absorb about 20 to 30 percent of the CBD from edibles.

The main difference in terms of absorption is that topicals can be quickly absorbed. In most cases, you do not have to wait as long for a topical to take effect and provide your desired relief.

They Can Work Into Your Routine

For many people, it is also easier to incorporate topical CBD products into their routines than edibles. It does not necessarily make sense to add another snack or candy to your day. With the limited edibles available, you likely do not want to swap out something you currently eat for those items, either. 

By contrast, many topical products are similar to your favorite skincare items but contain CBD. You can find balms, lotions, creams and more, all of which use most of the same ingredients as your favorite products and add in CBD. 

No Need to Consume

For many people, the simple fact that you do not need to eat topicals is a significant advantage. Most CBD edibles are in the form of desserts or candies, which would be unsafe for people with diabetes and be unappealing to anyone trying to monitor their sugar intake. Even if you find an edible that you can consume safely, many people find it harder to change their eating habits than swapping out one skincare product for another. Tastes are harder to change.