CBD Topical Creams vs. Oral Supplements

Question: I have seen advertisements for CBD cream that you can rub onto sore muscles and joints but then I also have seen advertisements for CBD oil that you put under your tongue? Are they the same thing or do I use them both at the same time? Can you explain the difference?

— Ray N., NFM by way of MN

A: Ray I know there is still a lot of confusion regarding CBD and the best way to use it so let’s see if I can shed some light on it for you.

The two primary forms of CBD being marketed to the public currently are pain relieving cream/ointments that get applied to the skin (topicals) and CBD oil tinctures that get absorbed under the tongue (oral). Both contain can