Where To Put CBD Cream For Anxiety (4 Benefits & Possible Risks and Side Effects)

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You can put CBD cream anywhere in your body and have the same effect, the CBD molecules will still reach your receptors and have an effect on your endocannabinoid system, although there are some recommended spots where you can apply the cream to give you the best results. Applying CBD can help with different types of anxiety, PD, PTSD, anti-inflammatory benefits, and reduce pain for people with peripheral neuropathy.

CBD cream works closely similar to CBD oil, it is only a matter of preference and what works for your needs.

CBD creams are known to take effect faster but wear off quicker too.

You don’t have to worry about this, though, because it’s safe to reapply CBD cream multiple times within the day.

CBD oil takes a little longer to take effect but lasts longer.

Where can I apply CBD cream for anxiety?

There are some recommended spots where you can apply CBD cream for the most benefit when it comes to anxiety.

Tensed areas

It is usually applied where you feel tension in your body during an anxiety episode. The typical spots where we get this tension is around the shoulders and neck. Some could feel it in their head, stomach, or hips.

Common spots to apply CBD cream are on the temples of the head or the forehead.

A young woman is closing her eyes and rubbing her temples as she is feeling anxiety

Massaging the cream to these spots is said to have faster effects than other body parts. Facial and head massage is also proven to help with anxiety.

We tend to store our stress and anxiety in the form of tension in our bodies, in fact, if you do a body scan while you are under stress or anxious, you will be able to see the tension spots.

Using CBD cream in these areas will help both your mind as well as your body relax and ease the tension.

Benefits of CBD (cannabidiol)

CBD can be consumed or applied in different forms.

Currently, there are roughly more than 5 forms of CBD available in the market, some of which are CBD oil, gummies, sprays, cream, and vapes.

It would all boil down to your preference and what works for you, but the most common is CBD oil.

You can lather it directly on your skin, put it under your tongue, or mix it with your food.

1. Helps with different types of anxiety

A 2015 review found that CBD interacts with the cannabinoid type 1 receptor, the serotonin receptor, and other receptors in the brain that regulate fear and anxiety-induced behaviors.

A young woman is happy at work and feeling less anxiety after she started consuming CBD daily

The authors of the said review also found preclinical and clinical evidence that made CBD an effective treatment for multiple types of anxiety disorders like generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

2. Helps with panic and post-traumatic disorder

Evidence in the same study shows improvement in symptoms in people who are experiencing panic disorder (PD) and post-traumatic disorder (PTSD) and overall quality of life.

Another study last 2019 where the amount or doses of CBD is tested shows some participants consumed 25 milligrams a day while others consumed 50 milligrams or 75 milligrams a day.

Researchers aimed to prove that lower doses could be as effective as higher doses and that it would be too expensive to maintain a higher dose for participants in their normal lives.

True enough, anxiety decreased within the first month for most participants and remained low.

Sleep quality also improved, although it fluctuated more than anxiety, and only three patients reported side effects.

3. Anti-inflammatory properties

Some skincare brands are trying to incorporate CBD into their products.

A young woman is using a CBD skincare cream for it's anti inflammatory benefits

It’s no surprise, especially since the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD) says that the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD may aid the treatment of acnepsoriasis, and eczema.

A 2016 study even suggested that CBD products may have long-lasting therapeutic effects on inflammation and behaviors associated with arthritis.

4. Peripheral neuropathy

One of the most recent studies about CBD in 2020 found that CBD oil can significantly reduce pain for people with peripheral neuropathy.

Peripheral neuropathy is when a patient experiences nerve damage (neuropathic pain) that generally causes discomfort, numbness, and weakening in the feet and hands.

Possible risks and side effects

CBD has been considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a safe and overall well-tolerated substance.

Taking CBD while under other medications might pose a risk since these substances might interact and cause unwanted and unforeseen effects. Some of these symptoms would be weight gain, drowsiness, upset stomach, and change in appetite.

People with previous and ongoing liver problems are also recommended to take extra caution when using CBD products.


How long does CBD cream last?

The shelf life of most CBD creams is usually about 12 to 24 months, though there are some factors that can influence just how long your product stays good.

Can I reapply CBD cream?

CBD cream is a product you can reapply multiple times throughout the day, it takes effect faster than CBD oil, but it only lasts a couple of minutes to a good hour compared to CBD oil which could take effect for 2-6 hours.


There are so many potential benefits of CBD that researchers are just starting to discover, which is great since it is organic.

With controlled and proper usage, no reported harmful side effect has been previously reported as well.

Just like any other medication, please consult your local health provider before trying any CBD products to make sure that you are choosing wisely and are not going to have conflicting effects, especially if you are taking other medications or if you have other mental or physical conditions.

We want to be safe above anything else.

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Eunice Alexis Rae Barbosa
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