Last year, I bought a pair of small handheld pruners. During the summer, my little family likes to do a lot of walking around the neighborhood, to the local parks, and all the way to the coffee shop.
One day, we were walking down a new street and we saw an interesting yard with really cool looking upward spiral twisting shaped trimmed bushes. VERY COOL.
I immediately wanted to go home and trim all 20+ of our little bushes into having a similar upward spiral twist as they did. We get home and — without gloves on — I began trimming the bushes as if I was cutting hair.
I had my fingers a little too close to the blade as I was grooming through the bushes. I was trimming and snipping away like I knew what I was doing. Not 10 minutes go by — almost in slow motion — I snipped the tip of my finger.
I knew it was deep.
It instantly started bleeding and probably cut down near the bone. I ran inside and quickly washed the deep little cut on my left index finger with Dr. Bronners Peppermint Hemp Soap.
After it was thoroughly cleaned I took my CBD oil, knowing it could help with normal skin repair, put a few drops on the cut and bandaged it up.
In short, yes, CBD oil can help support normal skin repair from cuts, scrapes, puncture wounds and more. Before you just start putting any type of CBD on your open wound, there are a few critical pieces of information to consider.
First, not all CBD is the same. Most CBD products on the market are low-quality isolate brands that add a bunch of random things. If you’re going to put CBD on an open wound, it’s probably best to use a pure quality CBD oil that’s verified by lab results as safe.
I recommend these two CBD oil tinctures with only pure ingredients that are safe to put on minor cuts.
- Joy Organics Unflavored: Organic Broad Spectrum CBD Tincture (Check Pricing)
- Medterra Unflavored: Ultra Broad Spectrum Tincture (Check Pricing)
Next, and probably more important, is to first identify the type of wound, clean it properly, apply proper first aid additions, and bandage it up. If it’s a deep cut, in which you can see your bone or muscle, you might need to visit the ER to verify you don’t need surgery. If you cut into a muscle, you might need surgery to repair and stitch it up.
How to identify the type of open wound, before applying CBD?
Before putting CBD on any type of open wound, it might be wise to identify the wound to determine whether or not you need to seek professional medical help.
The three basic types of open wounds are punctures, abrasions, and lacerations.
Punctures are a result of a sharp object entering the skin, abrasions are when the surface layer of the skin is scraped off, whereas a laceration is when the skin is torn open.
When to seek medical attention for an open wound?
Most wounds that occur are typically minor and can be taking care of at home with a basic first aid kit.
When to seek medical attention is if the wound is more than a half-inch deep, the bleeding wound stop without applying direct pressure for 20+ minutes, or if the bleeding occurred from a serious accident.
What to do before you apply CBD to your open wound?
After you’ve identified the type of wound and before you apply CBD, the first step is to remove any debris or dirt that might be stuck inside. After removing the debris, clean the open wound with cool sterile water.
After you’ve removed the debris, properly cleaned the wound, and made sure it’s not a bad enough open wound that requires medical attention, you can then apply CBD and bandage the wound.
Why does CBD help normal repair functions?
Your skin is considered an organ. Not only that, but it is also actually the largest organ in the human body.
Skin is a very complex organ that has several components and layers.
One interesting feature of skin is that it not only has cannabinoid receptors on/in it, but it’s also connected to the entire endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is considered as one of the largest single systems in the human body and has a primary function of modulating or balancing homeostasis.
Homeostasis is essentially normal function and the proper balance of most of the different parts of the body.
When something in the body goes out of balance, the ECS has a job of making sure all the different parts of the body return to balance and normal function.
CBD and other cannabinoids are shown to improve the normal function of the body.
When providing the CBD nutrient to a local area, requiring an added boost, you’re allowing the body to do it’s normal repair job more effectively.
What type of CBD should you put on an open wound?
Since there are several different types of CBD products on the market, it might be challenging to identify the most appropriate type to apply to your immediate needs.
Joy Organics has several quality different types of CBD products including regular CBD oil drops, CBD creams & salves, pills, gummy, sports creams, and more.
Joy Organics CBD Tincture’s come in four different “flavors” that include mint, lemon, orange, and natural (no added) flavors.
It would make sense to NOT put lemon on an open wound.
I personally only like natural “unsweetened” CBD oils, because of potential situations where you might have an open wound requiring CBD oil.
My personal recommendations, and what I have direct experience in, is using a CBD oil tincture drops — with no added anything.
A potential good quality CBD oil tincture for open wounds will not have added sugar or flavoring.
Joy Organics has a CBD Salve that could be a good product for applying to an open wound.
Three of the ingredients in the Joy Organics’ CBD Salve — that I was a little bit concerned about — were Organics Beeswax, Organic Lavender Essential Oil, and Organic Eucalyptus Essential Oil.
After doing a little bit of research, I found Eucalyptus Essential Oil (EEO) has the potential of returning normal healing functions of the wound. Research also showed Lavender Essential Oil to speed up normal repair.
Finally, research on Beeswax (propolis) was also effective in speeding up normal repair.