Topical CBD oil works differently than other CBD products. When you swallow a tincture, capsule, or other CBD edible, a significant amount of the plant-derived cannabinoids are metabolized by your liver. The remaining cannabinoids circulate through your bloodstream after passing through your digestive system. Since the cannabinoids you swallow must be processed through your digestive system, it can take hours to feel the effects, and some could be lost to digestion along the way.
The therapeutic potential of products like CBD creams and balms is due to the way the cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system receptors directly within your skin. Since topical CBD bypasses your digestive processes, the effects of CBD topicals can be felt much longer than ingestible products. That's why topicals could be ideal for long-term relief from localized symptoms.