Why You Should Use CBD When You Get A Tattoo
Whether it’s your first, second, or 15th time, getting a tattoo is always exciting. It gives that undeniable rush – and for those who have several tattoos, it can even be addicting.
It’s also notorious for its pain, particularly for people who have a low threshold to sensitivity. More importantly, you need to take care during the entire process: from getting the tattoo until it has completely healed.
The Tattoo Process and Pain
Tattoos are permanent art on the body. The process works by puncturing the skin using a tattoo gun or machine, where the needles inject a variety of pigments 80 to as much as 150 times a second, deep into the skin’s layers. The needles move fast up and down, kind of like a sewing machine, until the design has been completed. In fact, the best location for placing a tattoo in the skin is in the dermis which also happens to contain pain receptors that send signals to the brain to let you know that there is something painful going on in the body.
Additionally, the needle pricks the skin, the immune system produces macrophages, white cells that are made to handle the “threat”. Since the dermis doesn’t renew itself through the process of flaking, the pigments remain permanently in your skin for the rest of your life.
The pain one feels when getting a tattoo depends not just on your threshold of pain, but also the location of the tattoo.
How CBD Helps
Some people take desperate measures to avoid the inevitable pain that comes with getting a tattoo. There is a misconception that going to your session hammered on booze might actually relieve you of some of the pain, but it actually might make it hurt more. Besides, drunken movements will only give your tattoo artist a harder time and make the process take longer.
Sure, you can pop an Advil an hour before, but do you really want to subject your body to pharmaceutical drugs?
Why not go natural?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant. It doesn’t make you feel high or stoned, but it does relax you. Taking CBD before your tattoo session in the form of infused gummies, capsules, or tinctures around half an hour before should be just fine.
Studies show that CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic, since it interacts with the brain’s pain receptors to help relieve you of the throbbing aches. When you take CBD, it can help your body get used to the sensations of getting a tattoo while minimizing discomfort.
Topical CBD For Aftercare
Once the tattoo session is done, applying a CBD balm, oil, or lotion topically can greatly speed up the healing process. It contains compounds that reduce inflammation and swelling, as well as redness, which is common right after you get a tattoo.
The success of your tattoo healing greatly depends on how well you take care of your tattoo. There are some people who are very sensitive to tattoos since their skin suffers trauma during the process. For them, tattoos require serious TLC after the session has been done to prevent any infections. On the other hand, other people experience tattoo healing rather quickly. You can’t go wrong with using CBD topically to help your new tattoo.
A study in Brazil concluded that, “…CBD exerts an anti-inflammatory effect in the early phase of wound-healing process.”
Additionally, CBD is an antioxidant. CBD is an all-natural way to protect your skill cells during and after the tattoo process. When you apply CBD on and around the tattoo it can also help delay or prevent cell damage. CBD contains even more antioxidants than vitamins C and E! Tattoo artists generally advise their clients to keep the area well moisturized and hydrated; CBD does the job well without blocking your pores. It can also help prevent wrinkles and help you attain a vibrant color in your tattoo for a long time.
CBD’s utility in tattoo aftercare has risen in popularity so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see some CBD tattoo balms the next time you visit your tattoo artist.
Just don’t get your ex’s initials tattooed… CBD can’t fix that.