CBD and Manuka honey are both known to have healing properties with many of these coinciding. Combining these two substances is a recipe for a superior wound care. CBD, stands for Cannabidiol, it is derived from the flowers and buds of hemp plants. CBD is legal throughout the United States if under .03% THC, all legal CBD should have a Certificate of Authentication (COA). Its benefits can be used topically, orally or vaporized.
Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand, it is created by bees foraging on the nectar of Leptospermum Scoparium, the Manuka bush native to New Zealand. When looking for Manuka honey it is best to look for one that is UMF certified. The term UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor, which is the phytochemical property derived from the manuka bushes that gives it its unique properties. This term is regulated by the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association of New Zealand, each batch of authentic New Zealand Manuka honey should have a certificate with UMF results. The higher the UMF number the more active and effect the honey will be for healing. Its benefits can be used topically or orally.
Both substances have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The antioxidants in CBD when applied topically as an infused lotion, serum, oil or salve, promotes faster healing of damaged skin, treating issues from acne to Psoriasis, and can repair skin damage from free radicals like UV rays and environmental pollutants. CBD has been proven to engage with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system, helping reduce inflammation in many organs and the skin.
Manuka Honey is the most potent form of honey, it was approved in 1999 by the Australian counterpart of the FDA for wound care. Its antibacterial action is due to a naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide, high acidity, high glucose and fructose content and methylglyoxal which kills germs through activity not related to hydrogen peroxide. Australian researchers found that is kills every bacteria or pathogen it was tested on externally and internally. Researchers are finding that with the misuse and overuse of antibiotics that bacterial infections are developing resistance to treatment, resulting in deadlier strains. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Pathology, confirms the antibiotic resistance and that honey is an effective naturally derived antibiotic. Manuka is even effective in the treatment of the super bug MRSA, the antibiotic resistant strain of staphylococcus aureus. A study conducted by the University of Southampton showed Manuka Honey reduced the growth of bacteria that causes catheter infections by as much as 70%. The American Academy of Otolaryngology has found Manuka honey effectively kills the bacteria that causes chronic sinusitis. Its viscous consistency prevents wounds from sticking to dressings and reduces scaring, making it a perfect wound care for the elderly, for pressure sores, and a “safer, faster, and effective healing agent for diabetic wounds, in comparison with other synthetic medications in terms of microbial resistance and treatment costs” (Alam, Fahmida et al. 2014).
CBD infused Manuka Honey, facilitates in faster healing on internal and external infections, treats and repairs skin ailments and damage, along with reducing inflammation and pain. The next time you need an antibiotic, triple antibiotic cream or an anti-inflammatory, use CBD infused Manuka Honey and reap the multitude of benefits.