Pretty much everyone loves a good back rub at the end of a long day, but add a kick of CBD to that and you could maximize your relaxation. The best CBD topicals could include anything from lip balms to eye creams, and today we’re covering them all. We’ve scoured the ends of the internet to find you the 8 best CBD topicals you’re guaranteed to love.
What are the benefits of topical CBD?
Topical CBD can come in many forms: oils, ointments, creams, lotions and more. Skin will usually readily absorb all forms of topical treatment. CBD is often ingested for symptomatic relief from arthritic pain, but by applying it topically it could actually work in a more targeted way when applied topically because you get to choose the areas you’re having trouble with. Topical CBD could also work faster because it doesn’t have to pass through your digestive tract first.
What to look for:
Organically grown hemp:
There’s a growing movement towards no-pesticide, no-fertilizer, organically grown crops. This is especially crucial when it comes to hemp since it’s a bioremediator that absorbs toxins from the soil it grows in. Essentially what that means is, if your CBD is derived from hemp grown in soil containing pesticides, there’s a pretty good chance your CBD is going to contain pesticides… and you don’t want that. Manufacturers of all the best CBD topicals place importance on growing their hemp organically.
While narrowing down brands for our best CBD topicals list, we needed to know that we’re choosing products that are exactly what they promise to be. The simplest way to find out: look for third-party lab tests. Companies that conduct their own tests, or some that don’t test their products at all raise some red flags because when taking products with CBD you need to know how much you’re getting, and you need to know it contains no solvents, metals, bacteria or anything else.
When choosing the best CBD topicals, we’ve made sure to focus on ingredients that are easily recognizable with known benefits, as opposed to a number of chemicals that can be confusing and/or unheard of.
If you can apply it to your skin, it can have CBD in it. That’s why we love when companies offer a wide variety of CBD topicals! It also helps when companies offer the same product in varying strengths of CBD, a huge plus when we narrow down the best CBD topicals.
No FDA Warnings
Several CBD manufacturers were served warning letters by the FDA between 2015 and 2017 for making false claims. A few ‘CBD products’ on testing actually turned out to have zero CBD! It is for this reason that any company that sold products that differed in composition from their labels will not be on our best CBD topicals list.
BEST CBD TOPICALS
Keeping in mind the above, here’s our list of best CBD topicals, in no particular order:
Hempure’s CBD balm comes with stellar reviews about how fast it takes effect. Their potent balms come in 2 strengths: 750 mg and 1400 mg. Users highly recommend this one for relief in muscles and joints post workouts or for general stiffness: just rub some on and you’re ready to go! Moreover, they test their products thoroughly for potency and chemical content. Natural beeswax and an MCT oil base provide added moisturization. This full spectrum balm contains zero THC, so is safe for use anywhere!
Relaxation at its best. This CBD headache roll-on contains added essential oils peppermint, rosemary and eucalyptus and cooling menthol for headache relief, and we would imagine that it would also have a soothing effect on the sinuses. You could use this for a forehead massage or just as a roll-on too. The company was actually set up by two women who wanted to help their mothers with their aches and pains – which is an origin story we love!
This rich cream guarantees moisturization, which may not necessarily be because of its CBD content, but also its enriching combination of shea and coconut butter, coconut oil and hemp seed oil, the benefits of which we’ve written about before. The product also purportedly has antioxidant, anti-seborrhoeic, skin conditioning and protecting properties, and we’re inclined to believe Endoca because they place a strong insistence on quality.
Receptra’s lip balms contain 15mg of CBD per lip balm. This could potentially help with inflammation or irritated lips, and we love that the company uses CBD from organically grown hemp and has one of the easiest to understand lab testing pages on their website. Kudos!
This massage oil is packed with CBD, coconut oil and vitamin E oil. This gives you the benefits of an emollient massage base and targeted relief for sore muscles. Additionally, Mana Botanicals also places great importance on employing conscientious farmers and supporting local businesses wherever possible. Their lab results are available on request, and while we would normally prefer them to be freely available on the site, the overall focus on quality has put them on our radar.
This all-natural, vegan, non-GMO oil has it’s CBD sourced from European grown hemp. Interestingly, their CBD is supposed to be water soluble. This means that their products are apparently more bioavailable than the average oil. Their oil also contains ginger, eucalyptus, curcumin, and white willow bark, all of which have their own anti-inflammatory benefits.
If you prefer the consistency of a gel more than a lotion or cream, this would be perfect for you. This potent CBD gel contains 500mg of CBD for fast relief. This also contains menthol, aloe vera and tea tree oil for added benefits. Menthol provides cold therapy for sore muscles, while aloe vera and tea tree oil soothe the surface of the skin.
One of the most innovative products out there is Palmetto Harmony’s transdermal CBD patch. You can apply this patch to the skin and it delivers CBD to your system in a slow release. Even though it contains only 30mg of CBD, this could provide quick topical relief. The company also claims these products are completely free of harmful chemicals, including the adhesive used in the patches.
Topically applied CBD tends to work in a more targeted way, so if you’re looking for a more holistic experience, you might want to check out our lists of best CBD vape oils or best CBD capsules. Always make sure to patch test a new topical treatment on an area of your skin such as the elbow or the back of your forearm, and if you’ve tried any of the products on this list, let us know what you think!
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