Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating component found naturally in hemp and marijuana, that boasts a myriad of therapeutic qualities. Increasingly, CBD’s benefits are being harnessed on the skin, in the form of CBD creams, lotions and salves.
Taking CBD orally or via inhalation may eventually have a positive effect on skin problems. But applying the cannabinoids topically, so they can interact directly with the necessary receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is much more effective. CBD topicals are popular for localized pain relief, inflammatory skin complaints, infections, aging, and for just generally improving skin quality.
The selection of CBD-infused creams on the market is increasing all the time. We’ve reviewed four of the best!
CBD Genesis Pain Cream
This topical contains a full-spectrum hemp extract, rich in CBD and other useful secondary cannabinoids. It comes in two potencies – 250mg and 500mg – each of which are packed into a 2oz tub. This relatively small product size ensures this cream delivers potent relief, great if you’re in severe pain, suffering from arthritis, or if affected by a problematic skin condition. The CBD Genesis Pain Cream is also made with essential oils for added benefits.
Pinnacle CBD Lotion
This lotion is a slightly lower strength, packed with 200mg of a whole-plant hemp extract, and less than 0.3% THC, as per legal requirements. There is a coconut-themed version of this lotion from Pinnacle Hemp, in addition to an unscented product. This non-GMO and pesticide-free topical has a wonderfully moisturizing effect, and is ideal if you have sensitive skin.
The weaker concentration means you can rub this product in more liberally than you can other creams, which is helpful if trying to relieve aches and pains, perhaps after exercising.
CBDol Topical Salve from CBDistillery
This topical salve from Colorado’s CBDistillery has an impressive 500mg of top quality hemp extract, and is teeming with other powerful ingredients. These combine beautifully to make a really strong topical, effective for all kinds of relief.
The lavender gives the CBDol salve a lovely smell, and some extra anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits. Tea tree oil is another strong anti-inflammatory and also boasts anti-microbial properties. A variety of other essential oils simply add to these effects. Therefore, if you’re trying to clear up an infection or relieve inflammation and pain, the CBDol Topical Salve is perfect for you.
HempBombs CBD Pain Freeze
HempBombs has embraced cold therapy with the Pain Freeze, a CBD-infused topical that has a delightfully cooling effect when lathered onto the skin. A mid-range 200mg of CBD is packed into 4oz of product, but the menthol and tea tree oil bring lots of value to this cream.
The Pain Freeze immediately cools the skin upon application, which is particularly helpful when trying to reduce pain. This topical is a reliable anti-inflammatory, and is antioxidant-rich, so may also have anti-aging effects, although you’ll probably want to keep this cream away from the eyes. Other than that, it’s good for any region of the skin.