Did you know that CBD can be applied directly to the skin? When combined with oils and fats it makes an easy to apply balm that can be used to target problem areas.
Several supplement companies and CBD pioneers have come up with their own unique formulas. With a fragrant mix of essential oils and natural ingredients you can now choose a product for your specific needs.
So you are not overwhelmed by a balmy sea of CBD concentrations and essential oils we have rolled up our sleeves and begun topically applying seven of the brand leaders. We’ve sorted out the extracts from the oils and will give you what you need to know about the best CBD balms available in the UK.
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How Are They Made?
Balms are a great way to utilise the potential soothing and pain relieving properties that studies attribute to cannabidiol. They are applied to the skin directly at the source of any discomfort or irritation. Focused on localised relief the active ingredients are not transmitted through the bloodstream but stay in the applied area.
Each product is usually made with a combination of CBD and essential oils infused into a base of fatty oils and wax. The presence of the essential oils adds fragrance but also provide a host of other complementary properties.
The wax is often beeswax, although vegan balms use plant based waxes. This holds the other ingredients in a form that is easier to store and apply. The fatty oil most commonly used is coconut oil and is responsible for the delivery of the CBD. The more fatty oils included in the balm the more active ingredient can be included and transmitted into the skin.
Balms are predominantly made with all natural products and other pain relieving benefits can be ascertained with the inclusion of essential oils or herbs such as lemongrass or arnica.
Why do People Use CBD Balm?
Studies have shown that the CBD present in balms may be linked to a wide range of benefits to your body and particularly your skin. Users report it as being effective at relieving pain, reducing inflammation, calming irritation and other skin conditions.
For the treatment of pain it was declared that ‘the future for cannabinoid therapeutics appears very bright, indeed.’ Balms are a great way to apply this directly to the source of your discomfort. A study conducted by the University of South Carolina concluded that ‘cannabinoids suppress inflammatory response.’
Inflammation of the skin is present in the skin conditions psoriasis, eczema and acne giving a powerful incentive to try topical CBD.
How to Apply a CBD Balm
CBD Balms can be easily applied to any affected areas with your hands and rubbed gently on to the surface of the skin.
*Important* Before use of any new products it is always important to check with your doctor. Especially if you are using medication.
Start by applying a very small amount to your skin and wait to ensure that your skin is not sensitive to any of the ingredients. Once you are happy that you have not reacted to it apply a larger amount to the required area. When you have used the balm a few times you can begin to apply it more liberally.
Usually a higher concentration is required to gain the desired affects through or on the skin. If your balm has a lower concentration expect to need a larger amount.
1) Love CBD Hemp Balm
How Good Is It?
This a pleasant smelling balm that is easily absorbed into the skin. It is made with natural, safely extracted ingredients which work well alongside the CBD. Coconut oil, shea butter and grape seed oil are included in the balm to great effect.
Balm Information – CBD content: 100mg CBD +CBDa per 10g. Jar sizes available: 10g, 30g and 100g.
This range of vegan friendly balms include different essential oils and ingredients depending on their use. The soothing balm contains CBD oil, hempseed oil, chamomile and lavender. The therapeutic balm contains CBD oil with shea and mango butter.
Balm Information – CBD Content: Not stated. Jar sizes available: 50ml.
Blessed CBD balm is ideal for moisturising and nourishing skin. It has a delicate, sweet fragrance and contains 750mg of organically farmed, full-spectrum hemp extract in a 50ml jar. When I used it, I found that it smoothed on easily and quickly absorbed. However, it does leave a slightly waxy coating on your skin.
The hemp used in all Blessed CBD’s products is grown on pesticide-free farms in Colorado, USA. They mill the dried hemp into a coarse powder, which is then extracted with supercritical CO2. The extract is combined with several other beneficial ingredients, including jojoba oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil and apricot kernel oil.
The lab certificates are readily available from the product page and the only cannabinoid detected is CBD. Disappointingly, the measurements they use make it hard to work out if it matches the amount stated on the label.
Balm Information – CBD content: 750 mg. Jar sizes available: 50ml.
Contains full-spectrum extract
Easy to seal jar
Made with organically farmed hemp
Lab results are present on the website
The amounts on the lab results are difficult to interpret
A lovely herbal smell and five beneficial essential oils including Coconut, Argan, Rosehip, geranium and hemp. It comes in a travel size pot with a useful screw cap to prevent any CBD based messes when keeping it in your bag.
Balm Information – CBD Content: 53mg CBD per 10g. Jar sizes available: 50ml.
How Good Is It? The roots, stems and leaves of organic cannabis and hemp plants are infused with coconut oil making a very pleasant balm. This balm is really focused on the CBD content and combined only with coconut oil and beeswax. Great for those wanting a CBD only experience.
Balm Information – CBD Content: approx. 105mg CBD per 30ml pot. Jar sizes available: 30ml and 50ml.
This mildly fragranced isolate cream from Medterra combines CBD with a blend of other beneficial ingredients including manuka honey and aloe vera. It’s great for smoothing on to your face or hands and is particularly good at rehydrating rough, dry patches.
Based in the USA, all of Medterra’s CBD comes from hemp grown in Kentucky. They have an active research department where they employ experts to ensure that they use the latest methods in farming, extraction and quality control.
The third-party lab results are easy to find on the product page. They verify the CBD content and show that no THC or contaminants were detected. The honey is of medium strength and has a Unique Manuka Factor of 12+. However, there are no details as to how much is included.
While we usually only recommend full-spectrum products, Medterra’s isolate range has impressed us with its quality and affordable prices.
Balm Information – CBD content: 125mg or 250mg. Jar sizes available: 30ml.
Detailed third-party lab results
An easy to seal jar
Made with organically farmed hemp
Contains a range of other beneficial ingredients including Manuka honey.
There is no information on how much honey it contains.
As you can see we are blessed with an ever growing range of topically applied CBD balm sand creams. They are a great way to apply the benefits of CBD directly where it is needed.
When it comes to choosing your balm there are lots of factors to consider:
Think about what you want to use it for and what features it might need.
Finally weigh up the amount of CBD and other active ingredients you are getting for your money.
If you bear these things in mind before you buy you are bound to have a satisfactory and sweet-smelling experience.
If you are looking for a little help making a decision, we have further best of lists which are all based on our personal experiences. We look at quality, cost and safety to ensure you only buy the best.