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.

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 Balms?

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) CBDol Topical CBD Salve and CBDefine Skin Care Cream

CBDol CBD Topical Salve
CBDisitillery
How Good Is It?
CBDistillery really do the CBD content of their salves justice but haven’t left it to fend for itself. The highlight of this range is the creative use of other ingredients to support the action of the CBD. Their Skin Care Salve is focused on utilising anti-inflammatory properties for your skin as a whole and the Topical Salve is designed to be applied for localised problems. Balm Information – CBD Content: 178mg per 10g. Jar sizes available: 1oz (28g).
Pros
A range of ingredients to support the CBD
Multiple uses from each salve
Pleasant fragrance
Cons
Only comes in one size

2) Love CBD Hemp Balm

Love CBD Logo
Love CBD
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: 100 mg CBD +CBDa per 10 g. Jar sizes available: 10g, 30g and 100g.
Pros
Easily absorbed
Good amount of CBD per use
Range of jar sizes
Cons
None
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3) Charlotte’s Web Hemp Infused Balm

CW Hemp Balm Open
Charlotte's Web
How Good Is It?
Packed full of natural ingredients with a selection of essential oils. This balm has a pleasant menthol smell and many users report that they enjoy applying it to their feet. A great product but the CBD content could be clearer. Balm Information – CBD Content: 107mg Hemp Extract per 10g (this is probably not all CBD). Jar sizes available: 0.5oz (14g) and 1.5oz (42g).
Pros
Menthol elements are useful for blocked nose relief
Cons
CBD content labelling isn't clear
Available at for the Ageless

4) Love Hemp CBD Infused Body Salve

Love Hemp 300mg Body Salve
Love Hemp
How Good Is It?
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.
Pros
Screw cap
Handy size
Cons
Low concentration of CBD
Available at for the Ageless

5) The Original Alternative CBD Balm (Hybrid)

CBD Balm Original Alternative
CBD Brothers/The Original Alternative
How Good Is It?
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.
Pros
A CBD focused product
Cons
Unclear about actual CBD content
Available at CBD Brothers

6) Soothing CBD Skin Balm, Therapeutic CBD Skin Balm

Hemptouch Soothing CBD Balm
Hemptouch
How Good Is It?
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.
Pros
Different balms for different uses
Excellent range of active ingredients
Cons
Amount of CBD not made clear
Available at for the Ageless

As you can see we are blessed with an ever growing range of topically applied CBD products. 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.

What’s your favourite? Tell us and ask questions below.