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) Love CBD Hemp Balm
2) CBDol Topical CBD Salve & Skin Care Cream
3) Charlotte’s Web Hemp Infused Balm
4) Love Hemp CBD Infused Body Salve
5) The Original Alternative CBD Balm (Hybrid)
6) Soothing / Therapeutic CBD Skin Balm
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.