CBD skincare: Moneymaking gimmick or beauty powerhouse?
The skincare industry has always loved jumping on the bandwagon with ingredient trends, whether it’s retinol, activated charcoal or the timeless classic, vitamin C.
The latest ‘must-have’ is CBD (cannabidiol) – one of over 110 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids which are found in the cannabis plant.
You’re no doubt aware that CBD can be taken orally for ailments such as anxiety, arthritis and epilepsy, but what’s the deal with slapping it on your skin?
CBD applied topically can’t hit your bloodstream, which is why a CBD salve won’t make a dent on your anxiety. Instead, it’s absorbed through the epidermis, making its way to cannabinoid receptors in nearby skin cells.
Cannabinoid receptors are located throughout the body, as part of its endocannabinoid system, which helps balance a whole host of bodily functions like pain sensation, mood, memory and appetite.
Our bodies naturally produce endocannabinoids, which are the equivalent of those found in the cannabis plant – but often, we need a little boost.
As with ingesting CBD, there are currently no known side effects from applying it topically – the main risk seems to be the potential of wasting your hard-earned cash.
What does CBD skincare claim to do for skin?
Numerous studies have indicated that CBD can have anti-inflammatory effects when applied to the skin, which could help sooth sensitive conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.
It’s even claimed that topical CBD application can alleviate muscle soreness, as well as relieve sunburn and bug bites.
Research also shows that CBD has the potential to decrease excess sebum (oil) production, which could assist in the reduction of spots, and it’s also thought to have antioxidant properties, which may help with fine lines and aging.
However, way more research needs to be done before it’s confirmed what CBD can and can’t do when it comes to our skin.
‘CBD is like a typical vitamin E or vitamin C where you won’t necessarily notice the results straight away,’ says Jasmin Thomas, who founded Ohana skincare after making her own topical CBD creams when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis back in 2015.
‘You won’t instantly look 10 years younger but it has a long-term impact on your skin.
‘Consistency is key and people with skin ailments notice it quicker. It’s definitely more apparent in people who have ailments like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, rosacea, etc.’
Which strength of CBD oil skincare should I buy?
‘Companies don’t actually have to specify exactly how much CBD is in their products,’ explains Charlotte Bowyer, senior consultant at cannabis consultancy Hanway Associates.
‘I’d certainly recommend that consumers look for companies which do, as some may try and get away with using tiny amounts.’
CBD strength is specified in either a percentage or in milligrams.
High end skincare brand MGC Derma (which stands for ‘medical grade cannabis’) chooses not to state how much CBD is in its products as: ‘The perception is that a volume number such as 1000mg can then be compared to other products on the market.
‘The reality is much more complex.’
MGC Derma uses a patented process called “Aquiol”, which it claims provides CBD that performs at the highest levels, providing certificates to ‘relevant authorities detailing our claims’.
CBD comes in varying forms and qualities, so it’s true that comparing numbers is simplifying a process, but it does give bewildered consumers somewhere to start.
To confuse matters even more, there isn’t currently any solid evidence on how much CBD should be in a skincare product to make it effective.
‘If you look at other actives like retinols, the therapeutic recommendation is normally between 0.25% – 1%, maybe 1.5% at best,’ says Ohana’s Jasmin.
‘Why are people using more? There’s a company that sells a body oil for £285 and they put 7% CBD in it.
‘Your skin cannot absorb that much so it’s a total waste of CBD and a total waste of customer money.
‘I could go on about this forever but it’s the whole problem with the industry – lots of people in the market at the moment don’t know much about it and aren’t working with experienced formulation scientists.’
Unfortunately, there is little to no research on how much product to use, or how much CBD needs to be in said product. Useful.
What regulations are in place for CBD skincare?
A Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR) is required for all cosmetic products in the UK but there are no specific regulations regarding CBD skincare – except for it not containing any THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid) and not claiming it can cure you of disease.
‘CBD cosmetics products are prohibited from making any kind of medical claim,’ explains Charlotte.
‘Brands should avoid claims like “treat bruises”, “fight eczema” or “healing skin”.’
You’ll notice that many products contain disclaimers, such as: “This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease”.
As mentioned above, companies aren’t obligated to tell you how much CBD is in your product, so they’re not actually breaking any laws if it turns out there’s a minimal amount of the ingredient present.
We’re dealing with a relatively new ingredient when it comes to skincare and it may be a while before consumer protection laws catch up, so tread carefully.
CBD oil is not the same as hemp seed oil
This is important. On my quest to find CBD skincare products to try, I was left incredibly confused.
Some online stores include hemp seed oil products that don’t contain cannabidiol under their ‘CBD’ category.
It doesn’t help that some beauty journalists don’t seem to know the difference either, repeatedly including products that don’t contain cannabidiol in CBD roundups.
CBD oil comes from the hemp plant (a cousin of the marijuana plant), and is taken from the leaves, flowers, stalk and stems.
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Hemp seed oil comes from – you guessed it – the seeds of the hemp plant, which are the only bit of the plant that don’t contain CBD. In fact, they don’t contain any cannabinoids at all.
Hemp seed oil is a beauty wonder in itself and and is not to be sniffed at – it’s known for its non-comedogenic (non-pore blocking), anti-inflammatory and moisturising properties.
While CBD has similar benefits, it binds to cannabinoid receptors in the skin – which hemp seed oil cannot do – and it’s much more expensive.
So, don’t be fooled by sketchy marketing.
If you’re unsure about whether a product contains CBD, then check the ingredients list AKA the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients).
Ingredients are listed in descending order of weight, meaning the product contains more of the ingredient at the top of the INCI than the one at the bottom.
The INCI should contain ‘cannabidiol’, ‘CBD’, ‘phytocannabinoid-rich/PCR-rich hemp oil’ or ‘broad spectrum hemp oil’ somewhere on it – these are all recognised names of CBD.
If it doesn’t say either of those and just says ‘cannabis sativa seed oil’, be aware that this is hemp oil and does not contain CBD.
Tried and tested CBD skincare products
We wanted to see what all the hype was about so Metro.co.uk got in some CBD skincare to test.
5% CBD oil, LDN CBD, £35 for 10ml
I normally use a steroid solution for flare-ups of scalp psoriasis, so I switched to applying a few drops of CBD oil.
I used LDN CBD oil once or twice a day, depending on the severity of the itch. It wasn’t a miracle cure, though it did seem to calm the scalp and keep it soothed for longer.
It’s a way more expensive option than my usual NHS prescription of Betacap but I’d rather use it than steroids, so I’ll keep testing other CBD options on it.
I also tried using the LDN CBD drops directly on my face as a serum, as well as adding them to existing moisturiser, which felt hydrating and didn’t cause breakouts, which I was concerned about.
However, I’ll stick to ingesting the drops for my anxiety, as I didn’t notice enough of a difference on my fae to justify the cost.
Super boost night drops, Votary, £95 for 30ml
I’ve been using these drops – which contain 2% pure CBD – for a few months now. I wish I hated it as it’s expensive but alas, it’s dreamy.
Despite being fragrance free (I prefer my skincare routine to be a somewhat aromatherapeutic experience) it feels really luxurious, soothing and hydrating, without leaving my skin feeling sticky or clogged.
Plus, the bottle looks great on your bathroom shelf, which is always a bonus.
CBD super serum, Revolution Skincare, £12 for 30ml
Metro.co.uk’s tester loved this serum, containing hyaluronic acid, hemp seed oil and CBD oil (though it doesn’t say how much CBD oil).
She noticed her breakouts calming down after a few weeks of using the serum once a day and says her skin feels super hydrated after using it.
Eye serum for dark circles and puffiness, MGC Derma, £80 for 15ml
Really into this eye serum – it’s light and refreshing and can be used under an eye cream, or alone. I use it alone on my eyes in the morning and it feels great. No idea if it’s the CBD, the caffeine or the vitamin C – most likely the combo.
The pump tube is great as it keeps the product fresh – eye creams that come in little jars are just asking for bacteria to grow.
As mentioned above, MGC Derma does not state how much CBD is in its products, which is frustrating when deciding if you want to spend £80 on an eye serum. (I do not, despite enjoying this product.)
MGC Derma SPF 30 day cream with natural mineral sunscreen (£85 for 50ml) is also great but – like every mineral sunscreen I’ve ever used – it leaves a white cast on my face.
The chalkiness is less apparent than other mineral offerings, but still enough to stop me from buying another bottle, which is a shame as it’s great otherwise and doesn’t feel greasy – even when used in a hot, humid climate.
Age control eye cream, Provacan, £24.99 for 15ml
Containing 100mg CBD, this eye cream claims to support and stimulate the naturla production of collagen, to maintain young, firm and healthy skin.
‘This was nice to use in the morning on puffy eyes as it was really cooling,’ says our tester.
‘However, I’m not convinced of its effects on aging around the eyes.’
CBD clay face mask, Hugg, £19.99 for 50ml
Metro.co.uk’s tester was a huge fan of this face mask, which contains 50mg CBD as well as combination of shea butter clay, coconut oil and essential oils.
‘The face mask was really good, it didn’t feel dramatically different to anything that doesn’t have CBD in but it did feel really good quality,’ she says.
‘It felt purifying and moisturising which is rare. One of the best face masks I’ve used.’
CBD body balm, Raised Spirit, £49.99 for 120ml
This luxurious balm contains 400mg CBD per (beautiful) jar and is handmade in Oxfordshire.
It’s incredibly rich thanks to the shea butter, and it moisturises dry legs and feet like a dream.
As it’s hella expensive I save mine for nights where I’m doing yin yoga right before bed, so I can let the potent hempy lavender scent lull me into a relaxing sleep.
Renew hand cream, Cubid CBD, £30 for 50ml
Never thought I needed a CBD hand cream, but here I am, with a bottle of £30 (!) hand cream sitting pretty on my desk.
The scent is a little bit ‘old lady’ but the cream is pretty great – it feels rich yet sinks in instantly, soothing my witchlike hands.
As well as 250mg CBD, the hand cream contains jojoba oil, sweet almond oil and cocoa butter.
It’s wonderful but I’m not convinced it does a better job than my usual (much cheaper) hand cream.
CBD+ cool stick, Wildflower, £24.99 for 28g
Not skinare per se, but this little stick deserves a mention. Containing 100mg CBD, hemp oil, peppermint and menthol, it claims it can soothe sunburn, aching muscles and headaches.
I was sceptical that it would be better than the Siddhalepa ayurvedic balm I normally use, but it seems to take away the itch from mosquito bites faster, and has been great for rubbing on temples/forehead when I have an anxiety headache, so I’m sold.
Skin balm, 1CBD, £29.99 for 50g
Also worthy of a mention is 1CBD skin balm which Metro.co.uk’s tester used on his sore back. He said the balm – which is infused with 300mg full spectrum CBD per jar as well as lavender and eucalyptus oils – was great for soothing muscle pain.
Are CBD skincare products worth the hype?
In some cases, absolutely – judging from anecdotal evidence. However, there’s not enough scientific evidence to back most claims up because not enough relevant clinical trials have been done.
‘It’s a new industry and people are struggling to raise capital, so they can’t do everything that they need to do, like study groups and trials,’ explains Jasmin.
As with everything concerning CBD, a lot more exploration needs to be done before we truly know its powers.
There’s also no telling if something would be good anyway, without the addition of CBD. A product may be shady in its minimal use of cannabidiol, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not worth using. (Although, do you really want to give your money to a company with loose morals?)
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Unless you’re made of money, it’s probably not worth experimenting with expensive CBD skincare unless you have a skin condition that bothers you.
It’s also worth noting that a high price tag doesn’t necessarily equate to a product’s quality – CBD is an expensive ingredient but do be aware that skincare usually has huge gross margins.
It’s a murky world out there – as with anything, do your research before you splurge, and don’t expect miracles. There’s no one-size-fits-all cure when it comes to skin, and change doesn’t happen overnight. You usually have to use a new product for a few weeks before you start to notice a difference.
Trust your own opinions and don’t take what the cosmetics industry or beauty journalists (who can be biased) tell you as gospel.
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CBD Cream UK: 5 Best CBD Creams, Balms & Lotions for 2022
Cannabidiol or CBD is a compound derived from processing many varieties of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. The most effective products derived from these compounds use a full processed spectrum of these compounds, combining their effects to create alternative health and food supplements that have become a rapidly growing industry in many areas of the world, including in the UK.
These products come in many varieties, including CBD oils , CBD gummies , and CBD creams , which is what we’ll be discussing in this buying guide. Their uses are often debated since the CBD industry is relatively new and still federally unregulated in most places (though some laws do apply, as discussed below).
However, both limited studies and anecdotal evidence suggest that CBD products have numerous mental and physical benefits, though more long-term studies are warranted. These benefits include pain relief related to muscle, joints, and nerves, stress relief, anti-inflammation, and even surprising benefits such as for your skin and heart.
Use this buyer’s guide of the 5 best CBD creams available in the UK in 2022 to find a brand and a product that meets your needs.
By knowing what benefits CBD cream can provide to your health and well-being, you can figure out what to look for in an extraction process, ingredients list, flavor, and delivery system. We did the research so you don’t have to.
UK’s 5 Best CBD Creams & Topicals for Pain Relief (2022)
1. Blessed CBD, 750mg Pain Relief Cream
When looking at brands of CBD products, it helps to figure out if the manufacturing of the product is reputable (this includes the actual chemical recipe of the product itself).
The CBD topical cream from Blessed CBD is made from CBD processed using supercritical CO2 extraction, as all the best brands are. This purifies the concentrated sample of cannabinoids and removes the unwanted compounds from the product. This includes not only undesirable cannabinoids but also harmful chemical additives like pesticides, fertilizers, and heavy metals.
Blessed CBD’s topical CBD cream/balm is made especially to help relieve joint and muscle pain. It does this not only through the natural healing properties of CBD, which has been shown to reduce inflammation, but also through its infusions.
What’s in Blessed CBD’s Soothing CBD Cream?
In addition to the spectrum of CO2-extracted CBD in the cream (the concentration is 750mg CBD), the formula is also enhanced for muscle and joint pain relief with essential oils and compounds known to offer relief in those areas.
It is also infused with extracts of lavender oil and chamomile to provide topical relaxation of muscles and joints and also to create a pleasing aroma that further reduces the activity of your overactive nervous system to calm you down. None of these ingredients leave an oily or greasy print on your skin.
Who Should Use the CBD Balm from Blessed CBD?
The infusions unique to the Blessed CBD formula make the cream particularly beneficial to those suffering from chronic muscle or joint pain. The essential oils augment CBD’s natural stress-relieving properties and provide cooling, calming sensations that reduce inflammation in joints and can help calm down over tightened or shortened muscles related to chronic tension or nerve pain conditions.
- Best CBD skin cream in the UK
- CO2 extraction method
- Essential oils infusion
- Great for muscle and joint pain
- Free delivery with every order
- THC-free CBD muscle balm
- Thousands of positive customer reviews
- Only one strength available (750mg)
For the best CBD cream in the United Kingdom for pain relief, we highly recommend checking out Blessed CBD.
2. HempTouch Soothing CBD Skin Balm
HempTouch is a venerated provider of CBD oils and balms and this Soothing Skin Balm lives up to their name. This balm is refined of all skin irritants, including alcohols, artificial chemicals, and other additives. As a 100% natural product, this CBD skin balm soothes and hydrates skin while providing a layered approach to relaxation and pain relief.
While only available in one 50ml size, the HempTouch skin balm uses processed hemp extracts in conjunction with other vitamins and fatty acids to give you a nourishing, skin-friendly product.
What’s in HempTouch Soothing CBD Skin Balm?
In addition to the CBD, HempTouch Soothing Skin Balm contains raw hemp seed oil to moisturize layers of dry skin. The balm is also infused with a variety of essential oils for other beneficial effects.
These include German chamomile, an ancient reliever of inflammation-related external issues like psoriasis, acne, and sore throats. It also has a pleasant calming effect that can help with insomnia. In addition, German chamomile (also called blue chamomile) is packed with Vitamin B to moisturize and regenerate skin, heal irritations, and clear up itchy or dry patches.
Lavender is another infusion that helps with relaxation and insomnia, particularly when applied nearer the face or hands to be breathed in and absorbed. Lavender is also a natural antiseptic, meaning that it cleans up germs as well.
Lastly, HempTouch Soothing CBD Skin Balm contains a hint of marigold, which is an anti-inflammatory, skin healer, and a natural remedy for an upset stomach.
These oils and essential ingredients make the HempTouch skin balm safe for sensitive skin and preferable for those that want to take advantage of its topical effects on dry and irritated skin as well as its neurological benefits for those suffering from stress-related insomnia.
Who Should Use HempTouch Soothing CBD Skin Balm?
The oils in this skin balm are specially designed for people with dry or dehydrated skin. By encouraging collagen production in the applied area, this CBD skin balm can not only moisturize, but it can also appear to reverse the effects of aging by returning vitamins to your skin.
Due to its essential oil infusions, HempTouch Skin Balm is also useful for people who suffer from anxiety, depression, or stress-related insomnia. Oils like chamomile and lavender are known sleep aids that have been used for the purpose for thousands of years and give this balm its calming aroma and light sleep-inducing effect.
- Effective skin moisturizer and pain reliever
- Essential oil infusions aid stress reduction and sleep
- Great source of topical Vitamin B
- No menthol – more useful as a moisturizer than a joint pain reliever
- Based in the USA – shipping to the UK may take 1-3 weeks
3. Spruce Full Spectrum Topical CBD Salve
Spruce Full Spectrum Topical CBD salve is a blend of cannabinoids and flavonoids that contains 300mg of full-spectrum hemp extract, along with other moisturizing ingredients. For those that are a little more experienced with these products and know they want something stronger, Spruce Topical CBD Salve may be the right brand for you.
All of Spruce’s products are evaluated and tested through third-party laboratories that ensure their products are of high quality. They publish the results of their vetting so that you can verify that Spruce CBD salves are free of pesticides, bacteria, additives, heavy metals, and other toxins that can make cheaper products harmful to use.
The results also display the exact concentration of CBD present in the samples, a fact which Spruce publishes on their website for full transparency with their prospective customers. Certificates of analysis are available to anyone that sends Spruce a message on their site. So if you’re particularly wary of fake or misadvertised products, or you are sensitive to additives and skin irritants, this amount of transparency should come as a big plus to you.
What’s in the Spruce Topical CBD Salve?
Spruce uses CO2-extracted lab-grade hemp in their 300mg topical cream. They also use olive fruit oil and shea butter as carriers and texturizers, improving the moisturizing effects of the salve and making it smoother and more even when applied to your skin.
Who Should Use Spruce Topical CBD Salve?
The high-quality hemp extracts in Spruce CBD products are refined for use in muscle recovery and pain related to chronic conditions. Applying Spruce to sore post-workout muscles or areas of chronic muscle and nerve irritation can alleviate symptoms temporarily and help you clear up some chronic issues.
- Organic, additive-free formula
- Tested, lab-grade CBD compounds
- Lab reports are available on request from the company
- Shea butter carrier makes for a smooth, comfortable application
- Not as acute as the menthol-based formulas
- Based in the USA – delivery to the UK costs extra
4. Endoca CBD Salve
Skincare issues are particularly treatable with a good CBD cream like this salve from Endoca. Its long-lasting moisturizing effects and fast absorption make it ideal for giving your skin vital vitamins and minerals without risking any chemical additives.
Like the best brands, Endoca’s CBD compounds are refined by CO2 extraction to a THC content of less than 0.2%. It only uses 100% natural ingredients in its salve, which is a 750mg concentration of cannabidiol, one of the highest available.
This makes Endoca’s CBD Salve particularly viable for people with serious or chronic skin conditions. Its natural oil and shea butter composition gives your broken or unconditioned skin a great hydrating, preserving, and anti-aging effect by naturally stimulating your skin’s ability to produce collagen.
For specific areas of discomfort or skin irritation, Endoca’s CBD salve is organic and fast-acting, even on infants. Unlike some of the more aggressive additives in other salves (like menthol, for instance), none of the ingredients in Endoca CBD Salve will irritate your baby’s skin. If you’re looking for something cool and soothing for your baby’s diaper rash, this salve could be the answer.
Since all of its organic ingredients are food-safe, you don’t even have to worry if they get some in their mouths. Endoca CBD Salve is safe even then.
What’s in Endoca CBD Salve?
The concentrated CBD compounds retrieved through supercritical CO2 extraction are only part of the natural ingredients list that make Endoca CBD Salve a great source of moisturization and antioxidants.
These include Vitamins C and E, coconut oil and beeswax for smooth application, and natural fragrances like lemon peel oil, citral, and vanilla for even more comfort.
Endoca keeps their salves vegan, non-GMO, and free of gluten, artificial colors, chemical additives, and preservatives. Even the animal products (beeswax) are guaranteed on the company’s site to be cruelty-free.
Who Should Use Endoca CBD Salve?
Those who are looking for the most organic skincare products should use Endoca CBD Salve. This is particularly true if cruelty-free animal raising, non-GMOs, vegan products, and natural vitamins are important to you.
It’s so safe that you can use it on baby skin to help them with skin irritations like diaper rash.
It can technically be used by anyone, but its uniquely high CBD content makes it particularly useful for those with more serious chronic conditions related to their skin. This fast-absorbing salve can be used for everything from improving your skin complexion to reducing inflammation so it’s worth a try for anyone who can stomach the above-average price.
- Fast absorption
- All-natural, non-GMO, cruelty-free ingredients
- Shea butter-based cream for smooth application
- Safe for daily use, even for babies
- Slightly premium price
5. Strong CBD Balm by PharmaHemp UK
PharmaHemp UK has been in business for almost a decade. Their family-run Slovenian business has been providing effective CBD products from plants that they grow in their own backyard (so to speak). Their handpicked plants are advertised as being high quality because of the personalized selection process from farms in the company’s home country of Slovenia (and some in Croatia).
The full-spectrum CBD oil that results from this selection is inspected under the guidelines of the GDP and GAP. They also dry the leaves and flowers naturally at low temperatures, preserving the potent effects of the plant in their balm.
It’s called “strong” for a reason: the CBD content of PharmaHemp UK’s 30ml container of balm is 900mg, one of the most potent available on the market. In addition to fast-acting pain relief, their balm also serves as a moisturizer. It undergoes strict laboratory testing to ensure that its ingredients are natural and potent.
What’s in Strong CBD Balm?
The carrier oils in Strong CBD Balm add to its moisturizing and nourishing effects. It’s manufactured using a combination of Shea and cocoa butter to nourish the outer layers of your skin and apply easily and evenly. Grape seed and coconut oil also add moisturizing effects that help with adding vitamins and minerals to your skin.
Essences of rosemary and Madagascar Vanilla give PharmaHemp’s Strong CBD Balm a pleasant smell as well as additional relaxation and nutritional benefits. All of these flavors add to the skin-rejuvenating effects of Strong CBD Balm.
As with any health supplement, it’s just as important to ask what is not in a product as what is. PharmaHemp UK prides itself on handpicking the plants, as mentioned, so you can probably guess that they’re particular about what goes into the batches as well.
They don’t add any toxins, chemical additives, heavy metals, fertilizers, pesticides, scents, dyes, or herbicides. They pride themselves on an organic and uniquely potent formula. They ask a premium price for the extra work to make it so pure and refined, but many customers since 2011 have affirmed that it’s more than worth it.
Who Should Use Strong CBD Balm?
This non-toxic product can be used by anyone, though it’s particularly useful for people suffering from skin rashes and irritation of varying intensity. The fast-acting moisturizing and pain-relieving formula is best suited for people with serious ongoing conditions that want fast relief.
- Completely organic CBD compounds and formulation
- Handpicked plants in closely overseen farms
- Non-toxic products with no additives
- Strong, fast-acting product with an industry-leading CBD content
CBD Creams, Balms & Lotions
Unlike with CBD oil tinctures, which are usually sold in 10ml bottles of varying dosage strengths, the amount of CBD cream you get per package factors heavily into which brands are a better value for you.
There are other factors we considered when comparing these brands. The quality of the CBD ingredients was paramount and based on each brand’s manufacturing reports and the reputation of their brands. By looking through reviews, we can also gauge customer satisfaction based on people’s reactions to the ingredients, the quality of the customer service, and the general perception of the product’s value vs the price.
In this guide, we’ve reviewed the 5 best brands of CBD creams/balms available for purchase in the UK in 2022 including their ingredients, manufacturing process, general reception, brand reputation, and special features.
- Plant Source
- Testing procedures
- THC content
Some CBD companies have been around for a while and others are cropping up to compete in a new industry. By reviewing the reception of each brand and how people benefit from each product, you can sort out the reputable products from the cheap cash-grabs.
We’ve researched these criteria and compared each of these top 5 brands based on them to help you figure out which best suits your needs.
CBD Topical Creams: FAQ
In order to make the right decision based on your needs, you need to know who CBD creams work in terms of their health benefits, how to use them, and how long they last. Even if you know that a CBD oil product checks off a lot of the needs of your symptoms, you may not know if CBD cream specifically is right for you.
Use this FAQ to sort out your preferences and the qualities of each product that appeal to you.
What is CBD cream?
Many products contain CBD, though the carriers differ. In the case of balms, creams, and topical salves, a substance like olive oil, hemp oil, or shea butter is used to thicken and bind the cream so that it can be absorbed into your skin.
This means that for most topical CBD creams, the pain-relieving, relaxing, or sleep-inducing effects of the cannabinoids are just as often desired as the basic skin repair and moisturizing effects of other shea butter-based creams.
What is the difference between topical creams and CBD products?
Most CBD products like capsules or edibles are taken orally, giving your body direct access to its neurological benefits. Topical CBD creams, however, are massaged into your skin, giving you ready access to fast-acting, easy to use CBD supplements.
Unlike capsules, creams only work in one area, of course. However, this means that their effect is concentrated. If you are seeking out CBD products for pain relief related to a specific athletic injury or a chronic illness inflicting a certain part of your body, CBD-based creams might be what you need, since their effect is concentrated.
Additionally, unlike CBD oil tinctures, CBD topical creams can be used by children with supervision, so long as the parent checks to make sure that the cream was tested by a third-party for purity from chemical additives and dyes, refined to ensure 0.2% or less THC content, and contains nothing that their child may be sensitive to.
With the right research beforehand, CBD cream can even be used on babies, particularly those created with shea butter or olive oil. Very few side effects have been reported with topical CBD creams and few are more serious than a rash.
However, to be safe, particularly with small children, apply a small amount to their arm and wait an hour. If no adverse effects can be seen in that time, then it should be safe to use.
What are the benefits of CBD Creams?
People have been using cannabinoids in one form or another for thousands of years for pain and anxiety relief. With refinements in manufacturing and processing technology, CBD can be used even more effectively for these and other purposes.
- Relief from pain related to muscles, nerves, or joints
- Anxiety/stress relief
- Aid with sleep
- Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects
- Skin moisturization
- Acne and eczema treatment
What side effects are associated with CBD Topicals?
While there aren’t many side effects associated with the use of CBD topical creams, they are possible, particularly if you’re sensitive to one of the secondary ingredients. Since many of these creams use essential oils to refine their aromas and enhance their effects, check thoroughly through the ingredients of any cream you plan on buying before you apply it to your skin.
This is why it’s important to find a company that verifies that no toxins, heavy metals, additives, or fertilizers are used in the production of the products. Without verification from a third-party lab that the CBD cream was made from organic, refined ingredients, you should reconsider buying the products in case harmful side effects occur.
In general, topical creams are designed to be applied and absorbed through your skin. Do not take a topical cream orally under any circumstances. Despite many of these creams being made from food-grade materials, it is still not designed to be digested.
Some creams are safer than others, and in small amounts can even be accidentally ingested (such as by a baby). However, even ingesting a modest amount of topical cream can be toxic so consult a physician right away if it happens.
How does CBD cream help with pain?
Your skin has its own endocannabinoid system that binds to the CBD for absorption. This affects the signals that your neurotransmitters send to your brain regarding the pain related to chronic illnesses like muscle strains, arthritis, and nerve pain conditions. This effect has a pronounced cooling sensation in creams containing menthol.
Most areas of the body can be massaged with CBD cream for pain-alleviating effects. By acting as a natural alternative to pain medications, CBD can allow you to reduce inflammation, hydrate your skin, and temporarily soothe your pain without harmful side effects.
Chronic illnesses like arthritis and multiple sclerosis benefit most from using these creams. Check with your doctor if this could be part of your pain relief regimen.
Is CBD legal in the UK?
CBD has not always been legal in the UK. Recent laws have permitted it to be sold so long as THC, the psychoactive component of hemp that gives marijuana users a “high,” has been filtered out to 0.2% or less.
This is why it’s essential to research CBD products before purchasing since THC content is not always filtered out of cheaper or unregulated products and may cause issues for you with drug tests, which can be disastrous for people in public service fields, education, or on parole.
This is more common in oral CBD supplements than with topical creams, but it is still essential to cover your bases and review both the ingredients and the verified testing procedures before using a new CBD product.
How do I apply CBD cream?
CBD cream is a user-friendly delivery method for getting CBD into your body. You should massage it into the intended area with clean hands until it starts to feel dry. This means that your skin is absorbing the cream.
If you are applying this topical cream for pain, it may take several minutes to feel any effects. Thankfully, the products we reviewed on this list are all non-greasy and won’t leave an oily stain on your hands, skin, and clothes. Remember that if you buy cheaper or unregulated products, you may not be so lucky.
It’s wise to wash your hands again after using CBD cream, just so you don’t accidentally get any in your mouth or eyes. Some (particularly those based on shea butter) are mostly harmless, but the creams that contain menthol for muscle cooling effects are eye irritants.
How long do the effects last?
After a few minutes of gentle massage, your skin should absorb the cream. Depending on the CBD concentration of the brand you’re using, it may take more or less time to start feeling the effects.
However, most creams suggest that pain-relieving, cooling, or soothing effects should be seen within 10 to 30 minutes. The potency and content of the topical more radically changes the length of time it lasts, however, with some creams lasting an hour or two and others sustaining their soothing effects for up to 6 hours.
Since they are intended to be used daily, you shouldn’t worry about addiction, dependency, or diminishing effects. If you start to feel uncomfortable or itchy again, you can reapply the cream as much as you need.
Not all CBD creams are perfectly safe for you because of the lack of regulation in the industry and the corners some companies cut in terms of cost, ingredients, and extraction procedures.
This is why we made sure that the products reviewed on this list all adhere to safety guidelines, contain no dangerous additives, and can be used as often as you need to get their stress and pain-relieving effects.
CBD Cream UK: Try Blessed CBD
CBD creams, lotions and topicals are quickly becoming one of the most popular applications of a growing industry in the UK. The brands reviewed here follow strict guidelines in terms of harvesting and manufacturing the CBD, undergoing third-party testing, and posting these results for their customers to verify so that they know exactly what they’re buying.
The benefits of CBD cream on people suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, skin, or sleep-related disorders has made them a growing solution to problems associated with inflammation. Use this buying guide to find the cream that fits your needs in terms of the health benefits they offer.