With positive reviews from consumers of different age groups and genders, we can boldly conclude that CBD has led to positive health benefits to its users: improved sleep, solving depression and anxiety problems, pain relief, etc.
All ingredients used to make the Cheef Botanicals CBD salve are all-natural and organic. This implies that the salves have no traces of artificial additives, chemicals, or preservatives.
Our Criteria for Choosing the CBD Topical Creams
When the CBD cream is applied onto the skin, the lipids found in oils transfer the CBD’s phytochemicals through the cells of the skin. This, in turn, makes it possible for the CBD to target particular areas of discomfort and pain. It is also at this stage that the CBD starts working with the endocannabinoid system.
Most consumers of this Cheef Botanicals CBD salve tend to stick to it because they claim that it gives them an almost immediate relief. Others even believe in experiencing the effects the moment it makes contact with their skin.
This is our top recommended brand for CBD creams. FAB CBD is a company devoted to giving its consumers the highest quality CBD available. All of the brand’s CBD products are created from all-natural hemp that is grown in Colorado. FAB is community-oriented and collaborates with different partners from time to time.
Baskin has a lower–dose formula that clocks in at 150mg CBD that costs $20 less. But I say, Go big or go home. Invest in the higher dose if you want real relief all over: It’s meant to be used all over the body versus its cousin, which was specifically created for smaller targeted areas. Beyond that, you can always use the 400mg cream the way you see fit: Nobody is going to stop you if you want to use it only in specific pain points.
Wildflower was my inaugural topical. At the time, I had just started learning Krav Maga—a rather intense Israeli contact combat sport where there are no real rules. (Except to survive.) And my body was sore all the time those first few months. It didn’t help that I’ve got this existing and highly-bothersome back condition. I was also running a few times a week. But Wildflower’s CBD Cool Stick, which conveniently comes packaged as a roll-on, helped me tremendously. The trick is to apply the cooling stick before your workout or any other physically strenuous activity—not after. Why? Because in my experience, sweat reactivates the cooling components of the Wildflower’s formula. A six–mile run is infinitely more pleasant when you feel the the cream working even when you’ve got a ways to go. Also note that the brand also carries a Healing Stick (500mg) for $75. But it’s got arnica and I’m not exactly fond of the odor it emits through my clothes. However, if you do like arnica-scented everything, go for it.
I’ve long been a fan of edibles and tinctures, but for those who are skeptical of ingesting it, I’m also a big believer in topicals. From lotions and creams to balms and bath bombs, I have experimented with many different kinds—and I’ve come to rely on them for localized pain and reducing inflammation.
ONYX + ROSE BROAD SPECTRUM CBD BLISS BALM (500MG; $54)
One thing to note, though: Only buy from established brands from licensed dispensaries—not random bodegas, sketchy websites, so-called health food stores, or even Amazon. Always ask for COAs (Certificates of Analysis) to ensure that the topical actually contains the cannabinoids it claims to have. And have an open mind about using CBD topicals incorporated with THC—because those two cannabinoids combined are more effective when addressing inflammation, which is the primary cause of soreness and pain.
This high–dose balm seems to be a crowd favorite, certainly in my household. The jar itself contains two ounces of product. It doesn’t seem like much—But because the consistency of the cream is particularly smooth and spreadable, it glides easily onto the skin and covers more real estate. In terms of relief, you can expect gradual relaxation of the muscles—especially if you’re prone to spasms or simply incredibly tight.
Here’s what I have found most effective over the years.
But as with any CBD product, there’s no skeleton key that unlocks relief for everyone—you have to find what works for your body. And you certainly have to experiment with different products, brands, and dosages—it’s the only way for you to see which ones really work.