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Best CBD Topicals: Lotions, Creams, and Salves

Topicals are not “high-inducing”, and even more so if they're CBD-specific topicals. Which means that thc levels must be kept to a maximum of 0.3%. Below you'll find an intriguing list of products that will help treat and maintain skin, sports aches, and other area-specific pains.

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Topicals could be your best bet to treat pains and aches on focused areas of the body.

Some topicals have been demonstrated to have positive effects on skin related issues like acne and eczema.

There is still a lot of research to be done.

Topicals are not “high-inducing”. Like all CBD or Hemp labelled products, thc levels must be kept to a maximum of 0.3%. We’ve explained below how to know the type of thc concentration your topical.

Not only that:

You will also find the entire list of considerations to be taken into account when deciding what topical to buy. This includes the types of CBD extracts or oil used in the product and other standard considerations recommended.

Type of CBD Extracts or Oils:

  • Isolate: Contains only pure CBD extract.
  • Full-Spectrum: Contains all cannabinoids, in different volumes but keeps THC below or equal to 0.3%.
  • Broad-Spectrum: Contains all cannabinoids found naturally in cannabis except for THC.

Ingredient Quality: You’ll want to check if the product is organic, what sorts of additives it has, and if it’s not an isolate product then what sort of oil is the extract diluted in.

Taste: If you’re buying CBD oil for your pal then you probably know the flavors they’re into. Try to pick an oil that adapts to those tastes.

Lab Testing: I like to give priority to products that do third-party testing, it makes me feel much more at ease because the reputation of the lab comes into play here so I feel like I’m getting a product that is truly put to the test. Also, you might want to check the date the testing was done if that sort of information is available to you and ensure that you’re buying a product that wasn’t tested in the 60s.

Brand Reputation: We all have favorite brands for something, the same thing happens with CBD oils. Make sure you’re buying oils from brands you trust; a way to go about it is to ask your bud-tender for brand advice.

Aside from the technical specifications, there’s also the fact of knowing what you’re buying the topical for, this is why we’ve divided every item on the list into 4 main categories; Pain, Sports, Skincare, and All-Purpose Topicals.

But before we get started with the list; if you’re looking for a non-expensive and equally awesome option in the topical’s realm, then why not go with a quick DIY alternative? It’s easy for us to skip the mere idea of having to do our own salves and lotions when there’s so many brands doing good out there.

Best 15 CBD Topicals:

Best CBD Topicals for Pain

1. Cornbread Hemp Full Spectrum CBD Lotion + Menthol

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The best CBD topical available today is this lotion from Cornbread Hemp. Cornbread Hemp provides the most trustworthy and potent full-spectrum CBD products legally available in the United States of America. They believe that cannabis is the world’s most important natural remedy and should be accessible to everyone on Earth. This extra-strength CBD lotion with menthol is made for active adults with stiff joints or sore muscles. The menthol helps the CBD penetrate deeper into the tissue to the source of the inflammation. Combined with the terpenes of the full spectrum hemp distillate, this mentholated lotion has a pleasant fruity scent.

2. White Fox Repair Remedy Salve

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White Fox Nectar’s topical that uses organic coconut oil as a base for a high-end full-spectrum CBD extract. Coconut oil is not present in the formula just to serve as a carrier oil, but also fulfills the purpose of allowing CBD and other herbs like aloe, lavender, and peppermint to be quickly and efficiently absorbed by the body.

3. Vertly CBD Infused Relief Lotion

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Vertly prides themselves in their signature full spectrum hemp extract, which combined with a vitamin-rich formula makes for an extremely efficient and area focused pain relief serum. The relief lotion also supports muscle and joint health with arnica flower and muscle recovery with magnesium.

Best CBD Topicals for Sports

1. Weed Sport CBD Muscle Rub

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Weed Sport’s main goal is to have their hemp extract do the heavy lifting for you. This CBD infused muscle rub is formulated to target the wear and tear of challenging physical activity with 200mg of whole plant industrial hemp-derived CBD.

2. Wildflower CBD Cool Stick

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Contrary to all other products on this list, Wildflower’s Cool Stick actually comes in a format that seems to be specifically developed for sports enthusiasts who have no time to be dealing with sticky creams. A unique blend of broad-spectrum CBD extract with multi-purpose ingredients like beeswax, coconut oil, soy wax, and many more.

3. Populum Cold Therapy Hemp Rub

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Cold seems to be the keyword you’ll be wanting to look for when searching for a sport-oriented topical. Populum’s cold therapy hemp rub is formulated to soothe sore muscles by combining aloe, arnica, and chamomile in a vegan and paraben-free mix that has been third-party tested for potency and purity.

4. Baskin CBD Sport Recovery Cream

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Baskin’s CBD sports cream can be applied after a game to soothe and help recover sore muscles, or during a game to keep you going towards your goal. A fast acting cream with 300mg worth of CBD that will not let your body leave the game and allow you to power through the pain.

Best CBD Topicals for Skincare

1. Mineral Maison Salve

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Mineral has designed a salve to apply right after your daily skin cleansing routine to relieve, calm, and revive the skin. Maison is a salve that can be used as a regular day-to-day skincare product or used on stressed skin that needs to be repaired as well.

2. Ildi Pekar Tissue Repair Serum

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Ildi Pekar’s product is a 100% natural and organically formulated facial and body serum that provides powerful antioxidants, omegas, and soothing properties for the irritated, dehydrated, and aging skin. This is a serum, so it comes bottled in a dropper flask and is meant to be used after your daily skin cleansing routine.

3. Saint Jane Luxury CBD Serum

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Another luxury CBD serum that targets redness and acts as an anti-aging formula. Unlike other CBD creams and serums out there, Saint Jane’s Luxury formula is packed with 20 potent botanicals that hydrate and recover the lost glow of a once radiant skin.

4. CannaCeuticals CBD7 Rejuvenating Cream

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This rejuvenating cream is the fifth step of CannaCeuticals skin regenerating process. The idea is to apply the cream every day after CannaCeuticals’ facial cleanser, revitalizing toner, and regenerating 7 serum are applied and dried.

5. Beboe High Potency CBD Face Serum

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Beboe’s intent was to create a full-spectrum CBD face oil with vegan ingredients that will redefine dry skin by repairing elasticity and reducing the appearance of blemishes. The serum comes in 300 mg dropper flasks and the application is suggested to be between 6 and 7 drops, once in the morning and once at night.

Best All-Purpose CBD Topicals

1. Peak Extracts Rescue Rub

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A holistically valued CBD extract rub, an all-rounder’s all-rounder that’s good for anything from inflammations and pain to skin conditions. Magic rubs and salves are something we’ve been conditioned to expect from traditional Chinese medicine and this Peak Extracts formula might be the closest thing to it as it was developed in the U.S. by a licensed Chinese Herbalist.

2. Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Oil

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A body oil formulated with 100mg of broad-spectrum hemp-derived CBD extract, avocado, safflower, and jojoba oils that are meant to revitalize and leave the skin glowing. The best part about Lord Jones’ body oil is its rollerball applicator, which makes for an extremely convenient application and an easy way to apply pressure when needed.

3. Mary’s Nutritionals Muscle Freeze

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A plant-based cream infused with full-spectrum hemp extract and other substances that refresh the skin like mango butter and cooling menthol. Mary’s Nutritional advice is to abstain from using the topical on open wounds or broken skin.

August 18, 2020 — Last Updated September 16, 2020
Written by Simón Cartagena

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