The Difference Between CBD Topicals & Other CBD Products

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Many adults turn to CBD topicals for relief from minor muscle and joint pain.** Topical cream and ointment products work differently in your body than other CBD products. CBD edibles (like CBD capsules), CBD vape products, and CBD oil tinctures all deliver CBD to the bloodstream, where it interacts with the endocannabinoid system. Topical CBD cream and balm products are applied directly to the area affected by minor pain or discomfort, absorbing through the skin to deliver relief to the tissue below.**

In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into CBD, CBD oil, and topical CBD products. We’ll also look at some of the CBD topicals available in the UK today, as well as learn how to find the best CBD topicals.

Let’s begin by taking a look at hemp and the health-boosting compound, CBD.**

What Is CBD?

CBD (cannabidiol) is one of a group of compounds, called cannabinoids, produced by the cannabis plant. Unlike its fellow major cannabinoid, THC, CBD is non-intoxicating. Instead, CBD delivers health and wellness benefits through its interaction with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).** The ECS helps the body to maintain homeostasis, or balance. CBD helps to bolster the performance of this system, resulting in a wealth of health and wellness benefits.**

Types of CBD Oil

There are different types of CBD oil you will find when you shop for CBD products. Full spectrum CBD is the CBD oil exactly as it was first extracted from the hemp plant. Full spectrum oil contains all of the cannabinoids (including CBD and less than 0.3% THC), terpenes, flavonoids, and healthy fatty acids of the plant. Broad spectrum CBD is the same oil as full spectrum CBD, only with detectable levels of THC filtered out. Nearly all of the other hemp matter remains in the oil. CBD isolate is 99% pure CBD with all other cannabis compounds removed.

What Are CBD Topicals?

CBD topical products are products infused with CBD that are applied directly to the skin. CBD topicals include CBD-infused cream and ointments, CBD salve, CBD balm, CBD bath bombs, CBD face masks, and other similar products. These products include CBD skincare products, CBD footcare products, and CBD products for relief from minor pain and discomfort.

Topical CBD Products vs CBD Capsules, CBD Vapes & Other Products

CBD topicals work differently than other types of CBD products because they don’t enter the bloodstream as CBD capsules do through the digestive tract, CBD vapes do through the lungs, or CBD oil tinctures do through the lining of the mouth. Instead, CBD topicals are applied to the skin, where the CBD sinks in and goes straight to the distressed area, whether that’s dry, irritated skin or muscle and joint areas in need of minor pain relief.**

CBD Muscle Balm, CBD Creams, CBD Salve & CBD Bath Products

At CBDfx, we offer several different types of CBD topicals, including CBD creams and CBD balms, CBD bath bombs, and other products. Here is a handy comparison table, showing all of CBDfx’s best-selling topicals, as well as the type of CBD used in each topical formula.

CBD ProductType of CBD Used
CBD Muscle & Joint Cream: Cooling FormulaBroad spectrum CBD
CBD + CBG Muscle & Joint Cream: Heating FormulaBroad spectrum CBD
Calming & Moisturising CBD Balm StickBroad spectrum CBD
Muscle & Joint CBD Balm StickBroad spectrum CBD
CBD Muscle Balm: Deep Tissue FormulaBroad spectrum CBD
CBD Calming Balm for Sensitive SkinBroad spectrum CBD
CBD Foot MasksBroad spectrum CBD
CBD Face MasksBroad spectrum CBD
CBD Bath BombsCBD isolate

How to Find the Best CBD Topical Products

When you’re shopping for CBD topicals or other CBD products, there are some criteria you should keep in mind. 

First, make sure your product is made with CBD oil derived from organically farmed hemp plants. Hemp is a hardy plant, but if there are pesticides, heavy metals, or other contaminants in the soil, hemp will pick it up. And you can be certain that the plant will pass it on to the CBD oil used in your product.

Second, make sure that the CBD oil has been extracted from the plant by means of clean carbon dioxide. Unlike many solvents, CO2 won’t leave a residue behind in your oil—or your product!

Lastly, make sure your topical product comes with a Certificate of Analysis (COA). This is a third-party lab report that tells you how much CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids are in your product. A Certificate of Analysis also tells you if any of the aforementioned contaminants are in your CBD product. Every reputable CBD company will give you easy access to their product’s Certificate of Analysis. 

At CBDfx, your safety and satisfaction are our top priorities. All of our products are backed by a Certificate of Analysis!

Final Thoughts on CBD & Topicals

We hope you’ve enjoyed our exploration of CBD, CBD oils, and CBD topicals. Make sure to follow the criteria listed above to find the best creams and balm products for your needs. We wish you the best on your CBD journey!

Ready to try our balms & creams? Enjoy soothing relief with our Muscle & Joint CBD Balm Stick with 750 mg of CBD and other natural ingredients!