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What is CBD muscle balm?

applying cbd muscle balm to knee
CBD muscle balm is another of the wonderful wellness products on the market that have been enriched with CBD extract.

These balms usually also include other extracts and oils in them, to nourish and soothe aching muscles.

Wait…What is CBD? 

Skip this bit if you already know about CBD!

CBD is an endocannabinoid sourced from Cannabis Sativa (hemp plant), which are usually grown for nutritional purposes.1

To make CBD oils and extracts, the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant are made into a paste and the CBD is extracted, hemp seeds are a secondary source.

What is CBD muscle balm?

CBD balm is a topical skincare product infused with cannabidiol (CBD).

CBD balms and muscle rubs typically contain other ingredients such as carrier oils, beeswax, and essential oils. These balms are designed to be applied externally to the skin in areas where you may experience discomfort, tension, or soreness.

How does CBD balm work?

While you may have heard about the benefits of ingesting CBD before, using a muscle balm is probably going to work differently to your regular CBD oil.

CBD balms have their own unique benefits, like: 

● Invigorating, relieving and soothing tired muscles 
● Helping to create heat during massage to aid circulation 
● Nourishing the skin with effective ingredients

How to use CBD muscle balm 

1. Have a warm bath or shower, drying thoroughly before applying the balm. 
2. Take a small amount of CBD balm in your hands and fingers to warm it up. 
3. Massage the balm in circular motions into tired and aching muscles to help soothe some discomfort away.

1. Holland & Barrett CBD Muscle Balm Extra, 50ml 

Like to get some bang for your buck? This CBD Muscle Balm Extra provides extra-strength CBD extract without breaking the bank. 

Each pot contains 50mg of CBD sourced from CBD-rich hemp extract along with a blend of other soothing ingredients, like: 

● Eucalyptus leaf oil 
● Peppermint leaf oil 
● Sunflower seed wax 

So, as you can imagine, this CBD muscle relaxant smells pretty good!

Use this lightweight formula to help relieve and calm tired muscles by massaging it into any area that needs soothing and make circular motions with your hands and fingertips to aid circulation.
Key benefits: 
● Great value for money 
● Extra-strength CBD 
● Helps warm and cool the skin 
● Vegan and vegetarian 

Customer reviews 
Bolts123 – Great stuff – 5/5 stars 
“Brilliant balm will be buying again smell lovely and it really works.” 
Anonymous – Fantastic muscle relieving remedy – 5/5 stars “Great balm to use on my hands after strenuous days’ work laying patios, definitely notice in the morning when I haven’t remembered to use this before bed”

2. Grass & Co. EASE CBD Muscle Balm 300mg 

A lot of CBD muscle balms and regular muscle balms tend to have a very strong minty / menthol scent, but what if you don’t like that? Grass & Co. muscle balm has got you sorted!

This CBD muscle rub is less minty, and smells more like your normal skincare products with ingredients like: 

● Tea Tree 
● Eucalyptus 
● Peppermint 
● Camphor 
● Arnica 

But it still has all the soothing benefits of CBD to help relieve tired and tense muscles. Massage it into sore muscles using a circular motion to heat, cool and soothe them.

Key benefits: 

● Smells delicious 
● Made from hemp extract 
● Helps soothe muscles 
● Suitable for vegetarians 

Customer reviews: 
Anonymous – The truth – 5/5 stars 
"It works! I never believed it would but it really does" 
Patrician – CBD muscle balm: relaxer to the muscle – 5/5 stars 
“This is the second time I have used this muscle balm and I have found it to be very soothing and relaxing to the areas of my body where I have massaged it in, a worthy purchase.”

3. Holland & Barrett Muscle Balm Ultra, 100ml 

This muscle balm is for those of you that either have tried balms with a lower dosage before and want an upgrade or you’re simply the type of people who don’t do things by halves! 

Each tub contains a hefty 300mg of hemp-derived CBD paired with other soothing ingredients like: 

● Peppermint oil 
● Eucalyptus oil 
● Sunflower seed

Key benefits: 

 Ultra-high-strength CBD 
  Helps warm and cool the skin for massaging muscles
  Vegan and vegetarian 

Customer reviews: 
Kyu welch – CBD for martial arts – 5/5 stars 
“Use the balm before I train in my MMA. It gives me a relaxing sensation as I warm up and train... Also use it after the training for sore muscles. I give all the cbd range 100%” 
Northernnan – At last !!!!! – 5/5 stars 
“Wonder product...wish I'd found it years ago...given me new lease of life...”

4. fourfive CBD Muscle Rub 300mg 45ml 

If you haven’t heard of Four Five already, it is a collection of targeted recovery solutions brought to you by international rugby players George Kruis and Dom Day.

Whether you're a professional sportsperson or someone who enjoys an active lifestyle, they have created a fantastic CBD infused balm to soothe strains and encourage muscle recovery.2

A muscle rub made for athletes, by athletes.
Key benefits: 

● BSCG (Olympic standard of drug testing) certified 
● 300mg premium CO2 extracted CBD 
● Formulated with Vitamin E, Calendula & Niaouli Oil 
● Independently lab-tested 
● Vegan & Vegetarian 

Customer reviews: 
Doc2019 – CBD muscle rub that works! – 5/5 stars 
“Really love this muscle rub - great for after yoga, hiking, workouts or just when my muscles feel tired. Smells great and has a cooling effect which really helps sore, tired muscles. Plus this balm is quickly absorbed leaving my skin feeling hydrated not sticky. A staple in my gym and trail bags. Works well with fourfive CBD spray to help me get a great night’s sleep” 

PTonks - Better than the rest - 5/5 stars 
“I’ve been using Fourfive products for about 6 months now, and the massage balm is the best post workout product I’ve ever used.”

5. Cannaray CBD Muscle Balm 60ml

This soothing blend of Aloe, Arnica, Shea Butter, Eucalyptus, Limonene and CBD is ideal for massaging into achy areas. 

Brought to you by Cannaray, a brand formed of a world-class team of doctors, scientists and wellness experts. They combine quality ingredients with premium hemp extract, to create a range of first-class CBD products.
Key benefits: 

● THC-free & independently lab tested 
● A melting balm-to-oil texture that's ideal for massage 
● Blended with plant ingredients including aloe vera, arnica, eucalyptus and shea butter 
● Vegetarian 

Customer reviews: 
 Hope94 - Worked on achy shoulders - 5/5 stars 
 “Wasn't sure if this would work but used on specific area of my shoulders and it really helped with achy spots. Smells nice and not greasy or sticky either” 

Rebecca Cox - Amazing for my back - 5/5 stars 
 “I got this for my back as my back muscles from work can get tight and it works amazingly for my back, I love it :)”


How much CBD balm should I use? 

When using CBD balms, it is recommended that you use a small amount at first as it will spread out more when warmed up, increasing when necessary. 

How to use CBD balm safely 

 CBD balms are safe for use and should be used according to product instructions. Like any other topical product, some people may be allergic to the product ingredients or a combination of ingredients in CBD muscle balms. 

The best thing to do, as with any other cosmetic product, is to do a small skin test 24 hours before using it, to see if it causes a skin reaction. How to choose the right CBD balm? There are several factors to consider when you invest in a CBD balm, including: 

● The amount of CBD in them 
● The quality of CBD 
● That it comes from a reliable brand and source 
● You like the smell and feel of it 
● That it is compatible with your skin 

What are the benefits of CBD balms? 

When formulated correctly and applied well, CBD balms can have the following benefits: 

● Invigorating and soothing tired muscles 
● As you massage it into your skin, the CBD balm helps to create a warming sensation which can aid circulation in affected areas 
● CBD balms are usually full of nourishing ingredients, so your skin gets to enjoy some benefits as well as your muscles ● They’re a great choice for people who don’t like the taste of CBD oils or the idea of taking CBD orally, but still want to give it a go


Here at H&B, we only sell CBD that meets our highest standards for purity, quality, and safety, as backed by leading trade associations (HFMA & EIHA) and expert laboratories so you can find the CBD you can trust. And in the format, flavour and strength you want too. 

The advice in this article is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP or healthcare professional before trying any treatments or remedies. 

 The FSA set an acceptable daily intake of 0.15mg/kg/body weight which equates to 10mg for a 70kg for an adult (for products with 98% purity). 

This advice from FSA is precautionary and relates to long term sustained use of CBD. H&B recommend customers check labels and consider their daily intake of CBD and length of time they choose to take CBD based on this updated FSA advice. For more information please visit the FSA website


1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7891210/



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