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5 of the best CBD balms

23 Nov 2022 • 3 min read


Heard all about the benefits of CBD and want to try them out for yourself and your tired muscles?

CBD balms could be the method that suits you best! Discover what CBD balm is, what it does and 6 of the best CBD balms we sell here at Holland & Barrett.

What are CBD balms?

CBD balms are pretty much the same as normal muscle balms – just with some CBD extract thrown into the mix!

Are CBD balms the same as CBD oil?

No, not really, they work in totally different ways.

CBD oils are ingested and absorbed by our bloodstream/digestive system, whereas CBD balms are rubbed into the skin in places that need extra soothing.

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 natural ingredients, so your skin gets to enjoy some benefits as well as your muscles
  • They often emit a strong yet pleasant scent to help improve your mood.
  • 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

How do I use CBD balm?

Here’s how to use CBD balms for best results:

  1. Smooth some CBD balm from your fingers to your hands and warm it up by rubbing it.
  2. Massage the balms in circular motions into aching and tired muscles to help soothe and relax them.
  3. Try having a warm shower or bath before you apply the balm for extra muscle relief.

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.

Can CBD balm harm you?

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 to see if it causes a skin reaction.

What are the best CBD balms?

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

1. The best value for money CBD muscle balm 

Like to get the best value for your money? This CBD Muscle Balm Extra provides extra-strength CBD extract without the hefty price tag.

Holland & Barrett CBD Muscle Balm Extra, 50ml

Each pot contains 50mg of CBD sourced from 100% natural CBD-rich hemp extract along with a blend of other soothing ingredients, like:

  • Peppermint leaf oil
  • Sunflower seed wax
  • Eucalyptus leaf oil

So, as you can imagine, this CBD muscle relaxant has a pretty nice smell!

Use this lightweight formula to help calm tired muscles by massaging it into any area that needs soothing. Make circular motions with your fingertips and hands to promote blood circulation.

Key benefits:

  • Extra-strength CBD
  • Helps warm and cool the skin
  • 100% natural
  • Great value for money
  • Suitable for vegans and vegetarians

What our customers think:

Bolts123 – Great stuff – 5/5 stars

“Brilliant balm will be buying again smell lovely and it really works.”

2. The best cooling CBD balm

Wildflower CBD Cool Stick, 28.3g

A swift solution for all of your occasional ‘ouchies’, this CBD cool stick is great for addressing everyday discomforts.

It’s full of natural ingredients, including 100mg high-quality CBD, coconut oil, shea butter, menthol crystals, and more to help relieve and soothe.

Key benefits:

  • Contains 100mg high-quality broad-spectrum CBD
  • Instantly cools, soothes and relieves everyday discomforts
  • Quick and convenient – pop it in your bag or pocket for using on the go

3. Ultra CBD muscle balm

Have you tried balms with a lower dosage before and want an upgrade? This strong muscle balm could be for you!

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

  • Sunflower seed
  • Peppermint oil
  • Eucalyptus oil

Key benefits:

  • Ultra-high-strength CBD
  • Suitable for vegans and vegetarians
  • 100% natural ingredients
  • Helps warm and cool the skin for massaging muscles

What our customers think:

Nelly the frog - Simply amazed - 5/5 stars

"I thought it was a placebo effect because surely nothing could work this fast. Nope, its for real. The price put me off a little but you get what you pay for and this works."

4. The aromatherapy CBD muscle balm

Grass & Co. EASE CBD Muscle Balm 300mg with Tea Tree, Eucalyptus & Arnica

It’s all in your head…well not necessarily! But one of the best things about this CBD balm is that you get to enjoy natural aromatherapy while you rub the soothing blend into tired and aching muscles.

Key benefits:

  • This gorgeous-smelling formula has 300mg of the best-quality CBD oil inside
  • Also contains tea tree, eucalyptus, camphor, arnica, peppermint and other all-natural ingredients.
  • Rub this aromatherapy-enriched balm into tired and aching muscles to hydrate the skin, uplift the mind and soothe muscles and joints

5. The easiest to use CBD product 

Technically this isn’t a CBD muscle balm… but it can be added to normal balms!

ADD CBD Cosmetic Enhancer, 2000mg

Already tried all of the many muscle balms going and found your dream balm, but are curious about CBD?

 Before you switch to CBD and shelf your current muscle balm, maybe you could come to a compromise and try a CBD cosmetic enhancer like this one instead?

Simply add a few drops of ADD CBD to any other muscle balm and mix to get the best of both worlds!

If you love the CBD upgrade, then you could also add it into your body washes, face creams, face masks, hand creams, and pretty much any beauty product – handy, eh?

Key benefits:

  • Contains 2000mg of high-quality CBD per bottle
  • Flexible way to ADD CBD to your day
  • Easy-to-use pipette
  • Control your amount – add more or less
  • Suitable for vegans

What our customers think:

Tracey – Great product – 5/5 stars

“This is genius. Add to your existing creams and potions for the added effects of CBD oil.”

What are the other ways to take CBD?

Here are some of the other most popular ways to enjoy CBD.

CBD oil 

  • Add it to food/drink
  • Flexible dosage
  • Usually best value for money

Jacob Hooy CBD Oil 5% + Vitamin D3 10ml

CBD capsules 

  • Easy to take
  • None of the CBD taste (not everybody likes it!)
  • Great for travel

Reakiro CBD Gel 750mg 30 Capsules

CBD pens

  • Innovative way to take CBD
  • Great for use on-the-go
  • Hygienic, well-designed applicator

Reakiro Raw Hemp Extract RxPen 100mg, 10ml

CBD gummies

  • Maybe the tastiest and definitely the most fun to take CBD
  • Often fruit flavoured
  • Great for people who don’t like oils or tablets

Starpowa CBD 15mg Apple Flavoured 60 Gummies

CBD Food Enhancer

  • Designed to be added to foods/drinks
  • You won’t notice it
  • Great if you don’t like oils or tablets

AddCBD Food Enhancer, 600mg

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 supplements, treatments or remedies. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

Last updated: 14 July 2021


Author: Manisha TaggarSenior Regulatory Affairs Associate

Joined Holland & Barrett: May 2019

BSc Hons in Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Science

Manisha started her career at a Cosmetics distributor as a Regulatory Technologist followed by a Regulatory Affairs Officer, ensuring the regulatory compliance of cosmetic products from colour cosmetics to skincare.

After 3 and half years in this role, Manisha joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.

Manisha specialises in Cosmetic products, both own-label and branded lines, ensuring that these products and all relating marketing material comply to the EU Cosmetics Regulation.

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