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What is CBD muscle balm?

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 natural 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 naturally sourced from Cannabis Sativa (hemp plant), which are usually grown for nutritional purposes.

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.

Does CBD Muscle Rub 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 natural ingredients

What can you do with CBD balm?

The best way to use most CBD balms is to:

  1. Take some CBD balm in your hands and fingers to warm it up.
  2. Massage the balm in circular motions into tired and aching muscles to help soothe some discomfort away.
  3. Try having a warm bath or shower beforehand, drying thoroughly and then using the balm as instructed above for extra muscle-relieving benefits.

4 of the best CBD muscle balms

There are lots of CBD muscle balms on the market now, so we’ve narrowed it down a little and chosen 4 of the best, depending on what you are looking for.

Find out which CBD muscle balm is:

  • Best value for money
  • Best smelling
  • Strongest
  • Easiest to use

1. The best value for money CBD muscle balm

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 100% natural hemp 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
  • 100% natural
  • Suitable for vegans and vegetarians

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. The best smelling CBD muscle balm

Ambience CBD Infused Muscle Balm, 30ml

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? Ambience CBD muscle cream has got you sorted!

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

  • Shea butter
  • Cocoa butter
  • Olive oil
  • Aloe vera
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Rosemary oil

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 natural hemp extract
  • Helps soothe muscles
  • Suitable for vegetarians

Customer reviews:

Kipababe – Best Balm – 5/5 stars

This balm has been the best for me, works every time.

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.  The strongest CBD muscle balm

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
  • Suitable for vegans and vegetarians
  • 100% natural

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. The easiest to use ‘CBD muscle balm’

ADD CBD Cosmetic Enhancer, 2000mg

Ok, so technically this isn’t a CBD muscle balm… but hear us out.

Already tried all the muscle balms going and found your ultimate favourite, but want to try a CBD out? Before you shelf your current muscle balm and switch to CBD, maybe you could come to a compromise and use a CBD cosmetic enhancer like this one instead.

Simply add a few drops of ADD CBD to your existing muscle balm and you get the best of both worlds! If you love the upgrade, then you could also add it into your face creams, body washed, hand creams, face masks and pretty much any beauty product – handy, eh?

Key benefits:

  • Flexible way to ADD CBD to your day
  • Easy-to-use pipette
  • Control your dosage – add more or less
  • Contains 2000mg of high-quality CBD per bottle
  • Suitable for vegans
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Last updated: 13 January 2021

Expertly reviewed by:

Doaa Almosawi

Doaa Al Mosawi, Regulatory Affairs

  • Joined Holland & Barrett: March 2019
  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science

After completing her BSc in Biomedical Science, Doaa worked in Research and laboratory for 3 years. Doaa was also a member of a product development team in a manufacturing company specialising in sun care and personal care products, researching and providing regulatory advice regarding international regulations.

Doaa is now an International Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate at Holland & Barrett.
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