The CBD market has exploded in the last 3 or 4 years, with hundreds of different products now available. But are CBD bath bombs worth the investment? If you thought taking a bath couldn't get any more relaxing, think again. A CBD bath might just be the ultimate way to soothe your mind, body, and soul.
CBD Bath Bombs: Are They An Expensive Mistake?
The CBD market has exploded in the last three or four years throughout the world. In the UK it shows no signs of slowing down.
For those who are not familiar with it CBD is short for cannabidiol, one of many cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis/hemp plant.
Our body makes our own endogenous (from within) cannabinoids that help balance our health systems. There are even cannabinoids in the breast milk for newborn children which actually helps them thrive.
We can call CBD an exogenous (from without) cannabinoid. It interacts with our body in much the same way as the endogenous cannabinoids. Therefore we can confidently say our body is primed to safely use CBD for its benefit.
Of course, the name cannabis comes with a stigma attached.
Images of hippies, addicts, washed out tourists having a bad experience in Amsterdam and the list of negative images goes on often driven by vested interests who wish to keep cannabis illegal for their own gain, whether that is organised crime groups or organised pharmaceutical corporations.
Fortunately CBD is a huge step away from this and a very positive move to restore the reputation of this often misunderstood plant.
Firstly, CBD is non psychoactive. In other words, it cannot get you high. This means you can drive whilst using it, operate heavy machinery and function effectively without any concern you are going to be ‘under the influence’.
CBD and other legal compounds in the cannabis plant can have a wide range of interesting effects on your body and as a health food it is second to none.
Sadly this has led to a myriad of people wanting to get in on the act and make money from this compound that appears to be too good to be true.
I have to confess to being somewhat baffled by the endless attempts to put CBD into any product going. Some of this is so out of kilter with the fact CBD is supposed to be part of a healthy lifestyle that I can only think the people selling it have no idea about health or wellbeing.
At CBD One we believe in encouraging good health behaviour with expert advice. We do not think adding CBD to gimmicky products like beer, wine or even vapes is the way to get the most out of the cannabis plant.
However, there are hundreds, if not thousands of people engaging in lovely marketing activities for ‘pure CBD’, CBD flowers, sweets, gummies, beer, wine, balms, lotions, serums, pastes, capsules and the list grows longer by the day all the way through to bath bombs.
Why CBD Might Be the Key to Your Most Relaxing Bath Ever
Maggie is the digital health and wellness editor at Real Simple, with seven years of experience writing digital (and a bit of print) lifestyle and wellness content. She spends her days writing and editing stories about sleep, mental health, fitness, preventive health, nutrition, personal development, relationships, healthy habits, and beyond. She loves demystifying complicated health topics, debunking wellness fads, and sharing practical, science-backed solutions for healthy living.
Is there anything more indulgent than a warm bath? Whether you hit the tub to wash up, unwind mentally, ease stiff muscles, or promote a good night’s sleep, you know the healing power of a good soak. But if you thought taking a bath couldn’t get any more relaxing, think again. A CBD bath might just be the ultimate way to soothe your mind, body, and soul.
If you’ve been skeptical about trying CBD in any form, a soak of aromatic, CBD-infused bath salts could be the perfect way to experience its effects without ingesting it, all while doing something you already enjoy (lounging in the tub).
“Anyone can benefit from a CBD bath,” says Cindy Capobianco, cofounder and chief brand officer of the CBD brand Lord Jones. “If you’ve had a long day, an intense workout, or strenuous travel, it can provide the ultimate restorative reset and promote a calm sense of well-being.” And don’t worry, taking a CBD bath won’t get you high.
What Is CBD?
Quick refresher: “Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a cannabinoid found in both hemp and marijuana that can have potential health benefits,” explains Matthew Mintz, MD, FACP, a board-certified internist practicing in Bethesda, Maryland. “Unlike marijuana—which is federally illegal and only medically legal in certain states—hemp is legal everywhere and has virtually no THC (which is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, a different cannabinoid that can make you high).”
CBD supports the body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoid system and promotes endocannabinoid production. “Hemp-based CBD optimizes the function of a system you may not even know you have called the endocannabinoid system, which modulates the fight or flight response; impacting how we respond to stress, how much cortisol (the stress hormone) we produce, and how quickly we recover,” says Aimée Gould Shunney, ND, an advisor to PlusCBD Oil.
CBD Bath Benefits
So what does this calming, homeostasis-promoting, cannabis-derived plant substance have to do with bath time?
Heat improves CBD’s anti-inflammatory benefits.
“CBD is best used for inflammation, which is really at the root of any problem you have with your skin, whether it’s eczema or pain,” says Claudia Mata, the founder of Vertly, which infuses CBD into its natural, mineral- and botanical-rich bath salts. Dissolving a CBD-infused product, like bath salts or a bath bomb, into hot water and soaking in it expedites the process of CBD absorption into the skin and bloodstream through the pores.
“Heat causes vasodilation of the blood vessels, enhancing absorption of CBD (as well as anything else in your bath),” Shunney explains. “It also helps relax your muscles and open your airways, making it easier to breathe. These heat effects are all synergistic with the relaxing, pain-relieving, and anti-inflammatory effects of CBD.”
CBD can make that relaxing bath more relaxing.
“Taking a bath is already so therapeutic,” says Mata. “Baths deliver so many minerals, promote healing, and are great for soreness after a workout.”
Take all the benefits of a good old-fashioned bath, and CBD subtly enhances them. “Hot water, relaxation, CBD, essential oils—who wouldn’t benefit from that combo?” Shunney asks. “The biggest benefits [of a CBD bath] would be to relax and decompress, to ease musculoskeletal pain and inflammation, and to soothe angry skin conditions.”
CBD absorbs more efficiently through the skin.
Compared to taking a few drops of CBD tincture orally (say, under your tongue), letting it absorb topically tends to have quicker, more direct results.
“As with any nutrient or ingredient applied to the skin, absorption into the bloodstream will be faster than with oral ingestion,” Shunney says. And while a topical CBD balm, oil, or cream is ideal for calming localized inflammation, she suggests that adding CBD to a bath exposes your entire body to it, resulting in more systemic effects.
It’s beneficial in many different ways.
“The reason CBD is miraculous is not because of what it does (it’s not a cure-all), but because it is such a malleable ingredient. It’s a compound that works on so many different systems of your body,” says Mata. “It touches on anxiety, mood, sleep disorders—all these different variants of your life.” Add that to your already-calming bath experience, and you’ll be as relaxed as ever.
It’s a natural, plant-derived ingredient that works with other soothing bath products.
Don’t think of a CBD bath as dunking yourself into a tub of chemicals. CBD works naturally, subtly, and in tandem with a bath product’s various therapeutic ingredients. “Everything we do is about blending CBD and herbs,” Mata says. For instance, Vertly’s CBD-Infused Bath Salts ($24, Bloomingdales.com) includes a pore-opening and detoxifying sulfur, which allows all the product’s other minerals (like Dead Sea salt and magnesium) and herbal extracts (including marjoram, yarrow, rosemary, and CBD) to enter pores quicker and deeper.
Lord Jones High CBD Formula Bath Salts ($50, LordJones.com) balance broad-spectrum, hemp-derived CBD with “pink Himalayan salt, arnica, magnesium-rich Epsom salts, calendula petals, and a unique blend of terpenes and essential oils that support deep body relaxation,” Capobianco says.
What to Look for in a CBD Bath Salt
Experts agree: Anytime you’re shopping for CBD bath products, buy from a reputable brand. “Since CBD is not regulated by the FDA, make sure you get any CBD products from a reputable company that follows good standard growing procedures and whose products are verified by a third-party independent lab,” Dr. Mintz says.
Shunney recommends going with organic products that feature these ingredients and processes:
- Essential oils (rather than synthetic fragrance)
- Non-chemical CO2 extraction processes to remove pesticides, metals, and solvents
- High-quality, full-spectrum hemp oil
- Pharmaceutical-grade Epsom salts
- Hemp-derived CBD (which, by definition, contains less than 0.3 percent THC)
- Certification by U.S. Hemp Authority
Are CBD Bath Products Safe for Everyone?
As with any new product, people with sensitive skin should test their CBD bath product before submerging completely. Shunney suggests that, before exposing your whole body to it, dilute a small amount of product, and then apply it to a small area of skin with a washcloth.
As for how much to use and how long to soak, that’s up to you and the product you’re using. Capobianco says, “Each heaping scoop of Lord Jones High CBD Formula Bath Salts [the recommended serving size] contains approximately 20 milligrams of CBD.” Mata recommends that if you have the luxury of time, a good 15 to 20 minutes in the tub is ideal.