Every month there's a whole slew of new CBD products being introduced onto the market: from CBD deodorant to CBD chocolate, and more. There's no doubt all these new CBD products are trendy, but do they actually work?
Manufacturers and marketers have caught on to the buzzy power of adding CBD to everything, and therefore, not all CBD products are created equally. We'll take a closer look at one such product this week: CBD bath bombs.
Allow us to debunk this common trend with basic knowledge and let you in on some options that might be a better fit to give you the CBD experience you're looking for.
What is a CBD bath bomb?
Bath bombs are hard-packed mixtures of herbs & essential oils that add color, smells, or bubbles to bathwater. The idea for the first ever bath bomb came to the creator of Lush Cosmetics, Mo Constantine, in 1989 and changed bath time forever.
CBD bath bombs capitalize on both the popularity of bath bombs & CBD by mixing two buzz-worthy items related to relaxation & rejuvenation.
What are the CBD bath bomb benefits?
CBD bath bomb benefits purportedly include 'skin purification', 'a relaxing sensation', and 'all-over relaxation'. Each CBD bath bomb typically includes anywhere from 30-150mg.
Have CBD bath bombs been researched?
There isn't currently any research to support the claims that CBD bath bombs actually work.
The only scientifically proven part of a CBD bath bomb, is the bath part. In fact, a simple warm bath has been scientifically proven to:
- improve heart health
- help you breathe easier
- calm the brain & nervous system
- soothe muscles, joints, and bones
- improve gastrointestinal health
- help balance hormones
- moisturize the hair & skin
Are CBD bath bombs considered topical CBD?
Take for example, our best-selling CBD Cooling Rub 1000MG.
By putting just one dollop of our signature cooling rub on an area of discomfort, you're potentially getting up to 35mg of CBD soaking deep into your ache or pain. That's a potent dose.
Whereas the act of sitting in a 75-gallon bathtub of 50mg of dilluted CBD, does not apply as topical use as it isn't applied in a concentrated, direct dose to the skin's surface.
What do CBD bath bombs do?
CBD bath bombs don't do much of anything and the the evidence is in plain sight. Here are 3 reasons CBD bath bombs don't work.
1. CBD bath bombs don't soak into the epidermis.
As you may know, topical CBD products work wonders! But CBD bath bombs aren't considered topical CBD.
The key aspect of using a topical CBD product is that it requires dwell time, as in, time to soak into the epidermis. CBD bath bombs don't allow for the same effect; CBD put into a bathtub simply sits on the surface of the water.
2. The CBD in CBD bath bombs is diluted.
CBD bath bombs are typically sold at low-strengths, yet marketed as though they are high strength. On a popular CBD site, we found that their bath bombs featured just 50MG of CBD each. If you were to dilute those 50MG of CBD into an entire bath-full of water (about 75 gallons), it wouldn't produce enough of an effect and most of it would just get washed down the drain.
Any relaxing feeling one might take after using a CBD bath bomb is likely just from the fact that they took a bath, and not from the CBD that is sitting on the surface of the water.
3. CBD oil doesn't mix with water.
We looked into popular online recipes for creating your own CBD bath bombs and were quite surprised to find that majority of the recipes include CBD in oil form. Now, isn't it basic science and knowledge that water and oil do not mix? As aforementioned, the oil would simply sit on top of the water and not be able to perform as effectively as it's meant to.
Alternatives to CBD bath bombs
Many people turn to CBD bath bombs for physical aches & pains, but we've got a few options that'll provide you with more bang for your buck.
CBD topical products are your best bet if your CBD goals include a brighter complexion, healthier skin, or freedom from stubborn aches & pains.
CBD's ability to aid physical discomfort is due to the amount of cannabinoid receptors present on our skin. Chemicals like CBD interact directly with these cannabinoid receptors to help mitigate pain signals and promote proper inflammatory function within our bodies.
Inflammation has been linked to chronic skin conditions, and fortunately, CBD's research surrounding inflammation-based issues is starting to stack up. A recent study performed by Professor Matthew Halpert of the Baylor College of Medicine recently confirmed CBD's ability to reduce the production of inflammatory markers related to arthritis.
Discover our favorite topical CBD products:
- CBD Balm 500mg, 2000mg
- CBD Cooling Rub 200mg, 1000mg, 2000mg
- CBD Night Serum 150mg, 250mg, 1000mg
- CBD Face Cream 250mg, 500mg, 1000mg
- CBD Massage Oil 1000mg, 4000mg
CBD Basics include the most straightforward methods of taking CBD: CBD oil, CBD capsules, and CBD spray. The best part about CBD basics is they're easy to take on-the-go, straightforward to use, and offer the quickest relief.
CBD oil is one of the most popular methods used to take CBD today because when taken sublingually (under the tongue) it has been scientifically proven to fight pain and provide support for proper inflammatory function.
Discover our favorite CBD basics:
- CBD Capsules 500mg
- CBD Oil Light 500mg
- CBD Oil Elevated 1000mg
- CBD Oil Robust 2000mg
- CBD Oil Spray 1000mg
- CBD Oil Spray 2000mg
The truth about CBD bath bombs: In conclusion
We think bath bombs are a great addition to baths! They're known for being great for aromatherapy, relaxation, and more. But the truth is, there is simply better ways to experience CBD.
It seems that these days commodities like CBD are being sensationalized and it's important to look into whether the product you're purchasing has been researched and proven to work. Check out our helpful article on how to avoid bad quality CBD, here.
If you have any questions about choosing the right CBD product for you, don't hesitate to contact our customer service team.
Please reach out to us if you have any further questions and we'll be happy to speak with you.