CBD is becoming more popular in DIY bath and body products. Learn more about what it is and how to add it to products here. 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 a popular way for people to enjoy the relaxing and pain-relieving effects of CBD. This article explores the benefits of cannabis-infused bath…
CBD in DIY Bath Products
By now, you’ve likely heard of CBD. Just a few years ago it was relatively unknown, but now it’s in everything from bath bombs to gummy bears. CBD is especially big here in the Pacific Northwest – you can find it at most grocery stores. Customers have been asking for the best way to use it in DIY bath and body, so we created 2 projects with CBD oil. Learn more below.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (also known as CBD) is a molecule found in cannabis and hemp plants. It’s commonly sold as an oil, tincture, in capsules, or as a spray. ONDA Wellness provides full-spectrum, whole-plant hemp CBD. They use biodynamic farming practices with minimal processing to deliver a vibrant green oil that’s great for all uses. Their hemp plants are infused with coconut and MCT oil, and their products can be consumed orally or used in skincare.
“The great thing about our CBD oils is that you can use it just about anywhere!” said Erin Willis, ONDA Wellness’ cannabis educator and content writer.
CBD doesn’t cause the same psychoactive effects as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another molecule in the cannabis plant.
“CBD products will not get you high,” said Christina with Purple Leaf Bath Bombs. She’s been making CBD-infused products for a little more than a year. “Hemp CBD contains zero THC. When looking for CBD products to buy, be sure the label says that the CBD is from the hemp plant.”
Learn more about CBD in this Harvard Health article.
Why people use it
CBD is thought to have a variety of health benefits. It’s commonly used for anxiety, insomnia, inflammation, and chronic pain. Christina wants more people to try CBD and reduce the use of pharmaceutical drugs. She feels the hemp plant has amazing benefits and she’s trying to spread the word to her customers.
If you want to try CBD, Erin said there are a few factors to consider. Check to see if the plant is from the US, as regulations and quality systems are stabilizing here. ONDA uses a patented lipid-infusion method that doesn’t strip any part of the hemp.
“It’s important to find companies that are transparent with their infusion or extraction methods,” Erin said. “We personally like to steer clear of butane, CO2, or methane extractions.”
She also recommends researching the brand, specifically for third-party lab testing. That way you know the CBD is free from heavy metal or pesticides. ONDA has farmers test the hemp within 30 days of harvest to ensure it’s within the legal range allowed. That report is sent to the Department of Agriculture. Then, they test the biomass twice in their warehouse. Finally, the oil is tested one more time to ensure the proper dosage.
Selling CBD products
If you plan to sell CBD products, the FDA is still reviewing its regulatory authority. CBD is not approved by the FDA for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of any disease. They have approved a few CBD products, but they’ve also issued warning letters to companies claiming that it treats Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia.
Depending on where you live and the claims you’re making, it may not be legal to sell products made with CBD. This questions and answers page has more information.
Projects made with CBD
In DIY bath and body products, CBD oil can add soothing and moisturizing properties. It’s thought to be great for those with sensitive or extra dry skin. We partnered with ONDA Wellness for these projects.
“Like any high quality/high nutrient natural consumable product, less disruption and stripping of the plant’s ingredients is better for the body to consume,” Erin said.
We used the ONDA CBD in this bath bomb project. It’s a simple and natural recipe you’ll love. The CBD oil helps bind the bath bombs so they hold their shape, and it also moisturizes the skin as you soak. They’re scented with relaxing lavender 40/42 essential oil.
We also made this skin-loving CBD Body Balm Stick. It has ONDA CBD oil, mango butter, beeswax, and lavender 40/42 essential oil. It’s solid at room temperature and melts on contact with the skin. The salve is moisturizing and great for dry patches like elbows and hands.
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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.
Wait—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 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 US 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 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.” And Mata recommends: If you have the luxury of time, a good 15 to 20 minutes in the tub is ideal.
A quick guide to CBD bath products
CBD has emerged as an effective medical treatment for hundreds of thousands of Canadian patients.
CBD – A Revolutionary Medical Discovery
Without a doubt, CBD is one of the most profound scientific breakthrough discoveries to emerge in the last fifty years. Tracing back to 2001, when medical cannabis became legalized in Canada, CBD has been consistently helping hundreds of thousands of Canadian patients with health issues such as:
- Chronic pain
- Cancer pain
- Chemotherapy-related side effects such as nausea and vomiting
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- Nerve pain
- Multiple sclerosis symptoms, such as spasticity
- And more
As word of CBD’s effectiveness grows, consumer appetite for more patient-friendly products follows suit.
Consumer-Friendly CBD Products
A prevalent misconception about CBD is that one has to smoke it to consume it. This is not necessarily the case. As medical cannabis becomes a viable treatment for more patients, the cannabis industry has innovated several smoke-free methods of consumption for patients who may not prefer inhalation.
These non-smoking methods include:
- Oils and Tinctures
- Gel Capsules
- Oral Sprays
The Rise of CBD Bath Products
CBD products have rapidly evolved over the years, with CBD bath bombs being the latest consumer-friendly offering. The public reception for CBD bath products has been nothing short of excitement and enthusiasm.
What are Cannabis-Infused Bath Products?
These products range from bath bombs, bath salts and bath oils that are infused with either CBD, THC or both. The application of these products is designed to be as simple and straightforward as possible: simply add products to the bath.
Why are CBD Bath Bombs so popular?
The attraction behind CBD bath bombs lies in combining the calming aromatics of fragrances like lavender, chamomile and eucalyptus with the natural pain-relieving qualities of CBD. The result is a relaxing and therapeutic experience, tailor-made for pain patients, as well as the general population.
Mainstream bath products, such as bath bombs, bath salts and oils, are already an influential and popular mainstay in wellness spaces, so the introduction of CBD is a natural step in the right direction.
The Skin Benefits of CBD
With cannabis topicals arriving at retail markets, patients will have another convenient way of addressing localized pain as well as improving skin conditions, such as psoriasis and dermatitis. In addition to providing relaxation and pain relief, CBD pain products also promote healthy, vibrant-looking skin and could also potentially have anti-ageing effects.
Will Cannabis-Infused Bath Products Produce a High?
The short answer is no. Bath products that contain THC cannot produce psychoactive effects, or colloquially known as a “high.” THC has to penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream to generate any psychoactive effects.
However, this is not the case with CBD. Since the human body is littered with numerous CB2 receptors along the skin, CBD can interact with these receptors and exert its natural pain-relieving and relaxing effects.
“So your skin being the biggest organ involved in your immune response, it contains many CB1 and CB2 receptors. it promotes this very strong affinity towards cannabinoids, and that helps them modulate the immune response – anti-inflammatory is one of the big responses in the skin as a result of CBD.” – Dr. Andrew Kerklann, Founder and President of Kerklann Therpeutics, a company offering CBD-based topical products.
What Can CBD Bath Products Help With?
The therapeutic benefits of a hot bath are well-documented. Adding CBD into the mix is a perfect marriage that promotes cumulative healing and relaxing effects.
Here are some of the health conditions that cannabis-infused bath products are effective at treating:
- Localized pain relief
- Menstrual cramps
- Arthritic joints
- Muscle aches and soreness
- Back pain
How to Infuse Your Bath Experience with CBD
Generally speaking, large quantities of CBD must be used to generate desired relaxing and pain-alleviating effects. To create your own therapeutic bath experience, use your preferred bath product (such as a bath bomb or bath salts) and depending on your needs, apply the following amounts of CBD oil directly into your bath: