Strain, stiffness and discomfort are a part of life that we all experience. At a young age, we go through growing pains. Throughout our teens we face injury and muscle strain. Then into adulthood we come face to face with the wear and tear that symbolizes our mortality.

Dealing with discomfort is nature, but finding solutions to manage it is human.

Interestingly enough, CBD from the hemp plant is proving to be one of the most effective holistic methods for dealing with muscle strain and stiffness all the way to aching chronic pain.

But likely not for the reasons you would expect…

How CBD provides therapy to pain points

For starters, CBD is not a narcotic.

It is a common misconception that CBD acts as a narcotic like alcohol or opioids to ‘numb away’ the sensation of pain. But this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

While members of the marijuana family produce psychoactive recreational THC, the American cultivated PCR hemp plant produces CBD material that is easily purified to a non-psychoactive THC concentration of 0.3% or less. That’s low enough to not be detected by traditional drug tests.

CBD sings to the same tune as the body.

CBD works by replenishing the body’s natural endocannabinoid system that spans all major tissues and organs. During times of stress and strain, parts of the endocannabinoid system can go out of balance. Exogenous CBD can help restore balance to the system positively effecting mood, anti-inflammatory responses and help cope with pain.

Comparable to OTC medication, naturally.

The largest drawback to OTC pain relievers like Advil and Aspirin aside from them not working well, is that they are synthetic substances that can strain the liver. Such stress on the liver can further complicate the bodies ability to heal and thus lead to further complications and medication reliance.

CBD in turn has been suggested to be more effective than OTC medications without liver strain.

Positive results have been discussed for:

  • Arthritis patients (1)
  • Back injury patients (2)(3)
  • Athletes recovery (4)(5)

Results are certainly case-by-case, but the same can be said for OTC medications which do not always provide relief.

What to look for when picking a CBD lotion

There are several different types of CBD creams on the market today. When choosing the best CBD cream, we recommend evaluating the following quality markers:

CBD Cream Quality Checklist:

  1. Is the CBD Dosage labeled? Non-disclosure is often non-effective.
  2. Is the CBD from organic hemp plants? American grown organic hemp provides pesticide free CBD.
  3. How was the CBD extracted? You will want a cream with clean CO2 extracted CBD as opposed to products made by chemical separation.
  4. Are there any artificial dyes included? Artificial added ingredients can irritate the skin.
  5. What is the lotion base and will all ingredients help with pain? CBD is a small portion of an effective cream. Ensure that the lotion as a whole will promote comfort.
  6. Was the cream or lotion 3rd party tested for purity? To ensure safety and product consistency, ensure that all 3rd party tests are easily accessible right on the product page AND within date.
  7. What is the return policy? Quality brands stand behind their products and offer compassionate return policies.

How do topical lotions and creams differ from ingested oils and confections?

Topical lotions and creams deliver CBD directly to the source. That means you can use less CBD to achieve pain relief and comfort. It also means that the effects of CBD will be limited to the application site. As opposed to ingested CBD that will interact with the entire bodies balance of cannabinoids.

How to read CBD dosages and concentrations from the label?

When purchasing CBD products, determining the dosage per serving can be less obvious than normal. The most important thing for you to know, is that CBD brands typically list the total CBD concentration on the label.

For instance, if you are buying a tincture that says 750 mg CBD on the front… That likely means there is 750 mg in the entire bottle. If it is a 100 mL bottle, that means you are getting 7.5 mg CBD per 1 mL dropper.

The same goes for creams and lotions. You’re going to need to divide your total servings by the total CBD content to understand how much you are using (how much you are buying).

How to use CBD Creams

Common question: “How do I get the most out of my CBD cream?” Simple Answer: Start small and work your way up.

Everyone’s body is different. While your friend may need to lather up in CBD cream for their desired relief, you may need considerably less. So, why start with a ton when you can save money by using little amounts?

If you don’t feel relief in 15-20 minutes after application, then you can add some more.

Below, we’ve summarized the 10 best performing CBD Creams that we’ve tried across the market. This list is intended to help you filter out the very best brands for quality pain relieving creams.


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