As word of the success of cannabidiols (CBD) as a treatment against stubborn cases of arthritis has spread, so too has an interest in the different topical CBD creams available for such a purpose. And when it comes to this specific niche of CBD products, there can be a lot to consider. Everything including the ingredients used, the purity of the cannabidiols, and even the final cost can differ greatly between brands.
Luckily, we’ve compiled five of the best CBD creams available on the market today for those that are looking for relief from the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis. Below, we will look at all the pertinent details for each CBD cream and provide a little about what we like and don’t like about each product. Later, we’ll answer three of the most common questions that those new to CBD might have. So, without further ado, please read on for our top five CBD lotions for arthritis picks.
Joy Organics Organic CBD Salve
This Organic CBD Salve from Joy Organics is our top CBD cream choice for arthritis sufferers for many reasons including purity, pricing, and, most importantly, effectiveness at relieving aches and pains. The organic labeling should provide peace of mind that all ingredients in Joy Organic’s salve are sourced from the highest quality providers, and everything is manufactured in the U.S.A. And the purity also extends to this broad-spectrum salve that is THC-free.
In addition, every product is tested both independently and by Joy Organics itself, with results publicly available on the company’s website. Combine the above with economical pricing and Joy Organics stands out above the rest as offering the best CBD cream for those with musculoskeletal or arthritis issues.
What we like: This salve goes on easy and leaves skin feeling smooth and nourished, not oily (as can be a problem for some other CBD lotions).
What we don’t like: Those that are looking for a full-spectrum salve will want to consider other options as this salve is broad-spectrum and thus THC free.
Spruce Full-Spectrum Topical CBD Salve
This CBD cream is a great choice for those that are looking for a maximum-strength, full-spectrum CBD product that is designed to relieve muscle and joint pain. The Spruce offers a 100% natural product that is organic, and lab tested for purity by independent labs.
Spruce offers their CBD salve in both 1,000 mg and 2,000 mg sizes, with the larger option being the most economical. Those with allergies to tree nuts will want to note that this salve is made with coconut oil.
What we like: Spruce CBD Salve uses high-quality and natural ingredients including shea butter, beeswax, and olive oil.
What we don’t like: One downside for this product is that it can contain a trace amount of THC (up to 0.3%) which makes it unsuitable for those that are subject to drug testing.
Cornbread Hemp CBD Lotion + Menthol
With a name as unique as Cornbread Hemp, you knew this company was going to try something new with their CBD lotion. And this lotion doesn’t disappoint thanks to the addition of menthol as a primary ingredient. The use of menthol in this CBD Cream produces a distinctive cooling sensation when applied.
What we like: The menthol that is added makes this CBD lotion perfect for those that enjoy its distinct smell and numbing sensation.
What we don’t like: A single 500mg jar may contain as much as 20mg of THC, making this lotion a poor choice for those that are looking to avoid THC completely.
Plus CBD Balm — Extra-Strength Formula
Using ingredients such as sweet almond oil, jojoba, peppermint oil, and willow bark, you would be excused for confusing this balm with the high-end lotions normally sold by major cosmetic companies. But more important than its ingredient list, this balm from Plus CBD offers an extra-strength formula for those that are suffering from the worst effects of arthritis.
What we like: This balm has many ingredients that are normally found in high-end fancy creams and serums such as vitamin E, and rich fatty acids that help smooth and soften skin all while providing pain relief.
What we don’t like: The formula has been improved, but some still complain that this balm leaves the skin with an unpleasant oily, and greasy residue after use.
CBDMedic Back & Neck Pain Relief Ointment
For those suffering from back and neck pain specifically, this CBD ointment from CBDMedic might just do the trick. Other active ingredients include camphor and menthol, the latter of which offers cooling and numbing properties. The ointment comes in a 40g tube with 200mg of CBD per tube. Beyond use as an arthritis pain reliever, this ointment is also great for general back, neck, and shoulder strains or tightness.
What we like: The use of THC-free hemp in this product’s formulation helps it stand out from other options on this list.
What we don’t like: While a little bit can go a long way, the amount of ointment in a tube is still on the small side when compared to other options on this list.
CBD Arthritis Creams – Frequently Asked Questions
Now that we’ve looked at five of the best CBD creams for arthritis sufferers, let’s next try to answer some of the most frequently asked questions those that are new to CBD arthritis creams tend to have.
How do I apply CBD Salves and Creams?
If you are trying a CBD lotion for the first time, it is best to apply only a small amount at first to test for any allergic reactions. (You can find a helpful video on how to do this here.) Once you know that the cream agrees with your skin, feel free to apply it as you would any regular lotion or balm. Just be sure to avoid sensitive areas such as around the eyes, ears, and mouth. Additionally, do not ingest any CBD product that isn’t specifically designed for such a purpose.
How much lotion should I use, and can I use too much?
According to a 2018 WHO report, while CBD generally is safe for use and non-habit forming, you could possibly apply too much CBD cream. But in general, the risk of applying too much CBD lotion is minimal with normal use and most adverse side effects include nausea and fatigue. But be sure to always follow any recommended use guidance that is given on the packaging in order to ensure maximize effectiveness.
If I use CBD cream, will I get “high”?
Some CBD lotions may have a minimal amount of THC present (limited to 0.3% or less in states where marijuana is still prohibited). And in such small quantities, the amount of THC present shouldn’t present any “high” or unwanted mind-altering type effects. If you are looking for an option that is completely free of THC, look for anything that is broad-spectrum, as these products will have the THC actively removed from them.
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Thus concludes our buyer’s guide to the best CBD creams for arthritis sufferers. We’ve looked at what we like and don’t like about each cream and even answered a few of the most held questions. As always, feel free to reach out with any questions or comments you may have. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading and learned something new about using CBD to treat arthritis along the way, thank you!