CBD’s anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties are gaining more fame with every passing day. So, it makes sense that applying it to the skin can be a great way to get targeted relief from a variety of complaints. But which CBD topical products are right for you?

There are a lot of different types of CBD products designed for topical application, and they’re so different that it can be hard to compare them in a meaningful way.

This ranking is for everyone out there who wants to try a CBD cream or balm, but doesn’t know where to start. We did the research and crunched the numbers. Now we’re ready to share what we discovered so that you can choose the best product for your needs.

So, read on to learn more about our methodology, or hit the button just below to skip right to the ranking.

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Do CBD Topicals Work?

With the explosion of attention directed towards CBD oil in the last few years, most people probably know that there are several ways of using CBD. You can vape it, pop a CBD capsule, or even use a suppository.

When you apply CBD externally, though, it has specific benefits. That’s because when it’s absorbed through the skin, CBD doesn’t circulate throughout the bloodstream the way it does with other ingestion methods. Its anti-inflammatory oomph is directed right to where you need it most.

So, people use topical CBD to get targeted relief for aches and pains from conditions like arthritis or neuralgia. Or athletes may use CBD creams and gels to soothe soreness after a workout. Still other people say that topical CBD products help with skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis.

And with its antioxidant properties, CBD could also play a role in repairing acne, sun-damaged skin, and fighting the signs of aging.

How Did We Select the Top 15 CBD Topical Products?

In a project like this, the first step is selecting the products to evaluate. We decided to focus on creams, balms, and salves. These types of products are typically used to treat pain or to ease skin conditions.

This category did not include creams or lotions that are marketed primarily as beauty products, because we would need to use different criteria to evaluate them. (And we will probably do a separate review of CBD beauty products before too long.)

Some of the brands we included are well known and long established. Others are newer ones that have recently launched. We also looked at forums and review sites to see what products CBD consumers were asking about or recommending.

Testing Methodology

After we selected the products, we evaluated them using blind product testing. This means that we tested samples that had been packaged in identical containers and labeled by number. That way, when we recorded our subjective observations, we did not know which product was which.

We also sent samples to a third-party lab for cannabinoid potency analysis. Because these results are given in percentage by weight and milligrams per gram, it was a bit challenging to effectively compare the results to the labeled quantities.

That’s because most of these products are classified as liquids, so they’re labeled by volume instead of weight. And without knowing the density of the products, comparing the labeled quantities (in milligrams per milliliter) to the lab results (in milligrams per gram) just gave us a rough idea of whether the labels were accurate.

Ultimately, we decided that since people don’t typically measure creams and balms precisely, the potency percentage is probably the most useful number for comparison in this case. With a high-potency tincture, a consumer might need to precisely measure their dose in drops. But when we apply topicals, we usually judge the appropriate quantity visually.

You can see the reported quantities in a chart below. Just click on “Lab Results” below to see the results.

We also conducted research into each of the companies whose products we tested. Finally, we organized all of the data and scored each product in the following categories:

Product

For this category, we looked at the quality of the product and the subjective experience of using it.

  • Where does the hemp come from? Are the ingredients organic, pesticide-free, or non-GMO?
  • How does the product look, feel, and smell?
  • Is the product easy to open and dispense?
  • How many scent and potency options are there to choose from?
User Experience

This category addresses the process of making a purchase through the brand’s website.

  • Does the website load quickly? Is it intuitive?
  • Does the purchasing process go smoothly?
  • Are there high shipping fees or strict return policies?
Customer Service

Customer service can make or break a brand. So we contacted each one, secret shopper style.

  • How long does it take to get in touch with someone?
  • Are the company’s representatives pleasant to deal with?
  • Did they provide clear, useful information?
Trust & Reputation

In a largely self-regulating environment like the CBD industry, reputation is key.

  • How long has the company been in business?
  • What are their reviews like?
  • Do the company’s leaders stand behind their products, or is it a mystery who is putting this brand out into the world?
Lab Results

  • Does the company post complete, recent third-party lab results on their website?
  • If not, will they provide them upon request?
  • Are their lab results consistent with our lab’s analysis?

Here are the results from our lab’s analysis of each product. We also included the price per ounce of each product so that you can see how it relates to cannabinoid content.

Want to focus on one specific company listed below? Just enter the brand name in the search box to filter the table.

CompanyPrice per oz.CBD %CBD mg/gΔ9-THC %Δ9-THC mg/gCBDa %CBDa mg/gTrace amounts
Palmetto Harmony$20.000.20%1.8--0.00%0.2
Hemplucid$74.980.50%5.10.00%0.41.30%13.0THCa, CBC
Fab$32.001.10%10.50.00%0.4--CBC
CBDistillery$60.001.90%18.50.10%0.80.00%0.1CBC, CBG
Receptra$31.961.10%10.90.00%0.3--CBC, CBG
Pure Spectrum$24.440.40%3.9----
Lazarus Naturals$25.002.20%22.20.10%1.4--CBDv, Δ8-THC, CBC, CBG
Plus CBD Oil$39.960.20%2.5----
Myaderm$49.902.10%21.4----CBDv
Populum$15.000.10%1.0----
Green Roads$69.990.90%9.1----
Panther Wellness$12.500.20%2.0----
Charlotte's Web$26.660.50%5.3----CBC
CBD MD$22.490.90%9.3----
EsseCann$39.330.70%7.10.10.6--CBG

Ready to check out our top CBD topical products? Read on to see the full ranking!

A NOTE ON SCORING

Keep in mind that, in order to rank these products, we have scored them in relationship to each other. That means that we had to get super critical on some points, instead of just giving everyone a high score. So, even if you see a comparatively lower score in one category, we still think that all of these are great choices.

The Top 15 CBD Topical Products

  1. Lazarus Naturals

    Cedar Citrus Balm
    Product- 97%
    Experience- 96%
    Customer Service- 92%
    Trust & Reputation- 89%
    Lab Result- 100%
    95

    Ingredients: Organic Mango Butter, Organic Beeswax, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Organic Cedar Oil, Valencia Orange Oil, Hemp Extract, Oleic Acid, Isopropyl Myristate.

    Testing Notes: Yellowy beige, solid. Massage into skin to absorb, light residue.


    With its bright citrus scent and a texture like creamed butter and sugar, this balm from Lazarus Naturals is a pleasure to use.

    And if this scent isn’t your cup of tea, Lazarus also offers balms in Soothing Mint and Lavender. Or you could try their CBD-infused coconut oil for an unscented topical option.

    If that’s not enough to convince you: the company’s 30-day, no-questions-asked return policy takes the risk out of trying their products.


    Advantages
    • Broad cannabinoid profile
    • Great value
    • High-quality ingredients
    Disadvantages
    • Light residue after application
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  2. Panther Wellness

    Full Spectrum Hemp Lotion - Relaxing
    Product- 97%
    Experience- 100%
    Customer Service- 96%
    Trust & Reputation- 81%
    Lab Result- 93%
    93

    Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Sunflower Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Etbylhexyl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Organic Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, Organic Lavender Extract, Allantoin, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Organic Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol.

    Testing Notes: Opaque white cream. Smooth texture, leaves skin feeling moisturized, but not greasy.


    This lotion’s light, herbal scent and luxurious texture are a winning combination. And their Colorado-sourced hemp CBD and organic essential oils take it to the next level.

    We were also impressed with their swift customer service and reasonable pricing.

    Looking for other options? Try their Unscented, Uplifting and Woodsy varieties. And their Hemp Balms are pretty great, too!


    Advantages
    • Great texture and absorption
    • Wide variety of fragrance and potency options
    • Free shipping!
    Disadvantages
    • Less-established company
    • No info about founders or leadership on the website
    Regular Price: $49.99
  3. Myaderm

    CBD Pain Cream
    Product- 82%
    Experience- 93%
    Customer Service- 100%
    Trust & Reputation- 81%
    Lab Result- 100%
    91

    Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis, Eucalyptus Oil, Glycerin, Grape Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Orange Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Primrose Oil, Proprietary Emulsifiers and Enhancers, TEA, Vitamin E, Water

    Testing Notes: White, opaque lotion. Absorbs quickly.


    Myaderm’s CBD Pain Cream has a smooth, creamy texture and absorbs completely into the skin within a few moments. And with a high percentage of Colorado hemp-derived CBD, customers rave about its effectiveness.

    The main drawback is its scent — a light whiff of eucalyptus — which evokes nothing so much as cough drops. Fortunately, in our hands-on tests the aroma did not project more than an inch or so from the skin.

    The company’s customer service wowed us with a near-instant response to an inquiry submitted on social media. And their free shipping and money-back guarantee add up to a great customer experience.

    One final note: this product is not technically in the “topical” category. It was formulated by a pharmacist using transdermal technology. So, this cream is unlike most topicals in that the CBD is able to reach the bloodstream and circulate throughout the body.


    Advantages
    • High potency
    • No greasy residue
    • Fast customer service
    Disadvantages
    • Slightly higher price
    • Medicinal scent
    • Little info about product sourcing on website
    Regular Price: $24.95
  4. Charlotte's Web

    Hemp Infused Balm
    Product- 85%
    Experience- 89%
    Customer Service- 96%
    Trust & Reputation- 100%
    Lab Result- 80%
    90

    Ingredients: Sunflower Seed Oil, Melaleuca Leucadendron (Cajeput) Oil, Camphor Bark Oil, Chinese Cinnamon Oil, Clove Flower Oil, Horse Mint Leaf Oil, Menthol, Beeswax, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Hemp Oil CO2 Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E).

    Testing Notes: Citrusy yellow, solid. Massages into skin to absorb.


    Charlotte’s Web is one of the most trusted and well-known CBD brands out there. So it’s not surprising that their Hemp Infused Balm made the cut for this ranking.

    So, what’s it like? It has an invigorating, spicy aroma with a hint of mint, along with a waxy and pliable texture.

    It does leave an oily residue, which makes it more appropriate for some applications than others. For example, you might not want to use it on your hands, especially if you spend time typing. But it could be a great choice for massaging a sore muscle, or an area that you plan to wrap.


    Advantages
    • Well-established brand
    • Quality ingredients
    • Uplifting aroma
    Disadvantages
    • Metal tin was a bit challenging to open
    • Oily residue
    • CBD quantity isn’t labeled
    Regular Price: $14.99 - $39.99
  5. Green Roads

    Muscle and Joint Relief Cream
    Product- 74%
    Experience- 83%
    Customer Service- 96%
    Trust & Reputation- 96%
    Lab Result- 100%
    90

    Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Anhydrous Hemp-Derived CBD 300 MG, Lavender Oil, Chamomile Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Sodium Cocoyl Glucamate, Carbomer, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Propylene Glycol, Vitamin E (Tocopherol Acetate), Cucumber Extract, Triethanolamine, Xanthan gum, acrylamide, Sodium Acrylate Copolymer, Paraffinum Liquidum, Trideceth 6, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium, Menthol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

    Testing Notes: Ivory, opaque lotion. Creamy texture, absorbs quickly.


    The Muscle and Joint Relief Cream from Green Roads has a pleasant, smooth texture that leaves skin feeling soft, not oily. And it incorporates soothing extracts of lavender and chamomile to support CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties.

    This formulation contains a bit of menthol, but it’s doesn’t hit you over the head with it. The menthol just lends a barely noticeable tingling sensation after application.

    We also appreciated the ease of finding third-party lab results on the Green Roads website. A complete, recent analysis is right on each product page, and you can also use the QR code on your product to find the results for that specific batch.


    Advantages
    • Great absorption
    • Smells like fancy soap
    • Solid CBD potency
    Disadvantages
    • High prices
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  6. Populum

    Cold Therapy Hemp Rub
    Product- 91%
    Experience- 93%
    Customer Service- 100%
    Trust & Reputation- 85%
    Lab Result- 80%
    90

    Ingredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Carbomer, Chamomile Extract, Arnica Extract, Emu Oil, Isopropyl Alcohol, L-menthol, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Triethanolamine, Full Spectrum Hemp Extract.

    Testing Notes: Frosty translucent gel. Absorbs quickly, leaving no sticky or oily residue.


    US-grown hemp with aloe, arnica, chamomile, and emu oil combine in this water-based gel from Populum.

    Cold Therapy Hemp Rub absorbs into the skin almost immediately, leaving only a cool, tingling sensation in its wake. It smells most prominently of rubbing alcohol and menthol, but the scent dissipates quickly after applying.

    At $15/oz. of product, this is one of the most affordable topical CBD products we evaluated for this ranking. And Populum’s 30-day, risk-free guarantee sweetens the deal even more.


    Advantages
    • Absorbs immediately with no residue
    • Affordable price point
    • Quality ingredients
    Disadvantages
    • Smells like rubbing alcohol
    • No lab results on website (only provided on request)
    Regular Price: $45.00
  7. Receptra

    Targeted Topical
    Product- 85%
    Experience- 87%
    Customer Service- 84%
    Trust & Reputation- 88%
    Lab Result- 100%
    89

    Ingredients: Shea Butter, Shorea Butter, Coconut Oil, Mango Butter, Beeswax, Emulsifying Wax, Jojoba Oil Infused with Hemp Extract, Camphor, Vitamin E Oil, Arnica Oil, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang

    Testing Notes: Olive green, solid balm. Takes a few moments to massage into skin.


    Receptra’s products are made with hemp grown on family farms in Colorado. And they use only the cannabinoid-rich flower, not the stalks, stems or seeds, for their extracts.

    The result? A broader cannabinoid profile than many other products. We found that this balm contains trace amounts of Δ9-THC, CBC, and CBG in addition to a hefty dose of CBD.

    This is a serious therapeutic product, not something most people will want to, say, casually slather on their hands all day. It has a pungent, herbal aroma, and its texture is waxy with a bit of grittiness that dissolves during application. And yes, there is a noticeable oily residue which lingers for a while.


    Advantages
    • Nice cannabinoid profile
    • High-quality ingredients
    • 30-day return policy
    Disadvantages
    • It doesn’t not smell like weed
    • Oily residue
    Regular Price: $39.95 - $68.95
  8. Pure Spectrum

    Pain Relief Relaxation Salve
    Product- 97%
    Experience- 81%
    Customer Service- 100%
    Trust & Reputation- 85%
    Lab Result- 80%
    89

    Ingredients: Full Spectrum Phytocannabinoid-rich Hemp Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Arnica, Sweet Almond Oil, Hemp Seed oil, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Hemp Extract Oil, Proprietary Blend of Essential Oils (Lavender, Clary Sage, Oregano).

    Testing Notes: Beige, solid balm. Absorbs quickly, but with noticeable residue.


    Pure Spectrum formulates their products using USDA-certified Colorado hemp. While many brands claim to use hemp grown using “organic practices,” USDA certification is the gold standard for environmentally responsible agriculture.

    And that dedication to quality ingredients carries through to the final product. The Pain Relief Relaxation Salve smells like geraniums and lemon Starburst candy, and has a thick, slightly sticky texture. While it does leave a lingering residue on the skin, it also leaves skin feeling noticeably softer and more resilient.

    We’d love to see Pure Spectrum switch to more earth-friendly shipping materials. Using both bubble wrap and styrofoam to ship one item is probably overkill.


    Advantages
    • Local, organic hemp
    • Pleasant scent
    • Quality, skin-softening ingredients
    Disadvantages
    • Noticeable residue that lasts a while
    • Website experience
    • Excessive packaging
    Regular Price: $48.88
  9. Palmetto Harmony

    Holy Cannacense
    Product- 94%
    Experience- 91%
    Customer Service- 88%
    Trust & Reputation- 96%
    Lab Result- 73%
    89

    Ingredients: High CBD Hemp Oil, Organic East African Shea Butter, Beeswax, Holy Basil, Frankincense, Sweet Orange.

    Testing Notes: Pale with a green tinge, solid and waxy. Absorbs quickly, leaves a waxy residue.


    Both frankincense and basil are thought to restore damaged skin and reduce inflammation, and in Palmetto Harmony’s Holy Cannacense balm, they work alongside CBD to deliver localized relief.

    Beeswax lends this product a slightly gritty texture, which vanishes on application. It absorbs quickly, but there is a lingering residue.

    Woodsy frankincense and sweet basil dominate the scent, which is pretty potent. If smelling like basil isn’t your jam, you might prefer Palmetto Harmony’s Cannacense, which is a similar formula without the holy basil.

    They did take a hit in the Lab Report category, because while they have lab reports available upon request for many of their products, the did not have a certificate of analysis for the finished topical products.


    Advantages
    • Unique formula
    • Reasonable pricing
    • Helpful customer service
    Disadvantages
    • Waxy residue
    • Potent aromatics won’t be right for everyone
    • Strict return policy
    Regular Price: $39.99
  10. CBDistillery

    CBDol
    Product- 77%
    Experience- 82%
    Customer Service- 100%
    Trust & Reputation- 85%
    Lab Result- 93%
    87

    Ingredients: Hemp Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Lavender, Peppermint, Wintergreen, Marjoram, Eucalyptus, Arnica, Basil, Camphor, Frankincense, Tea Tree, Green Tea, Lecithin, Cinnamon, Grapefruit Seed, Aloe, USD Kosher Glycerin, Magnesium, CBD, Beeswax

    Testing Notes: Deep brown, solid balm. Absorbs in a few seconds, leaving light tackiness.


    With its deep brown color and pungent, medicinal aroma, CBDol doesn’t seem like a luxurious skincare item on first impression.

    But CBDistillery’s high-CBD formula and unusual blend of therapeutic herbs makes this a potent treatment for aches, pains, and skin issues.

    In fact, in terms of CBD this product was one of the most potent that we tested. And our lab also detected small amounts of Δ9-THC, CBDa, CBC, CBG, so it packs a big “entourage effect” punch.


    Advantages
    • Broad cannabinoid spectrum
    • High CBD potency
    • Quality ingredients
    Disadvantages
    • High price (mitigated by high potency)
    • Strong smell
    • Lasting residue
    Regular Price $60.00
  11. Hemplucid

    CBDA Lotion
    Product- 82%
    Experience- 93%
    Customer Service- 100%
    Trust & Reputation- 81%
    Lab Result- 80%
    87

    Ingredients: Distilled Water, Aloe Vera, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Optiphen Plus, Cannabidiol, Chamomile, Vitamin E, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Cinnamon, Blood Orange Essential Oil.

    Testing Notes: Opaque, ivory cream. Absorbs within a few seconds, leaving a very light residue


    During our blind testing process, we noticed that two of the products were pretty much identical. The subjective experience of using them was so similar that there was some concern that there had been a mistake in preparing the samples.

    These two products were Hemplucid’s CBDA Lotion and Fab’s topical (which just happened to land next to each other in the ranking, at the number 11 and number 12 spots). They look the same, feel the same, and have the same creamy, citrusy scent that reminds us of chocolate covered orange peels.

    Oh, and when you compare the ingredient list, they are identical.

    So, why include both products? Well, when we looked at the lab results, there was a huge difference in the cannabinoid potency and profile between the two products. Clearly, the companies are using the same lotion base, but blending it with different hemp extracts to create very different products.

    Hemplucid’s claim to fame is that they’ve chosen to emphasize cannabidiolic acid (CBDa) in this product. While CBD is also present (along with trace amounts of Δ9-THC, THCa, and CBC), the quantity of the lesser-known CBDa is much greater.


    Advantages
    • Unusual, high-CBDa hemp extract
    • Free shipping
    • 30-day return policy
    Disadvantages
    • High price
    • If you’re looking for CBD, not CBDa, this probably isn’t the right product for you
    Regular Price: $149.95
  12. Fab

    Topical
    Product- 85%
    Experience- 85%
    Customer Service- 92%
    Trust & Reputation- 77%
    Lab Result- 93%
    87

    Ingredients: Distilled Water, Aloe Vera, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Optiphen Plus, Cannabidiol, Chamomile, Vitamin E, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Cinnamon, Blood Orange Essential Oil.

    Testing Notes: Opaque, ivory cream. Absorbs within a few seconds, leaving a very light residue.


    Like Hemplucid’s CBDa Lotion, above, Fab boasts a lovely, creamy citrus aroma and luxurious texture. But as we discussed above, while the lists of ingredients look identical for both products, the hemp extracts blended into the product are what really set them apart

    Fab’s Topical distinguishes itself by containing about twice the CBD (measured in percentage by weight) of Hemplucid’s product. And while our lab detected traces of Δ9-THC and CBC, CBDa is not a player in Fab’s cannabinoid profile.

    It is also distinguished by its much more moderate price. And with Fab’s 30-day return policy, you have plenty of time to try it out and see how well it works for you.


    Advantages
    • High CBD (but no CBDa)
    • Reasonable price
    • 30-day return policy
    Disadvantages
    • No detectable CBDa means that if you’re looking for a product with that particular cannabinoid, this one isn’t for you.
    • Newer company
    Regular Price: $64.00
  13. EsseCann

    Body Cream
    Product- 74%
    Experience- 91%
    Customer Service- 96%
    Trust & Reputation- 77%
    Lab Result- 87%
    85

    Ingredients: Shea Butter, Jojoba, Hemp Extract, Lavender, Rosemary

    Testing Notes: Waxy, white solid. Absorbs quickly, light residue.


    If you prefer to use skincare products that only contain ingredients you can pronounce, EsseCann’s Body Cream might be the CBD product for you. With a blend of nourishing shea and jojoba, this product uses lavender and rosemary essential oils to support CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties.

    Looking for something a bit tinglier? Their Muscle Cream adds menthol and arnica to the mix to add extra relief.

    EsseCann is one of the newer companies that we evaluated for this ranking, but they’ve implemented some of the transparency best practices that many brands seem to wait on. For example, you can view recent third-party labs for each item on its product page. 

    We were concerned that the metal container was just a tiny bit tricky to open. For people looking for a product to use on stiff, achy hands, it might be a challenge.


    Advantages
    • Simple-yet-elegant formula
    • Great natural scent
    • Solid CBD potency
    Disadvantages
    • Slightly tricky container
    • Lack of info on label
    • Less-established company
    Regular Price: $59.00
  14. Plus CBD Oil

    Extra Strength Hemp Balm
    Product- 71%
    Experience- 85%
    Customer Service- 88%
    Trust & Reputation- 96%
    Lab Result- 80%
    84

    Ingredients: Sweet Almond Oil, Beeswax, Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Hemp Oil (Aerial Plant Parts), Peppermint Oil, Tocopherol, Willow Bark Extract, Equisetum Hiemale Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Safflower Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate

    Testing Notes: Beige, solid balm. Absorbs quickly, leaving an oily residue.


    Plus CBD Oil is one of the largest players in the industry, and one of the most established. While the company advocates for the expansion of hemp agriculture in the US, they use European hemp to make their CBD. That’s because in the US, they say, hemp isn’t yet grown at large enough scale to provide a consistent source.

    The extra-strength balm incorporates the company’s Gold Formula CBD, which is distilled after extraction to remove excess plant matter. It has a woodsy aroma and a creamy-crystalline texture.

    After application, the balm leaves an oily residue that lasts a long time. This might make it inappropriate for some uses. It would make a soothing massage for sore muscles or a treatment for rough, chapped skin.


    Advantages
    • Quality ingredients
    • Knowledgeable customer service
    • Trusted, established company
    Disadvantages
    • Lingering residue
    • Lower CBD potency for the price
    • Strict return policy
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  15. CBDMD

    Recover
    Product- 100%
    Experience- 83%
    Customer Service- 92%
    Trust & Reputation- 85%
    Lab Result- 53%
    83

    Ingredients: Organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Organic Coconut Oil, Cannabidiol (CBD), Organic Arnica Flower Extract, Vitamin B6, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Histamine Dihydrochloride, Emulsifying Wax, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycerin, Sweet Basil Leaf Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Roman Chamomile Flower Oil, German Chamomile Flower Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Citronella Oil, Eucalyptus Leaf Oil, Helichrysum Flower Oil, Ginger Root Oil, Pink Grapefruit Peel Oil, Juniper Berry Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Peppermint Oil, Pine Needle Oil, Ravensara Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Spearmint Oil, Wild Oregano Oil, Organic Cypress Oil, Sweet Fennel Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Lavender Flower Oil, Organic Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid.

    Testing Notes: Thick, opaque white cream. Absorbs after a few moments, leaving skin moisturized but not greasy.


    With its mild herbal fragrance and smooth texture, cbdMD’s Recover cream is ready to take its place as your everyday secret for happy skin. It goes on easily and leaves skin moisturized without feeling sticky or greasy.

    We loved its high-quality, organic ingredients and reasonable pricing. And cbdMD’s 30-day return policy and free shipping take the risk out of giving it a try.

    But cbdMD took a big hit on their overall score because of a lack of transparency around lab results.

    While they do post the complete analyses for the CBD isolate and extract that they use to formulate their products, they do not provide a third-party analysis of any of their finished products. When we requested lab results for the finished products, a company representative sent a link to the results for the isolate and extract. When we clarified that we were looking for the results for the finished product, they sent us a pdf of the results for the isolate.

    So, it’s unclear whether they test their finished products. Fortunately, you can review our lab’s results in the article above!


    Advantages
    • High quality, organic ingredients
    • Good price
    • Solid CBD potency
    Disadvantages
    • No lab results for finished products
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