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Use these CBD-infused body lotions, scrubs, and more to relieve minor aches and pains, soothe skin, and chill out

Kelsey Maloney and Jessica Mordo  – March 11, 2019 | Updated March 21, 2019

The new cannabis consumer isn’t zoned out on their couch eating pizza—they’re serious about holistic health. As cannabis takes the wellness world by storm, you’re more likely than ever to see it in fancy day spas and natural-foods stores. Nevertheless, many people are still asking questions. To break it down, the cannabis plant has two well-known cannabinoids that occur in it naturally, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis, while its more widely available cousin, CBD, has no mind-altering effects. Users will not get the “high” effect if they consume CBD. Studies have shown both treat or alleviate an array of ailments such as inflammation, pain, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and PTSD, to name a few. Here are some body lotions and other products we love.

Vertly Hemp CBD Infused Relief Lotion

Possibly the most effective CBD body lotion for pain relief we tried, this topical also has the distinguishing characteristic of absorbing very well into skin and not leaving a greasy deposit on your hands and area of application. Combining the anti-inflammatory properties of hemp with the natural pain relief of arnica, muscle recovery boost of magnesium, skin hydration from aloe, and a wonderful lavender-citrus scent, it’s no wonder this lotion made such a great impression.

Dr. Kerklaan Natural CBD Pain Cream

This CBD-infused body lotion took away lower back and neck pain rather quickly and is decidedly less greasy than other products on the market. However, if you don’t want to get your hands at all messy (we won’t judge), Dr. Kerklaan offers the same relief in spray form (also $68). Now that’s good thinking.

Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion

This effective CBD-infused topical works by cooling the affected area and before we knew it, our minor aches and pains had melted away. We particularly enjoyed the fragrance, which didn’t fall back on the typical eucalyptus-scented CBD body lotion; instead, sage, citrus, and mint commingle for a herbaceous yet slightly sweet vibe.

Papa & Barkley Releaf Balm

This CBD-infused salve effectively addresses pain points through a one-two punch of warming and then cooling sensations, the latter courtesy of healing peppermint, tea tree, and eucalyptus extracts. One drawback is that the balm has a greasy consistency that tends to not absorb as well as other topicals we’ve tried. The minty eucalyptus scent, while pleasant, is rather powerfulso be prepared. The balm is available in two sizes; we’re partial to the smaller, lip balm-size container, perfect for relief on the go.

La Mend The Good Patch

Don’t want to apply a lotion or salve? These no-mess, hemp extract-infused dermal patches offer up a variety of relief options, from menstrual to hangover relief. Stick one onto the recommended area and it’ll remain in place for 12 to 24 hours (one of our tester’s withstood a full night’s sleep, tossing and turning included; another’s withstood a workout and subsequent shower). We especially like the Be Calm offering, which combines the destressing effects of hemp with the cooling effect of menthol to tame minor aches and pains—resulting in a more restful evening.

Life Elements CBD Sugar Scrub

With the exfoliating power of regular brown sugar body scrubs, this CBD-infused version leaves skin feeling luxuriously soft. It has a slightly greasy yet extra-velvety after-feel, a welcome boon to the dryness of winter months. The minty-sweet scent is nice, too.

Vertly Hemp CBD Infused Lip Balm

Does CBD soothe the kisser? All we know is, a few coats of Vertly’s signature product per day during winter months reduced chapped lips quite a bit. That could be possibly chalked up to naturally moisturizing ingredients like coconut oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter. However, the pleasant rose scent (it also comes in cocoa and peppermint) and deluxe packagingalong with the resultsmake this lip balm a keeper regardless. Pro tip: You can also use it for spot-moisturizing your hands, elbows, and face.

Life Elements CBD Bath Bomb

Want to upgrade bath time? This bath bomb goes the extra mile with skin soothing ingredients like colloidal oatmeal and honey, natural pain relief in the form of eucalyptus, arnica, and hemp seed oil, and a floral scent courtesy of ylang ylang. We tested it following a workout. After a half-hour soak, muscle aches and tension melted away and skin emerged hydrated and smooth.