Unlike Wildflower, Populum comes in gel form. Also: It’s artic. Kind of like a more aggressive Vick’s Vaporub—so much so that you will definitely need to wash your hands after application. (The last thing you need is to accidentally rub your eyes with that stuff still on your digits.) But it’s effective—despite its relatively low dose of CBD. And a little goes a long way. Use it for minor aches and inconveniences—like when you find yourself stiff because you’ve been sitting on your far-from-ergonomic work chair most of the day. And if you find yourself really hurting, I recommend using a topical that contains both THC and CBD. (More on that below.)
Here’s what I have found most effective over the years.
But I don’t engage in physical activity solely because of my woefully wobbly midsection. My sanity depends on it. Truly. In the immortal words of Elle Woods: Endorphins make you happy!
BASKIN BODY WELLNESS CBD CREAM (400MG; $60)
“CBD is extremely anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective. A normal person may use it to prevent conditions such as arthritis or even topically to prevent acne breakouts,” Dr. Shivani Amin, a physician and cannabis expert who is a member of the AMMPA (American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association), says. “I think CBD shows great promise for the future. It all boils down to educating the public about the correct usage and understanding the plant better.”
I’m no spring chicken and the occasional bout of soreness is now a fact of life.
But as with any CBD product, there’s no skeleton key that unlocks relief for everyone—you have to find what works for your body. And you certainly have to experiment with different products, brands, and dosages—it’s the only way for you to see which ones really work.
Baskin has a lower–dose formula that clocks in at 150mg CBD that costs $20 less. But I say, Go big or go home. Invest in the higher dose if you want real relief all over: It’s meant to be used all over the body versus its cousin, which was specifically created for smaller targeted areas. Beyond that, you can always use the 400mg cream the way you see fit: Nobody is going to stop you if you want to use it only in specific pain points.
CBDfx’s CBD cream has a potency of 3 mg CBD per ml. You can choose either a 30 ml bottle with 100 mg of CBD or the 50 ml option with 150 mg of CBD. At $39.99, CBDfx is priced at Spruce ships free inside the US. According to their return policy, you can qualify for a full refund—of unopened products only—after your first purchase..26 per mg of CBD.
We love Spruce—it’s gentle on sensitive skin, it smells great even if you hate smelly stuff, and it truly works for pain. But first, a little about Spruce the company.
Check out Aspen Green Pain Relief Body Balm and the rest of its line of CBD pain relief products.
Receptra Naturals Serious Relief + Arnica CBD hemp Targeted topical Stick
Check out Joy Organic’s CBD Salve and the rest of its line of CBD products.
The end result is a slightly floral, highly soothing concoction that conditions the skin as it warms and relieves pain. (In fact, avoid using Koi CBD Pain Relieving CBD Gel Roll-On too near sensitive areas such as the eyes or face.)
On a related note, it’s hard to effectively dose CBD topicals without a lot of trial and error. In summary:
According to third-party testing results, the 5mg/g formulation contains almost 6.8mg/g of total cannabinoids. This includes about 6.1mg/g of CBD, plus various other non-psychoactive cannabinoids, such as Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA) and Cannabichromene (CBC).