BA hot bath can be one of life’s most enjoyable little indulgences. Light some candles, add some bubbles or oils, grab a book and settle in for a nice, luxurious soak. As relaxing as a bath can be, it also has some pretty exciting medicinal benefits, too. The heat from a bath can soothe sore muscles and joints and calm your mind. Soaking before bedtime can stimulate sleep-inducing temperature changes in your body. If you’ve got a cold, the steam from your bath might even help you breathe a little more easily.
While there are many products on the market designed to make your bath a little more pleasurable, CBD bath salts can take your bathing routine to a whole other world of relief.
CBD Bath Salts
To understand why CBD bath salts are so beneficial, you need to understand what CBD is and how it works. Cannabidiol is a natural compound that can be found in the hemp or cannabis plant. It’s been recognized for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and its potential uses in improving moods, reducing pain and restoring health and balance.
What is CBD?
CBD is not the same as THC, which is a different compound in the cannabis plant. THC is a cannabinoid with psychoactive properties, which results in the “stoned” feeling it creates. It works in the brain as a neurotransmitter similar to AEA, which naturally occurs in our bodies and affects pain perception, sleep and appetite.
THC has been shown to be beneficial for some health issues, including glaucoma and chemotherapy-related pain and nausea. It can stimulate hunger, combat fatigue, promote relaxation and calm the mood. In fact, THC has shown so much promise as a potential therapy for a variety of conditions, several states have legalized it for medical purposes.
CBD contains minimal or no THC, and because of this, CBD is fully legal to sell and use. It won’t get you high, but like THC, it is believed to offer some fairly significant health benefits, including:
- Less pain and inflammation
- Reduced anxiety
- Relief from nausea
- Reduced chemotherapy side effects
- Less depression and anxiety
- Relief from autoimmune disorders
How CBD Works
Many animals and other living things have an endocannabinoid system, including the human body. The ECS regulates various systems and is found in our organs, muscles and skin tissue. It keeps us not just alive but healthy.
The endocannabinoids act as little traffic officers managing the flow of neurotransmitters from our brains to our bodies. Neurotransmitters are the messengers between the receptors and various neurons in the brain, and they’re transmitted through tiny spaces called synapses. There is a complex relationship among the neurotransmitters, the neurons, the receptors and the synapses, and many things can interfere with proper communication.
When the ECS is operating as it should, our bodies function properly without strain or pain. The ECS regulates just about everything our bodies do, including:
- Hunger and digestion
- Pain and pleasure
- Immune function
- Motor control
Sometimes, though, the ECS isn’t functioning properly, and that can lead to pain, mood disruption and poor metabolic function. CBD specifically targets cannabinoid receptors in the ECS called CB1 and CB2. CBD works within this complex system to help restore a healthy balance to our natural cannabinoids. When we use CBD, it boosts the levels of natural cannabinoids while preventing the enzymes from breaking them down.
Using CBD Bath Salts
Topical CBD preparations can still remarkably beneficial. Your skin, much like your brain, has cannabinoid receptors that can be stimulated by CBD and especially CBD baths. Research on this application is still in its infancy, but there is evidence that topical CBD can soothe muscle pain and inflammation and calm neuropathic symptoms. It might be especially beneficial for people with arthritis, IBD and similar conditions.
You don’t need any special rituals to enjoy CBD bath salts. Just drop the bath bomb or salts into a warm bath and soak for at least 20 minutes.
What Are Bath Salts?
Bath salts have a long history in the healing arts. These water-soluble minerals and salts are added to bathwater to mimic the effects of natural mineral baths. They’re often made using Epsom salts or sea salt and can help with muscle pain, joint stiffness, poor circulation, headaches, skin problems and stress relief.
Epsom salt-based bath salts are especially beneficial when used to detox. Made with magnesium, Epsom salts allow this critical mineral to penetrate your skin, where it can offset a deficiency, relieve stress, correct constipation and promote a healthier weight.
Sea salt-based bath salts offer their own unique benefits. Sea salt contains numerous minerals and compounds that can promote skin health, reduce pain, combat stiffness and boost lymphatic circulation.
Combining either Epsom salts or sea salts with CBD creates a powerful one-two punch to knock out pain, inflammation and stress. The soothing heat of the bath combines with the CBD oil to wrap your body in warm comfort. The water itself can be enough to calm cramped or aching muscles, but with the addition of a CBD bath bomb or salts, your skin’s CBD receptors will ignite. You’ll not only enjoy almost instant relief when you sink into the warm, pleasantly scented water, but you’ll also get continued relief for hours after your bath.
Those with skin conditions can enjoy the benefits of CBD, too. The inflammation underlying eczema, psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions can be combated with CBD baths. The oil helps repair the skin and heal irritation and wounds. It stimulates the production of oil within the skin to leave your skin feeling soft, supple and itch-free.
The Benefits of CBD Bath Salts
CBD oil is remarkably effective when it comes to pain relief. People with chronic pain conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia can really benefit from CBD baths, which offer widespread relief from head to toe. CBD bath salts can also be beneficial for athletes or those with physically demanding jobs by promoting healing and relaxation.
CBD is believed to have healing properties for many conditions, including inflammatory skin diseases such as eczema. These properties might stem from its actions as an antioxidant and the way it combats skin-damaging free radicals. CBD also promotes healthy collagen production for softer, rejuvenated skin. A hot bath could leave your skin feeling itchy, tight and dry, but with added CBD, you’ll be feeling silky, smooth and comfortable in no time.
A warm bath has naturally soothing properties, but adding CBD-infused bath salts can take that relaxation to a whole other level. CBD oil has shown great promise for those dealing with anxiety or stress, so adding it to your bath for deep relaxation just makes sense. With the addition of lavender or another sedating EO, a CBD bath bomb or bath salts can be the perfect way to unwind after a really tough day.
DIY Bath Salts
A delightful DIY CBD bath soak might just be a few steps away. Add your choice of complementary essential oils to get even more pain- or stress-relief from your CBD bath and to add a touch of rich fragrance.
- 1 cup of Epsom salts
- 1-2 ml. of our full spectrum cannabis oil
- 10 drops of your choice of essential oil, as desired
Mix the ingredients well, and pour into a running bath.
Good essential oils for your CBD bath salts include:
- Orange, lemon or another citrus oil for an invigorating scent and sensation
- Lavender for relaxation and menstrual cramp relief
- Chamomile for sedation and inflammation
- Peppermint for headaches or IBS symptoms
- Eucalyptus for decreased allergy and asthma symptoms
You can also try our ready-to-use Lavender CBD Bath Bomb. Simply drop it in the bath, and enjoy the spa-like sensation as it begins to fizz, bubble and release all that Colorado-grown CBD goodness.
After a long soak in CBD bath salts, you can keep the comfort coming by using CBD lotion. Our CBD lotion is a lush moisturizer that combats not just dry skin but also irritation, inflammation and itchiness. You’ll have that luxurious after-bath glow with silky soft skin and all the benefits of CBD.
Alternative Uses of CBD
CBD oil is extremely versatile. Bath salts are just one of many ways of incorporating it into your life. Other popular methods include:
Vaping CBD is a highly effective way to get its benefits. It’s inhaled, and once it reaches the lungs, it diffuses into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system and liver completely.
Our CBD oil is also available as a concentrate or tincture. When administered sublingually, CBD enters the bloodstream directly through mucosal capillaries. As with vaping, sublingual CBD allows you to bypass the digestive system for faster delivery.
CBD ingestion might be the easiest way to take the oil. Compounds are available in a concentrated oil that can be incorporated into drinks, foods or candies. The oil is also available in capsule form. When you ingest CBD, it must pass through your digestive system and be metabolized by the liver before it reaches your bloodstream.
Safety and Risks of CBD Oil
It is possible to experience side effects at high doses of CBD, including drowsiness, decreased appetite and diarrhea.
If you take other medications or supplements, talk to your doctor before including CBD since interactions are possible, especially with sedatives, antiepileptic drugs and some blood thinners.