Do CBD Bath Bombs Work? Top 9 Science-Based Benefits

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What could possibly be better than enjoying the relaxing, science-backed benefits of CBD? Enjoying these incredible CBD benefits in the comfort of your own bath with CBD bath bombs, of course!

Adding CBD to bath time is easier than you’d think, but it’s important to learn more about this unique CBD administration method before you proceed. In this guide, we’ll introduce you to everything you need to know regarding CBD bath bombs, and we’ll cover nine of the most important reasons you should add top-tier CBGenius CBD to your bathing routine.

CBGenius CBD Bath Bomb with Lavender Essential Oil
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What Are CBD Bath Bombs?

Bath bombs are round, tightly-packed balls of citric acid (vitamin C) and sodium bicarbonate (bicarbonate of soda). When these two ingredients are exposed to water, they react to each other, which results in a fizzing effect.

Most bath bombs also contain Epsom salt, essential oils, and coloring agents. Some bath bomb manufacturers don’t stop there; here at CBGenius, for instance, we also add 100mg of lab-tested, Colorado-grown, isolate CBD to our bath bombs to provide an extra-relaxing experience.

How Do CBD Bath Bombs Work?

As the main ingredients in a CBGenius CBD bath bomb react to each other and fizz, they release the ingredients we’ve added to our bath bombs, including lavender essential oil, Epsom salt, and pure isolate CBD, into your bathwater. As the heat of your bath makes your skin barrier more permeable, these active ingredients enter your skin, and they then pass through your bloodstream and deliver their healing effects to every organ and tissue in your body.

The Science Behind CBD Oil Bath Bombs

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive constituent of the Cannabis sativa plant. While cannabis has made a name for itself due to its most famous psychoactive constituent, THC, there are actually more than 100 cannabinoids in cannabis1, and CBD is just one of the beneficial compounds present in this plant that don’t make you feel high or cause other undesirable effects.

While CBD is naturally hydrophobic, this compound has high skin penetration effectiveness when paired with water, which makes it an ideal candidate for bath bombs. While it’s a myth that hot water opens your pores (pores are static, which means they neither open nor close), it’s true that application of heat improves skin permeability2, which means that the hot water in your bath might be the perfect CBD application method you’ve never considered.

Three CBGenius CBD Bath Bombs with Lavender Essential Oil
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Top 9 CBD Bath Bomb Benefits

As we considered the top ways that our CBGenius CBD Bath Bombs could benefit you and improve your bathing experience, the following nine benefits of CBD bath bombs immediately came to mind:

1. Provides a Calming Atmosphere

Have you ever wanted to enjoy the benefits of a spa in the comfort of your own home? With CBGenius CBD Bath Bombs, you can create a calming, spa-like atmosphere in your bathroom while enjoying all the benefits of 100% pure isolate CBD.

From the moment you drop a fizzy CBD bath bomb in your bathwater, the soothing scent of lavender will envelop your bathroom. Then, as soon as you put your first toe in the water, you’ll be able to tell that there’s something different about your bath this time. After a few minutes of soaking, you’ll be able to feel the effects of CBD kicking in, which will take your bathing experience to the next level.

2. Epsom Salt and CBD: The Perfect Synergy

People have known about the detoxifying benefits of Epsom salt, which is just one of the many forms of magnesium, for centuries. In fact, scientific research indicates that Epsom salt baths may deliver magnesium more effectively than oral ingestion3, which means that this method of administration may even be effective for treating magnesium deficiency.

Whatever the case may be, Epsom salt has many of the same benefits as CBD. For instance, this compound helps relax sore muscles, and it can also help manage your appetite. Best of all, Epsom salt baths appear to stabilize your mood, which plays perfectly into CBD’s reported anxiolytic4, antidepressive5, and antipsychotic6 properties.

3. CBD Improves Bath Time Relaxation

Taking a bath is already relaxing, but CBD might be able to make bath time even more calming and soothing. While there’s still a lot that scientists don’t know regarding how CBD interacts with the human body, one thing is certain: CBD strongly interacts with the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for performing a number of homeostasis-supporting functions7 throughout the body.

Homeostasis is your body’s attempt to heal itself and keep an even keel. If homeostasis was perfect, your body wouldn’t age, and you’d stay young forever. While eternal youth might be a little bit beyond CBD’s reach, it’s no stretch to say that taking a CBD bath every now and then might help you reduce stress.

According to scientific research, the endocannabinoid system is intimately involved in modulating stress8. The better your endocannabinoid system operates, the better able this system will be to reduce stress throughout your body. Getting rid of stress helps your body feel better, your mind feel clearer, and overall, less stress makes you feel much more relaxed.

4. Hot Water Improves CBD’s Effectiveness

The best part of sinking into a full, fragrant bath is the feeling of hot water embracing your body and lulling you into a state of total relaxation. With CBD, these relaxing benefits only increase, and the hot water in your bath may even make CBD more effective.

While CBD won’t absorb into your skin very effectively when you’re cold, absorption rates improve astronomically when you apply CBD in warm or hot conditions. With 100mg of CBD swirling around you throughout your entire bath, your body will have plenty of time to absorb all the CBD it needs to make you feel calm, relaxed, and refreshed when you step out into a warm, fluffy towel.

5. Inflammation Reduction to Reduce Pain

Since the dawn of CBD research, scientists have been stunned by the incredible ability of this simple, plant-based compound to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress9. Inflammation is a natural immune reaction that plays a key role in healing your tissues. When inflammation gets out of hand, however, it can harm your tissues and cause serious pain.

While there isn’t a clear scientific consensus yet on how, exactly, CBD reduces inflammation and pain, it appears that this non-psychoactive cannabinoid might modulate the immune system10 and force it to stop the inflammatory activity caused by cytokines and other pro-inflammatory agents.

Many kinds of pain are caused by inflammation, and some scientists even believe that inflammation may be the root cause of all types of disease11. If true, this would mean that application of CBD in your bath might protect you from all the major and minor conditions that could befall you throughout your lifetime. While more research needs to be done to get to the bottom of this subject, the potential implications of the combination of the inflammation theory of disease and the apparent anti-inflammatory effects of CBD are beyond intriguing.

6. Water Vapor as an Administration Method

You’ve probably heard the term “administration method” before. Eating, drinking, sublingual administration, inhalation, and injection are a few simple examples of administration methods, and medical professionals use these methods of administration to introduce drugs and other compounds into the bodies of patients.

The examples we’ve listed above, however, only scratch the surface when it comes to administration methods. Transdermal absorption12, for instance, is one of the fastest and most effective ways to introduce drugs and other active ingredients into your system. This administration method involves applying an active ingredient directly to your skin, and in most cases, this active ingredient must be mixed with a water-based carrier to achieve effective skin penetration.

When you enjoy a long, luxurious bath, the air around you becomes humid as water on the surface of your bath evaporates. A bath that you’ve infused with a CBD bath bomb doesn’t just add moisture to the air in your bathroom; it also fills your bathroom atmosphere with CBD molecules that have bonded to the water molecules that have evaporated from your bath.

As this water vapor settles on your skin, the CBD it carries penetrates through your various skin layers with the power of transdermal absorption. At the same time, any CBD-enriched water vapor you inhale enters your bloodstream via pulmonary administration; when you drop a CBD bath bomb in a hot bath and soak for to your heart’s content, you’re essentially surrounding yourself with a cloud of CBD that enters your body through additional routes of administration that increase the effectiveness of this natural hemp derivative.

7. Experience the Skin Care Benefits of CBD

When you step into a bath full of high-quality CBGenius CBD, you won’t just enjoy the relaxing effects of this hemp-based compound. Research into CBD has also concluded that this compound has a number of impressive skin care benefits that can help your skin shine and get rid of unsightly topical conditions.

Preliminary research into CBD and acne, for instance, has determined that CBD exerts anti-inflammatory and sebostatic effects13 on pores affected by this condition. In layman’s terms, these findings indicate that CBD reduces the amount of sebum that your pores produce, which is the substance that causes them to clog.

Additionally, this study also indicates that CBD reduces inflammation in acne-affected skin, which is what causes your skin to look raised and bumpy when you have a breakout. If recent research is accurate and the root cause of acne is inflammation14, it might even be the case that CBD has the capacity to cure acne from the ground up.

CBD may also prevent the effects of aging by exerting antioxidant and wrinkle-reducing effects, and this natural, hemp-based substance may even be able to reduce the symptoms of disfiguring conditions like eczema and psoriasis. By soaking your entire body in pure isolate CBD, our CBGenius CBD Bath Bombs provide an immersive cannabidiol experience that exploits the skin benefits of CBD to their fullest.

8. Lavender Essential Oil and CBD Complement Each Other

We’ve already covered how CBD might be able to help with anxiety, but did you know that lavender also appears to be a potent anxiolytic15? That’s part of why we decided to include lavender essential oil in our CBGenius CBD Bath Bombs; not only does this oil smell great and help you relax, but it might also have a variety of other beneficial properties that mesh well with the benefits of CBD.

9. Unlocks All the Benefits of CBD

Whether you have trouble sleeping, back pain, athletic injuries, or migraines, CBD has hundreds of benefits that may make it the perfect treatment for a variety of debilitating or quality-of-life-reducing conditions. While many routes of administration for CBD take a while to take effect, the effects of absorbing CBD into your skin when you enjoy the benefits of a CBGenius CBD Bath Bomb are instantaneous, which might make this administration method superior if you want to experience quick results.

In addition to all the benefits we’ve listed so far, here are some of the other beneficial effects of CBD that you might experience when you use a CBGenius CBD Bath Bomb:

  • Pain reduction
  • Reduction of epileptic symptoms
  • Nausea reduction
  • Neuroprotection
  • Anticarcinogenesis (cancer-stopping)
  • ADHD relief
  • Weight management
  • Digestive relief
  • … And many more!
Bath bombs form a fizzy wonderland in your bath tub.
How is the CBGenius Bath Bomb recipe different from the competition?

The CBGenius Difference: Our CBD Bath Bomb Recipe

Like most other bath bombs, our CBGenius CBD Bath Bomb contains citric acid, sodium bicarbonate, and Epsom salt. However, that’s where the resemblance between our CBD bath bomb recipe and the other bath bombs on the market ends.

In addition to the benefits of the lavender oil we’ve included in this product, the CBD in our bath bombs produces benefits above and beyond what you’ve come to expect from the CBD industry. That’s because the production of every batch of CBD oil and the development of every CBD product we offer was overseen by Dr. Kevin Marchitto himself, who is one of the foremost names in the field of CBD science.

With more than 100 publications and patents to his name, it’s no wonder that Dr. Marchitto has been awarded so many honorary professorships and directorships at top-tier universities around the country. As the director of MM Labs, Dr. Marchitto is one of the most-trusted cannabis testers on the planet, and his dedication to providing the general public with the science-based benefits of CBD is clear to see in each and every CBGenius product.

How to Use CBD Bath Bombs with Other CBD Products

There’s no reason you should use your CBGenius CBD Bath Bombs on their own; with so many other incredible CBD products at your disposal, you should diversify and experience the synergistic effect of applying CBD through multiple routes of administration simultaneously.

CBD tinctures, for instance, are the perfect complements to CBD bath bombs. As you wait for the CBD in your bath bomb to sink into your skin and pass through your bloodstream, you can also ingest a dropper full of CBGenius Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil to apply CBD through your digestive system, which provides a longer-lasting, mellow effect.

Anyone who has ever taken a long, not bath knows that there’s a downside to this comforting and relaxing experience: Especially in the winter, taking a hot bath can dry out your skin. Once you get out and dry off, however, you can simply reach for your tub of CBGenius CBD-Infused Hand & Body Lotion to experience dry skin relief while giving your freshly-opened pores an additional dose of CBD at the same time.

While you’re at it, there’s nothing more relaxing than vaping CBD while you’re in the tub. As your hot bath releases clouds of steam into your bathroom air, blow some clouds of your own with a CBGenius 200mg Prefilled CBD Vape Cartridge to experience instant CBD effects as the cannabidiol in your bath bomb makes its way into your pores.

CBD Bath Bomb FAQ

Here are some of the questions that customers ask us most frequently about our CBGenius CBD Bath Bombs:

1. What’s the fragrance level of your CBD bath bombs?

The lavender essential oil in our bath bombs makes them pretty fragrant. Instead of being overwhelming, however, this fragrance is subtle and relaxing.

2. Will your CBD bath bombs get me high?

No. Our isolate CBD bath bombs do not contain any THC, so they will not cause any psychoactive effects.

3. Are CBGenius CBD Bath bombs legal?

Yes. With the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, CBD products are fully legal nationwide.

4. How long do CBGenius CBD Bath Bombs last on the shelf?

We generally recommend you use your CBGenius CBD Bath Bomb within a year. As long as your bath bomb is kept in a dry, airtight container, however, it may last indefinitely.

5. Are your bath bombs safe for kids?

Always consult with your physician before you start using a CBD product. However, there’s no reason you shouldn’t enjoy your CBD bath bombs with your kids; just make sure they’re properly supervised.


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