While the CBD trend has been growing steadily for the last few years, it seems that the increasing popularity has led to a growing number of products that seemingly have CBD added to them just to capitalize on the trend, rather than actually being useful for the user.
One example of these trends within the CBD industry is CBD bath bombs, which have been flooding the market recently.
We already know that CBD has a number of positive effects on your body, but do CBD bath bombs really offer those benefits for it’s users, or have CBD products started to become a modern day version of snake oil?
How Does CBD Work?
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of more than a hundred cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis plant, and these compounds work with the body’s endocannabinoid system, a network of receptors and transmitters linked with the peripheral nervous system, which helps manage a range of the body’s functions.
One of the functions of the endocannabinoid system is to moderate your body’s inflammatory response, meaning that one of the most promising functions of CBD is to reduce inflammation, which is often the root cause of pain for a number of acute and chronic conditions.
Taking CBD orally, either by using an oil or by ingesting some form of CBD edible, is one of the best ways to take CBD to treat internal problems such as joint pain and inflammation, and to help capitalise on CBD’s neuroprotective and immune boosting properties.
Do CBD Bath Bombs Really Work?
Despite all of the information showing the contrary, many CBD bath bombs are sold as a method to help improve the symptoms of physical ailments, and no matter what many companies or online gurus might tell you, the most effective way to use CBD for pain is orally – either by taking it as a full-spectrum oil or in the form of a CBD drink.
While applying topical CBD products like a cream might help to relieve the symptoms of certain skin conditions, it doesn’t provide the same pain relieving effects that users will experience by taking CBD oil orally.
Unfortunately, that also applies to CBD bath bombs.
The main reason CBD bath bombs are so ineffective is because once they’ve been added to the bath, the concentration of CBD becomes so heavily diluted by the sheer volume of water that it can’t then be absorbed sufficiently through the skin.
Because of this, customers are really just paying to flush CBD down the drain, and the positive effects they report from these products are actually more likely to be from spending time in a hot bath, rather than from their body absorbing any CBD.
The Bottom Line
With so many companies now trying to capitalize on the growing popularity of CBD products, consumers need to be careful when they’re choosing which products to spend their hard-earned money on.
Most of the symptoms that cause people to initially consider CBD oil are related to imbalances or inflammation within the body, so a full spectrum oil or edible product coupled with a balanced diet and regular exercise are often the key to helping your body to heal itself.
Despite plenty of anecdotal evidence about the benefits of CBD oil and it’s properties, there are still no approved health claims for these products, and much more research needs to be carried out to be certain of the benefits these products have.