Best CBD Creams in 2020

The CBD industry is so much more than just CBD oil. From CBD creams, lotions, salves, and more, there’s a CBD topical product for almost everyone.

Although having such an incredibly wide range of products is a good thing, trying to figure out the differences between them can be confusing, to say the least.

At shopcbd, our goal is to provide consumers with the information they need to be able to find the right product for their specific needs.

This article will look at our top 3 CBD creams of 2020 as well as what is CBD, what CBD type is the right choice for each consumer, and so much more.

Let’s dive in.

Our top 3 CBD creams:

  1. CBD Rapid Cooling Cream 750mg by Medterra
  2. CBD Foot Rewal Cream 250mg by Social CBD
  3. Natural CBD Relief Cream 180mg by Dr. Kerklaan Therapeutics

What is CBD

Before we go into detail about our top three CBD creams, it’s important for us to understand what CBD is.

CBD is a naturally occurring non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid found in both hemp and marijuana. CBD starts out as the cannabinoid acid known as CBDA. Once CBDA has been decarboxylated, which is simply the process of being exposed to heat, it converts into CBD.

Can CBD produce a high effect?

Unlike THC, CBD is a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid. This means that CBD does not have the ability to produce a high effect.

What’s the difference between full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate?

Many people are confused about the differences between full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate CBD products. Let’s make things really simple.

Full-spectrum CBD products:

They contain CBD, a maximum of 0.3% THC as well as a wide range of other cannabinoids. Full-spectrum CBD products allow consumers to experience the entourage effects. 

Broad Spectrum CBD products:

Similarly to full-spectrum CBD products they contain a wide range of cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. The main difference between a full spectrum and a broad spectrum product is the amount of THC. Broad-spectrum products contain little to no THC whatsoever. For those that undergo regular drug testing, it's important to verify that the product has no THC with the brand or vendor.

CBD Isolates:

CBD isolate products contain 99% pure CBD, zero THC, and only trace amounts of other cannabinoids. For those that undergo regular drug testing CBD isolate products are the best choice.

Now that we’ve gone over what CBD is and what extract is best suited for specific consumer needs, let’s look at the differences between creams, lotions, gels, and more.

CBD Creams

The main difference between creams, lotions, and gels is oil content. Creams can contain from 15% to 40%. The texture of creams can vary from very light to very thick. The higher the oil content, the more moisturizing it will be for the skin.

Since creams come in so many different formats, they’re a great choice for all skin types. With a higher oil content however, comes a longer absorption time which makes them better for nighttime application.

CBD Lotions

Lotions are very similar to creams but in general, they contain far less oil. With an oil content that ranges from 5% to 25% lotions spread very easily on the skin and are absorbed quite quickly into the skin.

Lotions are the best choice for those with normal to combination skin.

CBD Gels

Gels contain the least amount of oil with an average of only 5%. They're usually light in texture and are absorbed very quickly. Gels are the best option for those with oily to normal skin.

CBD Balms

The main difference between balms, salves, and butters is the amount of beeswax that they contain. Although it's also possible to find vegan alternatives for beeswax as well.

Balms are considered the middle ground because they typically contain a mixture of beeswax along with plant butters and oils. The texture of most balms is quite smooth, but they can also be thick in texture.

CBD Salves

Typically Salves' key ingredients are beeswax and plant oils. Salves are very thick and take a long time to absorb into the skin, making them best for nighttime application.

CBD Butters

Butters’ key ingredients are typically comprised of plant butters and oils. They contain little to no beeswax at all, which makes them very light in texture.

Comedogenic Rating

Since we’re looking at products for skincare, it's important to understand comedogenic rating. Comedogenic rating is a system that rates how likely an oil is to clog the pores.

Every oil receives a rate and or score from 0 to 5. The higher the score, the more likely it is to clog the pores. This rating system is especially important to those who suffer from acne-prone or sensitive skin.

To learn more about the comedogenic rating click here.

Now that we know the differences between the different types of topical CBD products let’s take a look at our top 3 creams.

CBD Rapid Cooling Cream 750mg by Medterra

This cream is one of the most popular creams that we have on our site for good reason. Not only does it contain the highest amount of CBD per application out of all the creams we carry, but it also contains an incredibly wide range of plant oils and extracts that have been shown to help lower levels of pain and inflammation.

We love this product so much that we actually wrote an entire blog about it! To check it out click here.

CBD Foot Rewal Cream 250mg by Social CBD

This CBD cream contains two very special plant extracts known as arnica and willow bark. Arnica is a small flower that has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation, and it may also help to speed up the healing time of bruises.

Willow bark has been called natures aspirin because it contains a compound known as salicin which when ingested becomes salicylic acid. This is gentler on the stomach than traditional aspirin and can be quite effective when taken in small amounts.

These two ingredients will work together to help relieve tired, sore feet.

Natural CBD Relief Cream 180mg by Dr. Kerklaan Therapeutics

The last CBD cream on our list is by Dr. Kerklaan. Not only does it contain moisturizing plant oils and butters, it also contains a long list of essential oils.

Peppermint, Lavender, and Eucalyptus are three of the key ingredients in this product that help to lower pain and inflammation while improving circulation.

Key Takeaways:

Although CBD skin care products are relatively new in the cosmetics industry, they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Although we may have our favorites, it's important for consumers to figure out which CBD products are the right fit for their specific needs.

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