Don't discount CBD oils and products just yet. See how this wellness trend can promote a night of pampering and relaxation.

By Hannah Bruneman
Updated: February 28, 2019

If you’ve ever been curious about CBD—what it is, how to use it, how it works—you're not alone.

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As featured in Meredith Corporation’s 2019 Report on Predictive Trends in the Health Space, CBD social mentions increased 85 percent in 2018, and the largest share of CBD social media conversations are among adults ages 55–64 years. The highly-talked-about chemical compound has found its way into almost every realm of life, including the self-care world. Whether you’re in the market for a night of pampering or a good night’s sleep, there’s a CBD product for that.

What Is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol. It’s a nonhallucinogenic, nonaddictive chemical found in the cannabis plant. Recently, CBD is being touted for its many therapeutic benefits. When made into various topical and digestible forms, CBD can improve anxiety, pain, insomnia, and depression, according to Psychology Today.

CBD often gets misinterpreted as THC, an entirely different chemical that is responsible for the psychoactive experience marijuana delivers. Full Spectrum CBD products contain less than 0.3 percent of THC, and CBD products described as Broad Spectrum do not contain any THC at all.

In short, using CBD products will not get you high, and CBD products derived from hemp are legal in every state.

However, it is important to know that CBD products are not FDA regulated. Claims made by manufacturers do not have to be medically backed, so be sure to do your research before buying a CBD product.

“The best source for reliable CBD products are from state-licensed dispensaries. They are required by the state to test and validate CBD and THC containing products,” says Chris Witowski, Chief Scientific Officer at AltMed. “Most dispensaries will provide a Certificate of Analysis upon request.”

Self-Care and CBD

While there are many avenues being pursued with CBD, the growing relationship with CBD products and self-care go hand in hand.

The self-care movement encourages practicing healthy habits that improve your body and mind. Many of the self-care products already out there (bath bombs, lotions, essential oils, beauty products) are only improved when combined with CBD. Self-care products with CBD are said to help with pain, inflammatory skin conditions, and more.

In addition to topical products like lotions and salves, CBD products you inhale, ingest, or hold under your tongue are scientifically proven to help you relax.

“When it comes to anxiety, there is science to using it internally,” says Dr. Rachna Patel, Medical Marijuana and CBD Oil Expert. “The CBD interacts with the serotonin pathway. What’s often prescribed for anxiety is medications like SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) ... It’s believed that CBD impacts the serotonin pathway as well, which is why it helps anxiety. But again, it has to be taken internally—external use does not help.”

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CBD Self-Care Products

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CBD Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are the flagship product of the self-care movement. They promote relaxation, soothe skin, and prepare you for a good night’s rest. A CBD bath bomb works the same, while also purporting pain-relieving properties as well.

Whether it was the CBD doing its magic or just the product of a warm bath (it’s hard to say), but we felt ahh-mazing after a soak in the tub with our CBD bath bomb.

Buy It: CBD Bath Bomb, $14

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CBD Sleep Aid

If you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, CBD may be the answer you’re looking for. Available as a spray or a tincture (an oil you ingest orally), CBD sleep oils work to ease your anxiety for sound sleep. Some CBD sleep boosters include other natural ingredients like melatonin to promote relaxation or sweeteners for a more enjoyable taste.

Buy It: Sleep Booster Spray, $29.95

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CBD Ache and Pain Relief

Topical products are a great introduction to CBD because they’re easy and familiar to use. Try a muscle cream enriched with CBD to ease sore muscles after a day at the gym. Massage it into aches and pains to feel it working quickly.

“We normally recommend our customers start with either a tincture or our muscle cream,” says Craig Henderson, CEO of Extract Labs. “These are the easiest products to use, and they still provide great effects. For instance, the muscle cream will get to work right away. It’s a great starting point for customers to see how CBD can really help them.”

Buy It: CBD Muscle Cream, $50

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CBD-Infused Makeup

Just when you think the beauty industry has done it all, they come up with CBD-infused makeup.  Saint Jane Luxury Beauty Serum, for example, has 500 mg of Full Spectrum CBD, the most potent form of CBD on the market. “The CBD in the serum is one of 20 botanicals and it is an ingredient widely recognized for its calming and clarifying benefits,"  says Casey Georgeson, founder of Saint Jane Beauty. "It is especially great for those who have issues with inflammation, like cystic acne and eczema.”

Use the serum along with your morning or night skincare regime. You can apply it before you put on your makeup for skin that glows.

Buy It: Luxury Beauty Serum, $125

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CBD Lip Balm

We never leave the house without lip balm, especially in the winter. For extra chapped-lip healing powers, consider Vertly's CBD-infused lip balm. Although made for your lips, you can also use the CBD balm to treat your face, hands, and other trouble spots.

Buy It: CBD Lip Balm, $22

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