Collection: CBD Balms

Topical CBD may not be the most well-known method of CBD use, but they are slowly stealing the spotlight from oils. Their ease of use and variety means they are less intrusive than other CBD methods, and more beginner-friendly.

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These days it’s not difficult to find brands that sell CBD topicals, but what does become a challenge is finding premium quality. Not only are many brands using inadequate extraction methods, but their topical ranges appear dull and lack-lustre.

CBD Topicals: Balms

If you are new to CBD, choosing the right product can often feel overly complicated, especially when it comes to topicals. There are a myriad of different textures, ingredient combinations, and applications to choose from. So how do you find quality topical CBD in the UK?

The best place to start is determining exactly what application you want to apply to your skin — and where. 

Balms often feel waxy and firm to the touch, before softening in response to the warm temperature of our body. Balms consist of water, oil, and waxes. However they often contain substantially less water content, which gives them a firmer texture.

For a smooth application, we recommend rubbing your finger along the surface of the balm to begin melting the wax. Once enough balm has melted onto your finger, massage it into your skin. 

The benefit of using any balm is that the wax content creates a sealant effect on the skin’s surface; this means retaining moisture and keeping your skin hydrated. Balms are particularly useful for active lifestyles, such as avid gym-goers.

Buying a Topical CBD Oil: What You Need to Know

Because products are continuously flooding the topical CBD oil UK market, it’s important to recognise different quality standards when you are browsing online. Unfortunately, this has become trickier than ever due to smart marketing ploys and social media influence. Despite this, there are still ways to tell an average or even a good product, from a great product.

When looking for a CBD oil topical, we always recommend reading a product’s Certificate of Analysis, or COA. Each lab report should include essential information, such as:

  • Specific cannabinoid breakdown (CBD as well as other lesser-known cannabinoids)
  • A safety profile on contamination, including detection of heavy metals and pesticides
  • Percentage of THC

At Provacan, we take transparency seriously. That’s why we provide a detailed breakdown of up to seven prominent cannabinoids in our COAs. These cannabinoids include CBD, CBG, and THC. Of course, when it comes to THC, we keep things as minimal as possible. Our topical products contain less than 0.05% THC to give you peace of mind. To find each topical certificate, simply browse each product description on the “Lab Results” page of our website.

On top of this, we spare no expense when it comes to product safety. To provide our customers with the utmost confidence, we analyse our CBD products twice: both in-house, and with revered analytics company Fera Science.

Our gold standard testing is just one way we stand out as the most trusted CBD topical oil producer in the UK.

How Provacan is Re-Defining CBD Topical Cream

When it comes to quality-control, our team of experts master every step of the process, from hemp selection to manufacturing.This process begins by sourcing high-grade hemp from organic farms in Europe, where great care is taken to cultivate each plant. We also buy our hemp in small batches rather than bulk; this means we can consistently monitor quality and keep our manufacturing scale smaller and controlled.

When we eventually extract the active CBD, we use low temperatures and low pressure to extract as many cannabinoids as possible. While bulk buying and high-temperature extraction may be cheaper, it results in higher degradation of cannabinoids. That’s why we recommend staying away from brands that value cost over quality.

Crafting topicals requires a delicate balance between our premium CBD and other ingredients, such as essential oils. Many of these “supplementary” ingredients provide their own unique benefits to our skin. You can find a myriad of ingredients in our topicals, including: Essential oils (grapeseed, rosemary, cedarwood, etc.) Healthy butters (shea, cocoa), Omega oils and vitamins.

We believe in creating a sensory experience through our products, and we want them to smell as good as they feel. Many of our additional ingredients, such as tea tree oil, provide added hydration to the skin. They may even provide antioxidants and anti-bacterial elements to our formulations.

All in all, finding a quality CBD topical cream in the UK shouldn’t be complicated. And with Provacan, it’s not. Browse our full range of topical products to discover COAs, ingredient lists, and detailed product descriptions.

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What does CBD balm do for your skin?

CBD balm is a topical preparation infused with cannabidiol (CBD) used to heal and soothe the skin. It contains various ingredients like full spectrum CBD oil, hemp seed oil, shea butter, coconut oil, and sometimes essential oils and other nutrients. These components work together to nourish, moisturize, and protect the skin. CBD, being a potent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, helps prevent skin drying, aids in healing, and can shorten the time of skin regeneration. It's considered suitable for relieving and possibly eliminating many skin problems due to its properties.

Do CBD balms really work?

The effectiveness of CBD balms depends on various factors, including the concentration of CBD and the quality of other ingredients. CBD balm works by interacting with cannabinoid receptors in the skin without entering the bloodstream, providing targeted relief to the applied area. However, it's important to apply them generously to break through the skin barrier and reach the cannabinoid receptors. The absorption rates through the skin are generally low, so a higher concentration of CBD in the balm may enhance its effectiveness.

Is CBD balm good for itchy skin?

CBD balm can be beneficial for itchy skin, particularly when the itchiness is associated with conditions like psoriasis or general skin inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can help reduce inflammation and slow down skin cell growth, which is a key aspect of psoriasis. However, it's important to remember that individual results may vary, and CBD balm is not a cure for medical conditions.

Does CBD balm have side effects?

While CBD is often well-tolerated, it can occasionally cause side effects such as dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness, and fatigue. However, these side effects are more commonly associated with oral ingestion of CBD. When applied topically as a balm, the risk of these side effects is minimized as CBD does not enter the bloodstream. Nonetheless, it's important to consider the purity and dosage of CBD in the product, as well as any potential allergic reactions to other ingredients in the balm​.

Is CBD oil the same as CBD cream?

CBD oil and CBD cream are different in their composition and use. CBD oil is a tincture made with a blend of hemp extract and an edible carrier oil, intended for ingestion or sublingual use. It takes time for CBD oil to enter the bloodstream when consumed. In contrast, CBD cream is made for external use and is applied directly to the skin. It often contains a blend of plant oils and extracts to support skin health. The base of the cream, which can vary from fatty acids and wax in balms and salves to less water in creams, determines its texture and specific application. The effects of CBD creams are usually localized to the area of application.