What are CBD Bath Bombs?
Have you ever wanted an at-home spa? CBD bath bombs are your all-in-one solution, providing ultimate relaxation and relief from physical tension, topped by a colorful blast of aromatic fizziness.
If you’ve never seen bath bombs before, they are small “bombs” that burst into a scene of fizziness when dropped into water. Often they contain essential oils and other agents which provide a plethora of benefits and an all-around body-pampering experience.
How Do CBD Bath Bombs Work?
A unique combination of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), citric acid, Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate), and natural, organic coloring produce the iconic fizziness brought on by bath bombs. Typically bath bombs will contain additives such as essential oils that double as aromatherapy agents, and nourishers that work directly on the skin. Together with the hot water of a bath, your body will feel about as close to a spa-like experience as you can get in a simple bath, but in the comfort of your own home, and for a cheaper price.
In the case of CBD bath bombs, the non-psychoactive cannabis constituent cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the additives placed in the product. CBD has remarkable healing properties, ranging from anxiolytic properties to powerful pain relief.
CBD is typically taken orally, smoked/vaporized, or applied topically, but bath bombs present a new method of ingestion: absorption through opened pores as a result of the heat of the bath.
This allows the CBD to reach the blood stream more rapidly than topical applications, and more importantly penetrate the skin throughout the entire body, rather than a small area.
Below are some of the reasons you should use CBD bath bombs.
1. Spa-like Environment
With the right atmosphere, a CBD bath bomb can make a bathtub indifferent from a spa. Get the lighting right, play some calming music, and set the water to just the right temperature, and the experience provides an all natural, low cost, and at home spa experience.
This is only the beginning, though. Once the CBD begins to enter the bloodstream is significant proportions after a few minutes of soaking, the effects will compound. You’ll be met with an astounding relaxation, and perhaps a touch of visionary euphoria. The experience could even have spiritual undertones as a result of the meditative state of mind you’ll be in. This mood is induced by the bath and bomb itself and amplified by the CBD.
2. Epsom salt and CBD Work Together
Epsom salt has a very remarkable property to it – it has the capability to draw out harmful toxins from your body and restore balance. In fact, for over 400 years, Epsom salt has been used in “salt detoxes”, which are believed to help not only with toxin removal, but also:
- Weight/appetite management
- Sore muscle relief
- Mood stabilization
- Overall health improvement
As you can see, there is a significant overlap with CBD, which is touted for its ability to stabilize appetite, provide pain relief, and improve mood. Thus Epsom salt, when used in tandem with CBD, see mutual benefit that you can take advantage of today.
CBD is a very potent relaxation inducer and stress reliever. As the saying goes, stress kills, and this is not an exaggeration. To many, CBD is more effective than prescription drugs such as benzodiazepines including Xanax at relieving anxiety, and it far more healthier being non-addictive.
Cannabidiol’s main mechanism of action is on the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible primarily for regularization of several bodily mechanisms. Mood, appetite, libido, and more are controlled by the endocannabinoid system. Inside the body, neurotransmitters known as cannabinoids interact with the system to induce action.
CBD interacts with the system in a light way, so as to induce some of the stabilizing effects that internal cannabinoids (called endocannabinoids) do.
CBD also interacts with many other neural systems, such as:
- Serotonin (the “happiness” hormone)
- Dopamine (the reward chemical)
- GABA (inhibition and relaxation)
- The hippocampus, which controls emotion and memory
When people speak of bath bombs, you’ll often hear about “the glow”. This refers to the process of the hot water and Epsom salt increasing blood flow and opening pores, resulting in a distinctive bodily glow.
The opening of pores allows toxins to flow out into the Epsom salt, and CBD and essential oils to flow into the skin. The radiating and noticeable difference in skin contrast after getting in water touched by a CBD bath bomb is a precursor to the benefits you’ll be feeling within minutes – relaxation, sore muscle and tension relief, and mood improvement.
5. Benefits of CBD – Soothe Body Aches
CBD has long been touted for its ability to 1) reduce pain, and 2) reduce inflammation. Though the mechanisms of this are still being studied, the inflammation reduction is thought to be a result of [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2748879/] immune modulation, that is, telling the immune system causing the inflammation to calm down and return back to normal.
This in turn relieves associated pain, and is complimented by a further pain relief caused by the CBD directly that many consider to be more effective than opiates. The all-around action caused by a CBD bath bomb will induce benefits such as the following:
- Inflammation due to injuries such as mosquito and spider bites, ingrown nails, and infections
- Arthritic pain
- Bodily tension
- Sore muscles
- Cramps and muscle spasm relief
The humidity caused by the heat of the bath has twofold benefits: first, the warm mist is beneficial for the throat and lungs, and also, the humidity acts as a medium through which essential oils and CBD can travel into the body directly. This aids in aromatherapy.
7. Skin Care
Cannabis products, when applied to the skin, have been demonstrated to assist in a variety of skin ailments:
- Wrinkle reduction
- Antioxidant effects
- Eczema treatment
- Psoriasis treatment
- Acne and blackhead treatment
8. Essential Oils and CBD Compliment Each Other
When choosing your bath bomb, there is a great variety of essential oils to choose from. Each is associated with a different benefit, and when used in conjunction with CBD (the “ultimate” alternative medicine), the overlap can create powerful synergistic action. Below you’ll find a list of some of the more common essential oils, and their benefits:
- Lavender – Associated with relaxation and serenity
- Peppermint – Potent nausea relief
- Eucalyptus Oil – Helps with breathing and immunity
- Clove Oil – Treats arthritic pain and is antimicrobial
- Grapefruit – Supports metabolism and kills cellulite
- Frankicense – Builds immunity, neuroprotective
- Cypress – Improves circulation
- Ginger – Digestive aid and nausea relief
As you can see, the possiblities are endless.
This opens the door to mood-based bath bombs and nearly unlimited experimentation with different products, a fun activity in its own right.
9. You Can Enjoy ALL The Benefits of CBD
The previously described increase in blood flow and pore opening causes the CBD to enter the bloodstream at a rapid pace. This means you’ll get all the same benefits of CBD taken another route, such as orally, plus more (you’d also get the topical benefits such as inflammation reduction). These major benefits include:
- Nausea relief
- General pain relief
- Anti-seizure properties
- Anxiety and stress relief
- Insomnia treatment
- Mood improvement
- Neuroprotective properties
How to Make Your Own CBD Bath Bombs
It is often cheaper and offering of more flexibility to make the CBD bath bombs yourself if you have CBD isolate. In order to make CBD bath bombs yourself, you’ll need the following ingredients and supplies:
- 1 cup baking soda
- ½ cup citric acid
- ½ cup Epsom salts
- 1 tsp. essential oil
- 1 tsp. water
- 10-50mg CBD
- 3 tsp. olive oil
- food coloring that you want
- bowl and whisk
From here, the steps for making the mixture are simple and take less than 20 minutes. First, you’ll want to place all the dry ingredients (including the CBD) in a bowl and whisk them into a homogenous mixture, ensuring there are no clumps or inconsistencies.
Now we work with the liquids. Use the jar to mix all the liquid ingredients together. Here is where you will determine which essential oils, fragrances (optional), and colors to use. The tip to getting this part right is to simply have fun and experiment with different combinations until you find one that you like. Keep in mind each essential oil carries different benefits, and these can be complimented by associated colors.
In the next step, we combine the two mixtures. This is a slow process, so do not dump all the liquid mixture into the dry bowl all at once. Rather, mix it one spoon at a time, stirring the whole time. Ensure there are no clumps. Once the mixture looks prepared, it will be colored the color you chose and will appear to be a slightly damp, powdery, fragrant mix.
Finally, place the material in the mold(s) you have. Pack the bath bomb very tightly and then let it dry for up to a day or until ready. After this drying period, enjoy your CBD bath bomb!
A Word on Cannabis Infused Bath Bombs (Full Spectrum Bath Bombs)
Many people think that CBD alone is less effective than when combined with other cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. These includes the psychoactive THC, which does not get you high if used in a bath bomb, as well as beneficial terpenes (which are responsible for the scent of cannabis) and nonpsychoactive, lesser known cannabinoids such as cannabinol (CBN).
If you want to make your own cannabis infused/full spectrum bath bomb, you’ll need to purchase cannabis oil (if you want THC) or full spectrum CBD (which has cannabinoids and terpenes, but no THC), and then place your desired dosage in the liquids bowl of the bath bomb mix.
Some Common Bath Bomb Questions
How Fragrant are CBD Bath Bombs?
Bath bombs, CBD or not, can be very fragrant, and might be too strong for those with sensitive noses. If you find this to be the case, there are alternative bath supplements that can still lead to a detoxifying, relaxing time. Bath salts are an example of a less fragrant but still beneficial bath supplement.
What is the Shelf Life of a CBD Bath Bomb?
If a CBD bath bomb is stored in a cool, dry, and airtight container or ziplock bag, then the bath bomb will not absorb moisture and should last a generally long time, as all the chemicals are fairly stable. As a general rule, however, it is best to use products sooner rather than later.
Are CBD Bath Bombs Safe Down the Drain?
Yes, there is nothing that could cause any damage. As an added bonus, bath bombs are considered very beneficial to the Earth as a result of its Epsom salt.
Are Bath Bombs Safe for Kids?
It is generally not recommended that young children bathe, especially unsupervised, as they could drown. With regards to the bath bomb, however, there is no danger.
Do Bath Bombs Irritate Your Skin?
No, especially CBD bath bombs. The mixture of Epsom salts, various oils, and CBD causes quite the opposite – this combination is rejuvenating to the skin and enhances the previously described “glow”.
Are Bath Bombs Moisturizing?
Yes – the variety of oils moisturizes the skin significantly better than a normal bath, and this effect stays after the experience is over.
Will Bath Bombs Stain the Tub?
This depends on the ingredients and specifically the type of food coloring used. Some food coloring products are made specifically for bath bombs that will not stain. However, it is generally good practice to wipe down any residue in a tub after using bath bombs, as this could build up over time.
It is unlikely a single use will result in permanent damage, however.
Will CBD Bath Bombs Get Me High?
Not at all. Even if the bath bombs contained THC, no one has reported getting high from cannabis or CBD bath bombs.
Are CBD Bath Bombs Legal?
Yes! Bath bombs created from pure CBD or full spectrum hemp oil are perfectly legal for use in all 50 states.