A soak in the tub at the end of a hectic day can be the height of bliss. You are exhausted, your muscles are tense, you require instant escapism… yes, the humble bathtub offers it all. The soothing heat, gentle splashes and caressing bubbles can bring harmony and peace away from relentless mind chatter and physical discomfort. If you are fond of baths, you’ll know of these benefits all too well and are likely aware of additional products that can be added to your tub to enhance the experience, such as luxurious bath bubbles and detoxifying Epsom salts. But, have you heard that CBD baths are the latest big thing? Adding the natural cannabis compound to your bath can heighten your state of relaxation and reward you with the most soothing soak you’ve ever had. Read on to find out how!
What is a CBD Bath Bomb?
Bathtub enthusiasts will already know of – and have likely used - the coveted bath bomb. Those vivid, fizzing spheres inject excitement and delight into any bath time; simply drop the bath bomb into the tub, watch it fizz and dissolve (and sometimes alter the colour of the water), then step in and enjoy the therapeutic benefits. Adored by kids and adults alike, bath bombs are hugely popular, and some fans have even taken to making their own using everyday ingredients from the kitchen.
The great thing about bath bombs is that whilst they contain a few key ingredients such as bicarbonate of soda, these effervescing spheres are versatile enough to be infused with a range of natural, wellness-enhancing substances. One such ingredient is cannabidiol (CBD); an extracted compound from the hemp plant.
Cannabidiol: The Active Ingredient
CBD is derived from a hemp, which is a plant species that falls under the umbrella of the cannabis plant family. This natural compound is one of many cannabinoids found within the cannabis family of plants. When CBD interacts with the human body, it can have many positive effects on our endocannabinoid system (ECS); an intricate biological system responsible for immunity, sleep, appetite, mood, memory and much more.
Some bath bomb brands infuse their products with a few drops of CBD oil (that’s CBD compound mixed with a carrier oil such as hemp seed oil). At Mission C, our luxury bath bombs are expertly prepared with a combination of carefully researched ingredients that complement each other to perfection for the ultimate idyllic soak. Enjoy an indulgent blend of lavender, rosehip, CBD and Epsom salts to clear the mind and intensely relax the body.
Will I Get High?
No, you won’t get high using a CBD bath bomb. THC, which is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, is another cannabinoid found in cannabis (specifically, marijuana) which can have similar benefits on the human body as CBD. However, THC is the compound that can result in a ‘high’ when ingested by humans, and is the main component of cannabis that is smoked for its psychoactive properties. THC is illegal in the UK as it is an intoxicating compound. CBD, on the contrary, is non-psychotropic and will not get you high. As a result, CBD products are perfectly legal in the UK – providing they contain nothing more than trace quantities of THC.
Why Should I Add CBD to my Bath?
As a soothing CBD bath bomb dissolves in your bath water, the tub becomes infused with each of the delicate ingredients of the product, such as essential oils and cannabidiol. Those ingredients are absorbed by the skin. Many people enjoy consuming CBD via oils and gummies, or applying topically via muscle balms and lotions. However, adding CBD to your bath enables your whole body to be fully immersed, enabling efficient absorption into the bloodstream and providing extra benefits to the skin when compared with oral CBD products.
CBD Bath Bomb Benefits
There are plenty of benefits to enjoy via CBD in your bathtub. Cannabidiol has been shown by some studies to:
- Promote relaxation
- Reduce anxiety and stress
- Improve sleep
- Reduce inflammation
- Soothe pain
- Calm irritated and inflamed skin
- Relax the muscles
- Hydrate the skin
- Reduce acne
Spending time in the bath is an effective self-care tool in itself for comfort and relief from anxiety and stress. The heat provided by the bath water also accelerates the process of absorption of CBD as it causes your blood vessels to widen. Additionally, this encourages your muscles to relax, and the overall result is an optimal environment for intensified rest and relaxation.
Are CBD Bath Bombs Effective?
There is growing evidence on the efficacy of CBD oil for medicinal use. Studies remain at the preliminary stage and to date are predominantly animal-based. Further in-depth human studies are required to accurately determine the full effects of CBD. However, results so far are greatly encouraging. CBD has been shown to be an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and have anti-sebum properties, all of which may contribute to acne reduction, skin hydration, reduced inflammation and easing of muscle pain. Studies also indicate that improved sleep is often reported by CBD users; this may be a result of reduced anxiety and stress, and its ability to regulate serotonin levels in the brain which influences our mood.
Some literature reviews highlight the molecular activity of CBD within the body’s endocannabinoid system and its ability to help regulate many vital physiological processes. The results are intriguing and continually evolving and we are always keen to keep up with the latest results.
What we do know is that bathing itself is a sure-fire self-care strategy to boost wellbeing. Adding a CBD bath bomb to your tub can boost the comforting experience of your soak.
Find Your Finest CBD Bath Bomb
Many CBD bath bombs have varying CBD potency levels and additional botanicals such as essential oils, natural terpenes and herbs. Do your research and buy according to your goals – if you desire a sleep enhancer, a lavender-infused CBD bath bomb could be the right choice for you, for instance. Purchasing from premium brands which use high-quality pure isolate CBD can enhance your overall experience.
How to Use Your CBD Bath Bomb for a Soothing Soak
Using a bath bomb is simple.
- Fill your bathtub with warm water. Be sure that the water is a comfortable temperature that suits you; not too hot and not too cool.
- Once the bath is full, drop your CBD bath bomb into the water.
- This is the fun part – wait and watch it fizz and dissolve!
- Now for tranquillity. Get into the tub, lay back and soak for around 30 minutes to welcome a peaceful mind, relieved tension, pain reduction and hydrated skin.
Optional: Complete the ambience by dimming the lights, lighting scented candles and enjoying your favourite glass of wine or herbal tea!