We firmly believe in the therapeutic potential of CBD, but we also understand that not all CBD products are as effective as they claim. So, how do we discern the best from, well, the rest? How do you separate the best CBD pain salves from the ones that aren’t worth your time or money? 

With very little federal regulation for CBD companies, we at Key to Cannabis have made it our mission to make brand accountability a priority by independently testing all types of products from a consumer’s perspective. We have a strict vetting process that brands are required to pass before we recommend them to consumers to ensure their CBD is not only safe, but of top notch quality:

  1. Companies must use an organic starting material.
  2. They must implement safe and effective extraction methods.
  3. Carrier oils must also be safe and effective.
  4. Companies must batch test their products for potency and safety.

Using the above criteria, as well as hand-testing every product individually, we’ve put together a list of what we feel are the best CBD pain salves of of 2019. We’ll tell you what we like about them, where to find them, and who they’ll benefit most.

What is a Pain Salve?

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Salves are CBD infused creams or gels that get applied directly to the skin, or “topically.” They offer relief to specific areas of the body that may be suffering from pain and inflammation, and even chronic conditions such as eczema.

Patients opt for pain salves when treating muscle and joint pains in specific, localized areas of the body. Relief from CBD in this form can be felt in 10 to 15 minutes – significantly faster than the 45 to 60 minutes it can take for ingested CBD in the form of an edible or gel capsule to take effect. Relief from pain salves can last for hours, and because there is no chance of overdosing on CBD, they can be re-applied throughout the day as necessary.

We suggest pain salves for patients suffering from general aches and pains, as well as those suffering from more serious chronic conditions such as arthritis, cancer, or autoimmune disease.

Our Favorite Pain Salves

Joy Organics CBD Salve

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Why We Love It:

As a brand, we proudly support Joy Organics for their organic, sustainable CBD growing techniques. They use Colorado-grown organic hemp for each product and easily passed our strict vetting process.

The effects of their CBD salve are strong and noticeable. Effects can be felt in as little as five minutes, with full effects delivered after about 20 minutes. We suggest applying a good amount of the salve on the affected area – the more you apply, the longer the effects will last.

Unlike some CBD Pain Salves, this one does not produce an icy/hot sensation – making it less noticeable but just as effective. We also appreciate that this salve uses organically grown hemp as a starting material. Further, all ingredients are plant derived, meaning there are no chemicals involved in the making of this product.

Best Used For:

We like to use the CBD salve rub on strained and tired muscles. Whether returning from a tough workout at the gym or simply feeling the effects of aging, this product offers quick, lasting relief to targeted areas on almost any part of the body.

While salves that include THC as well as CBD have been found to be more effective, we still stand behind the CBD salve from Joy Organics and appreciate the fact that it is a CBD-only product.

Biofield CBD Rapid Cooling Pain Cream

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Why We Love It:

Biofield is committed to using organic, US-grown, non-GMO hemp and ensures that the CBD isolate it uses is at least 99% pure. Their products are completely THC free, and the CBD they use is legal in all 50 states because it’s sourced through a federally protected hemp program that requires third-party testing.

As for their Rapid Cooling Pain Cream, we love this product because it uses menthol, which offers additional relief in the form of a cooling, analgesic effect. It also uses aloe, making it effective not only as a strong pain reliever, but also useful for flaky, dry skin. Effects are felt almost immediately and last throughout the day, as CBD is absorbed into the skin and goes to work on specific affected areas.

Best Used For:

Not only is the Rapid Cooling Pain Cream useful as a strong pain reliever, but it also helps with rashes, dryness, and other skin conditions that cause inflammation. It’s full of hydrating ingredients, making it useful for conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and even bouts of poison ivy.

We suggest using this product for bodily aches and pains where and when it’s needed. Due to the use of menthol, it is particularly effective in helping to reduce joint pain and sore muscles.

cbdMD CBD Recover Inflammation Cream

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Why We Love It:

cbdMD also uses hemp that’s organically grown in the United States. When plants are harvested and transported for testing, cbdMD carefully tracks each batch in order to ensure every product it produces meets their strict quality standards. Moreover, cbdMD encourages responsible cultivation that produces the lowest carbon footprint possible, making them sustainable as well.

As for the CBD Recover Inflammation Cream, we love this product for how gentle it is on damaged skin. It contains aloe vera and coconut oil, which help to soothe the skin and lock in moisture for severely dry and irritated skin. Relief can be felt within just a few minutes, leaving targeted areas feeling refreshed and pain relieved for up to six hours.

Best Used For:

Because it doesn’t give off a cooling sensation offered by products with menthol, like the Biofield Rapid Cooling Pain Cream, it is particularly useful for sensitive ailments like burns, healing scrapes, and irritated skin rashes caused by different medical conditions.

No product should be applied to open wounds, but we find this product particularly useful for dulling itchy, inflamed skin around healing cuts and sores. The CBD Recover Inflammation Cream also helps to reduce redness and swelling, and best effects are reached when applied regularly.