Smell (Irrelevant to effects)
The bottle has no smell, which attests to its super secure packaging. One small pump of this CBDfx Hemp Cream releases a mixed aroma of menthol and essential oils. The smell is what you would expect from a cream meant for deterring pain and muscle aches, and smells sort of like the blue Halls cough drops. The smell is pretty strong at first, but fades away quickly, leaving only a light, minty scent on your skin, which you still have to try pretty hard to detect after only 30 minutes.
Taste (Irrelevant to effects)
We didn’t taste it, and based on the menthol smell and creamy consistency, we’d guess it tastes pretty bad. Heed the label’s warning: “This product can only be used topically.”
CBDfx Hemp Cream is somewhere between thick and thin, which makes it suitable for using this cream for managing pain around the joints and major muscles. Unlike a thicker salve or balm, this cream is thin enough that a small amount covers a pretty large area. One small, metered pump from the bottle produced only a pea-sized amount of cream but was enough to cover an entire knee area, front to back.
However, the cream is still thick and creamy enough that it is easy to apply to any targeted location, compared to some topical products that are thin, runny, and pretty messy.
Effects (Onset, Duration, Intensity)
The menthol cooling effect of this cream is immediate. As soon as the cream touches your skin, you feel the soothing relief you may recognize from other menthol topical products, like Vick’s. This product, however, packs a different kind of punch, and CBD’s pain relieving qualities begin to work their magic after about 20 minutes. One product tester (who has bad knees due to multiple injuries and surgeries) applied the product to both knees at the first sign of swelling and pain. After about half an hour, the swelling had gone down entirely, and he was able to walk about normally.
Another tested used the product for tense shoulders and a sore neck (after sleeping on it wrong) and felt the same level of immediate relief. This hemp cream really surpassed expectations, however, when using it for sciatic pain, which went from a debilitating level to a mild throb after just using this cream.
The cream also combined well with CBDfx Lychee Lemon Kiwi Tincture to eliminate sciatic pain entirely. The effects of the pain-relieving cream lasted quite some time, about three hours after application. Reapplying is simple, and the little bottle is well-made and super portable, so we carried it with us to use as needed.
Best used for
CBD has a variety of potential uses, like managing anxiety, improving poor sleep, and relieving inflammation and pain. However, this product seems to target pain and makes a good solution for anyone hoping to use CBD topically to manage soreness in the muscles and joints. Additionally, evidence shows that the topical application of CBD may reduce symptoms of pain and inflammation due to arthritis.
A similar study showed that synthetic versions of CBD also helped reduce pain and inflammation in the knee in patients with osteoarthritis. This cream contains several ingredients (other than CBD) that may boost it’s pain-relieving effects, like menthol and caffeine.
Best used with (Complimentary Product)
This pain cream is strong stuff, and it really knocks out mild to moderate pain on its own. For more severe pain (nerve pain, in our experience) it works best when combined with another fast-acting product, like a tincture. We combined the Lychee Lemon Kiwi CBD Tincture from CBDfx with this cream, and it helped knock out severe nerve pain for 6 hours. Then, only one reapplication of the Hemp Cream was needed to extend the pain relief to about 8 hours overall.
Additionally, this product may pair well for managing pain with another oral product, CBD capsules. Capsules provide a convenient dosing option that may be useful for those who need to manage pain on a regular basis. Capsules, like CBDistillery Full Spectrum CBD Soft Gels, can be taken before the hemp cream is used to help effectively boost the pain-relieving effects.
A capsule, so long as it’s combined with a fatty oil for increased absorption, is a method that is equally as effective and portable as this CBDfx Hemp Cream, which is why the two may work together to manage even severe pain.
This bottle contains 30 mL of hemp cream with a total of 100mg of CBD. At a price of $29.99 per bottle, it costs about $0.30 per milligram of CBD. This price is comparable to similar products, like Biofield CBD Rapid Cooling Pain Cream, which has 200mg of CBD and costs almost $50, or $0.25 per milligram. The price seems high for the smaller amount of cannabidiol when comparing it to more concentrated products, like a tincture.
However, the combined ingredients (like analgesic menthol) help boost CBD’s pain-relieving effects and the product takes effect almost immediately, so we think it’s worth the price. Plus, a little bit goes a long way, so this bottle is likely to last quite a while.
We love the way this cream feels on our skin, and the immediate cooling effects really take the edge off quickly. CBDfx products are sourced from organic, quality materials and fully meet our Buyer’s Guide requirements.
The thin application of this cream makes it useful for a wide range of topical ailments, but if you’re needing a thicker topical product, you may want to try Pure Relief CBD Pain Salve instead.
CBDfx Hemp Cream 30mL, 1oz
100mg of CBD
Suggested use: Apply a small amount to the affected area and rub in. Repeat every 4-6 hours. This product can only be used topically. Keep away from eyes.
Ingredients: USP Water, Menthol, Hydroxylated Lecithin, Acrylic Polymer, Caffeine Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, White Willow Bark Extract 98%, Organic Hemp Oil, Tocopheryl, Acetate, Sodium Benzoate