People’s perceptions about hemp plants, particularly the cannabinoid (CBD), have shifted dramatically in recent years.  Using  CBD supplements or topicals to boost overall health has become fairly common.  When individuals think about adding CBD supplements to their diet, they usually think of CBD oils since they are convenient to ingest CBD and offer rapid effectiveness. In addition, CBD topicals are gaining popularity and people include them in their daily routine. CBD topicals are no longer limited to body creams and patches. CBD companies are coming up with new and exciting ways to use and benefit from CBD in topical form.  For example, CBD bath bombs have become an instant hit, providing a fun and therapeutic way to enjoy the benefits of CBD.  What exactly is a CBD bath bomb, and why should you give it a try?

What is CBD?

CBD is among the two primary active components in the cannabis plant.  Unlike delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not make users high.  As a result, CBD-infused products do not produce psychoactive mental effects.  CBD can assist in supporting the body’s natural endocannabinoid system and increase the creation of endocannabinoids.  This system influences vital body functions such as response to stress, sleep, and mood and affects how quickly people recover.  Russo, (2016) suggests that deficiencies in the ECS may contribute to various health conditions, from migraines to autism and fibromyalgia.  CBD could help enhance health by addressing inadequacies if that is the case.

CBD Bath Bombs

CBD oil is created by diluting cannabidiol from the cannabis plant with a carrier oil.  Bath bombs or bath salts are made by combining CBD oil with other components, such as essential oils and fragrances, and sometimes color to add fun to the mix. CBD-infused bath bombs are similar to ordinary bath bombs in many aspects.  Both products are visually similar and come in various vivid colors and shapes.  Also, they are designed to be dropped into a water bath, causing a gradual fizz while infusing the water with their color and aroma.

In addition, herbs, flower petals, and crystals are commonly found in CBD bath bombs, just as in normal bath bombs.  The key difference between CBD-infused bath bombs and ordinary bath bombs is that CBD extract is used in the former.  So, why is this relaxing, homeostasis-promoting cannabis-derived plant ingredient important for soaking in the tub?

CBD Bath Benefits

The Heat Accelerates CBD’s Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

According to a study by Pellati, et al. (2018), CBD is best used for inflammation, the main cause of skin problems, such as eczema or discomfort.  Therefore, soaking in hot water with a CBD-infused product, such as bath salts or a bath bomb, speeds up the absorption of CBD into the skin and bloodstream through the pores.  Heat dilates blood vessels, allowing CBD and other ingredients to be absorbed more quickly.  It also assists in the relaxation of muscles and the opening of airways, making breathing easier.  Therefore, the calming, pain-relieving, and anti-inflammatory actions of CBD are all combined with the heat benefits.

CBD Might Make That Bath More Relaxing

Taking a bath is considered incredibly relaxing. Baths are fantastic for pain after a workout or a long, stressful day since they supply a lot of minerals, stimulate healing, and help with soreness.  CBD enhances the benefits of a bath and CBD. The most significant advantages of a CBD bath would be relaxation, decompression, relief of musculoskeletal pain and inflammation, and skin-soothing benefits.

CBD Is Easily Absorbed Through the Skin

Compared to ingesting a few drops of CBD tincture orally or under the tongue, allowing it to penetrate topically produces immediate and direct results.  Absorption into the bloodstream will be faster than with oral consumption, as with any nutrient or chemical applied to the skin.  In addition, while a topical CBD balm, oil, or cream may be perfect for calming localized inflammation, adding CBD to a bath will expose your complete body to it, resulting in more systemic effects.

It’s Advantageous in Different Ways

Based on research by Moltke & Hindocha, (2021), CBD is a chemical that affects different body systems, such as anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders.  Therefore, when you combine these benefits of CBD with a warm bath, you’ll experience more relaxation.

It’s A Natural Substance that Works Well With Other Bath Products

CBD works in harmony with the therapeutic components in your bath product naturally and subtly.  Therefore, CBD-infused bath bombs are about mixing CBD with botanicals.  For example, CBD-Infused Bath Salts contain pore-opening and detoxifying sulfur, allowing all of the product’s other minerals such as Dead Sea salt and magnesium and herbal extracts such as marjoram, yarrow, rosemary, and CBD) to penetrate through the pores faster and deeper.


If you are hesitant to try CBD in any form, soaking in scented, CBD-infused bath bombs could be the ideal way to experience CBD’s effects without ingesting it. CBD bath bombs may moisturize the skin and reduce pimples while providing a relaxing experience.  CBD bath bombs and salts are available in various forms, such as full spectrum or broad spectrum.  Also, the dosage or potency of CBD in a CBD bath bomb may affect your response to its therapeutic effects.  The essential oils and scents vary in quantity and types in various bath bombs.  When picking a bath bomb, consider these aspects, and read credible CBD reviews to get the right product.


Moltke, J., & Hindocha, C. (2021). Reasons for cannabidiol use: a cross-sectional study of CBD users, focusing on self-perceived stress, anxiety, and sleep problems. Journal of cannabis research, 3(1), 1-12.

Pellati, F., Borgonetti, V., Brighenti, V., Biagi, M., Benvenuti, S., & Corsi, L. (2018). Cannabis sativa L. and nonpsychoactive cannabinoids: their chemistry and role against oxidative stress, inflammation, and cancer. BioMed research international, 2018.

Russo, E. B. (2016). Clinical endocannabinoid deficiency reconsidered: current research supports the theory in migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel, and other treatment-resistant syndromes. Cannabis and cannabinoid research, 1(1), 154-165.

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Anastasia Filipenko is a health and wellness psychologist, dermatolist and a freelance writer. She frequently covers beauty and skincare, food trends and nutrition, health and fitness and relationships. When she's not trying out new skincare products, you'll find her taking a cycling class, doing yoga, reading in the park, or trying a new recipe.

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