Relaxing in hot water is an excellent way to unwind and boost your overall happiness. The heat, feel of the water wrapping around your body, and comfort combined with quality alone time provide some of the most natural benefits available for reducing stress.
The Health Benefits of a Relaxing Bath
Incidentally, CBD has many of the same properties as Epsom salts. It helps the body relax, relieves sore muscles, and is ideal for the skin. Check out the growing list of CBD products on the market. You’ll clearly see the most significant increase in sales and available items are topical.
Why Add CBD Bath Salts to the Mix?
It also may offer relief from sore, inflamed muscles resulting from the normal aging process and everyday aches and pains. Epsom salts contain magnesium that provides plenty of its own benefits, including stripping toxins from the skin. Magnesium has the potential to reduce stress by boosting neurotransmitter activity in the brain.
“Taking a bath is already so therapeutic,” says Mata. “Baths deliver so many minerals, promote healing, and are great for soreness after a workout.”
So what does this calming, homeostasis-promoting, cannabis-derived plant substance have to do with bath time?
CBD could make that relaxing bath even more relaxing.
Don't think of a CBD bath as dunking yourself into a tub of chemicals. CBD works naturally and subtly and in tandem with your chosen bath product's various therapeutic ingredients. "Everything we do is about blending CBD and herbs," Mata says. For instance, Vertly CBD-Infused Bath Salts includes a pore-opening and detoxifying sulfur, which allows all the product's other minerals (like Dead Sea salt and magnesium) and herbal extracts (including marjoram, yarrow, rosemary, and CBD) to enter pores quicker and deeper.
For a quick refresher: "Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a cannabinoid found in both hemp and marijuana that can have potential health benefits," explains Matthew Mintz, MD, FACP, a board-certified internist practicing in Bethesda, Md. "Unlike marijuana—which is federally illegal and only medically legal in certain states—hemp is legal everywhere and has virtually no THC (which is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, a different cannabinoid that can make you high).”
The heat improves CBD’s anti-inflammatory benefits.
“As with any nutrient or ingredient applied to the skin, absorption into the bloodstream will be faster than with oral ingestion,” Shunney says. And while a topical CBD balm, oil, or cream might be ideal for those hoping to calm localized inflammation, Shunney says adding CBD to a bath will expose your entire body to it, resulting in more systemic effects.