What Is CBD Balm? Benefits and Uses

The function of a lotion is to deliver oil, which moisturizes and protects the skin. A lotion uses water to deliver the oil. This serves two purposes: water immediately hydrates and plumps the skin, and it also helps the oil to absorb. However, the plumping effect is short-lived, as water continuously evaporates from the skin.12

Lotions contain a mixture of oil and water, just like some salad dressings that need to be shaken to temporarily emulsify them before pouring. But that’s not acceptable for a lotion, so CBD lotions require other ingredients to hold the oils and water together — things like emulsifiers, which bind water and oil together, and preservatives, which inhibit bacteria growth in environments that contain water.13

A balm is a concentrated, waterless moisturizer that delivers the oil directly to the skin. If you were to take your 4-oz bottle of lotion and remove all of the water, emulsifiers, and preservatives, you’d be left with, more or less, a 2-oz balm.14 Because balms contain no water, there are no emulsifiers and other fillers. The oils blend with each other and the waxes and butters thicken it up. Also, bacteria cannot grow without water.15

Therefore, the biggest difference between a CBD balm and a CBD lotion is that the balm is more concentrated and less likely to become contaminated by bacteria over time.

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