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Nothing says ahhhh quite like a long soak in the tub. After a rough day, getting to settle into a warm bath can help wash all of those bad feelings away as you let waves of calm roll over you. 


For many, adding a bath bomb brings a whole new element of relaxation and joy into the mix. Bath bombs typically contain essential oils to help nourish the skin and soothe the senses.


And if you are into bath bombs, you may be wondering how CBD bath bombs hold up against traditional ones. Do CBD bath bombs really work? Do they bring anything new to the table that can further enhance the spa-like experience? Let’s dive into it!

What Are CBD Bath Bombs?

CBD bath bombs are simply bath bombs that contain CBD extract. 


Typically, bath bombs rely on a base of baking soda, citric acid, and cornstarch. When these ingredients hit the warm water, a chemical reaction causes the ball to fizz and break apart, filling the tub with the bomb’s soothing-scented innards. 


While CBD bath bombs may contain the dyes and essential oils found in traditional bath bombs, they also include CBD extract that enters the water and washes over your skin as the bath bomb fizzes out. 


CBD, or cannabidiol, can help take your relaxation game to the next level, thanks to the endocannabinoid system.


The endocannabinoid system relies on endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors to send messages throughout the body. Because CBD is chemically similar to the body’s endocannabinoids, it can work within the ECS to help maintain balance and support the body in responding to and adapting to stress.

How Much CBD Do CBD Bath Bombs Contain?


CBD bath bombs and bath soaks typically contain anywhere between 25 and 200 milligrams of CBD. 


If you’re not sure how much CBD you need to feel the effects, you may want to start with a bath bomb that has a lower amount of CBD, or a smaller amount of bath soak powder, and then you can work your way up as needed!

What Are the Benefits of CBD Bath Bombs?

CBD bath bombs can benefit your wellbeing as the CBD boosts the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS helps maintain homeostasis within the body by using endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors to help regulate mood, sleep, stress, and more.

Relief from Muscle Tension

As a phytocannabinoid, CBD can work with the body’s naturally produced endocannabinoids to help soothe muscle tension. 


When CBD is applied to sore or overtired muscles, it can be absorbed through the skin and work with endocannabinoids at nearby cannabinoid receptors to help provide added relief. 


So, when soaking in a bath filled with CBD, those cannabinoids can help tend to any tension in your muscles as the CBD-filled water washes over you.

Reduced Generalized Discomfort

CBD’s naturally soothing properties can help ease generalized discomfort. A CBD bath bomb can provide temporary relief from tired muscles to swollen joints to chronic discomfort. It can also help provide temporary relief as the CBD gets absorbed through the skin to meet cannabinoid receptors beneath the surface. 


CBD bath bombs can help promote full-body relaxation as the CBD oils work with endocannabinoids like anandamide to help soothe tension.


The aromatherapy from included essential oils can also help you unwind and clear your mind. 

Relief from Stress

High-stress levels can cause mental anguish and physical tension as the body reacts. Luckily CBD can help calm the mind, enhance mood and lower stress levels.


By positively interacting with the mood-regulating endocannabinoid anandamide and neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, CBD bath bombs can help provide temporary relief from stress. 


How Should I Use CBD Bath Bombs?

You can use CBD bath bombs or soaks anytime you want to add an extra dose of relaxation to your self-care routine. 


Simply fill the tub with warm water and add the bath bomb into the tub before getting in.


From there, let the exploded bath bomb do its thing: fill your senses with soothing scents and colors, and nourish your skin with its calming CBD content. 

Adding the Brothers Apothecary to Your Bath Time Routine

Instead of a bath bomb, you can also use a tablespoon or two of bath soak. A bath soak is like a deconstructed bath bomb – it has all of the nourishing and nurturing ingredients, but the fine powder comes in a jar instead of in a ball!


Our own Slumbering CBD Bath Soak pairs CBD Isolate with pure flower oils and nourishing aloe leaf juice and zinc for an ultra-nourishing experience. The antioxidant-rich butterfly blue pea powder tints the water with a natural, calming, and vibrant blue hue.

Are CBD Bath Bombs Really Effective?

CBD bath bombs are an effective way to absorb the soothing effects of CBD, as the oil can be absorbed into the skin during the bath, providing the same benefits as other forms of CBD topicals.

How Do They Work?

Once the CBD bath bomb breaks open, the CBD oil fills the tub. As you soak, the CBD is absorbed into your skin, where it can reach cannabinoid receptors in sore or tired muscles and get to work promoting full-body relaxation.


Not to mention, the other soothing ingredients such as essential oils and minerals can help soothe the skin and calm the mind.

How Fast Do the Effects of CBD Bath Bombs Kick In?

The effects of CBD can kick in within just a few minutes as it is absorbed into the skin.

Do CBD Bath Bombs Cause a High?


CBD is not psychoactive or intoxicating and cannot cause a high, even when used in large doses.


While full-spectrum CBD bath products may contain up to the legal limit of 0.3% THC content, this is not enough to cause a high. 


The small amount of THC–another main cannabinoid in cannabis plants, however, can work synergistically with the CBD to produce the entourage effect.


The entourage effect takes place when the varying cannabis plant parts work together to enhance the beneficial effects. Basically, they’ll make your already relaxing soak even more relaxing. 

How Often Should I Use CBD Bath Bombs?

You can use a CBD bath bomb whenever you need a little extra TLC. CBD bath bombs and soaks are safe to use on a daily basis.

The Bottom Line

Setting aside time each to unplug and care for yourself can do wonders for your mental and physical wellness. A CBD-infused soak could be just what you need to relax and reset.


Check out our collection of CBD bath and skincare products at The Brothers Apothecary shop! And, if baths aren’t your thing, you can still enjoy the soothing and calming effects of CBD in it’s many other forms!



Cannabinoids as novel anti-inflammatory drugs | Future Med Chem

Brain activity of anandamide: a rewarding bliss? | Acta Pharmacologica Sinica 

Effect of cannabidiol on plasma prolactin, growth hormone and cortisol in human volunteers | Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research 

Jesse Richardson, Health & Wellness Advocate
Ambassador of Teas, CEO

Jesse Richardson is the co-founder of The Brothers Apothecary. He's an avid tea drinker and the primary creator behind The Brothers' products. An undergraduate of UCLA for Political Science, Jesse currently studies Medicinal Plants at Cornell University and The International School of Herbal Arts & Sciences.

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