As hype around cannabidiol (CBD) products continues to swirl, it seems like they’re popping up in almost every form imaginable: oils, lotions, salves, creams, gummies, pills, capsules, beauty products, and yes, even bath bombs.
If you’re not already familiar, CBD is one of a slew of active compounds found in the cannabis plant.
Although research is still in progress — there’s plenty we don’t know about CBD yet — so far, available research does point to these benefits:
- may help improve sleep
- may help with pain and anxiety
- contains anti-inflammatory properties
- can help reduce seizures in people with epilepsy — Epidiolex for seizures is the only prescription CBD product approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
If you’re thinking about dropping a CBD bomb into your next bath, keep scrolling. You’ll find out about our favorites and learn how they work, how safe they are, and how to shop for them.
You may have been bombing your bath with essential oils and soothing scents for years, but CBD bath bombs are a new key player in the bath game.
So far, only a couple of CBD bath bombs on the market meet our tight standards. Like any other CBD product, we chose these based on criteria we think are good indicators of safety, quality, and transparency. Each product in this article:
- is made by a company that provides proof of third-party testing by an ISO 17025-compliant lab
- is made with U.S.-grown hemp
- contains no more than 0.3 percent THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, according to the certificate of analysis (COA)
- passes tests for pesticides, heavy metals, and molds, according to the COA
We also considered:
- company certifications and manufacturing processes
- product potency
- overall ingredients
- indicators of user trust and brand reputation, such as:
- customer reviews
- whether the company has been subject to an FDA warning letter
- whether the company makes any unsupported health claims
- $ = under $10
- $$ = over $10
- CBD type: Broad-spectrum
- CBD potency: 25 mg per bath bomb
- Count: 4 per box
- COA: Available on product page
- CBD type: Broad-spectrum
- CBD potency: 60 mg per bath bomb
- Count: 1 per package
- COA: Available on product page
These broad-spectrum CBD bath bombs are lavender scented, but they also come in orange and eucalyptus if you prefer. Each one is naturally fragranced with essential oils. The bath bombs are also made with Epsom salts for a soothing effect.
Though the packaging says each bath bomb contains 60 mg of CBD, COAs for some batches show higher potencies. Be sure to keep this in mind if you’re looking for a lower dose product.
Sky Organics CBD Bath Bombs are vegan and cruelty-free.
Since a bath bomb quickly fizzes into liquid and you soak in it through your skin, it’s considered a topical. Again, studies on CBD are ongoing, but available research on CBD topicals is encouraging.
A 2016 study done on rats found that CBD topical applications may help manage pain and inflammation linked to arthritis.
Relaxation is usually the goal with any type of bath bomb, but CBD bath bombs may give you a boost there, too. Recent research suggests that CBD may help lower anxiety, which could make it easier to relax.
Keep in mind that the effectiveness of your CBD bath bomb — as is the case with all CBD products — will depend on the dose and quality of the product.
Generally, CBD products shouldn’t get you “high.” But it will depend on the amount of THC in the product. Large doses of any potent full-spectrum CBD product have the potential to cause a high. If you want to avoid this, look for products made from broad-spectrum CBD or CBD isolate, and stick to a low dose.
It’s worth noting that there’s a chance any CBD product — no matter the type — may have trace amounts of THC, which could show up on a drug test.
It’s best to look for a product that comes with an up-to-date, comprehensive certificate of analysis (COA) from a reputable third-party lab. At a minimum, the COA should tell you:
- The amount of CBD in the product. Check to see if this matches what’s listed on the label.
- The amount of THC in the product. Federally legal products should have less than 0.3 percent THC.
- The date the testing was performed. Some companies provide COAs for each batch of each product. Others may only provide a sample COA.
- Whether the product passes contaminant testing. Check that the product passes for heavy metals, pesticides, and molds. Some brands may also include solvent testing if they use a solvent-based extraction method to make their products.
It’s also important to buy from a company that’s transparent about where it grows its hemp and how it makes its products. The more information the company can provide you, the better.
You can also check into the brand’s reputation, such as whether they have received any FDA warning letters. The FDA doesn’t guarantee that each and every over-the-counter CBD product out there works and is safe. However, they can (and do) send warning letters to brands that break the rules.
Most bath bombs have a “bombs away!” approach — simply drop the bomb in your tub of water and soak.
But keep in mind, these are not ordinary bath bombs. It’s a good idea to pay attention to the product’s potency before getting your feet wet (pun intended!).
Ideal doses differ from person to person, depending on a number of factors, like body weight, body chemistry, the condition being treated, and the CBD concentration in each product.
If you’re new to CBD, it may be best to look for the lowest dose bath bomb to start.
For ordinary bath bombs, the Cleveland Clinic suggests that soak time should last around 15 minutes, or at least before fingers start to prune.
While the World Health Organization says CBD is generally considered to be safe, some people may experience side effects, including:
- changes in appetite
- changes in weight
It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor before trying CBD, especially if you’re taking any medications, as CBD may interact with some medications.
It’s also important to use caution with any new-to-you topical product. You want to be careful to look at the ingredients to make sure you don’t have any allergies. Keep in mind that essential oils may irritate sensitive skin.
Some people worry that a CBD bath bomb might irritate their vagina. If that’s something you’re nervous about, keep it in mind that it’s best to use products on or around your vulva that are dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic, and fragrance-free.
CBD products are known for a number of therapeutic benefits. A CBD bath bomb is one way to use CBD as a topical and experience some of these benefits while also getting in a relaxing bath.
It’s important to pay close attention to labeling, dosing, and quality of the brands you choose. Always talk with your doctor before trying CBD.
Is CBD Legal? Hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal on the federal level, but are still illegal under some state laws. Marijuana-derived CBD products are illegal on the federal level, but are legal under some state laws. Check your state’s laws and those of anywhere you travel. Keep in mind that nonprescription CBD products are not FDA-approved, and may be inaccurately labeled.
Breanna Mona is a writer based in Cleveland, OH. She holds a master’s degree in media and journalism and writes about health, lifestyle, and entertainment.