There's nothing like a long soak in the tub to relieve stress, induce a sense of calm and serenity, and recoup after an arduous workout. Baths aren't just meant to clean the body; they're also meant to be an experience, and certain things can deepen such experiences, including bath bombs.
These seemingly unassuming little things can create a luxurious atmosphere thanks to their wonderful aromas and fizzing effects.
Bath bombs can also have healing properties thanks to the sodium bicarbonate and citric acid that most bath bombs contain. When combined, these two ingredients generate that feel-good fizzing sensation while cleaning and repairing your skin. They can even strengthen blood vessels!
Bath bombs are definitely awesome, but is it possible to make them even better?
Absolutely: with the addition of CBD.
In fact, CBD is increasingly being used a part of a post-recovery regimen, and adding them to your bathtub can be a great way to take advantage of the stress-relieving and muscle-relaxing benefits it can provide.
What is CBD?
CBD - or cannabidiol - is one of the most abundant cannabinoids found in the cannabis sativa plant, a specific cannabis species. It has been increasingly shown to provide the body with several medical benefits, such as alleviating pain and inflammation, reducing the frequency and severity of seizures, and even potentially slowing the growth of certain cancer cells.
Even though CBD comes from the cannabis plant, it does not get a person "high." This is a common misconception, simply because of the association with the term "cannabis" with mind-altering effects. Instead, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the cannabinoid in cannabis that gets users high.
CBD does not possess any psychoactive properties, and as such, it doesn't affect the mind of the user. More specifically, CBD that is derived from the hemp plant does not have any THC in it. At the very least, it has such minimal traces of THC that no psychoactive sensations would be experienced from it.
It's this quality that makes CBD very attractive to users. Not only does it provide a safer and more natural alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals, it does so without inducing feelings of being stoned.
CBD interacts with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to influence various functions in the body. The ECS is involved in several processes, including pain sensation, mood, appetite, and sleep, to name a few. This system produces its own cannabinoids that bind to or interact with endocannabinoid receptors located in cells throughout the body, particularly in the brain and immune system.
When introduced in the body, CBD can behave in much the same way that the body's natural cannabinoids do. But rather than binding directly with the receptors of the ECS, CBD just interacts with them and influences their effect in the body.
Many studies have already been conducted on the effects of CBD, and they continue to be done. Many physically active people have already discovered how it can relieve pain and inflammation that's often associated with strenuous activity. They've also discovered how CBD can help speed up recovery and get them back in the game sooner rather than later.
Studies have shown that CBD is instrumental in suppressing the production of cytokines and chemokines while boosting T-regulatory cell production in the body. This can help to strengthen the body’s anti-inflammatory mechanism, which can relieve inflammation and the pain that comes with it after the muscles are broken down during exercise.
Users can take CBD in several different formats, each with its own set of benefits. Vapes, topicals, tinctures, oils, capsules, and edibles are all widely available for consumption. But in addition to taking CBD in these formats, the cannabinoid can also be added to bath bombs.
Take Advantage of CBD With Bath Bombs
By infusing bath bombs with CBD, the cannabinoid can be absorbed through the skin. In turn, it can help rejuvenate the skin and eliminate blemishes and ward off acne.
But a good soak in the tub with a bath bomb or two dropped in can help you reap other benefits of CBD as it is absorbed, which the physically active will find particularly useful after exercise.
DIY Bath Bombs
Bath bombs definitely have their place in post-workout recovery, even if just to provide a relaxing environment to recoup in. But adding CBD to the mix can take post-workout recovery to a whole other level.
You can easily make your own CBD bath bombs at home using a few simple ingredients (including CBD, of course). Here is a simple recipe you might want to give a shot.
- 2 oz baking soda
- 2 oz citric acid
- 4 oz Epsom salt
- 5 tbsp oil of choice
- 3 tbsp arnica oil
- 12 drops essential oil of choice
- 1/4 tsp CBD oil or tincture
This recipe requires a bath bomb mold (or something similar) to create the spherical shapes. Once you've combined all the ingredients together by hand, press the mixtures into the mold and freeze them.
If you notice that the mixture is a bit wet and sticky, add a little more baking soda or cornstarch. On the other hand, a particularly dry mixture might need a few extra drops of water.
Bath bombs were already "the bomb," but with CBD, they're a whole lot better. Not only can you create a tranquil atmosphere to chill in after a vigorous workout, you can also give your body the healing effects of CBD. And with a few simple ingredients that you can find anywhere, you can make your own bath bombs ready for your next workout!