Last week I covered the MaxCBD Wellness CBD Oil, a brilliant product for helping me drift off to sleep, while now I’m taking a closer look at their topical cream.
After dieting for the past 9 months, I have decided to casually switch to a clean bulk, therefore a pain relief cream is an ideal addition considering I’ve got German Volume Training around the corner, which I’m really not looking forward to.
When You Say Cream…
I wanted to start off with this point, as it seems to be a poorly used term in the CBD industry nowadays, but MaxCBD Wellness have used it appropriately.
This is a cream, with the texture you would expect of a moisturiser. I have found a number of CBD brands selling a ‘cream’ which is actually a balm, meaning it doesn’t spread very well.
Whereas I’m very happy to say this was a cream that easily rubbed into the skin after application.
How Much Do You Use?
Take out a small amount with your hands and rub it into the targeted area, rubbing in circles for around 20 seconds, until it begins to sink into the skin.
Depending on how much CBD you want in a day, you can do this once in a day or multiple times in smaller applications. After my workout, I had a shower and applied the pain relief cream after getting out, once I was dried off.
I would estimate I used 1/20th, so 5% of the tub for my application. This would work out as 50mg of CBD, or 7.7g of the cream.
The amount you use will also depends on your reasoning. I don’t have any direct pain, I’m simply trying to prevent DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) as well as alleviating the stress I’ve caused to the muscles by making tears in the microfibres.
If you’re using this for actual pain, you may require a higher level, but remember the FSA recommends a max of 70mg of CBD per day, even if topically applied.
How Much CBD Do You Get?
I was pleasantly surprised to see this 154g tub contains 1,000mg of CBD. The average CBD cream tends to either contain 300mg or 500mg of CBD, so this one certainly wins in regards to quantities of the key ingredient.
On top of the presence of CBD, you will also find CBC, CBG and some THC. Of course, the presence of THC was 0.07%, way below the max allowed in the UK.
The pesticide checks brought back all negatives, except for 0.028 Conc PPM pyridaben, an insecticide to keep away spider mites and whiteflies, often used on fruit crops such as apples.
What Else Does This Product Contain?
The presence of Vitamin E is a welcome ingredient, considering it is known to help promote a healthy immune system and build strong muscles. It also holds a role in repairing the plasma membrane in a cell, as well as combating oxidative stress.
You may also have noticed Phenoxyethanol on the ingredients list, which is an organic compound working as a solvent, to preserve cosmetic products, which is globally approved.
This colourless oily liquid is an important stabiliser and will extend the shelf life of the product significantly.
As soon as you open the tub, you will sense a hint of the menthol crystals in your nostrils, as the minty aroma travels up. They also work to calm sensitive areas and prevent itchiness, while menthol is also know to help alleviate pain, so it’s not just the great scent they’ve chosen this for.
The other ingredient you may not know could be MSM, which stands for methyl-sulfonyl-methane (no wonder it’s always shortened). This is a common ingredient in skincare treatments like moisturisers and serums.
MSM can help to reduce inflammation, smooth wrinkles and (most importantly considering the product type) decrease any pain you might be feeling.
Where Can I Buy This From?
You can order yourself the MaxCBD Wellness 1,000mg CBD Pain Relief Cream from their website for $89, which passes the $50 required for the free worldwide shipping.