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5 Best CBD Balms For Athletes in 2021: Topicals For Pain Relief And Muscle Recovery

CBD products are a really great addition to any athlete’s recovery routine. For example, during heavy training blocks, I take CBD Soft Gels daily (or a measure of CBD oil if I want the effects to kick in faster), and I will always massage a CBD topical balm/cream into my leg muscles if they’ve taken a heavy beating during a strenuous training run in order to recover faster. Becoming a stronger runner starts with a good recovery routine. This Best CBD Balms For Athletes Buyer’s Guide shares our 5 favorite CBD Topicals that provide fast recovery, and temporary pain relief.

CBD (Cannabidiol) is a plant-based, all-natural, anti-inflammatory, pain relief supplement that is well-suited for the endurance athletes’ therapeutic needs. CBD does this by working in synergy with existing systems within the body to help alleviate pain, inflammation, soreness, loss of mobility, stress, anxiety, and insomnia.

The benefits of using a CBD Balm for athletes is that it can help alleviate the following issues in athletes in a more targetted/localised manner than oils and soft gels:

  • stiffness and immobility that comes after endurance runs.
  • pain in your lower back, neck, shoulders, and hips.
  • joint swelling in your knees, wrists, ankles, and hands due to the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD.
  • shin splints, plantar fasciitis, arthritis, and tendonitis.

This post is regularly updated so be sure to bookmark it for future reference. Ok, let’s get straight to the best 5 CBD topicals for athletes.

1. Venga CBD Recovery Balm – [Best CBD Balm For Athletes]

Venga CBD’s Recovery Balm is a highly effective balm that helps me recover after long days of intense mountain running. I first noticed its power when I was in Europe for Matterhorn Ultraks 30k and the UTMB OCC 56km 5 days later. I wouldn’t normally stack races so close to one another, but when I was invited to run both of these races, how could I refuse!? I used the Recovery Balm on my leg muscles after Matterhorn Ultraks and felt repaired and ready to run UTMB OCC 5 days later.

That impressed me but what really blew me away was just how good my legs felt the day after racing UTMB OCC which involved 57km, 3200 meters of positive gain, and a total moving time of 10.5 hours in the mountains. I can only attribute it to the Venga CBD Recovery Balm I smothered over my legs the night of the race. Kudos to Venga CBD with this Recovery Balm, it’s a pretty amazing product! This is why it currently holds the crown as our chosen best CBD balm for athletes.

The product smells good with a hint of eucalyptus and lavender and rubs onto the skin very easily. A little also seems to go a long way which I like as CBD topicals can be expensive. I should add that the reason CBD is expensive, is because it works – and with so much in life, you get what you pay for. Read our full Venga CBD review HERE.



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2. CBDPure Muscle & Joint Formula [Best CBD Cream For Athletes]

CBDPure’s Muscle & Joint Formula 250 CBD Cream is a next-generation topical CBD cream specially formulated for rapid absorption, and you really notice how quickly the benefits kick in – around 2-3 minutes for those who are wondering.

This CBD topical has been developed for those of us with active lifestyles, and it combines the benefits of CBD with trusted botanicals like menthol and white willow bark (aka nature’s aspirin) to provide comfort where you need it most.

The menthol actually gives a pleasant tingling sensation when applied to the skin which I enjoy.

The smell of this cream is also really pleasant and because it’s non-greasy, it absorbs into the skin cleanly and quickly. You only need to apply a pea sized amount of cream directly to the affected area too which means the product last a good amount of time as the tube has 3oz. of cream in it.

Coming in at $39.99 for one tube this is also a very reasonably priced full-spectrum CBD topical for athletes. The low entry price makes this a smart choice for those on a budget when it comes to trying a CBD topical for the first time.

3. Hemp Daddy’s Transdermal CBD Pain Cream

Hemp Daddy’s Transdermal CBD Pain Cream is another cream with excellent absorption properties. It absorbs well due to the ingredient called ‘Lipoderm’, which is apparently used in a variety of medical-application topical pain-creams to aid absorption of the cream in through your skin to the affected area.

As runners we are always getting niggles or having areas that are tight or recovering from injury, and Hemp Daddy’s Transdermal CBD Pain Cream is designed specifically with runners and other athletes in mind for such applications.

Hemp Daddy’s CBD transdermal cream is available in two strengths, Regular (5mg/pump) and Extra (10mg/pump) – we have the Extra Strength version which is a 1oz. bottle with a total of 600mg of CDB. Both are labelled as Fragrance-Free but there is a subtle scent to the cream which reminds me of a pleasant moisturizing cream – this pain cream has a similar texture to a typical moisturizer too. We like that this Hemp Daddy’s also ship to the U.K! Read our full Hemp Daddy’s CBD review HERE.

4. Miraflora CBD Recovery Balm

Miraflora’s CBD recovery balm is another topical specifically designed with athletes and people with an active lifestyle in mind.

Miraflora’s recovery balm has a really smooth texture and it is not greasy like some CBD balms can be. The ingredients that help provide this texture include shea butter and extra virgin coconut oil.

The smell is nice, and not too potent either – part-aromatherapy, part-medicinal, on account of it also including lavender, eucalyptus, and menthol essential oils. Read our full Miraflora CBD review HERE.

5. CBDMedic Muscle and Joint Pain Relief Spray

CBDMedic’s muscle and joint pain relief spray takes a different approach to the other topicals on this list as it’s a spray. A spray like this is particularly good if you want to cover larger areas of your body more quickly.

I like that the spray is easy to use, fast-drying and effective for temporary pain relief but the issue may be that its trickier to target smaller areas without possibly using more than you may want to, if you’re trying to make the product last.

The ingredients include Menthol, camphor, isopropyl alcohol, purified water, glycerine, 200mg CBD hemp extract (THC-free), chamomile oil, coconut oil, eucalyptus oil, and palmarosa oil – so there’s a large variety of natural ingredients.

This one’s not quite as concentrated as the other options on the list but is a good application-alternative to balms and creams.

I hope you enjoyed reading this ‘best CBD balms for athletes’ buyer’s guide which includes cream and spray topicals too – if you have a question on any of these products, please ask in the comments below, we have regularly used all these products and enjoy sharing our experience of using with all who are interested :).


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