Best CBD Topicals and CBD Creams in 2019

Best CBD Topicals and CBD Creams in 2019

Everyone is raving about CBD topicals and CBD creams from your grandmother who wants it for her arthritis, to your gym buddies who use it after their workout. 

Everywhere you look there is a new brand of CBD popping up.  Which one’s are legit and which ones are scams?

There are countless brands trying to sell you CBD topicals and CBD creams with promises of curing your pain.  With so many brands, which one’s actually work?  Which CBD companies can you trust to be honest about their extraction methods and ingredients?

This is why we, at My Pain Center, took the challenge and purchased over $500 worth of CBD topicals and tried them out over a span of 3 months and here are our thoughts!



CBD Cream or CBD topicals are basically a cream or lotion made from CBD oil extracted from the cannabis plant.  The oil is blended with a variety of ingredients to create CBD topicals.  Many of these creams also have additional ingredients included with the CBD.  Be skeptical if the CBD product you are eyeing does not clearly label the ingredients. 



CBD cream is applied to the skin while CBD oil is taken by mouth. 

Which one acts faster to help you be pain-free is debatable. 

Some people find that CBD oil has a faster effect, while it takes longer to feel the effects of a CBD Topical or CBD cream, even though the relief from CBD topical/cream will last longer.  However, other people find that because you are applying the CBD cream to the actual pain points, it works faster and offers a more targeted pain relief.  What has been your experience?  Drop a note in the comments!

CBD cream does not enter the bloodstream like a CBD oil, instead a CBD cream is absorbed into the top layer of your skin.  Which his a positive if you’re nervous about testing positive on a drug test for THC.  However, CBD topicals still provides pain relief because of the CBD’s cannabinoid’s anti-inflammatory properties. 



CBD oil is best for full-body pain relief, while CBD cream is best used for localized pain. 

CBD oil is good for reducing stress, anxiety, chronic pain, and insomnia.  However, CBD oil does not have the same localized effect as CBD cream for pain. 

CBD cream is a better option if you have arthritis pain or localized pain, because one can apply the cream directly on the inflamed area for relief.   Rubbing CBD on your joints allows the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD to prove long-lasting pain relief in a specific area.  Over time, using a topical cream on pain-inflicted areas should lead to better results.

While CBD cream is an ideal solution for people who have arthritis, CBD cream can also help with eczema, psoriasis, skin infections, rashes, and burns. 

There are numerous forms of CBD creams for pain available including balms, lotions, oils, rubs, and bio-freezes.



Here are the categories we used to differentiate the best CBD topicals from the rest.

Potency (How Strong is the CBD Topical)

There are CBD creams ranging from 20mg to 1000mg+.  While stronger isn’t always better, 20mg may be to low.  Also, while many topicals tout a strong dose, you have to check the packaging size to best understand the potency. 

For example, a 100mg in a 1-ounce jar is equivalent to a 500mg CBD cream in a 5-ounce jar.

Smell of CBD topical

Smell matters because you don’t want people around you to wonder why you smell like Vick’s VapoRub.

Most topicals have a menthol smell, but some are stronger than others.  While others infuse fruit scents into their CBD cream that make it difficult to stomach if you’re trying to sleep.

Ingredient Transparency of CBD Topical

Not all CBD is created equally. Some CBD creams contain chemicals and pesticides, while other creams have extra ingredients that are not necessary.  All the products we recommend test their products to make sure they contain nothing harmful. 

Cost of CBD

I’m a stand-up comedian so cost matters to me! However, as is true with all things, what you pay for is what you get.  CBD topicals range from $10 to over $200.  Anything less than $30, be skeptical.  Most of the products we recommend are inexpensive, but it also may mean you are getting a smaller overall amount.  However, CBD topicals go a long way since you are using it in a localized area. 






Green Roads Muscle and Joint Pain Relief CBD Pain Cream


Why Green Roads ranks the highest of CBD pain creams

  • It works!
  • Best for arthritis and join pain
  • Menthol and lavender scent
  • Pump dispenser for easy access
  • ~120 servings
  • Good price for quantity of CBD (150mg in 1-ounce dispenser)
  • Price $39.99 ($0.26 per mg of CBD)

If you suffer from joint pain, applying Green Roads CBD Pain Cream to your pain points will leave you energized and ready to conquer the day.  Green Roads CBD Pain Cream is great for arthritis and joint pain.  Unlike other topical rubs, this product is not sticky on application and comes in a pump dispenser for easy access. 

What Green Roads says about their topical: Life comes with pain, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the moments that make up your life story. Thanks to Green Roads Muscle and Joint Pain Relief Cream, you don’t have to worry about the minor aches and pains life holding you back. With 150 MG CBD infused with pain-relieving menthol, every day can be your best day yet.

As always, every Green Roads product is infused with hemp-derived CBD, extracted from the hemp plant via supercritical CO2 extraction, then winterized to purify the concentrated CBD and purge all unwanted plant products/cannabinoids from the final product. In addition, our Relief Cream is infused with menthol, chamomile extract, and lavender oil to bring you the relief you need and the pleasant aroma you desire, without leaving a greasy residue behind.

Don’t wait any longer! Find your relief with Green Roads Muscle and Joint Relief Cream.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Anhydrous Hemp-Derived CBD 150 MG, Lavender Oil, Chamomile Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Sodium Cocoyl Glucamate, Carbomer, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Propylene Glycol, Vitamin E (Tocopherol Acetate),Cucumber Extract, Triethanolamine, Xanthan gum, acrylamide, Sodium Acrylate Copolymer,Paraffinum Liquidum, Trideceth 6, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium, Menthol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone



Select CBD Muscle Rub


  • Great for larger surface areas of pain, such as back and leg
  • Icy feel with Menthol scent
  • Formulated with Aloe, Vitamin E, Tea Tree Oil, Menthol and more!
  • Convenient packaging to leave in one’s gym bag or backpack
  • Good price for quantity of CBD (250mg in 3-ounce dispenser or 83mg per 1-ounce)
  • Price $34.99 ($0.14 per mg of CBD)

This is not only one of the best muscle rubs we tried out of over 20 different brands, but it is also the best price! Select CBD Muscle Rub is great for large areas of pain, such as the back or legs.  While it does have a menthol smell, the smell does not linger.  It also has an icy cold/warm feel to it.  Next time you go for a massage, take Select CBD Muscle Rub with you and ask your therapist to use it on you for maximum relief! 

This is a great product to keep in your gym back or carry when traveling.  

Use this product for:

  • After a workout or weightlifting
  • Muscle pain relief
  • Fibromyalgia pain relief
  • Inflammation pain relief

What Select CBC says about their CBD topical:  Get a muscle rub that works as hard as you do. The purest hemp-derived CBD you’ve come to know and love from Select products, now formulated with Aloe, Vitamin E, Tea Tree oil, Menthol and more - the result is a highly concentrated, readily absorbed topical cream that’s the ideal addition to any wellness routine.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Isopropyl Alcohol, Natural Menthol USP, llex Paraguarenis Leaf Extract, DimethylSulfone (MSM), Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Capryly Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Hemp-Derived CBD Extract, Polysorbate 20, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf oil, Pyridoxine HCI (Vitamin B6), EDTA



Irie CBD Oil Pain Cream with Celadrin


  • Great product for sore muscles and inflammation
  • Clean ingredient list
  • Easy access jar packaging for application
  • Quick absorbing doesn’t leave sticky residue on skin
  • Menthol and peppermint oil scent
  • Size: 100mg in 2-ounce jar or 50mg per 1-ounce
  • Price $39.97 ($0.40 per mg of CBD)

Due to its convenient packaging in a jar, this cream is easy to apply to larger areas.  We suggest you keep a jar by your bedside for nightly relief!

This cream can be used to provide relief from chronic pain, sore muscles, and inflammation. 

Use this product for:

  • After a workout or weightlifting
  • Muscle pain relief
  • Fibromyalgia pain relief
  • Inflammation pain relief

What IRIE says about their CBD cream:  

Fast acting natural relief for bumps, bruises, sore muscles, and aching joints*


IrieCBD’s Pain Cream combines the two most effective natural remedies for inflammation and soreness, our full-spectrum hemp extract and Celadrin®’s mixture of essential fatty acids. This creamy, quick absorbing salve lubricates cell membranes and restores fluids that promote joint health, flexibility, and provides fast relief for everything from chronic aches to acute post-adventure pains. This powerful CBD topical optimizes the plant’s naturally occurring terpenes, constituents, essential fatty acids (Omega 3, 6, 9), and phytonutrients. Every batch is tested by independent labs for purity and potency.

  • Full Entourage, Full Spectrum Hemp Oil
  • Sustainably Grown, Non-GMO
  • All Natural Ingredients
  • Terpene Rich
  • Lab Tested and Verified
  • Non-Psychoactive
  • Safety Sealed

Benefits of Celadrin®:

  • A complex blend of esterified fatty acids that works similar to, but much more dramatically than the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA from fish oils.
  • Decreases inflammation and lubricates cell membranes throughout the body, restoring fluids that cushion bones and joints to promote flexibility and mobility.
  • Induces changes at the cellular level, in the cell membranes which positively affect the responsiveness of the cell membranes. This aids in the reduction of cartilage breakdown in the joints.
  • Proven to be six times more effective than glucosamine and chondroitin combined.  In a study conducted at the University of Connecticut, 100% of the osteoarthritic subjects on Celadrin® showed significant improvement in just 30 minutes and cumulative benefits throughout the remaining 30 days of the study. Patients were assessed for range of motion, pain levels, timed up and go, timed stair climbing and muscular endurance tests. Significance was demonstrated in every test.
  • Targets pain and joint inflammations
  • Immediately absorbed by the skin
  • Leaves no traces on the skin or clothing
  • No known side effects
  • Doesn’t induce any photosensitivity reactions

Published clinical studies have reported significant results without known side effects.

Celadrin® is one of the most effective natural compounds that safely promotes flexibility and healthy joint function and is FDA-compliant.

Celadrin®, a proprietary blend of esterified fatty acid carbons (EFAC), Sustainably Grown Full Spectrum CBD Oil Extract

Ingredients: Celadrin®, Full Spectrum Hemp Extract
contains pepperment oil, menthal

Celadrin®, a proprietary blend of esterified fatty acid carbons (EFAC), Sustainably Grown Full Spectrum CBD Oil Extract



If you are suffering from joint or muscular pain, the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD cream are a safer weapon against pain than prescription painkillers. CBD doesn’t have known side effects, isn’t addictive, and provides fast pain relief.


Try a CBD topical to relieve your pain!

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