About CBD Cream

Topical application is one of the most popular ways of using CBD, and one that sparks a lot of questions. People want to know how this method is absorbed, what the benefits are, and whether there’s any risk of side effects. There is less research on the efficacy of topical use and how it compares to other forms like oils or edibles. However, this doesn’t mean that CBD topicals like cream should be disregarded. On the contrary, topicals are typically packed full of other beneficial ingredients like aloe vera and eucalyptus, which are great for the skin. 

Leading CBD companies like Highland Pharms have spent years crafting lotions and moisturizing CBD creams with different concentrations of pure CBD oil to cater for varying needs. These topical creams and lotions are considered to be premium CBD products due to the high-quality hemp extract and natural ingredients infused into these formulas. 

What is a CBD topical? 

Essentially, CBD topicals are products containing CBD oil that are designed to be applied externally onto your skin. The Highland Pharms product range includes lotions and creams, and muscle gels. Technically, raw hemp extract and CBD oil can both be safely applied to the skin, but these products don’t tend to absorb very well and can therefore be messy. They should be mixed with a carrier oil to help the oil absorb into the skin better. 

Creams and salves are designed to be used on smaller areas of the body, while lotions are best applied to larger surface areas such as your back, stomach or legs. All of the topicals we sell, no matter the product, have been specially formulated to benefit the wellness of your skin.

When trialing a new CBD topical product, it’s best to conduct a patch test on a small area of the skin before proceeding to use all over the body.

Buying CBD topicals online – What to look for

After being touted in alternate health circles for years, the wider world is finally waking up to the potentials of CBD, causing the industry to grow at a great rate to keep up with demand. This explosion in popularity has significant benefits. For a start, the exposure leads to more research funding. However, an increase in the number of growers and suppliers also leaves the market vulnerable to exploitation. From products containing far less CBD than their suppliers claim to the use of GMO ingredients, it’ll become more difficult to discern quality products from their inferior competitors. (1)

Our advice is to do your research and trust only well-established brands with third-party oversight that verifies the safety of their products. These companies care about quality and their standing within this industry. (1)

Highland Pharms has a strong reputation among their customers and industry peers for creating premium CBD products. Their range is simple, but carefully designed to ensure each item is packed full of the best ingredients. All of their CBD creams, salves, and lotions are imbued with full-spectrum, American-grown CBD extracted from hemp and accompanied by a variety of nourishing essential oils to moisturize and hydrate the skin. 

Using CBD topicals 

The application of topical products is simple. There are two popular approaches used by our customers: either rubbing the topical all over the body or onto specific areas. It really depends what you are using the product for. We recommend putting cream or salve onto areas where the veins and nerves are closest to the skin’s surface, such as the temples, wrists, and behind the knees. This method is said to allow transdermal absorption of CBD for a relatively even distribution throughout your system. Our range of bath bombs work in a similar way so that the CBD can be absorbed quickly to provide the most effective path to feeling any potential benefits. (2)

Be mindful where you keep your topical CBD products and other similar items. Storing them correctly can help to preserve their shelf life and, most importantly, their quality. Places such as kitchens and bathrooms can become too warm due to showers and cooking. So, it’s best to store them in cool, dry places away from any direct sunlight. 

Possible benefits of using topical CBD

Recent animal studies have discovered that topical applications of CBD may help manage various conditions in animals.  Unfortunately, the FDA will not allow us to share with you any specific uses that have been reported to us by our customers.  However, we encourage you to do your research online and you’ll surely find many uses of CBD topicals (cream, lotion, etc) which people rave about.  (2,3)

At this stage, there is little to no evidence that topical CBD can have adverse side effects besides contact dermatitis, which can occur with the application of almost any topical product. (4)

The effectiveness of CBD products does depend heavily on factors such as where the ingredients are sourced or grown, the quality of the manufacturing, and the dosage. If you purchase from Buena Vida Botanicals, you can rest easy knowing our suppliers are world-class and prioritize quality as much as you do.

Disclaimer: The information above is based on our independent research. While our team does everything in their power to provide accurate and current information from credible state-run websites and resources, we are not lawyers or legal experts. As such, none of the following information should be interpreted as legal advice. Content on these pages is provided for informational purposes only and those with legal concerns should consult experts within their state, such as the FDA.


  1. “The Rapid Growth of the CBD Industry,” Source: https://marketbusinessnews.com/rapid-growth-cbd-industry/228062/
  2. “Cannabidiol bioavailability after nasal and transdermal application: effect of permeation enhancers,” Source: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20545522/
  3. “Transdermal cannabidiol reduces inflammation and pain-related behaviours in a rat model of arthritis,” Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851925/
  4. “Public, researchers demonstrate growing interest in cannabis treatment,” Source: https://www.aad.org/news/topical-cannabis
  5. “Top 10 CBD Topicals: Lotions, Creams and Salves”, Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/top-10-cbd-lotions-creams-and-topicals#:~:text=A%20CBD%20topical%20is%20any,about%20CBD%20topicals%20is%20promising.

CBD Cream & Lotion FAQs

What should I expect from a CBD topical cream or lotion?

Our customers turn to CBD topicals for many reasons, but most are seeking enhancements to their well-being. Thankfully, Highland Pharms infuses all products with the same full-spectrum, premium CBD hemp extract. So, no matter which form you prefer, it should render the same benefits. Every additional ingredient has been carefully selected to enhance the effect of each product.
Rest assured, there’s no risk of getting “high” when using our CBD products, as they contain a maximum of 0.3% THC. Our supplier also conducts quality assurance tests for all products to ensure there are no contaminants, heavy metals, or other impurities that could compromise the quality they guarantee.

Can CBD topical creams and lotions be used for chronic pain, arthritis, or soreness in specific areas of the body?

The FDA doesn't allow any claims that CBD products will relieve or heal medical conditions. However, our loyal customer base experience a vast range of medical conditions, from arthritis to fibromyalgia, psoriasis, and more. Some believe CBD products have helped to alleviate symptoms of their conditions, while others report no relief. We recommend you read the reviews on each product page to gain insight into the experiences reported by our customers before making a purchase.

Are CBD topicals safe to use with prescription medications?

We recommend that you always consult with your physician before trying any CBD products for the first time. This is particularly pertinent if you have any known sensitivity or skin conditions such as psoriasis. Side effects due to allergies, hypersensitivity, or interactions with prescription medications can occur. So, be mindful of how your body reacts if you do begin using CBD topicals, and discuss any concerns with a dermatologist or other medical professional.

CBD cream, CBD lotion, CBD gel, CBD salve…what’s the difference?

We know, it can be a mind field. Essentially, each topical product type we offer is unique in how it's designed to be used and its formulation. At the core of each, though, is Highland Pharms’ full-spectrum, premium-grade hemp extract from plants grown in the U.S.
‘CBD topical’ is a broad term that generally refers to a product family type. For example, CBD lotions and creams, balms, salves, and roll-on products are all technically topicals, since they’re applied externally and include cannabidiol mixed with carriers or fragranced essential oils. On a more micro level, topical creams and roll-ons are intended for use on smaller surface areas, while lotions are suitable for liberal application all over the body. (5)

How do Highland Pharms CBD Topicals compare to other brands and products?

The foundation of all the topicals we sell is Highland Pharms’ premium grade, full-spectrum CBD extract from hemp plants grown in the USA. Their extract is naturally low in THC or THC-free, thereby preventing any psychoactive experiences or "high" sensations.
Additional ingredients are another key consideration in CBD products. Highland Pharms use all-natural ingredients where possible, enhancing their value with complementary essential oils, peppermint, jojoba, arnica, vitamin E, and shea butter. Combined, these may help moisturize the skin and provide anti-inflammatory benefits.
Highland Pharms has been in active operation for longer than around 90% of the other brands on the market. There’s a reason why they're still going, despite increased competition.