Would It Be Better to Use CBD Oil, Apply Balms Topically, or Ingest Drops? - Cannabotech CBD Questions & Answers

Would It Be Better to Use CBD Oil, Apply Balms Topically, or Ingest Drops?

CBD topicals, oils, or drops may help with a lot of tough symptoms. Learn the difference and know exactly which product will potentially work best for you.

By Alex Saez
Edited by Taj Schlebusch

Published July 7, 2021.

CBD oil and balms applied topically may have only entered the spotlight in recent years, but their history goes far beyond gummies and vape cartridges. Evidence of hemp cultivation and medicinal cannabis extracts dates back several millennia. They were helpful then, and research suggests CBD oil and balms can be helpful now.

But which one is better? Let's look closely at these two.


CBD oil doesn't need an introduction. We all know what the product is. Its variety, accuracy, and flexibility make these tinctures the backbone of any CBD vendor's inventory.

Typically, you place a premeasured amount of oil under the tongue for 60 to 90 seconds, then swallow. Doing this lets some of the CBD absorb through the membranes and blood vessels in your mouth. The oil's effects may hit faster while your digestive system processes the rest. Although this is just an average, consumers report experiencing a difference within 15 to 30 minutes.

Since CBD oil distributes through the bloodstream, it circulates all over the body for a generalized, long-lasting effect. This can work for some, but not for others.

CBD Balm

CBD balms are topical products infused with cannabidiol. Typically, people use balms as therapeutic tools, and their CBD versions are no different.

Rather than ingesting, you apply topical balms to the affected area - just like you would with medicinal cream or gel. You won't feel a generalized effect because topical CBD doesn't reach your bloodstream. Instead, the effects will be focal.

A lot of people appreciate CBD topicals, as reports and preliminary studies suggest they can help relieve muscle tension, inflammation, pain, and more.

Final Thoughts

CBD oil and CBD balm are two very different products. Ingested in drops, CBD's effects extend everywhere, while topicals go straight to the problem area.

Before you decide between oil or balm, keep their properties in mind. Using the right product can mean the difference between results and disappointment.