CBD — the cannabinoid that went from obscurity to super-stardom in just a few years — is practically everywhere, and in just about any form you can imagine. Far from the traditional smoking alternatives such as
These candles are often marketed as promoting relaxation, health and wellness alike. But are CBD candles really effective? And if so, how can you tell what makes a CBD candle worth the purchase?
In today’s article we’re going to be talking what CBD candles are, whether or not they can actually have health benefits, and our top choices for the best CBD-infused candles on the market. Let’s get ready for a deep dive.
What are CBD candles?
Taken each on their own, these two words likely need little explanation; if you’re reading this article now, odds are you probably already have at least a working knowledge of CBD, one of the
Thus, a CBD candle is a candle that has been infused with cannabidiol, typically in the form of an extract oil or powder. These candles will then often contain other scents and aromatheraputic compounds, usually meant to pair with the concepts of inducing calm into a space. And while these candles may work well at creating an aura of tranquility… does that mean they’re actually an effective way to take CBD?
How Cannabinoids Work
As mentioned before, we’re assuming you, our reader, has at least some knowledge on the topic of CBD; but let’s take a step back and further examine CBD-A, a compound you might not be as familiar with.
Though most people think of the cannabis plant as containing both CBD and THC alike, the truth is that these chemicals are found in very scant amounts on the average bud — instead, both of these chemicals are found in a precursor form,
Though CBD-A and THC-A aren’t without their benefits, neither are able to effect the body (or mind) in the same way as their “refined” forms, CBD and THC. These two “-A” molecules (the “A” stands for “acid”) are transformed into their non-acidic forms when exposed to heat.
Once decarbed, these active forms must then either be used immediately (inhaled at that exact moment) or otherwise concentrated into a more stable form for later use (
In essence, if you’re lighting a joint or a CBD pre-roll and trying to inhale the smoke from across the room, you’re not going to notice anything. And the same applies with a CBD candle. Taking this even further, the cannabinoids within said candle aren’t actually being lit on fire or vaporized themselves — the wax itself is simply being heated as the wick burns, and any decarboxylation that might take place at these temperatures would see the CBD still trapped inside the candle wax, not dispersed into the air.
So then, the question is….
Are CBD-infused candles effective?
Well… this depends entirely on your definition of the word “effective.”
To be perfectly clear: If you are looking to alleviate muscle tension, inflammation, or treat any other issue/symptom/medical condition with CBD, lighting up a candle will have no effects.
There is, first off, the issue we mentioned above, in that CBD must be decarboxylated before achieve its maximum effects, either by turning it into smoke or vaporizing it. These smoke and vapor clouds are both (A) quick to lose any potency, and (B) must be inhaled in decently large quantities to be effective.
Even still, while most CBD candles may be infused with a CBD isolate or extract, with the way a CBD candle would be dispersing those cannabinoids into the air, not only are they are likely to decrease in strength very quickly, but they’re also diffused into such minute amounts over such a wide radius as to make their resulting concentration in any given breath negligible.
So, no. CBD candles are not “effective,” at least in the category of being a viable method of inhaling CBD. But does that mean they’re worthless?
Why Purchase a CBD Candle?
“Worthless” is a strong word, and one that’s ultimately very subjective; and, in the case of CBD candles, not always true.
Again, no, CBD candles are not an effective method of taking CBD via inhalation; the laws of physics simply do not work that way. But that doesn’t mean that a CBD infused candle can’t be worth your time or purchase, and it certainly doesn’t mean it can’t have noticeable effects — if applied in the right fashion.
First and foremost: Candles are awesome. There’s a candle for every person and every mood, and if you don’t like candles, frankly we might not be able to hang. Want your living room to smell like sage and blueberries? Light a candle. Want to pour a glass of wine and relax on the couch with a good book? Candles can help set that mood. Don’t enjoy strong scents and just need a little extra light? There are unscented candles for that too. Candles are cool, and there’s nothing wrong with having a cool candle hanging around that you enjoy.
Secondly, many CBD-infused candles also focus on the therapeutic nature of aromatherapy; scents like sandlewood, mint, citrus and vanilla all work to create specific moods and emotional tones that can help shift the energy of a given room to something more relaxing, positive or even energetic. While the CBD component itself may not do much, the fresh scent of lavender may just help you gear down after a stressful day. There are also cannabis-scented candles, a fragrance that many people who don’t even consume cannabinoids still enjoy.
But what about the CBD content itself?
As said, if you’re expecting to light a CBD candle and inhale the released CBD as medicine, you’re going to end up disappointed. But CBD doesn’t always have to be applied internally — external application of CBD works quite well. As a CBD candle melts, assuming it is made of the proper materials, the leftover melted wax can then be added to an oil or otherwise applied directly to the skin (preferably after it’s cooled a bit!) to act as a
So, no, lighting a CBD candle may not have exactly the effects you’re thinking. But that doesn’t mean they have no value at all, nor does it mean the CBD within the candle itself can’t be put to good use. With the proper application — from the proper candle — these can be an excellent method of delivering targeted, soothing CBD directly to the skin, all while smelling absolutely fantastic.
High There’s List of the Best CBD Candles
Our list today focuses on the best CBD candles you can find, that also have aromatheraputic benefits and may be used as a topical ointment when melted. We looked for all-natural ingredients, reusable + eco-friendly containers, and the best, most uplifting/chill scents around. Whether for yourself or for a gift, we think there’s something on our list for every CBD fan, new and old!
CBD Daily Original Mint Massage Candle
Our top choice for the best CBD candle you can buy,
Chillaxn’s Signature CBD Candles
Available in either a Sweet Vanilla or Cinnamon variety,
Broad Essentials CBD Candles
Not sure exactly what kind of CBD candle scent you’d like?
Angela Demontigny CBD-Infused Soy Candles
A proudly indigenous Canadian producer,
CBD Live Natural’s Relaxing Aromatherapy Candle
Available in six different scents,
Candlebis Candle Company’s Palo Santo CBD-Infused Candle
Candlebis has some of the most imaginative and wide-ranging scents of any brand on our list, including such fascinating names as Black Sea, Red Sangria, and Casa Pacifica, but we absolutely loved the combined elegance and aroma of
Green Planet Aromatherapy CBD Candles
Each available in two sizes — a 10oz offering with 250mg of CBD, or a 16oz offering with 400mg of CBD —
Blind Boy Jack’s 500mg Suede CBD Candle
For something carrying a bit more masculine energy,
Dieu Gardens Natural Soy CBD Candles
Though not as strong as some of the other candles on our list, the
Spirit of the Herbs “Hope” CBD Massage Candle
We love candles that are both effective and attractive alike, and the Hope variety from
Ultimately, CBD candles can be both a lovely addition to your home and a unique, deeply-soothing way to apply CBD as topical relief if you have the right product. The next time you feel the need to unwind, lighting one of our choices above and letting yourself feel pampered for a bit might just be the recipe for relaxation success. Until next time!