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CBD balm for pain may be the topical treatment for you if you believe in the power of this particular cannabinoid, and both PureKana and cbdMD have developed CBD balms that promise efficient, soothing recovery and relief. PureKana has designed a topical CBD for pain that boasts a potent cannabinoid dose alongside cooling, relaxing ingredients that take effect quite quickly. In addition, PureKana expands its body balms to multiple scents, giving users several different options to help keep their joints and muscles in fighting condition. 

Similarly, cbdMD has developed its very impressive CBD body balms, equipping its line with unique ingredients and employing other cannabinoids to complete the job. CbdMD also makes efforts to expand its concentrations to match the level of need for each consumer, making this particular topical CBD for pain relief a more user-friendly collection of topical solutions than what usually is available. 

So what would truly fit the consumer’s needs the best? Which CBD topical balm has the best chance of meeting a consumer’s actual needs, both physically and economically? Below we will take a closer look at both of these brands’ take on CBD cream, compare them fairly, and let you know what we think at the end. Read on after the jump. 

Product overview

cbdMD Recover Tub

With three different editions of its balm, cbdMD Recover pain-relief is a formula made up of broad-spectrum CBD, featuring helpful cannabinoids like cannabigerol (CBG), CBN (cannabinol), as well as numerous natural helpers like arnica and aloe, as well as histamine hydrochloride. A certificate of Analysis is available directly via the product page to verify ingredients and potency. 

PureKana Body Balm

PureKana’s line of CBD body balms is packaged for satisfaction with its multiple fragrances and strengths, giving the consumer ample choice and ease of use and transport via its smartly packaged, disc-like shape. In addition, essential oils and beeswax support CBD’s relieving action, and a Certificate of Analysis is available directly via PureKana’s product page. 

How They Stack Up 

Cannabinoid Extract Profile

cbdMD Recover Tub uses broad extract CBD for its body balms, meaning it includes helpful cannabinoids like CBN and CBG to assist with the relief process and support the effectiveness of CBD as the active ingredient. 

PureKana Body Balm features CBD Isolate, a purified form of CBD stripped of all other cannabinoids, rendering the risk of THC consumption completely disarmed.

Supporting Ingredients

cbdMD Recover Tub features Arnica, an herbal treatment used to ease discomfort. A topical form of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) assists with overall joint health. Lastly, histamine dihydrochloride provides quick, temporary pain relief by dilating blood vessels and creating a warm sensation at the application site. 

PureKana Body Balm provides moisturizing, healing ingredients like almond oil, beeswax, Vitamin E, and coconut oil.  

Fragrance Options

cbdMD Recover Tub includes pleasant smelling ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter. Still, there are no specified fragrances available in any size or version of CBDMD cream. 

PureKana Body Balm boasts fragrant versions of its balm in lavender, menthol, and mint. 


cbdMD Recover Tub comes in at $29.99 for its 300 mg potency, $59.99 for its 750 mg potency, and $89.99 for its 1500 mg potency. Each balm is in a 4oz tub. 

PureKana Body Balm comes in at $17.99 for its smallest potency (150 mg). Its higher potency option at 600 mg at $47.99. 


cbdMD Recover Tub starts at 300 mg in a tub, then goes as high as 1500 mg in a 4 oz tub. 

PureKana Body Balm comes in 2 potencies, 300 mg and 600 mg in 0.5 oz and 2 oz “discs,” respectively. 

Our Take

PureKana and cbdMD took on the project of topical CBD balms and went in different directions, with a few parallels. PureKana opted for less is more, while CBDMD took a more complex approach, considering the benefits of instant relief and herbal therapeutics like Arnica. 

On the cannabinoid profile, the brands diverge. cbdMD is using broad-spectrum CBD extract for its balm. This choice guarantees the inclusion of beneficial ingredients like terpenes, as well as cannabinoids, in this case emerging popular cannabinoids like CBN and CBG, without the inclusion of controversial THC. Cannabinoids like CBG and CBN contribute to the “entourage effect,” a phenomenon that may increase the efficacy and reliability of CBD as a stand-alone active ingredient.

PureKana chose CBD isolate to anchor its topical balm as a topical product, avoiding the controversy of THC even at an undetectable level (as in CBDMD’s broad-spectrum approach). This may be a belief on PureKana that purer equals better, but like arguments for or against the entourage effect, it is hard to know for sure. 

Supporting ingredients in PureKana’s balm include shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, Vitamin E, and almond oil, all of which are highly effective and moisturizing and soothing irritation and infusing the skin with helpful vitamins and nutrients. 

cbdMD utilizes an additional active ingredient to that of broad-spectrum CBD, which is histamine dihydrochloride, a potent anti-inflammatory and blood vessel dilator that provides instant relief while CBD slowly works its magic. Also included in the supporting ingredients are arnica, an herbal remedy that combats pain from everyday bruising and injury, and aloe vera and MSM for additional therapeutic support. 

Fragrance options are where PureKana truly shines, as they give consumers the option of lavender, mint, or menthol. At the same time, cbdMD lets its natural ingredients like shea and aloe do the work of pleasant fragrances. 

Value is a trickier metric to measure once one gets into the details; PureKana’s 0.5 oz, 300 mg potency is priced at a reasonable $17.99, but cbdMD’s 300 mg edition at 2 oz (quadruple that of PureKana) is still only $29.99. PureKana’s 600 mg, 2 oz balm is $47.99, while cbdMD’s 4 oz, 750 mg edition is priced only $12 more than PureKana’s smaller, less potent version, coming in at $59.99.

Potency is also a winner for cbdMD, as PureKana (as of this writing) caps off at 600 mg, while cbdMD goes all the way to 1500 mg for its highest potency, with a 3000 mg edition on the way soon. 

We give this round to cbdMD. 

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