CBDistillery CBDol Topical Review

CBDistillery CBDol Topical

Welcome to our CBDistillery CBDol topical review!

Our testers sampled the brand’s 500mg CBDol balm, which comes in a 1-oz container.

Other topicals currently offered by CBDistillery include their CBDefine Skin Care Cream, CBD Isolate and Broad-Spectrum Relief Sticks, Broad-Spectrum CBD Cooling and Warming Creams, and more than a dozen others if you count BOTA (another brand in the Balanced Health Botanicals family) topicals offered on the site.

Our overall assessment of this product is mostly consistent with previous years —it’s effective, highly concentrated, and affordable—but with a few amendments.

It worked well for our testers, and we were happy to update our 2019 review with several improvements the brand has made to the product.

As always, we’re proud to offer our audience an exclusive 20% off CBDistillery coupon code to make this purchase an even better value. 

Here’s a quick look at the finer points of our CBDol Balm review.

CBDistillery CBDol Balm

Concentration

500mg

Value

Click “Learn More” to check current price.

Ingredients

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Magnesium Hydroxide, Water, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Full Spectrum Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil… click here to view remaining ingredients.

Table of Contents

  1. CBDistillery CBDol Topical Review
  2. Hemp Quality
  3. Concentration
  4. Value
  5. Packaging
  6. Ingredients
  7. Scent and Texture
  8. Effectiveness
  9. Pros and Cons
  10. Key Takeaways

CBDistillery CBDol Topical Review

The CBDol Balm is available in a single size and concentration: 1 oz, 500mg of CBD.

As usual, we will run through the standard list of review criteria: quality, concentration, value, packaging, ingredients, scent and texture, and effectiveness.

(Want some more background on the brand behind the product? Check out our
comprehensive CBDistillery review.)

Hemp Quality 

This product features a full-spectrum hemp extract rich in CBD and supporting cannabinoids like CBG, CBN, and a few others.

As we’ve come to expect from CBDistillery, the hemp extract is highly concentrated, well-balanced, and demonstrably safe.

The cannabinoids are extracted from the plant using the CO2 method, which is widely regarded as the safest and most effective way to yield a high amount of product while leaving the smallest amount of residual solvent.

All of CBDistillery’s products are reviewed by a third-party laboratory (ACS Laboratory) to ensure that cannabinoid content, heavy metals, mycotoxins, pesticides, and residual solvents are all compliant with legal and industry-supported standards.

Finally, CBDistillery holds self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status and Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) certifications, and their products are held to ISO 9001 standards.

Concentration

The Certificate of Analysis (COA) provided by ACS laboratory for the CBDol Balm we tested reported the following values:

  • CBD – 533.81mg (1.82%)
  • THC – 15mg (0.05%)
  • CBG – 16.76mg (0.06%)
  • CBN – 12.35mg (0.04%)
  • Other cannabinoids (CBC, CBDA) – 32.34mg (0.11%)
  • Total cannabinoids – 610.26mg (2.08%)

All of these levels are where we generally like to see them: the CBD content is generously overshot, the THC content is just over a sixth of the legally mandated maximum, and supporting cannabinoids make a fairly convincing appearance.

Value

We were pleasantly surprised by the highly competitive price point.

Currently, the CBDol Balm costs $50, translating to a per-milligram price of $0.10/mg.

Also, subscribers will have 20% of the price knocked off regularly, bringing it all the way down to $40, or $0.08/mg.

Considering CBDistillery’s reputation for high-quality products, $0.10/mg or even lower is a seriously attractive price point. 

The one caveat is that the per-ounce price ($50/oz) is higher than most topicals because of the smaller container size, but if you’re applying the balm to small- or medium-sized treatment areas, this shouldn’t be an issue. 

Finally, CBDistillery backs this product with a 60-Day Money Back Guarantee. 

Packaging

The label design has changed over the years, but so far as we can tell, the container looks exactly the same—a white, plastic jar with a screw-top lid. 

On the label, consumers can view the ingredients list, THC content, extract type, CBD concentration, and other important information.

The all-important QR code also makes an appearance, allowing customers the convenience of quickly accessing batch-specific lab reports. 

All packaging and labeling was fully intact upon receipt, the QR code worked on the first attempt, and the lid was very easy to remove and secure.

We would normally comment on the lack of usage instructions and FDA disclaimers, but label space is extremely limited on a 1-oz container, and anyway, this information was provided on the small box that the container came in.

Ingredients

This CBDol balm from CBDistillery is among the most botanically dense products we’ve ever tested and reviewed, containing more than two dozen plant-based oils and extracts.

Especially notable ingredients include arnica, eucalyptus, peppermint oil, and olive fruit oil, all of which have been evidenced to help with skin irritation, soreness, inflammation, and other musculoskeletal issues.

This dissertation of an ingredient list is also notable for what it doesn’t contain: harsh parabens, phthalates, and other preservatives that can do more harm than good.

The only two ingredients that initially look suspect (i.e., they aren’t obviously from a plant) are cetearyl alcohol and sodium cetearyl sulfate, but both of these gentle emulsifiers have been proven to be completely safe and non-toxic.

Here’s the ingredient list verbatim:

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Magnesium Hydroxide, Water, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Full Spectrum Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora (Camphor) Bark Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Arnica Montana Flower Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Lactobacillus Ferment, Lactobacillus, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Leaf Oil, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Populus Tremuloides (Aspen) Bark Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Extract.

Scent and Texture 

As usual, the peppermint oil steamroller does its thing, significantly overpowering most of the other nuances in the scent, though noses more sensitive than ours may be able to tease out the camphor, rosemary, and other notes.

While the scent of this CBDol Balm from CBDistillery is no doubt pleasant, the menthol is quite strong, almost stinging the nostrils—not a bad thing, just an observation.

The texture is coarser than most balms we’ve tried, which is also not a bad thing, mainly because it quickly smooths out and penetrates the skin with a little pressure and body heat. 

In summary, this balm is a little bit grainier and stronger-smelling than most, but considering the ingredients list and its effectiveness, these traits are unsurprising and non-problematic. 

Effectiveness

In most cases, we felt the effects of this balm within 20-30 minutes, often lasting three hours or more.

CBDistillery CBDol Balm

Concentration

500mg

Value

Click “Learn More” to check current price.

Ingredients

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Magnesium Hydroxide, Water, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Full Spectrum Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil… click here to view remaining ingredients.

Unlike many over-the-counter topicals that just blast the applied area with intense tingling, heat, cold, or numbness, this topical embodies the action of CBD, which is to subtly and gently reduce discomfort without masking these issues.

In some cases, we forgot we even used this product until we realized that our aches and skin irritation were significantly improved after the fact.

This CBDol balm was effective for post-exercise muscle soreness, work-related discomfort (neck, lower back, wrists, etc.), and various forms of skin irritation—it made new scars less sensitive to the touch. 

Overall, this is a highly effective product, and we appreciate that it directly addresses tissue problems without masking them. 

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Highly effective
  • High CBD/cannabinoid concentration
  • Lower THC content for full-spectrum extract
  • Reduced price, highly affordable for the quality

Cons:

  • Smaller container, not as efficient for covering larger application areas

Key Takeaways

Save for the lone issue of the smaller quantity that this CBDol Balm comes in, which makes it tougher to cover larger application areas (e.g., low back, thighs, etc.), we are hard-pressed to find any major critiques.

This balm comes from a highly reputed brand that takes safety and formulation quality seriously, and it actually works.

It’s competitively priced, light on the THC, easy to use and carry with you, and completely packed with gentle and effective botanicals.

We highly recommend the CBDistillery CBDol balm for beginners and experienced CBD users alike. 

About CBDistillery 

As we cover more extensively in our CBDistillery review, CBDistillery sources their hemp from Oregon farms, all of which maintain compliance with the State Department of Agriculture. 

The growers themselves undergo testing for soil quality and similar assessments to ensure compliance, providing an extra layer of assurance that the hemp was safely produced before it is analyzed by the lab.

CBDistillery holds self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status and Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) certification.

If you ever have any questions, their customer service (live chat or email) is highly responsive and accommodating.

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