CBD Cream for Pain, Acne & Inflammation in South Africa

Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is making a name for itself in the global health, beauty, and wellness industry. CBD in South Africa has been recognized for its therapeutic properties and potential medicinal applications.

As a result, products advertising the presence of topical cannabis oil for pain and other ailments are becoming more common. Serums, balms, and skin lotions have attracted a lot of attention amongst other CBD delivery methods. But do any of these products even work?

Since CBD is relatively new in scientific application, there are no solid regulations for products in the industry. To help you navigate the various options available, we’ve curated this list of our favourite canna creams in South Africa.


Tub of CBD infused topical cream on a hemp leaf

What Is Topical CBD?

Vertebrates, including humans, have a biological system known as the Endocannabinoid System. This acts as a regulatory function throughout the brain and body.

Being the largest and most widely distributed organ in the human body, our skin tissue contains its own extension of the endocannabinoid system. It allows cannabinoids in carrier mixtures to be absorbed topically through the skin – quicker than ingestible CBD oil.

Because the metabolization process isn’t involved, cannabinoids in topical products don’t enter the bloodstream, meaning any trace amounts of THC from full-spectrum extracts can’t mix with medicines, come through in a substance test, or produce psychoactive effects.

Where Can I Buy CBD Oil Creams in South Africa?

It seems that CBD oil is everywhere nowadays, you can even find CBD cream in Dischem and other local pharmacies.

Whether you’re surprised by this or not, CBD products have been multiplying steadily and it’s always important to have some knowledge on the topic before deciding on what to purchase.

We recommend choosing full-spectrum CBD, if you don’t mind trace amounts of THC. This is because cannabidiol in combination with other cannabinoids has a more powerful therapeutic effect than when one is taken alone.

This is known as the Entourage Effect, and it applies to dermatological and muscular pain just as much as its full-body effects.

Goodleaf 200mg CBD Roll On Applicator

CBD Relief Roller from Goodleaf

  • Roll on CBD oil
  • 200mg CBD isolate
  • 10ml

With people spending more time on their tech devices, as well as working from home, there comes the downfall of stiff muscles, tired eyes, and compounded tension headaches.

Goodleaf’s CBD Relief Roller is a relatively inexpensive option for those who want the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD. This helps with the management of migraines, sinus infections, and allergy symptoms.

CBD isolate oil is paired with the regenerating effects of ginger root and Namibian Myrrh to generate a cooling, calming, and fast-acting effect.

The clever roller application prevents you from applying too much and helps you extend the life of your purchase for longer than you’d expect.

10ml might not seem like a lot, but it’s a good concentration of CBD that you get for your relatively small purchase cost. This makes it accessible for newcomers to both CBD oil and topicals.


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CBD Health 600mg Topical CBD Cream

CBD Health: Topical Pain Relief

  • Topical CBD cream for pain
  • 600mg broad-spectrum CBD
  • 50ml

CBD Health Topical Pain Relief cream makes use of the Entourage Effect paired with the soothing effects of menthol, terpenes and other plant extracts.

This topical CBD cream fires up the effects of the endocannabinoid system to target specific areas of pain and discomfort.

With 600mg of CBD oil in 50ml, this concentrated cream is effective for managing pain associated with stiffness, cramps and inflammatory dermatological issues.

This product is safe to use daily, even if you have sensitive skin. It can be kept in a pocket or purse to carry with you throughout the day for whenever you might need it.

If you don’t have time to take a break while the mixture absorbs, consider covering the target area to prevent the product from being rubbed off and wasted.


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SATIVA Hemp Serum


Hemp Serum from SATIVA

  • Facial moisturizer
  • Full-spectrum hemp seed oil
  • 30ml

This product contains hemp seed oil, which is not the same product as CBD. This facial Hemp Serum does, however, contain vital acids and vitamins such as linoleic acid. Which promotes faster skin cell repair and growth. It also protects your skin and is considered a way to reduce signs of ageing.

Hemp seed oil doesn’t leave an oily residue on your skin, so it won’t block your facial pores or trap dirt and bacteria. Together with its naturally anti-inflammatory properties, there are seemingly endless options of hemp-infused beauty products to choose from.

We recommend the SATIVA range of hemp oil products, primarily for their quality ingredients and attention to detail in their formulas. However, they’re also a carbon-neutral organisation which practices ethical, scientifically sound and cruelty-free business practices.


Dr. Kerklaar Full-spectrum Hemp Extract Cream for Sleep

Dr. Kerklaan Natural CBD Sleep Cream

  • Topical CBD cream for sleep
  • 120mg full-spectrum hemp extract
  • 59ml

The Dr Kerklaan CBD cream range is made with lab-tested medical-grade CBD oil, which contains complete plant extracts for a full entourage effect.

With a relatively low concentration of CBD compared to previously mentioned products, this is a great introduction to creams infused with CBD oil.

This Natural CBD Sleep Cream is infused with melatonin as well as citrus and lavender essential oils to boost relaxation and assist with sleep.

By applying it to your temples, neck and shoulders before bed, the combination of cannabinoids and nutrients will ease your body into a state of calm. Which can help shake off the stress of a busy day.


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Cibdol Aczedol CBD Acne Cream

Aczedol CBD Cream for Acne from Cibdol

  • Topical CBD cream for pain
  • 600mg broad-spectrum CBD
  • 50ml

As we all face the unfortunate reality of adult acne, we can agree on the importance of managing and preventing painful, itchy symptoms. A zit cream that doesn’t feel like a chemical burn is appreciated as well.

Cibdol’s Aczedol CBD Cream for Acne is a carefully curated face and body cream that protects, rejuvenates and soothes acne-prone skin.

Aside from cannabinoid-rich CBD oil, colloidal oatmeal encourages cell regeneration and protects irritated skin with a supportive layer. This does feel like a residue for some, but most agree the relief is well worth it.

Liposomes carry the CBD molecules further into the layers of your skin. So in addition to managing existing troublesome areas, it also helps prevent dirt build-up and further breakouts.


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Industrial Hemp from which CBD is extracted

More Than Just CBD Creams

In South Africa and globally, people are opting for natural alternatives to wellness and beauty.

Whether this is due to a personal preference or medical necessity, cannabis creams, balms and beauty serums are bursting into the CBD scene with little to no THC.

More products are bound to pop up in health and wellness stores across the country, but in the meantime, there are so many other ways to benefit from cannabidiol than just topical delivery methods.

Curious about CBD’s effect on anxiety? Wondering where to find quality CBD gummies and edibles in South Africa? Come have a look at our collection of South African CBD and cannabis resources.

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