I Tried the CBD Lotion Celebs Use for Heel Pain—and It Works

Photo: Aemilia Madden

I've been traumatized by high heels. Every time I slip on a pair of stilettos, I wait with dread for the stabbing ache in the balls of my feet to reappear. And after one too many morning spent covering my blistered feet in bandaids, I find myself on autopilot, slipping on sneakers before I head to work. I've found workarounds, sticking to low, chunky heels or carrying around uncomfortable ones to change into before a meeting. But I recently caught wind of a trick to make heels more comfortable, courtesy of celebrity stylist Karla Welch.

In January, Welch posted on her Instagram about CBD-infused lotion. "A shout out to my friends @thelordjones," she wrote. "Their pain and wellness cream with CBD is the absolute CURE for aching feet on the red carpet." Welch went on to note that she keeps it in her styling toolkit and is a favorite among her clients. That's a pretty convincing sell to me.

As cannabis legalization continues across the country, a host of beauty and wellness products have been created to address any number of issues. For anyone worried about the psychoactive effects of a product like Lord Jones's lotion, there's no need to be. These topical lotions and oils are used for physical pain relief. In fact, when I chatted with a few marathon-running friends before testing the product out myself, they all swore by its ability to relieve sore muscles. But the real question: Would I find relief? I spent the better part of a week trying out different heels in my arsenal to see how things would go.

Everyone's experience is bound to be different, but for me, CBD lotion is a particularly intriguing product, and in the end, it did help with muscle and joint pain in my feet through the day. While its purpose isn't to prevent blisters or rubbing, for deep aches and pains, all I can say is holy smokes—it was that good.