It's no secret that we love hemp. On the fabric side of things, it's lightweight, breathable, has great drape, very low-maintenance, and is VERY durable (your hemp clothes should last a looooong time). On the farming side of things, it's easy to grow, relies mostly on rain water, is phytoremediative (meaning it actually improves the soil), and the whole plant can be used in production, meaning ZERO waste.
We're not getting into the weeds (heh) about the recreational use debate (though, we DO live in California...), but we'll throw our kudos behind the health benefits of CBD oil. (Here's a quick refresher on the difference between Hemp vs. Marijuana vs. CBD if you need it.)
In a nutshell, CBD is a naturally occurring oil that reminds your body to calm down. It's not a wonder drug or a cure-all, but it has been proven to help with stress, joint pain and anxiety in some people – including our very own Toads.
Like anything, there's high quality versions and quack versions of CBD products. So if you're wading into the waters of CBD, we recommend you look at the ingredients, look for any third-party testing, and follow the dosage directions directions – AND check the legality in your state.
We don't pretend to be doctors (and we don't play one on TV), so our CBD recommendations are straight from our Toads based on their experiences.
"The best topical CBD product I have ever used is Humble Flower Co – Cannabis-infused Relief Balm. The Arnica+Clary Sage scent is unbelievable. It has 200 mg CBD and 200 mg THC. It is a topical rub that you can put on aches and pains and it truly does help the muscles and joint pain. After shoulder surgery and consistent PT, I use this multiple times a day and it has really helped with my pain. I use this instead of taking over the counter pain relievers and I have found it to work very well. I have used every topical product on the market including oils, different ratios of BD/THC and this is by far the best. Not only do I love it for the quality of product and effectiveness, but it is a rub, not an oil, and is not messy at all. The last thing you want is an oil to unscrew in your purse and then you have an expensive mess (personal experience and it is not fun). I highly recommend this product and tell everyone about it that has arthritis or an injury.
I am also a big fan of The Humboldt Apothecary tinctures. The have tinctures for every use and each one has different rations of CBD to THC. I opt for the high CBD, low THC tinctures. I use these at night in my team before bedtime and find that they really help me relax and sleep better. I am a big fan of the “inflammation soother” tincture which also has anti inflammatory natural ingredients in it to help after working out or physical therapy. " – Sarah
"Papa & Barkley Releaf Balm is my go-to for a great rub on sore muscles after a big weekend of skiing or a long day of sitting at a desk chair. They have different versions with varying portions of THC:CBD. It has my favorite combination of Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Lavender so it smells a million times better than Tiger Balm.
Care By Design Sublingual Drops (18:1 CBD:THC) is the best sleep enhancement aid I have found. It is really mild in flavor and never leaves me 'disoriented.' A little goes a long way. It helps me to go to sleep and stay asleep which lets my body recover after any sport, a big hike in the mountains or a fun day on the slopes." - Jo
If you're easing into CBD, try a small amount and keep track of how your body and mind feel. And if you're just not sure, think it over in some soft hemp sweats!