Tinctures & Topicals

Cannabis product review: Whoopi & Maya’s Rub

Whoopi & Maya’s Rub is a true balm for the senses. These cannabinoids work wonders on body aches, and similar to the Relax tincture, this formula has St. John’s wort, cramp bark, white willow bark, and chamomile to help the body release stuck energy.

Whoopi & Maya’s Topical Rub. (Courtesy photo)

When the body is released from tension patterns, relaxation often follows, as was the case when I tried using Rub on areas that are chronically sore and tight in my own body. I have an old injury that acts up in colder weather, and when I rubbed this balm over the hurty area, I felt a sweet warming sensation. Rub’s tingling warmth brought a marked lessening of the twanging in my knee, and also a decrease in my skepticism that this would “work.” Oh, it works and it’s a relief!

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One stand-out feature of this balm is its comforting scent. If you like Old Spice or a faint woodsy musk, you’ll likely dig Rub’s rich Amber Moon aroma. This body balm also feels amazing to the touch, largely owing to the balm’s base of olive, avocado seed, jojoba, apricot kernel oils and beeswax. This makes the topical highly effective, because it’s rapidly absorbed into the skin. It’s also not goopy or lotion-y — it rubs in and doesn’t leave a gross-feeling residue.

For those of you who routinely use a heating pad or need to take pharmaceutical medication to control pain, W&M’s Rub may do the trick. The packaging is appealing — it comes in a 2-ounce jar (25mg THC, 10 mg CBD), a 4-ounce jar (50 mg THC, 15 mg CBD), or in a stick that looks like a mini-deodorant and is super easy to slip into a bag or a pocket if you need pain relief on the go.

The wrap: While billed as specifically formulated for menstrual relief and cramping, this formula is appropriate for anyone who is sick of narcotics and who is seeking a topical. This balm is perfect for people experiencing everything from endometriosis and severe menstrual cramps, to back pain, sciatica, etc., and is also great for recovering from surgery, an acute injury, or simply dealing with chronic pain.

Potency: 2-ounce jar contains 25mg THC, 10 mg CBD; 4-ounce jar contains 50 mg THC, 15 mg CBD

Price: $20 for 2 ounces; about  $40 for a 4-ounce tub

Effects: 7 out of 10 if applied once, 9.5 out of 10 if applied consistently

Availability: Widely available throughout Western states


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