Tinctures & Topicals

Cannabis product review: Papa & Barkley Releaf Balm

The Releaf Balm, simply put, is the bomb. I’ve tried a number of topicals, but this one really takes the edge off.

The Releaf Balm comes in two concentrations – 3:1 THC:CBD and 1:3 THC:CBD. The latter is great for those who are hypersensitive to THC, as it’s CBD-rich. I liked it, because it smells so good and definitely alleviates pain, but I loved the 3:1 OG formula. The 3:1 THC:CBD is the Goldilocks dose. Not too much, not too little, but just right balance between THC, CBD and naturally occurring terpenes to activate the sweet spot of one’s endocannabinoid system.

Papa & Barkley Releaf Balm. (Courtesy photo)

It is so smooth on account of the following top-shelf ingredients: cannabis, coconut oil, beeswax, essential oils like eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint, lavender, vitamin E oil. I scooped a nickel-sized glob onto my shoulder and it sank right in – a quickly absorbed topical – and smelled herbaciously wonderful. There’s no psychoactivity.

Best of all, I found a gentle, pleasant tingling from the minty essential oils and powerful pain relief in a particular tangled-up group of muscles. The relief was long-lasting; I felt markedly better for three hours at which point I reapplied a small amount for ongoing soothing. There was very minimal residue from this balm that evaporated after a few minutes.

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The Releaf Balm is ideal for recovering from broken bones or surgery. Its medicine is deeply felt. In many cases, people come to using cannabis after a particular event or trauma to the body – this is one of those transformational products. I’d also recommend P&B’s Balm for the daily aches and pains caused by near constant computer use. Think sore wrists, tennis elbow, as well as shoulder and neck strains. Tendonitis, runner’s knee, etc.

The Wrap: This High Times first-place winning formula is amazing for recovery from injury and chronic pain relief. It leaves a slight residue on the skin, but this trade-off is so worth it.

Potency: In addition to two different ratios (3:1 THC-CBD and 1:3 THC-CBD), there are two sizes, 15 ml and 50ml.

Price: $20-90 depending on the size you choose

Effects: 10 out of 10

Availability: Widely! Check your local dispensary.


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