Let’s get one thing clear: Whoopi & Maya’s Relax tincture is not just for women. For folks who are looking for PMS and menstrual relief, you will find a powerful ally in this formula, and for those of you who simply need something to take the edge off – whether you’re badly hungover or recovering from surgery – this tincture  has a lot to give.

Whoopi & Maya’s Relax tincture. (Courtesy photo)

Of course, Whoopi & Maya uses the gold standard for cannabis, in this case a pleasing hybrid blend of Sherbert and Girl Scout Cookies. But for me, what sets W&M’s Relax tincture apart is its thoughtfully concocted blend of botanicals, which would work to alleviate suffering even without the cannabis.

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The Relax formula has passionflower, which helps with overthinking, anxiety, and insomnia, as well as soothe upset tummies and nerve pain. Other herbal stars of the show include raspberry leaf, motherwort and cramp bark – all natural muscle relaxants. According to Whoopi & Maya’s head herbalist/wizard-in-residence Alexis Gandara, “Willow bark has been used for thousands of years to calm inflammation and quell pain.” St. John’s wort, chamomile, and a combination of essential oils round out this tincture’s natural mood-elevating effects, which is a crucial part of feeling well.

The tincture is set in a honey-alcohol base softened with elderberry. Though I personally don’t love the slight burn of an alcohol base, it does make it fast-acting. However, if you’re sensitive to an alcohol base, do mix it in some water or juice. I had half a dropperful under my tongue, and in about 20 minutes, felt the relaxing effects begin.

There is some gentle psychoactivity. Whoopi & Maya uses a low heat extraction process and full spectrum cannabis in their products, so there is THC in the mix here. While there is no exact ratio listed, I would compare Relax’s effects to other 3:1 or 1:1 THC: CBD tinctures I’ve tried. If you are sensitive to THC, I’d save this tincture for your downtime.

The wrap:  Whether you’re badly hungover or harassed by painful cramps, this formula offers serious relief (with some gentle euphoria) in a botanical formula. If you need quick relief that lasts several hours, this potent tincture can deliver.

Potency: 100 mg of THC in each 1-ounce bottle; 200 mg THC in a 2-ouncebottle

Price: $15 – $18 per 1-ounce. bottle; about $25 – $30 per 2-ounce bottle

Effects: 9 out of 10 for cramps, sore muscles etc. May need something more robust for serious conditions or acute injuries.

Availability: Widely available in California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado.

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