Review of Fay Farm CBD Muscle Rub for Pain Relief
There are multiple ways of using cannabinoid products without smoking marijuana, and some that are even legal in non-medical marijuana states, CBD oil is one of those. This review covers using CBD muscle rub for pain relief.
When The Fay Farm contacted me about trying their warming CBD muscle rub I was skeptical but definitely open to trying it. Of course, because I live in a state where medical marijuana is not legal I wanted to do a little homework.
The Fay Farm sent me a free sample of their CBD muscle rub to try with a request that I review it. The opinions expressed here are my own and I have not been compensated for this post.
A little background for you:
What is Cannabidoil (CBD)?
Cannabidiol oil (CBD) one of the two main ingredients in cannabis (marijuana), the other is THC. Few of us realize that there are two classes of marijuana plants, those grown for recreational use and those grown for medicinal and research use. Those grown for recreational use are typically higher in THC.
THC is the ingredient that gives you the high feeling; however, CBD directly activates our endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is one of the groups of regulatory molecules in our brains responsible for homeostasis, affecting appetite, mood, memory, and pain-sensation.
A few of the effects of CBD include decreased nausea and vomiting, suppressed seizure activity, and decreased psychosis. Most important for those living with chronic pain is that CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory, and pain reliever, while also improving symptoms of anxiety and depression. Another interesting thing about CBD is that it actually counter-acts many of the effects of THC (eg. sleepiness, memory issues, and paranoia).
But, is CBD oil legal?
From what I’ve found it really depends on the source. You see there are two types of cannabis plants, medical marijuana plants that have varying levels of THC and Industrial Hemp plants. If the CBD oil comes from an Industrial Hemp plant it is considered a dietary supplement and therefore legal.
If it comes from a medical marijuana plant it really depends on your state. The owners at the Fay Farm assured me that the cannabidoil that they use is from Industrial Hemp plants and, therefore, legal for use in most counties of all 50 states (and 28 countries outside of the US).
Here in Alabama, CBD oil is legal in all but two counties.
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I was a little skeptical when my tub of warming CBD muscle rub arrived, but I was also really hurting. I’d had an epidural injection just a week before for on-going pain in my neck and shoulder that had done nothing but increase my pain.
The day the CBD muscle rub arrived I had been in bed all day, lying flat hoping my back and neck would relax. When my husband came in with the mail he handed me a package and I wasn’t sure what was in it, but I opened it to find a container of Fay Farm Warming CBD Muscle Rub. I screwed off the top and noticed the smell of menthol, not the smell of marijuana.
The consistency of the rub is similar to what you would find in a tub of lip balm, where you run your finger over it and then transfer the product to your lips (although in this case probably not to your lips).
I rubbed my fingers across the top and then rubbed my shoulder and neck where it had bothered me all day. Then I did it again and again until I eventually I started feeling some relief. To be fair, I wasn’t sure how much of that relief was from the CBD oil as opposed to me rubbing my neck and shoulder to try to rub the oil in. It seemed a bit difficult to really tell how much I was transferring from the tub to my body.
While I felt better that night I wasn’t ready to give the CBD Muscle Rub all the credit just yet; I was doing a good bit of deep massaging.
I tried it again a couple of days later when my neck was bothering me and I noticed a very quick reduction in pain. I found that I could transfer the rub to the area I wanted to rub it in a bit better if I used my fingernail to kind of scrape a small amount out of the tub, transfer it to the affected area, and THEN rub it in. This worked well for me and left me wishing I had a tiny spatula.
My tub of Warming CBD muscle rub now has a bunch of divets (as you can see in the picture below) where I’ve scraped small amounts out to apply it where needed.
For the last few weeks I’ve used the warming CBD muscle rub several times and each time it helps rather quickly. I use it probably once a day, and it seems that overall my pain in that area has decreased (until I aggravate it by carrying a heavy backpack around all day, or writing my name).
The Fay Farm Warming CBD Muscle Rub has really surprised me. There aren’t many products that I have tried that have given me this kind of results. I will say I don’t really notice a warming effect, as much as I do a cooling effect. Like I said it smells like it might have menthol in it. And, if I put it on before I get in a warm bath it seems to have that same effect as say Icy Hot.
Unlike Icy Hot and other products I’ve tried, that only seem to really help the pain by distracting you with that sensation, this seems to actually leave a lasting impact.
Mostly I’ve used it on my shoulders and neck and it has really helped a lot. In the last couple of weeks my hips have been bothering me again at night and when I wake up they are aching. I started putting the Fay Farms CBD Muscle Rub on my hips before bed and it’s made a huge difference. No more waking up with aching hips! Another win!
I was also given the opportunity to try their CBD lotion. The lotion is great because you can apply it to your full body easily. It also smells lovely with a mix of eucalyptus and lavender. I added it to my bedtime routine. I didn’t notice any major pain improvements with it, but I did notice that while I was using it I seemed to sleep a bit better.
The price for the CBD Muscle Rub is $40, but I can tell you from my experience that it’s worth it and that one canister will last a while (it’s lasted me about two months and I still have a couple of weeks –at least– before I run out). The lotion is priced at $50 and contains about twice as much of the CBD oil. One bottle of lotion lasted me about two weeks.
More on the Fay Farm products:
I’ve written a few posts about the effects of cannabinoid products for pain relief, mainly related to medical marijuana.
- Marijuana for fibromyalgia: does it work?
- Legalization of medical marijuana and opioid overdose
- Medical marijuana and chronic pain