Product Name: Ananda Farms Warming Muscle Rub
Brand: Ananda Farms
Star rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Summary: A warming CBD topical with good ingredients and an even better cause.
About Ananda Farms Warming CBD Muscle Rub
I see a lot of topical CBD balms in my line of work. Some are good, some are great, and some I just don’t love. This is a great one.
I love topical CBD products. They’re a great way to activate the endocannabinoid receptors on your skin and take advantage of the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties of CBD. Since they don’t cross the skin barrier, even topicals that contain THC won’t get you high.
Topical CBD products are also a great alternative to pain medications. I’ve greatly reduced my use of NSAIDs since incorporating CBD balms into my routine. When I sprained my ankle in early 2022, CBD balms were a lifesaver!
There are a lot of cooling balms and lavender balms on the market, but I haven’t come across too many warming balms. This one uses cayenne pepper and ginger to deliver a warming sensation and utilizes the power of camphor essential oil to help your muscles relax. (Camphor is a common ingredient in muscle-relaxing products, including patches.) It also has turmeric, ginger, peppermint, juniper berry, and allspice essential oils, so it smells delicious and works well.
I love a product with a short ingredient list, and those oils make up nearly half of the list on this balm! It also has nourishing cacao butter, beeswax, and coconut oil so it hydrates wherever you apply it. It has 300 mg of CBD per container, making it a mid-tier dose. All in all, I love this balm and have no hesitations giving it 5/5 stars.
One thing to note about this balm –it uses all-natural ingredients, including cayenne pepper, so do NOT touch your face or any other ~sensitive areas~ of skin after applying this. Wash your hands thoroughly, and only use on unbroken skin. This balm does not hurt when applied to healthy skin, but getting it in a cut or an opening like your eye will hurt.
About Ananda Farms
I’m all about supporting small, local businesses. Ananda Farms is a hemp farm in Fulton NY, a few hours north of where I live. I first encountered the farm when I interviewed founder Sarah Stenuf, and I was lucky enough to attend their 2021 U-Pick hemp event. I scored a massive hemp plant (roughly five wet pounds) for a killer deal. I got to trim it, cure it, and dry it by myself, which gave me a new appreciation for what it takes to get those resinous, trimmed nugs into a bag. I ended up with a few ounces of CBD flower that lasted two years. I still have one nug left at the time of writing this!
Sarah is a veteran of the US Military who turned to cannabis after leaving to deal with mental and physical health problems. Now she runs a hemp farm that allows veterans to experience what she calls “dirt therapy” and get intimately familiar with the plant. The farm supports her non-profit Veteran’s Ananda; 10% of every Ananda Farms purchase goes toward Veteran’s Ananda.
This warming balm is just one of Ananda Farm’s CBD products (they too have a cooling lavender balm as well.) You can shop their full product list online, knowing that when you do, you’re getting high-quality CBD products, supporting small women and veteran-owned businesses, and giving back to a community that needs it. What else could you ask for?
Purchase this product: https://www.anandafarmsny.com/product-page/cayenne-pepper-and-ginger-warming-rub
How do CBD topicals work?
CBD topicals work by activating the endocannabinoid receptors in your skin. Every mammal has an endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for the effects of cannabis as well as producing cannabinoid-like molecules in our body. You have ECS receptors on every organ in your body, including your skin. Since your ECS functions to keep your body balanced and healthy, activating ECS receptors on the skin can help speed along the healing processes.