The RW Takeaway: The Chill CBD Balm by Naturopathica is a great intro into CBD products. Got muscle soreness? Just a fingertip smear will help you achieve zen.
Volume: 2 oz
I am a novice to CBD, but all the hype on its positive effectsâ€”reduces inflammation, alleviates chronic painâ€”had me eager to give it a go. I am a big proponent of natural remedies and homeopathic solutions (Iâ€™ve had past success with essential oils for stress relief), so I was excited and confident that it would work.
I deal with a lot of tightness in my shouldersâ€”you know, from all the heavy-lifting we do as distance runners? Joking aside, I spend most of my day when Iâ€™m not running hunched over at my desk, which results in upper back soreness during my workouts.
I tested out both Naturopathicaâ€™s Chill Full Spectrum CBD & Kava Balm and Tiger Balm (though not at the same time) for comparison. While the former goes on feeling essentially the sameâ€”albeit, a little oilierâ€”the effects are totally different.
With Tiger Balm, I immediately began to feel that slow burn on my skin that can last for hours. But the CBD balm did not have that burning effect or anything else going onâ€”at first. While I am used to that tingly, burn-y sensation to signal that recovery ointment is â€śworking,â€ť I actually appreciated not having that slight sting on my skin after application.
As for the CBD balmâ€™s smell, it isnâ€™t weedy but it is a little, er, â€ścrunchy.â€ť Allow me to explain: If you are used to essential oils, and like some of the more potent smells like lavender and rosemary, this wonâ€™t bother you at allâ€”if not, I would suggest starting with smaller doses.
So hereâ€™s the thing: I canâ€™t say the CBD balm didnâ€™t work but itâ€™s also hard to pinpoint the effects when I couldnâ€™t feel anything topical happening. The thing I noticed most was that it seemed to zen me out. I tend to be a very high-stress, high-anxiety person, and placebo or not, I definitely felt calmer after using this.
I read that one of the best times to try it is before bed, and so, while frantically counting sheep one night, I rubbed a fingertip amount on my shoulders andâ€”I kid you notâ€”conked out. Thinking it was a fluke, I tried it for a week. Every night I used Naturopathica, it worked. Can you say Rip Van Winkled?
While I canâ€™t promise this effect on everyone, I highly recommend using CBD balm if you need assistance chilling out.
I think the big thing here is the price. Again, if you are new to homeopathic remedies, they can be expensiveâ€”think designer prices but instead of paying for the brand, itâ€™s paying for â€śorganic plant juices.â€ť (It should also be noted that this balm isnâ€™t FDA-evaluated.)
To be honest, if I hadnâ€™t tested it, I would have a hard time dropping that on a little glass jar of hemp jelly. The good news is that it doesnâ€™t take much to be effective, so it will last you a long time. And .5-ounce container is also available for $20 at the brandâ€™s site.
What I mean by that is just because it didnâ€™t have super noticeable effects on my muscles doesnâ€™t mean it necessarily wonâ€™t on yours. I will probably continue using my tried-and-true Tiger Balm on those stubborn shoulder knots, but no matter how loyal I am to the tiger, it will not help me get a good nightâ€™s sleep.
And honestly, some decent sleep is some of the best recovery you can ask for.