bud rub topical medicinal salve

Last month at Oregon’s Best of Potland legalization party I received a couple samples of Bud Rub and have been using them regularly since.

Bud Rub is a topical salve specially formulated to “utilize the healing properties of organic cannabis, menthol and camphor to safely and effectively block pain and relax muscles without any psychoactive side effects.” I also spoke briefly with Scott ‘Skye’ Rapaport at the event and he told me a little about his inspiration to create Bud Rub.

Managing Chronic Pain

Suffering from chronic pain, Skye was a medicinal marijuana patient in Oregon for years while he experimented with the most effective ways to manage his pain. The formulation for Bud Rub was finalized in 2011, and his team has been working hard since then to get this product to others looking to manage their pain without experiencing the psychoactive effects of cannabis. Bud Rub and the Extra Strength Bud Rub both have the same base ingredients, however there are higher levels of THC and CBD per gram in the Extra Strength Rub.

I suffer from chronic knee and hip pain due to the residual effects of a condition called Osgood-Schlatter disease, and other injuries from playing sports for 10 years. Rather than taking pharmaceutical pain killers, I choose to use exercise, massage, and cannabis to manage my pain. About 20-30 minutes after I massage the salve into sore muscles and achy joints, I find that my pain is less noticeable, and my muscles have relaxed a bit.

The combination of coconut butter, shea butter and beeswax leave my skin feeling soft and smooth after I use it, which is great because I have used other topical pain relievers that don’t soak in as well, and leave the skin oily. I use Bud Rub after working out, before I take long flights or road trips, and when my joints ache. It’s also effective on minor aches and pains, but it’s not to be used on open wounds or lacerations.

The Science of Endocannabinoids

Cannabis interacts with your body’s natural endocannabinoid system in different ways to help reduce painful symptoms and inflammation. Dr. Ethan Russo, Medical Director of PHYTEC uses the neurotransmitter (chemical messengers in the body) glutamate as an example to explain one of the ways cannabis reacts with the body to relieve pain related to nerve issues: “Glutamate is one of the primary stimulatory neurotransmitters, but when present at excessive concentrations, it perpetuates neuropathic pain and may even provoke cell death after head injury or stroke. The endocannabinoids are naturally secreted after such insults and act to inhibit glutamate release, thereby alleviating neuropathic pain and reducing cell death. THC, and cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive component of some cannabis strains, have similar neuroprotective benefits.”

If you are interested in learning more about the endocannabinoid system you can read Dr. Russo’s “Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System” here.

Increased Blood Flow

Not only does cannabis act as a mild analgesic, so do camphor and menthol. These essential oils are effective in helping relieve pain because of the warming and cooling effects they produce (called counterirritation) which increase blood flow into the area they are applied to. This increased blood flow warms the tissue in the surrounding area, which relaxes the muscle fibers and relieves tension. Increasing blood flow also brings with it the fresh oxygen necessary to heal and repair injured tissue.

My Bud Rub has become a staple in my purse, and when they run out I will be heading to a dispensary in my area to get more. If you are in Oregon and have your OMMP card, you can check out their website, or search for them on Leafly to find a dispensary in your area. According to their website, Bud Rub is now in close to 50 dispensaries in 7 Oregon cities. They have done an excellent job of creating a quality, consistent product and building a brand that is easily recognizable.

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