by Cyrus Sepahbodi

Raise your hand if you remember the first time learning to ski or snowboard? I remember the experience like it was yesterday. I was 22 and several of my family members decided it would be a great idea to go to Mt. Baldy, a winter resort in the San Gabriel Mountains of California, for the weekend because it had been raining for a week.

After an hour and a half car ride we arrived and my excitement was brimming. Today I would finally join the ranks of many others who knew the thrill of flying down a mountain on a snowboard. After several lessons on the bunny slopes, I decided it was time for me to go out on my own. This was a big mistake—I fell so many times that it took me nearly an hour to get down to the lodge again. But I got better, and my skill increased with each run. 

As evening came on, the physical toll had begun to take its effect though. My entire body was sore, my legs were in pain, and I had a fairly decent goggle-shaped sunburn on my cheeks. In fact, I was in so much pain from falling over and over that I could barely catch any sleep. My only recourse was at the time was ibuprofen and staying as still as possible in bed. It was a long night. But I think that if I had access to cannabis topicals, I wouldn’t have had such a rough physical experience that weekend. It is no secret that I am an advocate of cannabis as a medicine, and for those of you who are already hitting the slopes this season, I honestly can’t recommend taking cannabis products with you enough.

Cannabis Eases Exercise Inflammation and Soreness

Skiing and snowboarding are among the most popular winter sports in the United States, and for very good reasons. There is nothing more thrilling than the wind whipping past your face as you cut through fresh powder, or the serenity of standing on the stop of the run looking out to the horizon. Whether you’re just starting out on bunny slopes or you’re cutting a path down a black diamond, cannabis products for pain and wellness are absolutely necessary.

The thrills of either sport can be a bit daunting for novices, and will definitely leave your muscles incredibly sore—not to mention, falling hurts. That’s where cannabis topicals can make a genuine difference. Cannabis topicals can target sore muscles and relieve inflammation associated with the rigorous strains put on the body while skiing or snowboarding

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How Cannabis Topicals Work

Each of our bodies has an Endocannabinoid system (ECS) that helps to regulate physiological processes including appetite, pain sensation, mood, and memory. The ECS has two primary receptors (CB1 & CB2) throughout the body. The natural cannabinoids and phytonutrients found in cannabis communicate with these receptors of the ECS to help reduce aches, pains, and inflammation. Using cannabis topicals such as Papa & Barkley’s Releaf Balm, Releaf Soak, Releaf Body Oil, or Releaf Patches allow you to relieve aches locally where applied with no intoxication. Results can be felt within minutes, and relief can last anywhere from two to four hours. This will allow you to hit the slopes and then ease your muscles with CBD and THC topicals.

Recover with Cannabis for Winter Sports

Whether you are a seasoned veteran who takes on black diamond runs or are just learning to hit the bunny slopes for the first time cannabis topicals will make a difference. The key is to practice active recovery and use cannabis topicals. Cannabis topicals can promote comfort, flexibility and mobility, so you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to hit the slopes again. If you are new to cannabis I would recommend getting your hands on a 15ml Releaf balm and put it in one of your zipper pockets while you’re on your run. If you start to feel soreness in your legs, try taking a nickel-sized portion and rubbing it into your thighs. For those of you outside of California I recommend Papa & Barkley’s hemp CBD Releaf Balm . It is responsibly sourced and made with the same whole plant infusion process as the California line. It features all of the same anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties as well.

Nothing says recovery better after a long day on the slopes than a hot bath or shower to soothe achy muscles and relieve soreness. Add Papa & Barkley’s Releaf Soak to a warm bath—the dose is customizable based on your preference—for whole body relief. If baths aren’t your thing, it can be used as a body scrub or soak for your hands and feet. Keep in mind though that with use in the bath or shower, there is potential to create some psychoactive effects.

For those of you who want a long acting topical, turn to Papa & Barkley’s Releaf Patches. Patches are quick and easy to apply to your skin and provide a slow release of cannabinoids in a single application. A slow release patch can provide relief up to 12 hours for your whole body, which makes them ideal for winter athletes that hit the slopes for several days.

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