By: Laine Hammer & Cyrus Sepahbodi

While winter can be full of festivities and joy, it can also be hard on our bodies. Did you know a drop in barometric pressure can lead to aching joints? When a cold front moves in, the barometric pressure usually drops and there’s less pressure on our bodies from the air, which can cause our muscles and joints to swell. Science! While we know California doesn’t get that cold, our bodies still feel what the inclement weather can do. If your body is dealing with the side effects of winter, we’ve got a handy trick up our sleeve: Releaf Balm! Made with the whole plant and soothing essential oils, our Releaf Balm is a natural product that can help your joints feel better, so you can keep moving this winter. 

A Cannabis Salve vs. Cannabis Balm

While one might think the terms ‘salve’ and ‘balm’ can be used interchangeably, that is simply not true! For the most part balms and salves contain the same ingredients and can even be used for the same reasons, but they have one key difference—balms have a higher amount of beeswax in their formulations– giving them a thicker consistency. Most salves have a lower ratio of beeswax and, as a result, are easier to spread. Both salves and balms tend to include nourishing ingredients and be shelf-stable, storable at room temperature, and thicker than lotions. Papa & Barkley’s Releaf Balm is a clean, chemical-free, Whole Plant Full Spectrum cannabis-infused topical made with therapeutic organic oils such as eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint, and lavender. Whole Plant Full Spectrum means our Balm is made using our unique solventless infusion process to ensure it contains the plant’s natural full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytonutrients. The plant has the most therapeutic benefits when kept intact, so this process ensures our Releaf Balm delivers you maximum efficacy! 

Cannabis Topicals & the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) 

Did you know that each one of us has an Endocannabinoid system within our bodies? The endogenous cannabinoid system, or endocannabinoid system (ECS), can be thought of as the air traffic control center for our bodies. It controls physiological processes including appetite, pain sensation, mood, and memory. Within our ECS there are two primary cannabinoid receptors: CB1 receptors (most concentrated in the central nervous system and brain) and CB2 receptors (abundant in the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and peripheral nervous systems). The natural Phytocannabinoids (like THC & CBD!) and phytonutrients found in cannabis communicate with these signal receptors of the ECS to help reduce minor aches, acute discomfort, and normal inflammation.   

Cannabis topicals provide us with relief by interacting with the ECS receptors on the skin’s surface. When you apply products like Papa & Barkley’s 1:3 Releaf BalmReleaf Body Oil, or Releaf Body Lotion to your skin, they can provide comfort to your joints and muscles, while boosting flexibility and mobility. For those of you who are concerned about psychoactivity or intoxication, fret not. The cannabinoids in a topical do not directly reach the bloodstream, so you won’t feel intoxicated. 

1. Sore Muscles

Our Releaf Balm is the best way to recover after an especially tough workout! When your hamstrings are tight from squats or lunges, we highly recommend a self-massage with the balm. It will help your muscles feel better faster, so you need less time in between workouts. Knowing that you can easily find muscle relief will give you the confidence you need to keep optimizing your exercise routine.

2. Achy Joints

Some of us are afflicted by everyday joint issues. If you’re like me, I suffer from Patellofemoral pain syndrome, which means the cartilage under my kneecap is damaged due to injury or overuse. Fun, right? It is very common for women and people who have played sports their whole lives (like me), and it really hinders my range of motion. Whenever I squat during a workout, walk upstairs, climb steep trails, or get up after sitting for a long time, my knees crack. Fortunately for me, the Releaf Body Oil has been a welcome addition to my life! For those of you who suffer from joint issues and inflammation as well – whether during the winter months or otherwise – this is my number one go-to for soothing my body! -Laine

3. Headaches

Are the winter blues getting the best of you? We know how it is. When the air starts to get brisk and the sun sets earlier, our moods tend to fall, we get sleepy, and sometimes we may even experience headaches. Luckily, when applied to the temples, the Releaf Balm can help reduce discomfort caused by headaches. It also has a cooling sensation, which can wake us up, and help us feel relaxed and recharged.

4. Dry, Irritated Skin

Dry skin can be unbearable. When the cold air makes your skin crack and peel, sometimes you need more than your average lotion or moisturizer. That’s where the Releaf Body Lotion and Releaf Body Oil come in! The soothing plant magic that comes with fresh-pressed cannabis rosin and moisturizing agents like Shea butter and Jojoba oil makes these potent and powerful skincare products perfect for nourishing super dry skin. Pro tip: apply the lotion or body oil to your hands and feet before bed, so you can hydrate skin while you sleep! 

Whole Plant Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Balm, Lotion, and Cream

Not in California and still looking for the benefits of a full spectrum hemp CBD balm, body oil, lotion, or cream? Luckily, Papa & Barkley has a national line of CBD topicals, which includes the Releaf CBD BalmReleaf Body LotionReleaf Body Oil, and Releaf Repair Cream. These products have the same amazing ingredients as the California formulations, but are infused with clean, whole plant Hemp (CBD-rich cannabis) instead of THC-rich cannabis. 

The winter season can take a physical toll on all of us. One way we can boost our spirits and stay well as the months get colder is by taking a few moments for self-care. Whether you’re massaging the balm onto sore muscles, practicing an upgraded skincare routine featuring our body lotion, or taking a couple deep breaths, finding time to focus on yourself can help you unwind and feel refreshed. At Papa & Barkley we want to support you and make your everyday wellness routines even more enjoyable. We hope our four quick & easy tips to help you during the cold winter months help you find Releaf! 


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