Photos & Text by Erica Edwards
There was a time when I had been somewhat of a skeptic about the legitimacy of topical cannabis treatments. I heard they worked really well, but needed to find out for myself to believe it. To my surprise, moments after my first topical cannabis application, aches and pains began to fade, taking all of my doubts along with them. Just like that, I became a firm believer and forever fan of Therapy in a Bottle’s topical cannabis treatments.
Whether or not you enjoy the side affects of medicinal cannabis, it isn’t always convenient to medicate. A huge benefit of topical cannabis applications is that they do not offer the psychoactive effect one would experience through inhalation or ingestion. This gives you the ability to relieve discomfort whenever and wherever you’d like, free of worry. Without the ‘high’ that accompanies many cannabis treatments, topical therapy stands out in a category of it’s own.
I found a number of uses for Therapy in a Bottle’s line of cannabis infused products. I primarily used the topical treatments to ease my back and neck pain. I also used them to soothe the tension of a healing hand injury. Heavy pains diminished, while the less noticeable ones simply disappeared. Discomfort was replaced with a warm shimmer of relief accompanied by soft, tranquilizing aromas.
Topical cannabis treatments in no way guarantee a medical miracle, but they can alleviate symptoms to a level that is tolerable versus unbearable. There is a laundry list of uses for topical cannabis therapy including (but not limited to): Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropathy, Migraines, Arthritis, Sciatica, RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy), Psoriasis, muscle aches and spasms, joint pain, cramps, inflammation, cuts, bruises, burns and dry skin.
Therapy in a Bottle is a business that has been founded upon one woman’s will to overcome the physical pain she endured due to her chronic conditions and their affects on her body. She found herself dependent upon a large number of medications, and struggled with that dependency. Rebecca started her therapy line for people who, like herself, wanted to take back control in their lives. Therapy in a Bottle is a product of love, not profit. Think of your purchase as a contribution that assists Rebecca in her mission to provide therapeutic relief to patients just like her.
The cannabis that goes into Therapy in a Bottle’s infused coconut oil is of the highest quality, organically grown with pride and a touch of love. Rebecca only works with strains that will produce potent results for treating pain and discomfort when applied as a topical. She also uses all organic ingredients to add a light, natural scent as it softens the skin.
Rebecca developed her product line in 2010, starting with the Original Blend Therapeutic Massage Oil. In just a few years, she has expanded to Scented Balms, Medicated Bath Soaks and Cannabis Lotions. She even has a non-cannabis line in the works for those who would like to relax sans cannabis.
Therapy in a Bottle’s Original Blend Therapeutic Massage Oil has a higher concentration of cannabis to alleviate the discomfort of deeper and intense pain. When applied to the skin, an aroma of freshly cut lavender arises, adding something warm and calming to the senses as the topical affects settle in.
With a thicker and creamier base, the Therapeutic Massage Balm rubs in with a soft and smooth touch. There are four scents, each graced with a hint of menthol to help soothe those aches and pains. Unscented offers a light cannabis fragrance, while Amber Musk has a more sweet and playful aroma. Tangerine-Vanilla is delightfully delicious, as is the therapeutic concoction of Grapefruit-Lavender. These balms are fantastically creamy, and do not leave any sticky or greasy residues behind. They even double as a lip balm and taste as great as they smell.
For those who prefer a full body experience, Rebecca has recently developed Therapy in a Bottle’s Medicated Bath Soaks. This line offers a therapeutic soak that relaxes and soothes the body from head to toe. Unwind from a busy day with the ‘Relaxation’ soak or refresh your mood with the ‘Invigorating’ soak, awakening your senses.
After a warm, medicated bath, slather your self in the soft silkiness of Cannabis Lotions. They provide moisture and relief, with an abundance of pain and inflammation reducing properties, never leaving any residues behind. These therapeutic lotions are ‘Relaxing’, ‘Soothing’ and ‘Invigorating’.
I really enjoy having Therapy in a Bottle on hand and discovering its seemingly endless uses. There are various products to choose from and plenty of convenient sizes, so each symptom can be treated with the appropriate topical. I found many ways to put cannabis to the test. My most surprising experiment was with a mosquito bite on my eyelid that I had acquired in my sleep. I awoke with a swollen eye, fully blown up and puffy. Since I always have my Grapefruit-Lavender stick balm on hand for my lips, I quickly applied it to the bite. The itching ceased almost immediately and the swelling had gone down significantly within the hour.
I find myself reaching for Therapy in a Bottle to treat every bump, bruise, strain, nick and bite. With the variety of uses for these topical treatments, I don’t think there is one person out there who wouldn’t benefit from an application to their skin somewhere for something at sometime. Seriously. Treat yourself to a little bit of Therapy in a Bottle.
Be sure to visit Rebecca at Therapy In A Bottle & Epsilon Apothecaries‘ booth at the International Cannabis and Hemp Expo in San Francisco on September 7th, 2013. Rebecca will be serving complimentary ice tea while providing therapy consultations. Custom tinctures will be available to add to tea and a certified massage technician will give massages with Therapy in a Bottle’s topical cannabis products. We’ll see you at INTCHE!