Name: Apothecanna Pain Cream
From: Colorado Dispensaries
Price: ~$8 / 2oz Bottle
Apothecanna is a cannabis-infused topicals company based out of Denver, Colorado. They make a variety of skin-care products using cannabinoids as an active ingredient. You can find their products behind the counters of many MMCs throughout the state (locator here). One of Apothecanna’s newer products is their Pain Cream.
Although cannabis is typically smoked or eaten to reap the medical benefits, many are now discovering that using it topically can focus pain relief to the areas that need it. What many people do not understand about medical cannabis is that getting “high” is usually a side-effect of the relief they get from the medicine. Topical products are able to provide this relief with no side-effects.
Apothecanna’s Pain Creme is designed to reduce pain and inflammation when applied topically to areas of discomfort. It comes in a white bottle with a green Apothecanna logo and has some facts about its’ content and uses. The white lotion has a mild smell of wintergreen and peppermint and actually consists of around twenty organic essential oils as well as purified water and glycerine for texture. Apothecanna Pain Creme is not sticky or uncomfortable if you have to put a shirt on over it. The active ingredients in this product are cannabis extract and organic arnica extract, which is also believed to act as an anti-inflammatory and can assist in the healing process. In this product the cannabis oil is extracted with a super-critical CO2 extraction. CO2 extraction is a process that can yield oil with some of the most highly concentrated cannabinoids. This Pain Creme contains 15mg THC per ounce.
The most important aspect of a cannabis-infused topical is its’ efficacy. We were able to let a few medical patients try this product and had wonderful results. Michelle, a 55 year old Arvada resident, had this to say about it:
“I have been suffering from chronic back pain for over 20 years & with one application of the Pain Crème I was able to enjoy four hours of my day virtually pain free! [On a scale of one-to-ten] I started out at a 7.5 when I used the crème and in less than one hour my pain level dropped down to about a two. I am truly blown away with the results of this product.”
Our experience with it was similar. When applied to areas of soreness, the pain was relieved for a few hours. I would recommend it to anyone who needs cannabis for pain, but prefers to not have the side-effect of getting high. It can be difficult for some to disregard the stigma of a typical cannabis user, but I honestly feel that products such as Apothecanna‘s Pain Creme should be tried by medical patients that experience pain and can hopefully bridge the gap between medical cannabis and people who need it.