Smell (Irrelevant to effects)
When opening the screw-on cap of CBDistillery CBDol 500mg Relief Stick, we were pleasantly surprised at the light and botanical scent. As opposed to other topical relief rubs that typically have an overwhelmingly icy aroma, this relief stick smells slightly sweet and minty. The scent reflects the wholesome natural ingredients including menthol, peppermint, ginger, and vanilla.
Taste (Irrelevant to effects)
We did not taste this product, and do not recommend ingesting this topical product.
This relief stick has a unique, solid consistency that gives it convenience points for those applying this topical to combat pain. This CBDol relief stick, which is similar to a twist-up deodorant or lip balm stick, features coconut oil, beeswax, and other natural oils in solid form at room temperature. The relief stick melts with skin contact, making it easy and mess-free to apply a thin layer wherever needed.
The texture feels smooth, but not greasy on the skin. The product took around 20 minutes to absorb completely and feel its effects.
Effects (Onset, Duration, Intensity)
The first time we applied the CBDol Relief Stick was just after a shower. With more forethought, we would have liked to dry off more since the oil didn’t apply well to slightly dampened skin. After discovering this error, we found that the relief stick applied more evenly to dry clean skin.
We found it relatively easy to use the applicator stick to cover larger areas of skin. Our first application with this CBDol Relief Stick was to the entire back, neck, and shoulder region which was sore from the previous day’s workout. We noticed the light tingling effects of the menthol, peppermint, and other essential oils.
Immediately, we felt a slight sensation of some tension being lifted from our muscles. As time passed, there was a strong cooling effect comparable to the “icy” part of icy hot. The effects of this tingling, cooling sensation were prominent and worked well to ease the discomfort. The positive effects continued to increase for about 20 minutes while we simultaneously (and gently) stretched the aching areas. Within 20 minutes, we experienced nearly complete relief, presumably from the CBD taking full effect.
Overall, this CBD topical brought pain from a 6 to a 2 on a pain scale of 0-10. (0 being no pain felt at all and 10 being the most pain felt.) Range of motion seemed to increase back to normal and we only felt slight discomfort in the shoulders and neck when fully extending our arms above our head. Soreness began to return after about 4 hours, which a reapplication quickly relieved.
Another product reviewee wanted to test this product on a different area. This time the CBDol Relief Stick would be used to combat aching, arthritic knees elbows, and wrists. He noted that the applicator stick made it easy to apply this topical, despite the soreness in his wrists and hands.
The effects were similar each time, though he waited slightly longer to feel complete relief (waiting about 35 minutes). Our second tester noted that this topical would “work well on its own for mild to moderate pain” but found that an additional tincture was necessary with layer applications when the pain and inflammation felt worse.
Overall, we were impressed with the fast-acting effects and smooth consistency of this relief stick, and consider it useful both on its own and as part of a multi-faceted CBD regimen.
Best used for
Topical CBD can be useful for a range of ailments but the formulation of this CBDol Relief Stick makes it a great option for combating aches and inflammation in the muscles and joints.
CBD can be used alone to help combat these symptoms but the inclusion of peppermint, ginger, menthol, and spearmint make this product a go-to for fast topical relief. Examples of where this topical may be useful include combating arthritis, pain and inflammation due to injury. It may be useful for supporting athletic recovery or as part of a more complex CBD routine for combating pain due to chronic illness, such as multiple sclerosis or other neuropathic conditions.