How to Use Cannabis Salve to Relieve Sore Muscles

thc salve guide

by Hana Ames

It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, chances are that you’re going to experience aches and sore muscles at some point. Whether you’ve been working out and can feel the burn or have just spent too many hours hunched over your desk in front of your computer, muscle ache is never good. 

Besides supporting your body with regular stretching and movement, adding a THC salve into your self-care routine can be a great, all-natural way to help soothe sore muscles. Here’s how it works. 

What is a Salve? 

A salve is an ointment, lotion, or cream that’s typically infused with natural ingredients packed with plenty of beneficial properties for skin and muscles. It is applied directly to the skin so that the active ingredients get to work where they’re needed most.

What makes a THC salve so effective?

The human body contains a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). More and more research shows that the ECS regulates and controls a whole host of bodily functions, including those relating to pain. The body naturally produces endocannabinoids, which are similar to the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. 

Cannabinoids such as THC or CBD bind with the receptors in the ECS and stimulate them in the same way that naturally occurring endocannabinoids would. Because of this, research has found that they may be beneficial in relieving a number of discomforts, such as sore muscles.

Will THC Salves Get me High?

Although THC is the component of cannabis that typically gets people high, using it in a salve won’t do that. It is rare that the cannabinoids in a topical salve can breach the bloodstream, and so won’t produce the ‘high’ effect. This means that THC salves are a great choice for people wanting the benefits of THC without the ‘high’ to go with it.

Why use a Cannabis Salve?

There are many reasons you may choose to use a salve over other types of products. Here are just a few of the benefits of cannabis salves. 

  • Few side effects: A 2016 study found that topical CBD products gave similar benefits to more traditional muscle soreness relief products, but may produce fewer side effects.
  • Targeted relief: Many traditional remedies for discomfort such as ingestible capsules produce effects across the whole body. Topical salves, however, are applied directly to problem areas. This means they only work where they’re needed. 
  • Fast-acting: Salves typically work faster than edibles or ingestible relief methods as they don’t need to be broken down in the stomach.
  • Combination of ingredients: Salves not only target specific areas but they do so with a specially formulated group of ingredients (which we’ll dive into later on in this article) that are designed to work together to tackle aches and sore muscles. 

How to Use a Cannabis Salve

Though high-quality cannabis salves (like The Root of it All’s REWIND Muscle Rub) will be formulated to be allergen-free, it is always a good idea to do a patch test before using a cannabis salve to ensure it won’t irritate your skin. Apply a small amount to the inside of your wrist and wait for any irritation to occur. If there is irritation, discontinue use. Otherwise, go ahead with the application.

  • Apply roughly a teaspoon (around 5ml) to any aches and discomfort you may feel. 
  • Gently massage into the skin until absorbed.
  • Repeat if necessary.

Massage Techniques

There are a variety of different ways to apply the salve to the skin. Depending on the area of the body that aches, you may wish to experiment with how you massage REWIND for restoration onto your body. Here are a few of our favorites.

  • Petrissage: This is where you use your thumbs and/or knuckles to knead and roll the skin. Benefits of this technique include increased blood flow and lymphatic drainage at the massage site.
  • Effleurage: This technique involves keeping your hands flat while you gently apply pressure to the skin. This can help remove muscle knots and tension from the body. 
  • Tapotement: Gently and repeatedly tap the salve into the skin. This increases blood flow and improves circulation. It should be used in conjunction with another massage type to ensure the salve is fully absorbed into the skin.

How to Choose the Right THC Salve

Remember that everyone’s bodies respond differently to various relief methods — salves included. That said, there are a few best practices to keep in mind when picking the right THC salve for you.

  • Look at the CBD to THC ratio: It is believed that salves with a larger proportion of CBD are best for treating everyday aches and pains. (Whereas those with higher THC ratios are thought to better tackle more severe discomfort). Our REWIND salve features a 3:1 ratio of CBD to THC, with 135 mg CBD and 45 mg THC per tub. 
  • Look for Other Therapeutic Ingredients: Not every THC Salve on the market contains additional therapeutic ingredients. Opting for a product that does (like REWIND!) is a great way to boost the effectiveness of your salve.
  • Consider your medical history: It is always a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider or dermatologist if you are unsure if a topical cannabis salve is right for you. 

Why We Love REWIND

It’s not just CBD and THC that make up our REWIND Muscle Rub. REWIND is plant-based, all-natural, allergy-friendly, and contains beeswax — which helps lock in moisture to protect and repair rough or chapped skin. It also has been formulated with the principles of Ayurveda in mind, and incorporates additional ingredients that have been specifically selected for their restorative and relieving properties. 

Ayurveda, a natural system of medicine that dates back to ancient India, is the basis for all of The Root of It All’s formulations. It is one of the oldest methodologies of well-being, and focuses on combining the power of natural ingredients with a holistic approach to health. In addition to cannabis, REWIND features turmeric, black pepper, and cloves, all of which are used in Ayruvedic traditions to soothe tension. 


Along with the CBD/THC combo, another ingredient in the REWIND salve that helps relieve sore muscles is turmeric. There is a lot of research showing turmeric has antioxidant properties. These properties are believed to allow turmeric to help relieve inflammation — which is often the root cause of discomfort and tension within the body. 

Unfortunately, turmeric is known for not being easily absorbed into the body. That’s where our next ingredient comes in handy. 

Black Pepper

Studies have shown that black pepper can help increase the absorption of turmeric by as much as 2000%. The plant compound in black pepper is known as piperine. It’s piperine that can help turmeric absorb into the body. 

As well as allowing the other ingredients in the salve to be more readily absorbed, black pepper has been used for centuries in traditional medicine as an analgesic in its own right.


Cloves are another ingredient that is packed full of antioxidants. They are the dried flower buds of the clove plant that have been used in cooking and traditional medicine for a very long time. Their antioxidant properties fight free radicals that can damage cells, preventing them from building up and causing damage.

Final Thoughts

When used alongside soothing massage techniques and gentle stretching, a cannabis salve can work wonders to support your body’s natural wellbeing. 

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DIY Chocolate-Berry Smoothie

Summer is right around the corner. Which is why we decided to share one of our favorite summer recipes, it’s Chocolate-Berry Smoothie time! This deliciously refreshing smoothie is inspired by one of our favorite food bloggers, Marie Reginato. 

What you’ll need: 

½ frozen banana

1 cup frozen blueberries or berries 

1 tsp-tbsp cacao powder

½ cup almond milk (I prefer New Barn)

1 tbsp almond butter

1 tbsp flax powder

Pinch of cinnamon

Handful of fresh bananas, blueberries, raspberries, 

Coconut shavings 

1-2 tbsp cacao nibs (optional)




Step 1: Blend banana, frozen fruit, cacao powder, almond milk, almond butter, flax powder, and pinch of cinnamon


Step 2: Pour smoothie out into a bowl


Step 3: Top smoothie with fresh fruit, coconut shavings, cacao nibs, and if you’d like, add another tbsp of almond butter on top. 

Step 4: Enjoy! Give @marie.reginato a follow on IG and we highly recommend checking out her book, “Alternative Vegan.” The book is filled with yummy, amazing healthy plant based recipes that break the rules! 

PRIDE Rainbow Smoothie

Pride Rainbow Smoothie

In honor of PRIDE month, we’ve decided to share this scrumptious rainbow smoothie recipe. It’s a perfect summer smoothie, filled with healthy organic fruits and veggies to keep you cool and hydrated.

What you’ll need: 

  1. Bowl for each color
  2. Small spoon
  3. Blender
  4. Red layer – ½ cup raspberries, 3 strawberries 
  5. Orange layer – 1 orange, ½ banana, 2 raspberries (can add a few inches of carrot to make more orange)
  6. Yellow layer – 3 rounds or 6 squares of pineapple, 2 tablespoons of White Mountain Bulgarian Yogurt
  7. Green layer – 2 kiwis, handful of green kale or spinach 
  8. Blue layer – ½ banana, 2 squares of pineapple, 1 teaspoon of blue spirulina 
  9. Purple layer – ½ cup blueberries, 2 tablespoons of White Mountain Bulgarian Yogurt

Pride Rainbow SmoothieDirections: 

  1. Wash fruit thoroughly 
  2. Optional: place fruit in freezer until frozen. You can use unfrozen fresh fruit. I chose to freeze the fruit because I prefer the texture and consistency of frozen fruit once blended.
  3. Place all ingredients for each layer in a separate bowl.
  4. Blend ingredients for each layer separately. Remember to rinse the blender between each layer. 
  5. Pour each layer back into their individual bowl
  6. Scoop small spoonfuls of each layer and gently drop them into a glass, starting from the edges/side of the glass. 
  7. Happy PRIDE month! Enjoy!!

Rainbow colored fruit smoothie

A Life Rooted in Wellness: Daily Rituals

From work, to kids, to travel, each and every day can be challenging and different. Despite this, there are a few things that should always remain the same. Your daily rituals.

A ritual is defined as an act or series of acts regularly repeated in a set precise manner. For many of us, a ritual is the perfect way to carve out some much needed “me” time. Whether that be at the beginning or end of our day, a ritual is something that helps us remain grounded in our ever-changing lives.

Every day we carry out rituals and routines. With rituals, we are fully focused and perform them with intent. Routines on the other hand, can be performed without much thought. What’s great, is that rituals and routines vary from person to person. We are defined as individuals by how we carry out our daily lives. From sunup to sundown, rituals are the key to starting and ending your day with intent.

Starting every day on the right foot with a morning ritual is a great way to lay the foundation for a successful and fulfilling day. Some common rituals include reading, yoga, meditation, catching up on news, and creating to-do lists, along with many other activities. The best part about rituals is that they mean something different to everyone. And it is these differences that define who we are.

Sometimes, just getting the day started can be difficult. If you’re like many of us, it might take you some time to wake up in the morning. If this is true, consider adding GO for energy into your morning ritual. GO provides a natural, plant-based alternative to coffee that will help you find the focused energy you need to start your day.

Just as you begin your day, end your day with the same intent. Whether it’s making sure that you take care of your body or incorporating a wellness regime to your ritual, having a game plan is crucial. Long days, stress, and strenuous physical activity can leave your body feeling worn out and searching for relief. Adding REWIND into your nightly ritual can help relieve those occasional aches and pains that can come from sore muscles and joints. Whether it’s completing a fitness routine, finishing a chapter in a book, or just simply cooking dinner; you can switch the gears from a hectic day to one of relaxation.

Taking steps to ensure you get a great night’s sleep is one of the best ways to take care of yourself. Your nightly ritual should always encompass a bedtime routine to take advantage of every minute of sleep. Sleep is one of the most commonly overlooked forms of self-care, yet it is the most important. Isn’t it time you found a great way to catch those well-earned Z’s? STOP for sleeping  is the perfect addition to your bedtime ritual. Composed of ingredients traditionally used in Ayurveda for sweet serenity and great night’s sleep, STOP is a delight to the senses and a natural way to end your day.

As the world speeds around us, our rituals are what keep us grounded and focused in our goals and wellness. Keeping consistent rituals will help you find clarity and direction, while also giving you something to look forward to each and every day.