Although labeled as a recovery balm, the CDB Arnica Balm from Floyd’s of Leadville is much more than that. After a few weeks of use, I found it’s my go-to for various aches and pains in my knees. And they’re not all related to cycling, running, lifting, or yoga, as the packaging might suggest. But first, a bit about the product.
This 1.5 ounce jar contains 600mg of CBD oil, along with several other beneficial oils. They include Arnica, ginger, rosemary, and peppermint. Additional ingredients include eucalyptus leaf oil, spearmint oil, cinnamon leaf oil, and about two dozen other oils. Those are just the ones I’m most familiar with. Together, they have a distinctive, but not offensive fragrance.
Simply apply to skin for pain relief. From a sports standpoint, it’s good on bruises, aches and sprains. Note that it’s also effective on insect bites, and chapped lips, which should appeal to those of us that spend time outdoors. Finally, it’s recommended for arthritis and cartilage pain. That last part got my attention, as years of bicycle crashes and generally stupid things have wrecked my knees.
I just put a dab on my fingertip, and rubbed it along my medial collateral ligament, and medial meniscus. That’s the inside of each knee, for those who failed anatomy, or haven’t injured their knees yet. To be fair, I didn’t actually time it, but it seemed like I got relief in 15-30 minutes, depending on my initial pain level. This was after a long day of painting a ceiling, where I was on an off a scaffold for about 8 hours. It’s exactly the sort of activity that makes it so I can’t ride my bike, the pain is that bad.
About the price
Currently, I have a lot of similar projects around my new home, and it’s just rough on my knees. So any relief is welcome, if I want to be able to hike or bike as well. I had been using either Ibuprofen, or Meloxicam for the pain and inflammation. Neither is a viable long-term solution, and one required a visit to the doctor. So there’s the co-pay, prescription cost, and then possible kidney damage and swollen ankles. Compare that to $59 for the 1.5 ounce CBD Arnica Balm, and the choice is easy. I’d easily get at least two months out of that, with zero side effects.
So why Floyd’s?
Prior to trying Floyd’s, I had used a drug store pain relief balm. It was great for sore muscles, but ineffective on joint pain. Then I tried a CBD product that was mostly coconut oil, without all the other essential oils. It provided a bit of relief, but not enough to justify the price. I’m no expert on essential oils, but I’m certain that the combination in the CBD Arnica Balm, along with the CBD itself, makes for a product that works, and works well. If you’ve got soreness and joint pain, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. Check out their full line of products at FloydsofLeadville.com.
Note that I am not a doctor, and this is not medical advice. As always, you should speak with a medical professional about any concerns you have. In my case, the doctor failed to look for the cause of my issue, and wanted to go right to injections, and then surgery. Some basic physical therapy has resulted in corrective improvements. Non-traditional pain relief has also helped considerably.
I’d like to offer a special thanks to Floyd’s of Leadville for providing a sample of their CBD Arnica Balm. It’s made management of my knee pain much safer and more tolerable.