Smell (Irrelevant to effects)
Earth Medicine Recover MicroCBD Muscle & Joint Gel is embossed with the world “menthol” on the front label, and that is exactly what your senses experience upon opening the lid, but that’s not all. The menthol expertly combines with the underlying woody, floral scent (most likely attributed by ingredients wholesome like camphor bark, chamomile, and basil) to create a unique, pleasant, yet bold aroma. The smell does seem to fade away after 10-15 minutes, and it’s not nearly as harsh as many drugstore mentholatum rubs, so it could be used rather discreetly while you’re on the go.
Taste (Irrelevant to effects)
The directions read “For external use only. Do not take internally.” We wouldn’t suggest ingesting, and it probably doesn’t taste great.
This muscle and joint rub is actually a “gel” as opposed to many other “cream” or “salve” style products. The consistency is unique—thin and delicate, similar to a premium hair gel without the sticky. It spreads well, and a fingertip amount easily covered an entire inner and outer-elbow area. Best of all, the golden gel is immediately absorbed by the skin, leaving behind no residue, oil, or glossy sheen.
Effects (Onset, Duration, Intensity)
We had the pleasure of sampling this product against several different muscle and joint related ailments, including a swollen, arthritic elbow, a twisted knee, and even sore and inflamed muscles in the back. Each time, the onset was about the same, and the near instant effects is one of the biggest attributes of Earth Medicines Recover Gel. After applying only a small amount of the product, menthol, camphor, and other soothing ingredients almost immediately help numb soreness within the joints or muscles. Though the immediate effects may be described as only “blunting” the pain, any level of relief from joint is usually welcomed.
When we used this gel on an arthritis-ridden elbow, the relief continued to increase over a span of 20 minutes. By this point, we assume the CBD had taken effect, because most range of motion was regained and only a dull soreness remained when the arm was fully extended.
For the sore knee, the effects were similar. The gel provided some immediate relief from discomfort and extended into nearly complete relief. The severity of the knee injury didn’t allow for any movement, and the tester still could not walk without assistance, but the level of relief while at rest was notable.
For relieving mild upper back pain, this gel was superb. It almost instantly lifted all traces of discomfort, improved range of motion in the shoulder. After 20 minutes, it was as if all swelling and tightness had never existed. For every tester, reapplication was necessary after 3-5 hours and depended entirely on the severity of the pain.
Best used for
This Recover Muscle and Joint Gel is most appropriate for sore muscles and joints, and may be a suitable option for all ranges of pain and discomfort. This gel provides CBD through MicroCBD technology, or cannabidiol molecules that are miniaturized until they become water soluble. This approach is used in the creation of some pharmaceuticals and is said to boost the bioavailability, or the amount of CBD the body can use, of the product. This may help provide relief from more severe discomfort and helps ensure that the CBD you apply is more efficiently utilized by the body. This product can be applied virtually anywhere relief is needed, but shouldn’t be applied near open orifices, as the menthol can be uncomfortable when used internally.
Best used with (Complimentary Product)
This relief gel works very well on its own, especially to provide relief from mild to moderate muscle related discomfort. For more severe concerns, or recurring muscle and joint pain, it may be more effective when combined with a systemic CBD products, like a CBD tincture. Earth Medicine also offers Ease MicroCBD Natural CBD Drops that can be taken by mouth alongside this topical for added, prolonged, or preventative relief.
As we mentioned, we tried both varieties of Earth Medicine’s MicroCBD Muscle and Joint Gel, and both products are exactly the same. The only difference between the two is the size of the container (2 ounces or 4 ounces) and a small difference in price point. A small amount of this product goes a long way, so for those who only need occasional relief the 2 oz. container holds 200mg of CBD and costs $40, or $0.20 per milligram. For more frequent users (or to save a bit of money), you can opt for the 4 oz. container, which holds 400mg of CBD and costs $70, or approximately $0.18 per milligram. This means that Earth Medicine’s Recover gel falls into a middle price range, between products like SeaBeDee Muscle and Joint Relief Cream at $0.12 per milligram and Hemp Bombs Pain Freeze CBD Topical Rub at $0.30 per milligram.
There are multiple other CBD products on the market that are geared towards providing joint and muscle related relief, but none quite compare to the “clean cut” consistency of this product. Plus, this gel packs all the punch of a menthol-based product, without the overwhelmingly minty smell. Further, this product utilizes “MicroCBD” technology, or miniaturized CBD molecules that may be more bioavailable for our bodies, which may not be so easy to find from other brands.
If you’re looking for another “gel” product to help you achieve this relief, Nature’s Script Hemp Extract Cryotherapy Pain Relief CBD Gel is an option. This Cryotherapy Gel offers a clear-your-sinuses amount of menthol, less botanical ingredients, and comparable effects, but has a slightly thicker consistency and a slightly higher price point.
Earth Medicine Recover
Muscle & Joint Gel
Dr. Pacheco MD Recommended
Ingredients: Organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Hemp Oil (CBD), Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Menthol Crystals, Capsicum Fruit Oleoresin, White Camphor Bark Oil, Sweet Basil Leaf Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Roman Chamomile Flower Oil, German Chamomile Flower Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Citronella Oil, Eucalyptus Leaf Oil, Helichrysum Flower Oil, Ginger Root Oil, Pink Grapefruit Peel Oil, Juniper Berry Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Peppermint Oil, Pine Needle Oil, Ravensara Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Spearmint Oil, Wild Oregano Oil, Glycerin, Witch Hazel Water, Organic Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate.
Directions: Apply liberally to the affected areas 3-4 times daily as needed. For external use only. Do not take internally. Avoid eye area. If irritation occurs, discontinue use and consult your health-care provider.