Whoopi Goldberg has been known for her public support of the marijuana industry. It’s called “Rub: Medical Cannabis Body Balm”. It is used topically to relieve pain, cramping and also joint pain. Some people on the testimonials page stated that the body balm also helped people with MS pain.
Buzzfeed just released Whoopi told BuzzFeed, “You know, if a guy had these cramps, if a guy had this issue, there would be all kinds of shit out there for them. This was done in order to find a way to relieve cramps. So please, try it. If it works for you, tell a friend. If it doesn’t work for you — not to worry — we’ll continue to try and create something that may.” Whoopi also told Vanity Fair that she wanted to create a product that would relieve pain while also not leaving you glued to your couch. The product line was inspired by her adult granddaughters who still suffer from severe menstrual pain.
Whoopi claims that when she went to men in the marijuana industry to develop products specifically for period cramps, they would tell her it was too “niche” of a market. Well, women make up half of the world and this an issue millions of women deal with.
How do people who are facing sobriety feel about a product like this? I’ve read a lot about people struggling with an opioid addiction or any kind- cut off all substances together. Many people practice the mantra, if you are struggling with addiction, you shouldn’t give in to any type of temptation of any sort. However, there are many studies about the addictive properties of THC and health benefits of the chemical.
Many people are currently being treated for opioid addiction with marijuana because there aren’t the same addictive properties. I would like to think that a rub especially formulated for pain that isn’t smoked or inhaled, wouldn’t have the same effect for someone struggling with addiction. It’s a naturally grown substance oil that is used with pain relieving. THC itself is an FDA approved medication.
With anything, moderation is key. Someone with addictive tendencies should practice healthy living in every aspect of their life, be it social media, technology, drugs, or alcohol. Too much of a good thing is a bad thing.
So far these products are only available in California with a medical marijuana license. What do you think about the infiltration of products like these into mass markets? Let us know.
By: Erica T.