Nature's Grace and Wellness Cloud Nine 1:1 CBD/THC Lotion
Ranked 6 of 7 in Topicals for Pain Relief
Activation time: 4/5
Overall score: 4
Head High Medium/High
Body High Medium/High
Blair reports that she always enjoys her trips to MOCA – Modern Cannabis Dispensary in Logan Square. As the name suggests, this multi-location dispensary takes a very artsy approach to dealing legal weed.
A massive, sprawling establishment, MOCA is staffed with knowledgable budtenders, and Blair received quick, friendly service. The product itself is reasonably convenient — it looks like an average natural topical, and it isn’t emblazoned with cannabis leaves or anything else that would immediately reveal that the Nature’s Grace and Wellness Cloud Nine 1:1 CBD/THC Lotion contains cannabinoids.
As a water-based topical, the Cloud Nine 1:1 CBD/THC Lotion absorbs quickly, boosting its convenience. Unscrewing the lid of a topical tub, dipping in your finger, and rubbing the lotion into your skin isn’t the easiest thing to do in the car or in public, however.
Blair really liked the aroma of the Nature’s Grace and Wellness Cloud Nine 1:1 CBD/THC Lotion, but she did remark that it might be a bit strong for those who generally prefer milder scents.
After rubbing the Nature’s Grace and Wellness Cloud Nine 1:1 CBD/THC Lotion into her skin and allowing it to fully absorb, she felt the effects of this water-based Illinois cannabis topical within around 10 minutes. She was pleasantly surprised by the Cloud Nine Lotion’s fast activation time.
It’s important to very clearly point out that the Cloud Nine Lotion is a water-based topical, not a balm or salve. As a result, it absorbs quickly without leaving any greasy residue behind.
With 200mg of cannabinoids dispersed throughout two ounces of lotion, the Nature’s Grace and Wellness Cloud Nine 1:1 CBD/THC Lotion is reasonably strong when it comes to cannabis topicals. In the view of the BD editorial staff, however, the cannabinoid concentration of most cannabis topicals in Chicago and beyond is lamentably low.
At least in the case of NGW, there’s an excuse — water-based topicals are notoriously difficult to stabilize, making it hard to include high concentrations of cannabinoids. Even if its concentration wasn’t as high as it could have been, Blair still reported that the Cloud Nine Lotion delivered potent effects even when only used in small amounts.
She says that the effects her lotion delivered lasted for around two hours before fading away.
At $50 for a 2oz bottle, the Nature’s Grace and Wellness Cloud Nine 1:1 CBD/THC Lotion could never be called cheap. In fact, it’s one of the most expensive THC topicals available in the Illinois market.
In our view, however, the price might be worth it for chronic pain sufferers who appreciate the fast absorption and potent effects of water-based THC/CBD topicals.
In her video review of the Nature’s Grace and Wellness Cloud Nine 1:1 CBD/THC Lotion, Blair showed how she only uses a small dab of lotion to cover a relatively large surface area of skin. A similar dosage should be sufficient for an average person’s needs.
Nature’s Grace and Wellness was one of Illinois’ first medical cannabis producers. Founded in 2014, this grower helped thousands of people throughout Illinois with conditions that are responsive to cannabis treatment.
Located in Fulton County, Nature’s Grace and Wellness draws from its roots as a medical producer in designing its products. Now available in the recreational market, this brand’s topicals display the same patient-centered focus that made NGW stand apart in the early days of Illinois cannabis.
For Illinois cannabis users seeking a discreet, easy-to-use topical, the Nature’s Grace and Wellness Cloud Nine 1:1 CBD/THC Lotion is a great local option to check out.
While she thought that anyone could benefit from the effects of this pain-relieving, non-intoxicating topical, Blair especially believed that the Cloud Nine Lotion would be fitting for people in pain who want alternatives to mainstream pharmaceutical treatments. We agree with this assessment and would add that NGW’s deep roots in the medicinal qualities of cannabinoids makes this producer likely to convey the benefits of cannabis safely and efficiently.
Blair went on to make one specific recommendation — pair the Cloud Nine Lotion with an indica vape pen before bed for deep, pain-free sleep.
If there’s anything else you’d like to know about the Cloud Nine Lotion from NGW, scan this FAQ for the answers:
Fulton County, Illinois cannabis producer Nature’s Grace and Wellness began life as a medical grower, but this producer now has wide distribution throughout both the medical and recreational cannabis markets in Illinois. Nature’s Grace and Wellness products are not restricted to medical cannabis patients.
It’s unclear exactly how CBD and THC work together in topicals or in any other type of product. On their own, CBD and THC both have clear benefits, but things get muddy when you use both of these cannabinoids at the same time.Limited evidence indicates, for instance, that CBD might modify the neuroreceptors responsible for THC’s intoxicating effects, potentially reducing their scope and intensity. While less applicable to topicals, it’s worth keeping in mind that CBD and THC might interact in unforeseen (if likely harmless) ways any time both of these still-mysterious cannabinoids are ingested in the same product.
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written by Samuel Popejoy, video by Blair Borland