Travel is full of so many joys: the freedom from home-based routines, the illumination of new histories and cultures, the pleasure of making new friends. But travel can be full of frustration, as well: transportation challenges, money issues, communication problems, and aches and pains.


Lately, I’ve packed Jacana Releaf Balm in my carry-on for those moments when the combination of carrying bags, uncomfortable hotels beds, and torturous airplane seats make me feel achy and not like my adventurous self.


The company uses natural ingredients to create its help-derived CBD products, guaranteeing no THC, chemicals, or other banned substances. The products are free of animal components, phthalates, sulphate detergents, mineral oil, synthetic color and fragrance, GMOs, parabens, and animal testing. The Releaf Balm contains organic virgin coconut oil, organic beeswax, full-spectrum Jamaican CBD extract, vitamin E oil, and natural aroma oils (depending on whether it’s a lemongrass formulation or cinnamon and nutmeg formunation).


One of the things that makes this product great for travel is that it’s a balm. That makes it show up as a solid in security screening, unless you’re in a hot destination. In cases like that, when I don’t have room to include it with my carry-on liquids, I put the jar in a cool spot overnight—before my flight.


Prior to using Releaf Balm, I wasn’t very familiar with using topical CBD for pain management, so I checked with a trusted source, Jackie Bryant. Her 2021 Uproxx article covers some quality CBD topical balms and lotions, but most importantly, it gives some pointers on what to look for. Among those things are: dosing (at least 300 mg of CBD per two ounces of product), sourcing (organic), and full-spectrum vs. broad-spectrum CBD. Each 1-ounce jar of Releaf Balm contains 1,000 mg of full-spectrum organic Jamaican CBD extract.


Releaf Balm comes in two scents: cinnamon and nutmeg, and lemongrass. It lists for $70 on the Jacana site.

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