This CBD Body Balm Is the Only Thing That Relieves My Chronic Back Pain (and I’ve Tried *Everything*)

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I had always heard people complain about creaky bones and stiff backs with age, but I didn’t expect it to hit me for years. I mean, I’ve only just turned 30, but sometimes I’d swear I was double that.

I’ve been active most of my life going from soccer practice to dance lessons to cheerleading competitions and back to softball (sorry, Mom), and never had any issues beyond an ankle sprain or two. It wasn’t until I moved to New York in my late 20s that I started to feel a bit wonky. In an effort to save money in any way possible, I picked up running for a weekly workout, supplemented by a few Pilates classes here and there. But it turns out that my flat feet coupled with the fact that I was carrying a way-too-heavy tote to and from work every day were the perfect recipe for a pinched nerve in my back and subsequent shooting pain down the back of my right leg.

If you’ve ever dealt with sciatica (a condition caused by a herniated disk or bone spur in the spine that puts pressure on the nerve) you know the deal. From sleeping to standing to sitting to walking, everything is painful—and there’s no one treatment path that works the same way for everyone. For me, some days it’s a dull ache in my lower back and others it’s pain so intense that I can’t move until I painfully roll out my legs on a foam roller. Oh, and my newfound love of running? Well, I could forget about that for the foreseeable future.

Over the next few years, I tried everything possible to alleviate the pain and spent a lot of money on co-pays in the process. From month-long stints in physical therapy to a trial of the Theragun to relieve muscle tension to anti-inflammatories to acupuncture to sports massages, nothing I was doing seemed to do the trick. Until I happened upon a CBD rub that literally erased my pain: Beboe Therapies High Potency CBD Balm. I’m not kidding, it was better than all the Advil in the world. And, for the record, I’ve tried many other CBD balms, but none with results this good.

Made with 750 mg of hemp-derived CBD, it helps to decrease inflammation and ease pain and tension in a matter of minutes. Bonus: The herbs and hemp terpenes give it a seriously amazing smell. I massaged a bit of the balm on my lower back and its nutrient-rich oils melted into my skin, leaving it hydrated and my back pain-free. Was I cured? Not necessarily, but even a few hours of pain relief were enough to keep me coming back for more. I attribute the soothing benefits to the fact that Beboe Therapies’ balm is made with one of the highest levels of CBD on the market when compared to other popular brands like Lord Jones and Plant People, which use lower doses of 200 mg and 450 mg, respectively. Plus it doesn’t hurt that Beboe uses luxurious ingredients (like squalene and sea buckhorn) that work wonders for skin on their own.

Now with a steady routine of stretching, foam rolling, Beboe Therapies CBD massages when I start to feel the dull ache creeping in and occasional acupuncture sessions, I feel like a 20-something-year-old, before the whole sciatica situation. And while I’m definitely no doctor (also sorry, Mom), it’s been the combo that has gotten me back to running and moving around without feeling double or triple my age.

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