Everyday aches and pains can be debilitating to live with and even harder to address. Embarking on a self care journey in search of the perfect treatment to alleviate these painful inconveniences feels equally as overwhelming. After a quick web search of, “how to deal with aches and pains,” search engines typically recommend a slew of pages reading, “11 ways to.. this” or “Top 10 tips for.. that.” But where is the relief?
Evidently, there are lots of ways to deal with lingering, chronic pains. To understand how to combat pain, we must first gauge the severity of the pain and the point of origin. At which point, there are any number of fast acting and long lasting forms of pain management to choose from. In my most recent review, I explored CBD rubs — a form of topical treatment that utilizes CBD to activate cannabinoid receptors on the surface of the skin to isolate local pains and suppress inflammation. While rubs, oils and topical creams are effective— they’re also expensive.
So, my partner and I tried our hands at another approved method of relaxation and pain relief — CBD soaks. We had the pleasure of soaking with Oshihana’s Sexual Wellness and Recovery CBD Soak.
Oshihana is a premium skin care line based out of Portland, Oregon. The company devotes their business model entirely to the preservation and welfare of sexual wellness and recovery.
Oshinana’s dispensaries are primarily located in Western Oregon, with one interior location in Ontario. However, their entire product line, beside their topicals, are available for purchase online. In fact, the company developed the CBD + CBG Sex Oil and Golden Glitter Hemp Bath Soak as an alternative to Oshihana’s THC-infused topicals, which only Oregonians can purchase.
The CBD Bath Soak’s Make Up
The company’s sexual wellness and recovery CBD bath soak uses 100% certified organic and plant-based ingredients. The packaging suggests that the blend is completely safe for bodies, tubs, and, moreover, the environment.
The active ingredient list comprised of: epsom salt, Himalayan pink salt, baking soda, jojoba oil, tea tree essential oil, Virginia cedarwood essential oil, full-spectrum hemp, sweet orange essential oil, goldenseal, Oregon grape and BioGlitz (biodegradable glitter). Oshihana prides themselves on being entirely paraben, sulfate, emulsifier, fragrance, GMO, phthalate, petroleum and silicone free. That makes them a safe and sustainable product for all ages and skin types.
Oshihana uses full-spectrum hemp derived from Oregon-grown hemp in this blend. The hemp oil formula used in the soak contains CBD and CBG. Studies show that the non-psychoactive cannabinoids promote relaxation, and ease pain and inflammation. The cannabinoids act as vasodilators, meaning that they open up all the cardiovascular channels, and promote improved blood flow, thereby lowering blood pressure, according to the Oshihana online FAQs.
Aside from the cannabinoids, the soak also contains epsom salt. Epsom salt soaks paired with therapeutic herbs and oils are proven home-remedies for relieving stiff joints and promoting muscle relaxation.
.395 mg of CBD
$20 per package
Each package contains 1 cup of bath soaks. The company suggests consumers add half cup of soak to a bath, which means each bag contains enough for two individual experiences.
Because we are still in the early stages of CBD product lines, regulations and verifiable research are limited for such products. However, Oshihana’s COA for each product is available to the public, without request. Independent labs report on the cannabinoid, terpene, and contaminant profile of the products to verify that Oshinhana is within regulations of the Industrial Hemp bylaw. As such, it contains less than .3% THC by weight.
Neither the packaging nor website advertise the cannabinoid content for either CBD or CBG. At $20 per 1 cup package, the only way to confirm such statistics is by reading through the Certificate of Analysis (COA).
The COA confirmed the soak contained .0076% THC and was composed of a full-spectrum blend because of the trace cannabinoids present. Those include: CBDA, CBVA, CBGA, and CBC. The COA confirmed that the soak also consisted of 0.0395% CBD or .395 mgs, which was consistent with marketing.
The Hemp Soak Review
Without diving too deep into details, my partner and I shared a bath using the Sexual Wellness and Recovery Soak. After we added a half cup of the bath soak to the hot tub, we were pleasantly surprised with the BioGlitz’s aesthetics and the pungent aroma of the Cedarwood and Sweet Orange.
Our experiences were satisfying, and we both agreed that we’d use this product again. In reflection, however, it was hard to differentiate between the relaxation from the full-spectrum hemp, epsom salt, blend of therapeutic spices or the warm water. All of the listed factors above contributed to pain alleviation and relaxation we felt. But none stood out as the clear defining factor, nor was the relief any more substantial than a regular soak. The glitter was completely plant-based and biodegradable, which was a cool added effect. The soak fizzled upon initial contact with the water and the glitter seemingly separated from the salts.
We both left our tub feeling refreshed and relaxed. But we did not know how much the soak truly helped. For $20 for two baths, it’s a fair price for an afternoon of self care with my partner, especially when individual bath bombs or soaks can cost $20.
I may have limited experience with hemp soaks but it didn’t feel that much different than a typical bath. Perhaps it had so little CDB that it wasn’t substantial enough to notice.
Nevertheless, Oshihana’s commitment to all-natural products and transparency about the testing process gives them a major advantage in my book. I recommend their sexual wellness and recovery CBD bath soak to anyone looking for a peaceful night of relaxation with their partner.