Mary’s Medicinals has been a staple among wellness-oriented cannabis consumers for nearly a decade, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that their hemp-derived products are just as high-quality. The branding is sleek and minimal, which accurately reflects the utilitarian nature of their products. All of Mary’s Nutritionals’ products use full-spectrum hemp extract for holistic effects. Unlike isolate-based products that can feel one-note, Mary’s Nutritionals’ offer a nuanced experience.
For this Mary’s Nutritionals review, we tested the Muscle Freeze, Elite Transdermal Patch, and Remedy Tincture. Compared to another topical titan in this space, Papa & Barkley, Mary’s Nutritionals products were more beginner-friendly and universally palatable in both flavor and scent. While the muscle freeze and tincture weren’t quite as powerful as Papa & Barkley’s comparable products, the transdermal patch was surprisingly effective even when we failed to use it as directed. Also like Papa & Barkley’s products, Mary’s Nutritionals’ are affordably priced in the sense you get what you pay for: legitimate quality.
In short, these products are perfect for people who want all the potent, full-spectrum effects of high-CBD hemp plants but not the potently herbal smell or taste.
Overall, Mary’s Nutritionals is a solid brand for newcomers to hemp-derived CBD. Between the well-crafted, cinnamon-flavored Remedy Tincture to the Muscle Freeze with its immediate effects and sleek packaging, these products are easily on par with the best in the industry. Mary’s Nutritionals' CBD products—particularly the Elite Transdermal Patch—offer both discretion and potent effects, which can sometimes be a hard combination to come by. The only downside: the limited selection of products might be underwhelming for experienced or high-tolerance CBD consumers. But if you’re looking to relieve mild aches and pains or make your own $10 CBD latte at home on the cheap, these products will deliver.
While all of the products deliver relief in some form, the muscle freeze is the clear winner. The inoffensive smell might delude you into thinking it can’t be that effective, but after the intensely satisfying cooling sensation dissipates, you’re left with nothing but relaxed muscles. It’s basically a good hour-long hot tub soak in a bottle.
Mary’s Nutritionals Muscle Freeze
I decided to try the muscle freeze after a particularly strenuous bike ride that left me all kinds of tense and hunched-over. I rubbed a nickel-sized amount of the freeze on my middle back and immediately the menthol went to work chilling my muscles into arctic territories. The packaging looks high-end and discreet, making it a perfect addition to any gym bag. And because it doesn’t smell like weed at all, you can apply this muscle freeze in a public setting without fear of broadcasting your love of cannabinoids. Don’t let the $30 per little 1.5-ounce bottle price tag scare you off—you get what you pay for, which is quality in this case.
Functionality-wise, the packaging makes it easy to dole out the right amount of product and the topical consistency is just liquid enough to make it easily spreadable. I was low-key shocked by how quickly my skin absorbed it — no sticky aftermath or gunked-up shirts to worry about here — but it was certainly more of a gel than a cream as advertised. The scent was so mild, I was skeptical it would have the potency I’ve grown to like with products that more obviously scream weed, but an hour later, the cool sensation faded to reveal a noticeably calmer back. I could see this muscle freeze coming in handy in a variety of situations from long hikes and gym sessions to road trips and uncomfortable flights.
As the first brand to create and actively market a cannabis-infused transdermal patch, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Mary’s Nutritionals’ transdermal patch is excellent. Even though the packaging directs you to apply it to a venous area so you can absorb the full-spectrum hemp extract, I slapped one patch on my back after I pulled some hard-to-reach muscle doing pilates. Hours later, it was like I’d received a deep-tissue massage. At $7 per patch, this product is affordable in the sense that you’re unlikely to find another CBD transdermal patch with the same effectiveness. I also appreciate its strong adhesive abilities; there’s nothing worse than applying a patch only to have it flap off an hour later, and this one held on tight even after I showered with it.
These patches are surprisingly effective for how unassuming they look and how discreet they are to use. My main gripe with these patches is that they only come in one skin color: tan. As a perpetually bronzed white person, this patch didn’t stand out on my skin any more than an erroneously named “flesh-colored” bandaid. But I can imagine this patch being a total eyesore for anyone with remotely dark skin tones — particularly if applied to the wrist as directed. To avoid potential social awkwardness, apply a patch to your wrist at night to help with sleep and apply it to sore spots during the day if you’re still in recovery mode after an ambitious workout.
Mary’s Nutritionals’ Remedy Tincture might’ve been my least favorite of the products I tested, but it’s also the one I’m most likely to recommend to beginners. It has a strong, cinnamon flavor and almost no cannabis aftertaste, which I imagine most newcomers to hemp products will appreciate. I, however, am mildly allergic to cinnamon and get headaches whenever I consume an overly spiced muffin or chai latte. As a result, I approached this product cautiously and was relieved to experience no adverse effects even after consuming 0.5 ml, or one-half of a dropper.
The effects were not as strong as I’ve come to expect with full-spectrum hemp tinctures, but then again, I’m not sure how much I consumed. The package lists 250mg of hemp extract per bottle and 2mg per drop. If your ideal dose is 4–10mg and you like to add a little tincture to food or beverages, this is the perfect product for you. If you’re like me and prefer to drop at least 30mg of CBD directly into your mouth for fast-acting, sublingual administration, this product is far from ideal. And at $50 per tiny bottle, high-dose CBD consumers are unlikely to find the value in this tincture. But if you’re new to CBD tinctures and don’t plan on consuming more than a few drops at a time, this one would make a perfect addition to your morning coffee.