I saw this in Colombia everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE. While weed and cocaine are both illegal I assume by the sheer amount of coca/ marijuana ointments, it could, perhaps, be okay to sell these ointment rubs. Then again, perhaps not. Being an ointment enthusiast and self-proclaimed badass, I had to try it. I ended up buying it for $1USD (gringo price- usually it's around half of that).
According to the product packet, it was made from:
20 grams of marijuana
20 grams of coca
20 grams of nettle
20 grams of crystallised menthol
10 grams of guaiacol
10 grams of salicylate
10 grams of camphor
It is supposed to be good for: circulation of blood, veins, varicose veins, swelling, cramps, cough, cold, flu, rheumatic fever, sinusitis, ear pain, bad urine, muscle pain, bronchitis, arthritis, rheumatism. Everything, no?
From the packet it looked as though it would be pretty similar to tiger balm (a popular Chinese ointment) but with a twist. Either way, it had a lot to live up to.
The ointment was a greenish tinge, it had an almost jelly like consistency, a little less thick than tiger balm.
It smells like a kind of weak menthol rub and perhaps, just perhaps it has a whiff of a plant.. but I’m not sure what kind of plant.
When you rub it on your skin it does not heat up like tiger balm, in fact, it doesn’t really do anything at all. I waited and waited for something to happen which never did. No muscle relief, nothing.
Would I buy it again? No
Did it work? Again, no.
Am I glad I tried it? Yes.
Our local intel told us that we would be lucky if they even waved marijuana over the top of it.
Basically, I’ll stick to my tiger balm.