That winter since we had enough hemp bud to extract but not enough to sell to the commercial markets I started reading about the extracts. The more I studied, the more convinced I became that if a topical rub was formulated right, people suffering from mild arthritis could have an economical choice.
As a young kid I remember my grandfather rubbing his hands in pain all most every night. Kids of that age just don’t understand why someone could not afford the medications that would make life better. But I do now and it is still sad to ask someone to choose between that and food.
I teamed up with a retired pharmacist from Oklahoma City area. We added some natural oils as a complement to the hemp extracts. We pored it into little 2 oz flat tin containers that looked like shoe polish tins. No label no nothing, I handed it out to people around the area both friends and strangers. All most everyone wanted more and where could they buy it.
By the time planting season rolled around the next year it was clear, people loved the simple little balm. The next winter we upgraded to a 2 oz roll-up container and worked out some labeling. I still like the 2 oz tin look. That 1950’s Leave it To Beaver look, but the roll-up is a lot easier to apply.