Here at Greenshoppers, we review some of the best CBD brands in the business. Often, these are brands that are available in the UK for our British readers to try out. However, sometimes a brand becomes so famous and renowned that it changes the industry, and we simply have to review it.
This is the case with Mary’s Medicinals. The brand gets its name from a play on Mary Jane, a popular name for marijuana. As cannabis becomes legalised in the United States, more people are turning to over-the-counter products. Some of these may contain higher quantities of THC, the intoxicating compound within the plant.
In the UK, we are limited to hemp-derived CBD products with barely any THC. Nevertheless, Mary’s Medicinals is a gamechanger in the American CBD market, so we thought we should check it out.
Who Is Mary’s Medicinals?
Lynn Honderd co-founded Mary’s Medicinals some years back, aiming to provide customers with the natural effects of the cannabis plant. The brand collaborates with scientists and doctors in other to create cannabis-derived products that have apparent health benefits for those who consume them. At least, this is the impression you get from the website.
Mary’s Medicinals has been around since 2013, making it an old hand in the industry. The professionalism and expertise shine through in the beautifully designed website and wonderful products. It’s hard to find problems with this brand.
That being said, there isn’t a lot of information on the ‘About’ page. We’re not sure where the cannabis is grown or how the cannabinoids are extracted. It’s still nice to see pictures of the team, though.
Mary’s Medicinals is not your typical CBD brand. First off, many of the products contain various other cannabinoids. On the one hand, this is excellent because it gives consumers complete control over what they want to use. On the other, there is limited research into cannabinoids other than CBD and THC – and scientific knowledge is even thin on the ground when it comes to these two powerhouses.
The brand is best known for its topical and transdermal products. Although Mary’s Medicinals does stock CBD oil, you’re more likely to visit the site if looking for a topical cannabinoid application.
Please note that Mary’s Medicinals is a medical product that contains THC and other cannabinoids. The sister company, Mary’s Nutritionals, stocks standard CBD products made from industrial hemp; these products can be used as food supplements. Mary’s Medicinals, on the other hand, can only be purchased through licensed dispensaries.
Mary’s Medicinals CBD Products
On the website, Mary’s Medicinals breaks the products down into topicals, vapes, and consumables. We broke them down slightly differently in this review.
Mary’s Medicinals CBD Topicals
Mary’s Medicinals is best known for the topical products it sells. These topicals come in a range of strengths and cannabinoid varieties.
- Transdermal Compound: Made with a 100mg blend of THC, CBD, and CBC. The 14g tub is intended as a spot-specific balm that you can apply every four to six hours.
- Muscle Freeze: Alongside cannabinoids, the muscle freeze contains cooling menthol. When applied to aches and pains, the cooling effect helps to relieve pain. You can choose between a 1.5oz product and a 3oz bottle.
- Transdermal Patch: The 2×2 inch patch can be applied to specific areas where you have problems. It slowly releases cannabinoids over 8-12 hours for long-lasting relief. Mary’s Medicinals lists the product as THC Sativa, but you can purchase it in CBD, 1:1 CBD:THC, CBN, and THCa varieties, with Sativa and Indica options available.
- Transdermal Gel Pen: The gel pen can be used to accurately apply small amounts of topical cannabinoid gel. The pen format means you don’t have to get the product on your hands, too. The pens come in CBD, CBN, Indica and Sativa options.
Mary’s Medicinals CBD Vapes
Mary’s Medicinals offer a few vaping options. The first is the Distillate Vape Kit. It includes a top of the range vaporizer with an adjustable voltage battery and which displays battery life and draw time. The other part of the kit is the cartridges, available with 500mg of THC, 3:1 CBD:THC, and CBN. Unfortunately, Mary’s Medicinals does not say whether these vapes contain propylene glycol – this is important information that should be available to consumers.
You can top up using the Distillate Vape Carts. These are just cartridges that you can purchase in the same varieties as listed above.
Finally, Mary’s Medicinals sells the PAX ERA Pods Distillate Vape. It’s designed to work with the popular PAX vaporiser, but is essentially just a Mary’s Medicinals cartridge. This time, Mary’s notes that the product is free of propylene glycol.
Mary’s Medicinals CBD Oils
Mary’s Medicinals refers to its CBD tinctures as The Remedy. The tinctures are a full-spectrum hemp extract suspended in a sweet almond oil. It tastes better than most commercially available CBD oils! Mary’s has also added in myrrh (a hormone balancer) and some cinnamon oil for added taste. Each 0.5oz bottle contains 250 servings.
You can get The Remedy with 500mg CBD, 1000mg CBD, 1000mg THC, a 1:1 ratio of each, or a CBN:CBD blend.
Mary’s Medicinals CBD Capsules
Just like standard capsules, Mary’s Medicinals sells vegan capsules with 5mg of CBD (or CBN) in each. Interestingly, the capsules are only available in California.
Mary’s stocks the capsules in a 5-pack, 10-pack, and a 30-pack. The 5-pack seems more like a tester size for patients to try out.
Mary’s Medicinals Pros
- Very well-researched products.
- Products are lab tested by chemists in-house (although, some consumers like to see third-party testing).
- A decorated company with numerous awards, including the 2014 Invention of the Year Award and 2017 Most Valuable Brand Award.
- Works with a number of other charities and organisations.
Mary’s Medicinals Cons
- Only available in select dispensaries, meaning you might not be able to access these products near you.
- A relatively small range of products.
Final Thoughts on Mary’s Medicinals
Mary’s Medicinals is different from most of the brands we review here at Greenshoppers. You can’t purchase these products online, or indeed anywhere in the UK. This brand is committed to bringing medical cannabis to those who can benefit from it, but unfortunately, you have to live in a select area where medical marijuana is legal.
We think Mary’s Medicinals is doing a great job of changing opinions about cannabis. Rather than selling products to get ‘high,’ these products show that cannabis has a lot of use and a potential place in the medical industry. Who knows what the future holds for this market?
For now, you can access hemp-derived products through the Mary’s Nutritionals online store. It’s the same brand with the same excellent ethos, but no THC.