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Feb 01, 2018 10:14AM

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Dahlia Mertens hadn’t planned on opening one of Colorado’s first and leading cannabis topicals companies, but hands-on experience convinced her of opportunity that could not be ignored and that had the potential to help a lot of people.

“I was a massage therapist, and I started infusing massage oil with cannabis to use on my clients. Initially I thought it would just make for a more relaxing massage, but to my surprise my clients began reporting back to me of chronic pain and health issues being alleviated,” says Mertens, who founded Mary Jane’s Medicinals in 2009 in Telluride.

Another discovery from her massage practice was more surprising: Her clients weren’t getting high from the oil. The THC didn’t pass into the bloodstream through the skin. “That’s why people are really excited about topicals. It means anybody can access the healing properties of cannabis, without experiencing the psychoactive effects. We’ve got a whole lot of right-wing conservatives who didn’t want anything to do with marijuana now rubbing this stuff all over their bodies,” she explains.

Available in medical and recreational dispensaries across Colorado, Mary Jane’s Medicinals Salves, Massage Oil, Body Lotion, and other products are being used by people seeking relief from arthritis symptoms, joint mobility, neuropathy, migraines, cramps, and some skin conditions, Mertens says. “One of our tag lines is, ‘Just put some salve on it,’” she adds with a chuckle. “The products really help speed the healing time for injuries, and a lot of people have also reported back to us that they have been able to dramatically decrease their pharmaceutical intake with use of our topicals.”

In the beginning, Mertens was making her massage oil in her kitchen at home. “I always made it with whole cannabis flower infused into grape-seed oil,” she says. The resulting product includes THC, THC-A, and CBD and other cannabinoids. “I didn’t know about the entourage effect then, but I knew it made a more therapeutic product with all the terpenes and phytochemicals intact.” 

Dahlia Mertens hadn’t planned on opening one of Colorado’s first and leading cannabis topicals compa- nies, but hands-on experience convinced her of oppor- tunity that could not be ignored and that had the po- tential to help a lot of people.

“I was a massage therapist, and I started infusing massage oil with cannabis to use on my clients. Initially I thought it would just make for a more relaxing mas- sage, but to my surprise my clients began reporting back to me of chronic pain and health issues being alle- viated,” says Mertens, who founded Mary Jane’s Medici- nals in 2009 in Telluride.

Another discovery from her massage practice was more surprising: Her clients weren’t getting high from the oil. The THC didn’t pass into the bloodstream through the skin. “That’s why people are really excited about topicals. It means anybody can access the healing properties of cannabis, without experiencing the psychoactive effects. We’ve got a whole lot of right-wing conservatives who didn’t want anything to do with marijuana now rubbing this stuff all over their bodies,” she explains.

Available in medical and recreational dispensaries across Colorado, Mary Jane’s Medicinals Salves, Massage Oil, Body Lotion, and other products are being used by people seeking relief from arthritis symptoms, joint mo- bility, neuropathy, migraines, cramps, and some skin conditions, Mertens says. “One of our tag lines is, ‘Just put some salve on it,’” she adds with a chuckle. “The products really help speed the healing time for injuries, and a lot of people have also reported back to us that they have been able to dramatically decrease their pharmaceuti- cal intake with use of our topicals.”

In the beginning, Mertens was making her massage oil in her kitchen at home. “I always made it with whole can- nabis flower infused into grape-seed oil,” she says. The re- sulting product includes THC, THC-A, and CBD and other cannabinoids. “I didn’t know about the entourage effect then, but I knew it made a more therapeutic product with all the terpenes and phytochemicals intact.”

Mary Jane’s Medicinals infuses two strains of or- ganically grown cannabis— one high THC, one high CBD — into grape-seed oil for five of the six products, and into alcohol for the company’s Topical Tincture.

Mary Jane’s Medicinals Lip Bong, Salve, Body Lo- tion and Massage Oil are made with organic canna- bis, natural plant oils such as sweet almond oil and avocado oil, other healing herbs that work symbiotically with cannabis, and therapeutic grade essential oils-infused grape-seed oil and natural and essential oils. The peppermint-flavored, cannabis-infused lip balm provides lip protection and can be rubbed on the temples for headache relief. The Topical Tincture is a potent, alcohol-based infusion of cannabis and arnica that absorbs rapidly and provides relief for mi- graines, and helps speed the healing time for injuries. The Heavenly Hash Bath combines aromatic herbs with Dead Sea salts and cannabis leaves to create a supremely relaxing and therapeutic soak.

Mary Jane’s Medicinals topical products may not be psychoactive, but some clients do combine them. “Some customers say that using salve goes well with vaping or edibles, it can enhance the effects,” Mer- tens shares. “I’m convinced about the entourage in topicals. It makes for a more therapeutic product.”

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