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Product Review: Peak Extracts

Product Review: Peak Extracts

Thanks to the unexpected exigencies of my new 100% work-from-home lifestyle and the daily stressors of living through a pandemic, the tension in my neck and shoulders have achieved code red status. Hours hunched over a keyboard, cringing while listening to the news, and dragging myself through yet another online workout have all taken their toll.

Fortunately for me, Peak Extracts’ line of pain-relieving Rescue Rubs (which include two 125 mg formulas- one CBD and the other CBDa with 100% Hawaiian hemp, as well as a 175 mg formula) have a silky consistency that absorbs well without a greasy finish. Each rub emits a citrusy, herbaceous scent that perfectly masks hemp’s trademark musty odor. The ingredients list is all-natural, without any confusing additives, and the company’s manufacturing process shows a commitment to sustainable practices. But does this stuff work?

With oils such as lavender, lemongrass, cinnamon, and bergamot in Peak Extract’s trademark 12-herb blend, their line of Rescue Rubs provide an aromatherapeutic experience in addition to an analgesic one. I’ve been applying these rubs individually throughout the day up to an hour or so before bed and the achy, frozen feeling in my neck and shoulders has significantly reduced.

The 175 mg formula seems to take effect the fastest and last the longest, but I have experienced some degree of relief with all of them. I have even taken to keeping the jars of Rescue Rub by my computer, on my bathroom counter, and on my nightstand to help me remember to use them consistently. Peak Extracts’ Rescue Rubs absorb the fastest and smell the best of any I’ve tried thus far, and as long as I remember to reapply every four hours or so, I am virtually pain-free. I couldn’t have happened upon them at a better time.

The Peak Extract Story

Kate and Katie started Peak in 2014, but by then Katie had already been a medical patient for nearly ten years, and had been making Single-Strain Chocolates to control symptoms of her Crohn’s disease for most of that time. She discovered that specific strains of cannabis were of great help but others didn’t do much good or had unwanted side effects. Her goal was to be able to control both the dosage and the effects of cannabis administration, in a time where both were commonly left to chance. When we started the company in 2014, the goal was to provide the same custom-tailored edibles experience to Oregon medical market. They transitioned to the adult use market in 2016 and were one of the first edibles processors licensed in Oregon. Katie’s college friend Veronica joined the team in 2016 as well, bringing her legal and regulatory experience to the company.

Our CEO and Founder, Katie, is also a Chinese herbalist.  She maintains an acupuncture and herbal medicine practice in Portland that she’s had since 2010. She created the formula for Rescue Rub based on a topical herbal combination for blunt force trauma and inflammation that was written more than 2,000 years ago.  She used it in her practice to treat arthritis and muscle pain, then when Peak was formed she modified the formula by adding cannabis oil.  We have reports of it helping with everything from neuropathy to muscle strains to healing tattoos.  The other herbs in the formula synergize with the THC, a known analgesic, and create a stronger topical that is absorbed faster into the tissues.  It takes about 5 minutes to take effect and lasts about 4 hours.  We’ve found it to be invaluable for people who need pain relief but are worried about psychoactive effects.

Julie Aitcheson

Julie Aitcheson

Julie Aitcheson is a freelance writer who has had articles published in Echo Quarterly, Communities Magazine (formerly Talking Leaves Magazine), Isabella, and All Things Girl. She received a full fellowship to the 2013 Stowe StoryLabs and won second place in the 2014 San Miguel Writers’ Conference nonfiction writing competition. She has published two young adult novels and is currently at work on her next book.


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