Customized Topical CBD Remedies – Plus Your Chance to Win a Prize!



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Guest Post: Pharmacist Judy Lee-Wing, Consultant on Cannabis

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Are you not sure if cannabis (marijuana) is safe to use, but you want to try it for your chronic back, wrist, shoulder, or knee pain? You are not alone. Many people are considering cannabis to relieve chronic pain, inflammation, and stiffness. (Note: Cannabis is legal for medical and recreational use in Canada.)

Be careful. Natural doesn’t mean safe.

For example, it has been reported that a marijuana lollipop having 90 mg of THC caused a 70-year-old man to have a heart attack. He tried it on his own without consulting anyone.

Many pharmaceutical medications are found naturally in plants such as digoxin in the Foxglove plant, quinine in the Chinchona tree, and aspirin in the White Willow bark. Pharmacist Judy advises to “know before you go.”

About Judy

Judy Lee-Wing is a licensed Pharmacist Consultant in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with over 25 years of diverse pharmacy experience including management, caring for people in the community, long-term care, and in the hospital.

Judy is:

  • committed to promoting the safe and appropriate use of medications
  • dedicated to serving others by providing excellent pharmaceutical care
  • interested in collaborating with healthcare providers and others to promote health and wellness

Judy’s story

“I was very skeptical at first, but after having made a topical cannabinoid remedy for my chronic pain, I became convinced of the usefulness and effectiveness of cannabis. I was looking for cannabidiol (CBD) to relieve pain and swelling but was looking for something other than ingesting oils or inhaling or vaping cannabis. I did not want anything affecting my cognitive function, and I wanted something of high quality that worked faster than in two hours. Hence, I made my own topical botanical CBD tincture as I wanted a pharmaceutically elegant, good quality product to use as a rub on the skin or to incorporate into a cream. I chose a tincture as it is alcohol-based rather than oil-based and by nature less greasy, which is my preference.”

– Judy Lee-Wing

What Judy Offers

For a consultation fee, Judy makes topical botanical tinctures, creams, and oils customized for you. Her service includes assessment, medication review, product sampling, and follow up. For a nominal fee, Judy can also safely and professionally incorporate your own CBD oil into an OTC base that is appropriate for you. This would also include follow-up. She will donate a portion of the proceeds to Riverview Health Centre to go towards buying items for the older adults who live there.

As a pharmacist, Judy plays a much-needed role in working to ensure the safe and appropriate use of cannabis. Pharmacists work collaboratively with other healthcare providers to optimize health outcomes. By performing medication reviews and consults, pharmacists can help to identify possible drug-related problems, interactions, side effects, and adverse drug reactions which might occur in combination with existing medications.

NAME THAT MEDICATION CONTEST! We need your help with finding a name for Judy’s products! (see information below for more details on how you could win a $25 Gift Certificate to Tim Horton’s — Canadian residents only). For now, she will use Judy’s Botanical PharmaTincture and Judy’s Botanical PharmaCream.

Judy’s Botanical PharmaTincture is highly effective in relieving pain, inflammation and muscle stiffness. She does not know all of the uses yet, and she is still discovering and eagerly listening to everyone’s amazing stories! The tincture has an alcohol smell which dissipates in less than one minute, leaving a mild, fresh scent. Customized for you, essential oils like lavender can be added as a fragrance and for a combined therapeutic effect. Judy recommends using a moisturizer as needed.

Judy’s Botanical PharmaCream is the botanical tincture (mentioned above) combined with a pharmaceutical over-the-counter (OTC) cream, customized for you. There is no need to reinvent the wheel as these products are highly regulated and have proven therapy. Customization promotes the safe and appropriate use of medications and enhances the optimal relief of pain, swelling, and stiffness. The medicinal ingredients work synergistically to enhance the effectiveness to relieve pain and inflammation.


“This product has helped my son’s back so much. He has two herniated disks. He puts it on before bed & when he wakes he can actually get out of bed without using any assistance (a broom). He saw great relief after three days. Over the years, my husband’s shoulder had a lot of hockey injury issues. He started using it at night & the pain is gone by morning! Amazing product. Thank You, Judy” – K. & G.

Judy’s products have a natural sanitizer

Organic oils and creams, by nature, may contain ingredients which can degrade or go rancid. Additionally, organic oils and creams may be prone to bacterial and mould growth. In Judy’s Botanical PharmaTincture and Botanical PharmaCream, the alcohol in the tincture is a natural sanitizer.

Judy’s specialties

Judy sees cannabinoids as she sees other medications. She has a particular interest in helping those who are curious about using cannabinoids topically for pain, inflammation, and muscle stiffness, particularly:

  • Middle-aged and older adults

Many older adults are sensitive to medications, including cannabis and are already on a complex medication regime. Topical rather than oral medications may help to reduce pill burden.

  • Athletes or former athletes

Athletes are at risk for overuse of pain-relieving medications and opioids. Applying topicals may help to decrease risk.

  • Young adults

Research has shown that the brain is not fully developed until age 25 so youth are especially vulnerable to the effects of cannabis on brain development and function. Topical is preferred over vaping, smoking or ingesting to help to relieve minor pain.

  • Pets

Improved options for pain-relieving topicals for pets.

***Please discuss with your physician, veterinarian, or health care provider prior to use.***


“Judy is awesome! She is very caring, friendly and knowledgeable. Her consult is worth every penny. The tincture works great for the pain in my wrist that has been bothering me for years. Thanks.” – Mike

Some additional points

  • Please consult with a physician prior to using topicals. If medical attention is required, please seek medical attention.
  • Ingesting, smoking, or vaping cannabis is not appropriate in people at risk of psychosis or schizophrenia, cannabis use disorder, or heart conditions.
  • Customized topical CBD remedies including Botanical PharmaTincture and PharmaCream works almost instantly in a lot of cases.
  • Ingesting oil or capsules may take up to 1.5 hours for effect. Your customized remedy works to relieve pain and inflammation before oral kicks in.


Name that remedy contest! We are brainstorming for ideas for a name and need your help!

For now, we are using Judy’s Botanical PharmaTincture and Judy’s Botanical PharmaCream but we are looking for a new name! Submit your wonderful ideas to our “Name that Medication” contest by emailing Judy at The chosen winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to Tim Horton’s. Contest open to Canadian residents only and closes March 31, 2019.


Resource information

1. Health Canada – Cannabis Education Resources.
2. Judy Lee-Wing attends cannabis workshops, conferences, webinars, continually researches the topic on the internet and very importantly, talks to people.

Questions? Please email Judy at, phone or text (204) 488-0812 (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada).


How to Manage Arthritic Pain and Stiffness – A review of Genuine Health’s Fast arthritis pain relief+


Genuine Health FAST arthritis pain relief+

I have been living with osteoarthritis for the past 20 years or so. I come by it honestly, as my grandmother had a bad case of it. Arthritis is a condition of inflammation of the joints. It affects one in six Canadians over the age of 15 and is the number one cause of disability in women (and third in men).

Arthritis, like all diseases and conditions, affects people in different ways. For me, the pressure and stress over the years has resulted in sacroiliac (SI) joint and lower back (lumbar vertebrae) issues. The SI joints  are used to transfer movement from the upper body to the lower body and are especially important when you turn over in bed (see diagram below).

There have been times when I wince in bed, with that dreadful reminder that my SI joints are inflamed. There is usually no specific trigger. Sometimes I think it’s the weather – other times I blame hormones.

I was approached by The Publicist Group to see if I was interested in trying out Genuine Health’s FAST arthritis pain relief+ or one of their other products (FAST joint care+ and FAST pain relief+) The claim was it would help relieve pain in five days (hence, the word FAST in the title). They had other products too, but this one seemed to speak to me. I had used Aleve, Advil and Tylenol in the past. I have also purchased a Lumbar Brace and Tens and an ice pack to help when my SI joint is aggravated.

I have also been to physiotherapists in the past. I have been prescribed exercise programs and the main treatments for my problem is core strengthening and stretching. Yoga has also been recommended. Walking, cycling, gentle exercise on the elliptical, weights, calisthenics and stretches are activities I try to do at least twice weekly. I say “try” because sometimes this isn’t a priority in my life – at least not as big of a priority as I know it should be. When the pain is really bad, I usually find laying down for 10-15 minutes helps relieve my pain.

So, I agreed to try out FAST arthritis pain relief+. I was given a complimentary bottle of 60 tablets. The directions say to take two caplets daily. Information on the bottle states:

image“How does FAST arthritis pain relief+ work?

It contains phytosterols from AvoVida®, a research-based ingredient designed to stimulate the body’s production of joint tissue to improve mobility. It also contains BiovaFlex® natural egg membrane and bromelain to reduce inflammation and improve pain and stiffness in the joints associated with osteoarthritis.”

I found the study the company did and it showed favourable results by an impressive number of people who had tried out the product. I noticed they did not have a placebo group (a group of people who thought they may have been taking the product to be tested but were given a fake pill). There is a certain amount of placebo effect whenever you are given a treatment. If you believe a treatment will help you, the power of the mind will help you achieve the desired results. This is in fact a phenomenon that is currently perplexing to scientists and we have a lot more to learn about the power of the mind and the placebo effect.

imageI decided to document my experience by recording my level of pain each day on a scale of 1-10 (1 being no pain, 10 being excruciating pain).

I knew this may take a few days to take effect, so I was prepared to focus on this for at least a week. I also decided (as in the study) not to take any other pain-relieving medications during the time I took the easy-to-swallow caplets (although there were days I wanted to!).

Overall,  it took me 7 days (not 5 – this product is “research-proven to work in only 5 days”) to feel pain relief. Over the next couple of weeks I had a couple of times where my arthritis flared up and I had to take some Advil to help alleviate the pain. I probably won’t continue to take this FAST on a regular basis, unless I find a huge change in my arthritic pain once I have completed my 3o-day trial.

I would say the FAST caplets are worth trying out. I have seen the cost for this product at $62.00 – 79.99 for 120 caplets (a two-month supply). Sold on Amazon (see links below) and available at other locations.

Here are some other tips on how to cope with arthritis:

  • Ensure good ergonomics when sitting at the computer
  • Take frequent short breaks when sitting at the computer such as getting up to get a glass of water or standing up and stretching (every 15 minutes or so)
  • Massage can help bring needed blood flow to the area, and loosen and stretch the muscles surrounding the joints. However, avoid aggressive massage such as what is offered in a massage chair can aggravate inflamed joints
  • Chiropractic adjustments may help
  • Laying down for 10-15 minutes can provide much-needed relief
  • Gentle stretches can be helpful (see a physiotherapist for exercises and stretches) or try this SI Joint Stretch
  • Walking and gentle exercise can help provide relief and stretching can keep joints limber
  • Voltaren emulgel can help relieve pain
  • Ice and/or heat can help relieve the pain
  • A warm shower or bath can also provide relief
  • Housework can cause a flare-up (haha)

Check out these resources for more information on how to manage osteoarthritis:

Genuine Health – Natural pain relief proven to reduce inflammation. Find where to buy the product on this website (in stores and online).

Top 3 Tips for Osteoarthritis by Eugene Sims, a physiotherapist

The Arthritis Society – Information, resources, tools and expert access

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Genuine Health fast arthritis pain relief+ 60 capsules

Age well, my friend!

Angela G. Gentile, MSW, RSW


Angela G. Gentile, M.S.W., R.S.W. is a clinical social worker and author of the book, “Caring for a Husband with Dementia: The Ultimate Survival Guide”, “A Book About Burnout: One Social Worker’s Tale of Survival” and the “Dementia Caregiver Solutions” app for iPhone and iPad. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband and two adult children. For more information, visit: