Traditional Mexican healing practices have survived conquest, colonization, and the professionalization of medicine. It is passed down from generation to generation through the oral tradition, and many natural remedies and medicines lack formal documentation. As a result, commonly used ingredients were incorporated into indigenous Mexican healing practices during colonization and continue to be used today.
The great civilizations of Latin America developed myriad remedies for the common illnesses and conditions afflicting them, usually with astounding success. Herbal remedies were ingested, smoked, snorted, rubbed on the skin, and even used in the form of enemas to absorb a substance into the bloodstream. Cleansing techniques included fasting, sweating, and purging flushed substances out of the body.
Aztecs used herbs for rituals and medication, treating “cold” conditions, digestive tract problems, and rheumatism. Plants that contain camphor, eucalyptol, and monoterpenes were used to relieve pain and inflammation. Most of these herbs can penetrate the skin, making them candidates for topical use. In ancient times, topicals were prepared with a solution of alcohol or oil. For cases requiring the ingestion of herbs, tea was prepared.
In the US, most Hispanics used herb treatments of some sort. These medicines are passed on from generation to generation. It is common to see families applying traditional healing methods to their children and loved ones. Some studies show that Hispanics prefer alternative medicine to conventional medical practices to avoid undesired side effects from commercial drugs.
A preference for natural healing remedies includes the use of CBD and cannabis products. For centuries, Mexicans have used cannabis for therapeutic purposes. It is an ancient medicine passed down from grandmothers to mothers and to their children.
Marijuana has become Mexico’s “medical secret,” with one grandmother noting that she uses a topical, marijuana-infused ointment for aching legs. She has continued to use the family remedy not only for herself but for her three children and grandchildren. For children, she uses a piece of cotton soaked in the liquid to fight fevers – and for congestion, marijuana-infused alcohol rubbed on the chest provides a natural remedy.
Because of their rich history with cannabis, Hispanics use CBD more frequently than the general US market, with nearly 20% of the population using some CBD product (as opposed to 16.5% of the general population). Of those users, 91% reported that CBD had benefited their health, up from 86% of the general population.
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Each product in the ÚNICA™ family delivers a unique experience. Cascabel offers CBD gummies, soft gels, and flavored CBD oil infused with additional all-natural ingredients, including melatonin and GABA for sleep and turmeric, ginger, and curcumin for inflammation relief.
Remedios Maria Juana is a salve that combines CBD with arnica, camphor, and menthol, delivering a soothing and calming effect on the skin. No other product in the market provides the same combination of ancient medicinal remedies.
As a steward of Mexico’s proud heritage of natural medicines, ÚNICA™ is delivering time-tested products to a new generation of CBD users.