Rodney Wallace is a professional soccer player best known for his time with the MLS' Portland Timbers. A lifelong athlete, Wallace has faced many adversities that plague the pros: uncertainty of career, continuous physical ailments, anxiety, depression, and many other realities that come with being worldwide famous and having every part of your life under society's microscope. In his search for healing and escape, like many people, Wallace turned to cannabis.
Wallace's relationship with the plant started in high school and continued throughout the pros. However, it never hindered his work. “As a soccer player my whole life, there always had to be a balance between [cannabis] and the game,” Wallace tells us. Over time, the physical and mental effects of professional sports wore on him, leading to a painkiller addiction. “I had severe arthritis in my hips, and none of the medicines they were giving me really worked anymore. These anti-inflammatories are not really masking the pain and helping me heal.”
The physical and mental pain he was feeling would zap his energy, affecting the time he could spend with his family, and that's when Wallace began experimenting with CBD as an alternative source of healing. This shifted his focus from recreational to medicinal use, eventually leading to creation of his CBD brand, Rewind by Rodney Wallace. “I used [CBD] to get out of my physical pain, and to get out of the mental state I was in. Once I felt better, I knew I had to get other people to feel this, especially professional athletes.”
Rewind produces a complete array of CBD products including oils, edibles, topicals, softgels, and even gummies for pets. They also sell wellness bundles based on various needs: sports, beauty, relaxation, and a “staff's favorites” option. Their website boasts their products as double lab certified and being made from organically grown, CO2 extracted hemp.
In discussion with Wallace about weed, his career, and Rewind, we also talked about some of his favorite cannabis products that he's come across. Here are seven cannabis products that Rodney Wallace can't live without.
The Lavender Eucalyptus Salve by Rewind
There wasn't a single product that Rodney Wallace lauded more than Rewind's Lavender Eucalyptus Salve. He keeps it all over the house, and he uses it in almost every waking moment. The salve is made of hemp derived CBD, lavender, and eucalyptus organic essential oils. It's described as a self-soothe that supports healthy joint and muscle function, which is what Rodney uses it for most, “Before I go to bed, I like to stretch and massage myself with the Hypervolt massage gun. But I can't use that without having a little bit of salve on.”