CBDMEDIC Reviews - Does It Really Work?
CBDMEDIC is a line of CBD products that claim to help relieve pain through creams, ointments, sprays, pain sticks and massage oils.
The company behind CBDMEDIC is Abacus Health Products, which sells a line of CBD products called CBD Clinic, too, which is available only to licensed health professionals. The company’s claim to fame is that its spokesperson is Rob Gronkowski, an NFL legend who won multiple Super bowls with the New England Patriots.
In our review, we’ll detail the CBDMEDIC line, talk about its ingredients, discuss side effects and safety, explore the ingredients, the science behind claims about the efficacy of CBD oil, possible side effects and its pricing.
We will conclude our review with a section providing our thoughts about the strengths and weaknesses of this product.
CBDMEDIC provides treatments in the following forms: cream, spray, ointment, massage oil and pain stick.
The type of treatment you get depends on the product you get. The following list shows the different products in the CBDMEDIC line:
- Arthritis pain relief
- Muscle and joint pain relief
- Back and neck pain relief
- Active Sport pain relief
- Foot pain relief
- Massage therapy
- Acne cream
- Eczema therapy
- Itch and rash relief
Each product requires its own set of directions. However, since they’re all topical (applied to skin), you can expect to apply the product to your skin at least once a day. Be sure to clean the area before you apply your treatment.
Whichever CBDMEDIC product you choose, they all have the same purpose: to penetrate the skin, soothe it and relief pain.
Because there are multiple products within the CBDMEDIC lines, ingredients and dosages will change. However, Abacus Health provides a single list of ingredients for all of its products (dosages in parenthesis):
- Clove oil (more than 200mg)
- Cottonseed oil (more than 500mg)
- Eucalyptus oil (more than 200mg)
- CBD Hemp extract or oil (more than 200mg)
- Jojoba seed oil (more than 200mg)
- Peppermint oil (more than 200mg)
- Tea tree oil (more than 200mg)
- Sorbic acid
You can split these ingredients into several groups: essential oils, CBD extract/oil, camphor, menthol, beeswax and sorbic acid.
Essential oils have increased in popularity over the past decade or so. Companies like doTERRA promote the benefits of essential oil, which purportedly include easing stress, boosting alertness and increasing intangibles like confidence and courage.
Abacus Health Products says their CBDMEDICS essential oils can:
- Relieve skin irregularities
- Softens skin and soothes “highly irritated areas of the skin”
- Cools and calms skin
- Moisturize skin
As you can see, most of the claims here are skin-based.
As for the CBD extract or oils included in CBDMEDICS, Abacus Health says they serve the same function as many of the other oils in the product. Their CBD compounds are, “known for their nourishing, moisturizing properties for the skin area.”
CBDMEDIC’s camphor and menthol are common ingredients in topical pain relievers. These ingredients heat and then cool the skin, masking the pain you feel and providing temporary relief.
Abacus Health says the beeswax in its products soothe the skin and that the sorbic acid is a preservative that can fight off fungus.
The main concern about CBDMEDIC is that it uses a wide variety of essential oils. We can’t say how much each product uses because dosage information is not available. However, we do know that there is a risk of reactions from those essential oils.
In a 2018 article for WebMD, health writer Lisa Marshall told the story of a woman who suffered severe reactions from essential oils she bought from a direct sales representative.
“(The woman) is among a growing number of people turning up with chemical burns, allergic reactions and respiratory issues, and other side effects from the popular fragrant plant extracts,” Marshall wrote.
The CBD in the creams, ointments, sprays and oils in the CBDMEDIC product line pose no risk of failing marijuana tests mandated by your job. CBD doesn’t include THC, the ingredient in marijuana that makes you high.
CBDMEDIC presents us with a series of claims that are well within the spectrum of possibilities.
Their main claim is that their products can help relieve muscle discomfort and pain. Abacus Health says that menthol and camphor are responsible for this.
As we mentioned earlier, menthol is a well-documented pain concealer. WebMD notes that the cold/hot sensation menthol produces can “distract you from feeling the aches/pains deeper in your muscles, joints, and tendons.”
The site goes on to say that camphor is often used as a chest rub that can help soothe a sore throat or cough. It can also be used to soothe skin irritations like bug bites, cold sores and “mild burns”.
What all of this research tells us is that the relief CBDMEDIC and similar products claim is most likely true, especially if they include camphor and menthol. However, you have to remember that the creams, ointments, oils and sprays don’t solve your pain issue. Rather, they mask the underlying pain for a short amount of time.
There are plenty of products that can provide this type of pain relief, which is important to consider as we move into the pricing section of this review.
All of CBDMEDIC’s pain relief creams, ointments and sprays are $39.99. Skincare products are cheaper:
- Medicated acne cream: $29.99
- Foaming acne facial cleanser; $19.99
- Eczema medicated ointment: $39.99
- Itch & rash medicated ointment: $39.99
Most of the products come in tubes or bottles between 40 and 48 grams.
You have 30 days to file a return with Abacus Health Products. Once those 30 days pass, you can’t get a refund or an exchange.
We find that the return policy is restrictive because, according to that policy, you can only return unused items. So, the moment you open your product, you can no longer return it. This should give you pause, I the sense that CBDMEDIC is an all-or-nothing proposition. At $39.99 for most products, it’s an expensive proposition, too, as we’ll point out in the next section.
Based on our research of this product and similar products, we believe there’s a premium put on pricing because of CBD. What you have to remember is that CBDMEDIC claims that the CBD it includes doesn’t relieve pain. Rather, it says CBD moisturizes skin.
The real pain relievers, Abacus says, are the menthol and camphor. With that in mind, there are dozens of options you have for menthol-based topical pain-relieving creams that cost far less than CDMEDIC’s products.
For example, an 87-gram tube of Icy Hot Pain Relieve Cream is $4.96 at Walmart. It contains menthol just like CBDMEDIC. So, if it’s straight pain relief you want, we see Icy Hot being the more affordable choice.
Now, if you want something more than pain relief, CBDMEDIC is an interesting option for several different reasons. First, it includes essential oils. For those who believe in the efficacy of essential oils, CBDMEDIC is an attractive option. Second, CBDMEDIC uses only one chemical, sorbic acid, whereas Icy Hot uses seven different chemicals in addition to menthol.
Based on our research of this product, we think it has some clear strengths and weaknesses. First, we believe it can follow through on its claim to help relieve pain. Its camphor and menthol are proven to mask the feeling of pain by cooling and heating the skin.
Second, the product uses one chemical and a variety of natural ingredients that include six different essential oils. For someone who is looking for a natural alternative to pain relief, CBDMEDIC seems like it’s a good fit for you.
The downside to the products is that the pain relief it provides is something you can achieve through far more affordable products like Icy Hot. For the price of one 40-gram tube of CBDMEDIC, you can buy nearly 700 grams of Icy Hot.
In general, we believe whether or not this product is right for you is a matter of your preferences. If you lean toward natural products and essential oils, you may be willing to pay CBDMEDIC’s high price tag. However, if it’s pain relief you want, there are far more affordable options.