Half pharmaceutical company, half CBD company, CBDMedic is the first of its kind to combine active pharmaceutical ingredients, that have proven benefits, with CBD and other emollients and essential oils. Their formulation is a combination of ingredients formulated over 15 years of dealing with pain using topical preparations. Active pharmaceutical ingredients in formulations produced by CBDMedic include camphor, menthol, colloidal oatmeal, salicylic acid, allantoin, and lidocaine. They have applied but are still waiting to receive a patent for their formulation that includes the CBD.
CBDMedic CBD is sourced from hemp grown in Oregon and Colorado. They use a solvent extraction method, but did not disclose which solvent. On their website, they mention that each batch of product is third party tested for heavy metals, fungi, bacteria and other toxins. The information, however, is not very clearly set out for customers to view. A representative from the company told us that they provide a cannabinoid analysis with their Certificate of Analysis that is available on the website, but that they generally do not perform tests for residual solvents , yeast or organic pesticide residues as these tests cost thousands of dollars per batch.
CBDMedic offers a great variety of products. The products are categorized by the location and nature of the problem, showing you all the options you have for the specific problem area you’re dealing with. The strength of the CBD is the same for all their ointments, usually 200mg CBD per 40 grams of ointment. Most of their products are manufactured by Aidance Skincare, who used to be cGMP certified but lost their certification for a brief period. They are currently in the process of becoming certified again.
In general, CBD prices can range anywhere from $0.06 per mg CBD to $0.32 per mg CBD. CBDMedic is just above average in their asking price, about $0.19 per mg CBD. In their facial wash and acne cream the CBD content is slightly lower. CBDMedic products therefore don’t contain that much CBD, but their products are, however, bursting with a lot of other really beneficial ingredients that assist with arthritis and muscle aches and pains. For what it is, CBDMedic products are priced really well, since you get the best from both the pharmaceutical and CBD worlds.
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CBDMedic’s holding company, Abacus, was launched in 2014 by Aidance Scientific, a cGMP manufacturer of a broad spectrum antimicrobial technology used in dermatological products. Abacus is the first company to combine CBD hemp extract with OTC (over the counter) products. In 2016 they started distributing their family of OTC CBD products to healthcare practitioners under the CBDClinic brand name. After experiencing great success Abacus launched the CBDMedic brand directly to consumers and mass market retailers in Q3 of 2018.
In terms of their business dealings, Abacus Health Products Inc. are quite transparent and supply financial information for the entire company, including the CBDMedic arm, on the website. CBDMedic revenue alone increased 71.9% to $1.2 million from Q2 of 2019. They have also partnered with the second and third largest national retail pharmacy chains to distribute CBDMedic products. This goes a long way to demonstrate their leadership in the topical CBD market.
You can call or email for customer support, or use the email form on their website. CBDMedic’s contact information for media inquiries is incorrect and we could not get in touch with anyone. We did not receive a reply from their support email address when we reached out, but did eventually receive details for a contact person who answered some of our questions.
CBDMedic focuses on two distinctly separate areas of the market, topical pain relief and therapeutic skincare. Their customers include arthritis patients, athletes, and those struggling with skincare issues such as psoriasis eczema and acne.
Since their formulas are based on 15 years of OTC medicine formulation research, CBDMedic can legitimately make medical claims for their muscle & joint pain relief formulas, as well as their products for minor skin conditions like eczema and acne. These formulas are the result of 15 years of developing topicals that are compliant with FDA regulations for OTC topical medications. They are slightly vague about the CBD in their product though.
Transparency report – CBDMedic was listed in the (top 10 most transparent and accurate brands In potency and purity) or (the top 40 transparent brands that tested 95% or more of their products for potency) according to our transparency report, where we checked the advertised lab results of almost 3000 products from 135 different brands.
Topicals report – CBDMedic received a «C» score in our topicals products report where we tested 40 different topical products in an independent lab.
CBDMedic fails to clearly indicate the amount of CBD in each of their products. To be honest, their ingredient lists are pretty vague. In their FAQs they mention that all their products contain 200mg CBD, with the exception of the Natural Foaming Facial Cleanser (50mg) and the Muscle & Joint Pain Relief Ointment 10-pack sachets (more than 150mg). On some packaging, like the Back & Neck pain relief ointment, it indicates that there is more than 200mg of CBD hemp extract with a symbol: >200mg.(The other 4 ingredient quantities are listed as <100mg. The Sport Stick lists exactly 200mg.
This makes us wonder whether the CBD is more of an add on that allows the company to sell more of the ointment that they were already marketing. There is nothing wrong with that. It would be great for the CBD community. But then CBDMedic should be more transparent about the CBD in their products.
Because these are topical products, the dosages don’t have to be as exact. “In general, you will want to use approximately 1-1.5 grams per application, about a dime sized to half dollar sized amount for small regions of the body. We recommend that you use our products 3-4 times a day until the pain subsides.”
When you scan the QR code on the packaging of a product, you are taken to a page that has all the products listed. You then select your product and can view the batch results. When we checked the Foaming Facial Cleanser’s QR code, we only found one batch result uploaded. It gave a breakdown of ingredients per 1ml serving. The only cannabinoid found was 0.81mg CBD. The result does not give any additional information about pesticides or toxins, and seems to be more for show than actually providing the user with information. They seem to go to a lot of trouble to give you very little information.
To see if we could obtain more information regarding other products, we checked some of the other products we purchased. Our Back & Neck Pain Relief Ointment had no batch number on the packaging or product, so we couldn’t check those results. The Solid Sport Stick had a batch number V0119044, which does not correlate with any of the uploaded batch results. The sport stick is labeled as being 30g, and the packaging indicates 200mg CBD. We calculated that there should be roughly 6.67mg CBD per serving size of 1g. However, when we checked the results, one of the batches contained 7.89mg or 8% CBD per serving size of 1gram. This represents an 18% variance, much higher than the acceptable 10% variance allowed. Another product contained 6.93mg, a 4% variance and yet another contained 5.99mg (which amounts to a 10% variance). Even though we didn’t get our batch result, we established that the CBD quantities in the batches vary wildly, and therefore you can’t really trust what the packaging says.
On the packaging it states that all products are THC free. A representative from CBDMedic informed us that they use CBD Distillate, sometimes referred to as Broad Spectrum Oil. It starts as full spectrum oil, but then goes through a refinement process to reduce or remove cannabinoids such as THC. You do still get the benefits from the other cannabinoids that weren’t removed, in addition to CBD.
Their buying experience is fairly straightforward. CBDMedic has special offers advertised in a banner ad at the top of their website, giving their customers an incentive to purchase, such as a countdown for their deals and advertising concerning their 30 day return policy. I also ran the Honey extension on my browser at checkout, and saved a further $7 when Honey found a coupon and applied it, so I recommend that everyone try it.
We ordered our samples on the 6th and the package arrived on the 12th, after we received a tracking number to track the package through the shipping process. CBDMedic only ships to the US through USPS and orders ship within 24 to 72 hours after being processed. The shipping options offered are 1st Class, USPS Priority and USPS Priority Mail International. Orders are shipped Monday to Friday. International buyers need to cover all additional import fees and taxes. Each order is issued a tracking number after being shipped. You may return the product up to 30 days after the date of purchase.
The packaging for the individual products indicate that CBD is one of the ingredients, but the outer packaging for the shipment does not indicate that CBD products are enclosed. We received a packing list enclosed with our parcel to see what has been included. This list contains the product names and quantities, but lacks any details about the CBD.
Ointments and creams have a similar ingredient list. The formulations are designed to treat pain. Creams are water based to promote fast absorption. Creams are intended for areas of the body requiring frequent applications such as the hands and feet.
Ointments are created using natural oils and organic waxes to enable deep penetration. The pain relieving effects of an ointment lasts longer than a cream, since the ointment base allows for deeper penetration of CBD into the tissues.
Learn more by reading our Best CBD Creams buying guide.
Collections offered by CBDMedic combine products that address specific issues into one purchase. No discount is applied, except for the Self-Care Collection.
The Recovery Collection @ $119.97:
Arthritis Aches & Pain Relief Ointment – a light, water based solution
Back & Neck Pain Relief Ointment – the classic 40g container that contains 200mg of CBD
Muscle & Joint Pain Relief Ointment – 10 ready to go, single use sealed sachets of ointment.
Athlete Sport Collection @ $119.97:
Massage Therapy Pain Relief Oil – Absorbing massage oil with essential oils and analgesics
Active Sport Pain Relief Ointment – apply before, during or after workouts
Active Sport Pain Relief Stick – convenient application for sore muscles
Self-Care Collection @ $112 (Regular Price $139.96):
Massage Therapy Pain Relief Oil
Natural Foaming Facial Cleanser
Foot & Ankle Pain Relief Stick
Foot & Ankle Pain Relief Ointment
None of the products specify the amount of CBD per dose. We should consider that since the CBD is not being ingested, it might not have the same level of benefit. It would be better to have some indication of the quantity of CBD. Active and inactive ingredients are indicated on the packaging.
CBDMedic’s Acne cream contains 200mg of hemp extract. It is used to help clear up blemishes, pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. The cream is fairly thick, with a lovely tea tree oil smell. It has a cooling effect on the skin, and makes the surface feel hydrated. Sometimes the cream seems to separate a bit, becoming a bit lumpy and watery. This is not a big problem though. If you shake the tube a little, the product becomes a smooth cream again.
Foaming Facial Cleanser for acne prone skin contains 50mg of CBD extract, as well as tea tree oil, peppermint oil, lavender oil and jojoba seed oil. The foam is light and has a pleasant smell that also reminds you of tea tree oil, very much like the acne cream.
The Back & Neck Pain relief ointment contains 200mg of CBD. The formula also contains 10% camphor and 15% menthol. These two ingredients act as topical analgesics, relieving aches and pains from tight muscles. Adults and children 12 and older can use this ointment. Use no more than 4 times a day in the affected area. Wash hands with soap and water after application.
The Muscle & Joint Pain Relief Spray provides temporary relief of minor aches and pains of muscles and joints associated with strains, bruises and sprains. It contains two topical analgesics, camphor (3.1%) and menthol (10%). The 50ml spray bottle is easy to grip, and represents a good travel size package when you need to travel for a sporting event, it could easily fit into a small handbag.
The Active Sport Pain Relief stick offers convenient relief on the go, for use on the arms, legs, shoulders and torso. Application takes only seconds and is not as messy as a cream or ointment. It works quickly and is great to travel with. It is unclear how much CBD is found in one sport stick. Ingredients include menthol, camphor, beeswax, clove oil, cottonseed oil, frankincense oil, hemp oil (THC free) honeysuckle oil, jojoba seed oil, myrrh oil, shea butter, sorbic acid.
10 Separately sealed sachets of 3g ointment each is great for traveling or having some ointment on hand. It is the same formula as the Muscle & Joint Pain Relief Spray, and smells strongly of menthol. The ointment is cool to the touch, and is thicker than the creams offered by CBDMedic. The menthol and camphor feels refreshing and makes your skin feel tingly for a few minutes. After application your skin doesn’t stay clammy or sticky, but feels soft and hydrated to the touch.