CBD Clinic burst onto the scene in 2016, offering the first line of non-prescription topical pain relief products blending plant-based pharmaceutical ingredients with premium hemp extract. Based on 15 years of research and development, its proprietary formulations utilize a tiered 5-level pain management system, providing solutions for all different types of pain.
CBD Clinic's Level 5 Pain Relief Ointment, formerly marketed as Level 5 Pro Sport, is the most popular product in the company's "Clinical Strength Series" and one of the most effective – if not the most effective – CBD topicals on the market today.
Offered in both a standard ointment and a roll-on "Pain Stick" version, the product was designed to provide fast and powerful relief for muscle and joint pain caused by arthritis, backaches, strains, bruises, and sports-related muscle soreness.
Due to the market’s exponential growth since 2018, there’s a lot of confusion and questions when it comes to CBD products today. Let’s take a look at the natural science of CBD Clinic Level 5 Pain Relief Ointment and the three primary components that make it so effective:
Powerful Pain-Relieving Terpenes
Terpenes are naturally occurring aromatic compounds found in the essential oils of fruits, flowers, and herbs responsible for the plant’s distinct smell. They are most commonly associated with cannabis plants. Still, they are found in various vegetation types and used in tons of products we all use daily, such as perfumes, cleaning, health, and even food.
Some terpenes are also known for their therapeutic effects and pain-relieving properties. Two of the most potent and widely used for pain relief, menthol and camphor, have both heating and cooling properties that work to interrupt pain signals in the brain.
Derived from mint plants, menthol has been prescribed for pain relief since ancient times. When used topically, menthol produces an initial cooling sensation on the skin, followed by a warming sensation, causing blood vessels to constrict, which helps reduce pain.
Camphor, obtained from the bark of 50-year old Asian evergreen trees, is another ingredient well known for its pain-relieving effects and ability to treat congestion. When applied topically, it increases blood flow and acts as a counterirritant, which reduces swelling.
Level 5’s menthol and camphor content (16% and 11%, respectively) is the maximum strength allowed in an over-the-counter topical and much higher than most of the leading OTC topical pain relievers from your local drugstore, which are typically in the 3%-7% range.
While menthol and camphor are the only terpenes recognized by the FDA for pain relief, the other essential oils in Level 5 (clove, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree) have powerful therapeutic qualities in their own right and work together to help promote a feeling of lasting relief.
Natural Emollients For Fast Absorption
A topical pain reliever is really only as good as its ability to be absorbed and penetrate deep into the dermis to reach the underlying issue, which is why the base of the Level 5 formulation is made with premium, all-natural emollients that are readily absorbed by human skin like organic beeswax, jojoba seed oil, cottonseed oil.
These ingredients were specifically chosen to help deliver pain-relieving ingredients as deep and fast as possible. In comparison, many other topical products use cheap synthetic ingredients such as benzyl alcohol and petroleum jelly for their base, sacrificing quality to maximize profits.
Highest Quality Hemp
The Level 5 formula follows the mantra of “quality over quantity” when it comes to its hemp content. At 9 milligrams per gram, it’s hardly the most CBD-packed product on the market but the secret to its success is using the highest quality THC-free, broad-spectrum distillate and how it works synergistically with the other active ingredients and terpenes in the formula.
You probably already know that CBD is a non-psychoactive compound (doesn’t get you “high”) derived from the hemp plant and has numerous therapeutic benefits. However, not all plants are created equal, and the origin of hemp-derived CBD products is critical in terms of how the hemp is farmed and processed.
In 2020, CBD Clinic was purchased by Charlotte’s Web, the industry leader in quality and integrity, and you don’t get acquired by the godfather of CBD without implementing some of its best practices. Charlotte’s Web has prioritized brand excellence from its very start and it’s applying that same level of quality and commitment to science to the CBD Clinic product line.
Final Thoughts- By formulating a non-prescription ointment with fast absorption properties, powerful pain-relieving terpenes, and high quality hemp, CBD Clinic has truly made revolutionary pain management a reality. You can shop Level 5 Ointment and the rest of the CBD Clinic product lineup here.