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It is common knowledge that natural emollients such as beeswax, jojoba seed oil, cottonseed oil and shea butter are good for moisturizing and softening skin.

What is perhaps less well-known is that such emollients are also effective as carriers for pain-relieving ingredients in topical creams and lotions.

“They’re natural oils, so they work well with your skin and are absorbed quickly,” said Perry Antelman, CEO of Abacus Health Products, the parent company of CBD CLINIC™, a maker of over-the-counter pain-relieving ointments, creams and massage oils.

Topical creams and lotions used for the relief of joint and muscle pain typically use a base of inactive ingredients to deliver active pain-relieving ingredients—for example, menthol and camphor—to the locations on a body where a client is experiencing pain.

Many over-the-counter topical pain-relieving creams and ointments use synthetic carriers that include ingredients such as benzyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, diglycol stearate, glyceryl monostearate and petrolatum, said Antelman.

These are inexpensive ingredients that don’t play as nice with a person’s skin, as natural oils do, said Antelman, adding, “Your skin reacts very well to natural oils versus artificial oils.”

The most obvious benefit of using natural oils is that while synthetic ingredients often leave a person’s skin feeling greasy, natural oils, because they’re absorbed quickly, leave skin feeling soft and smooth.

But the most important benefit of using natural oils as a carrier is what the person can’t feel: pain.

Many topical pain-relieving creams and lotions use menthol and camphor—analgesics that have been used for centuries to reduce pain and inflammation and to soothe irritation. When these analgesics are applied to the skin, the recipient experiences an icy-hot sensation. They cool the skin when applied, triggering the body to increase blood flow to warm up the cooled skin.

The warming area helps a body relax, which in itself helps to mitigate the body’s pain response and encourages healing. Menthol and camphor also temporarily provide sensation of cooling and numbing of pain receptors, which results in temporary relief of joint and muscle pain, Antelman said.

When essential oils such as eucalyptus, tea tree, clove, peppermint and hemp are combined with common analgesics such as menthol and camphor, the pain relief people feel is often enhanced, said Antelman, because essential oils such as these are believed to have complementary components of their own.

Let’s take a closer look at those essential oils and their complementary components.

• Eucalyptus has antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, so it is used for a wide variety of conditions. Often, it is used to manage pain and inflammation. Traditionally, it has been used to help with coughs, fevers and colds, and sinus congestion and respiratory infections, body chills and aches, and as an antiseptic. It has also been used to treat wounds and burns.

• Tea tree oil has antifungal and antiseptic properties. It is often used topically to treat fungal infections, such as of the fingernails or toenails. It has also been used topically to treat cuts and abrasions and calm allergic skin reactions.

• Clove is believed to be able to decrease pain and fight infections. All parts of the clove plant have been used for centuries to make medicines. Traditionally, clove has been used directly on the teeth and gums to treat toothaches.

• Peppermint oil has been used as a dietary supplement to aid digestion and moderate the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Topically, it has been used to ease tension headaches and soothe dry and cracked skin.

• Hemp oil use seems practically endless, and research is ongoing to determine what it can be used to treat and its efficacy. It has been used to reduce pain, anxiety and nausea, aid with sleep and boost the immune system, among many other health claims. Hemp seed oil in particular contains a beneficial ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 essential fatty acids, which are vital for healthy skin.

CBD CLINIC’s Revolutionary Pain Relief topical creams, lotions and massage oils use all the essential oils mentioned above, including hemp, but the products do not contain THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis, so anyone using the products cannot get high from them, said Antelman.

Usage of the products also will not cause users to fail a THC blood test, said Antelman. That’s because CBD CLINIC’s topicals work locally. They interact with the peripheral nervous system to provide pain relief but do not enter the bloodstream.

Natural emollients such as beeswax, jojoba seed oil, cottonseed oil and shea butter, which CBD CLINIC uses in its topicals, help deliver menthol, camphor and essential oils to a client’s painful joints or muscles. This is because the natural oils are able to penetrate into the skin deeply, and quickly, which in turn supports effective pain relief, said Antelman. 

That results in speedy and reliable relief from pain. Who doesn’t want that?


CBD CLINIC is a producer of over-the-counter (OTC) pain-relieving ointments, creams and massage oils. The company was launched in 2016 by Abacus Health Products, a medical over-the-counter drug technology company that develops FDA-registered topical medications blended with hemp extract.

Abacus Health Products was formed by Aidance Scientific, a manufacturer of broad-spectrum antimicrobial technology for dermatological products.

CBD CLINIC’s non-prescription, pain-relieving topicals are developed and made in a U.S. Food and Drug Administration OTC-compliant and -audited facility. Its Professional Series of Revolutionary Pain Relief topical medications are available only through licensed health care professionals such as chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists and physical therapists.

The Revolutionary Pain Relief topicals are formulated with natural emollients and analgesics menthol and camphor and blended with hemp extract. The hemp in Revolutionary Pain Relief topics will not get users high and will not cause them to fail a THC drug test.