Dr. Kerklaan Therapeutics , Natural CBD Pain Cream Review
Ingredients: Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Ceteareth-20, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Carbomer, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Triethanolamine, Potassium Sorbate
From the manufacturer
- Price of product: $68.00
- Quantity: 2 fl oz (59 mL)
- Type: Cream, Full Spectrum CBD Extract
- Total mg: 180 mg
- $0.38 per mg of hemp extract
- Total mg of CBD: not listed
- Cost per mg of CBD: Unknown
- Has other cannabinoids: Yes
From our test results
- Total mg of all cannabinoids: 189 mg
- Total mg of CBD: 189 mg
- Cost per mg of CBD: $0.36
- Has THC: No
- Has other cannabinoids: NO
This is not a good product.
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- It smells great.
- It provides pain relief.
- Our testing found accurate levels of CBD.
- Product claims to have multiple cannabinoids. It does NOT. Our testing found that this is not a full spectrum extract.
- The cream would be expensive for a full spectrum extract. However, the cream is NOT full spectrum and that makes it absurdly expensive.
- The cream contains triethanolamine, which may be toxic or harmful in larger quantities.
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Our test results
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Dr. Kerklaan’s Natural Pain Cream claims 180 mg of full spectrum hemp extract in the entire 59 mL bottle. Our independent test results found 189 mg of CBD. That’s the good news. You are expecting around 180 mg of CBD and you are getting slightly more than that. Here comes the problem.
Dr. Kerklaan’s product claims “Full Spectrum Hemp Extract.” Full spectrum includes other cannabinoids (CBC, CBN, etc..), terpenes, and nutrients found within the hemp plant. Our test found no other cannabinoids. The product suggests other cannabinoids and contains zero other cannabinoids.
Above are the test results of a product with other cannabinoids. This is what a full-spectrum product should look like. Dr. Kerklaan’s product only shows CBD and none of the other cannabinoids shown above.
I emailed Dr. Kerklaan customer service on a Monday and they responded on a Wednesday. Here’s my question:
“For your Natural CBD Pain Cream, what do you mean by Full Spectrum? What other cannabinoids are in it and how much? Thanks, Jeremy.”
I was hoping that they would be truthful and tell me that their product only contains CBD. Here’s their response:
“Hi Jeremy, Thank you for your inquiry. We use Full Spectrum Hemp Extract from a proprietary hemp strain which gives us a diverse range of cannabinoids and terpenes. We are happy to confirm that the lab test showed 0% THC, however, the rest of the formulation is proprietary.”
Long story short: they claim to have a diverse range of cannabinoids and you are paying top dollar for other cannabinoids. But our test found no other cannabinoids. This was a giant disappointment because I liked their product and thought it was the real deal.
About the Product
Dr. Kerklaan Natural CBD Pain Cream is a topical cream that claims it will help relieve pain, inflammation, muscle stiffness, joint pain, neck pain, headaches, arthritic and nerve pain.
This cream claims to be a full-spectrum hemp extract, which means that it contains CBD, other cannabinoids (CBC, CBN, THC, etc…) and nutrients found within the hemp plant. Research has found that this combination can increase the medicinal benefits of CBD with something called the entourage effect. Unfortunately, our third-party test results found that this product does NOT contain other cannabinoids and is not a full-spectrum hemp extract.
I can’t recommend this product, but I would recommend products that are full-spectrum hemp extracts for topical use. There are many advantages to full-spectrum hemp extracts, including the fact that THC does not absorb into the bloodstream when applied topically. That means you can use a hemp or cannabis cream without any of the psychoactive (“high”) side effects. You can learn more about topical CBD here.
Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Ceteareth-20, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Carbomer, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Triethanolamine, Potassium Sorbate
There’s a lot of ingredients in this product and that’s often not a good thing. I like that it contains Ethylhexyl palmitate as an organic substitute to silicone. Glyceryl Stearate is also a natural palm oil derived ingredient. Cetyl alcohol softens skin and hair and is even edible according to the FDA. Of course, the other natural ingredients that provide pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties are great (peppermint, coconut, lavender, and eucalyptus oil). My concern is triethanolamine.
If you don’t look at the ingredients of your creams, lotions, shampoos, and shaving foams: who cares? But I do care. Triethanolamine is a common cosmetic ingredient that is approved by the FDA for limited use. It either needs to be washed off immediately or used in low concentrations. Triethanolamine is produced by reacting ethylene oxide (considered highly toxic) with ammonia (corrosive to the eyes, skin, and lungs). According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, there is strong evidence that Triethanolamine is a skin, immune system, and respiratory toxicant for humans. Hey, you’re a human.
The Environmental Canada Domestic Substance List classifies triethanolamine as “expected to be toxic or harmful.”
Now that I’ve scared you, I’ll let you know that the amount of Triethanolamine in Dr. Kerklaan’s cream is probably insignificant and I’m sure they believe that it will have no impact on your health. Triethanolamine is successfully used in thousands of products.
I don’t believe that it will hurt the success of the product. This is one of those things where we can point to something in research that is toxic in large concentrations, and it may have no impact in the small levels found in Dr. Kerklaan CBD Pain Cream. But it’s there. And I can’t tell you for sure if it’s harmful.
As I said, many cosmetics contain triethanolamine and if you don’t look at labels, it doesn’t matter. However, triethanolamine is a deal breaker for people that only want a product with natural ingredients.
Smells Great, Feels Great
The smell is excellent, or maybe it’s fantastic. It’s hard to explain the freshness that comes out of this cream. The peppermint and eucalyptus give it a clean smell that opens your eyes, but is not overbearing. It has lavender in it, but it’s very subtle and does not come with that pungent floral smell that many lavender products have. The shea butter, cocoa butter, almond oil, and coconut oil all mix into a nutty aroma with just a sprinkle of natural sweetness. It’s a perfect blend of natural oils that have strong pain relief properties mixed with a cream that leaves the skin soft.
The smell is almost too good to be true. And it is. Full-spectrum extracts typically have a strong “earthy” smell that is unique to the cannabis plant. A full-spectrum extract does not smell great and has a golden or brown tint. This cream is milky white and smells wonderful. Our testing found that the cream doesn’t have the other cannabinoids that it claims and therefore probably doesn’t contain the natural terpenes that make the “earthy” odor of a full-spectrum hemp extract.
The Pain Relief is Real
I used Dr. Kerklaan CBD Pain Cream for an elbow injury that I sustained from riding a skateboard over the age of thirty (if you are a grown man, stay away from skateboards 🙂 ). I physically couldn’t move my right hand for three days. The doctor said, “oh, you just have a pinched nerve from a hematoma.” When you are in your mid-thirties, apparently a bruise inside the elbow takes a month to heal and it is achingly painful.
I first used a menthol (peppermint) spray called Biofreeze and that immediately subsided the throbbing pain. Menthol (peppermint) is one of the most potent pain relievers known to man or woman. Linalool (lavender) also shares pain relief that is on par with menthol. Both of these terpenes are also found in the cannabis plant and can help sooth nerve pain, muscle pain, inflammation, oxidative stress, nausea, headaches, migraines, and more. However, the pain relief of Biofreeze was temporary and only lasted for half an hour or so.
Then I tried Dr. Kerklaan CBD pain cream. I was blown away by the pain relief and how long it lasted. My arm felt better for up to 8 hours. It felt like the relief of menthol, but the relief stayed significantly longer. CBD has neuroprotective qualities and I suspect it may have sped up the healing process. Menthol, lavender, and CBD have substantial pain relief properties that can reduce inflammation and swelling. Dr. Kerklaan combines all of these potent ingredients into an effective cream.
The pain relief of this product is excellent.
Customer Service and Returns
Orders placed before 10 am PST ship out the same day and shipping is free when the order is over $75. The pain cream conveniently costs $68, so you’ll still need to pay $7.95 for shipping .
All returns must be unopened and unused. Shipping and return costs are not refundable. You need to call the company, get a return number, ship the product on your own dime with tracking, email the tracking to them, and wait for your money back. It’s almost like going into the past before Amazon existed. You want me to waste time and call you? On the phone? My gosh.
As for their customer service: I emailed them and they emailed me back. I asked them if their product contained other cannabinoids and I was assured “yes” when the real answer was no. So I can’t say that their customer service is good when my only interaction was based on a lie.
User Reviews from Across the Internet
I searched the internet for all the good, the bad, and ugly reviews of Dr. Kerklaan Therapeutics (4/23/19). Crickets was all I heard. For a company selling millions of dollars of product, there aren’t many reviews. Here’s what little I found, but take it with a grain of salt because you need a substantial amount of customer reviews to see patterns that suggest a company is good or bad.
Hellomd.com Has a 1 Star Review from One User Review
Hellomd.com, a site that connects patients with cannabis doctors and products, has only one user review of Dr. Kerklaan Pain Cream with a 1 out of 5-star rating. The user stated:
“I bought this product to treat chronic back pain. Didn’t notice any improvement. No different than using arnica or any other, much cheaper topical pain reliever.”Posted by Hellomd.com user mcffire99
One Reddit User Liked Dr. Kerklaan’s Pain Cream
“I had minor surgery earlier this year and used Dr. Kerklaan’s pain cream. It was excellent and did the job. My wife uses it sometimes for her back pain.”Posted by Reddit user: StonerMeditation
A SheKnows.com Editor Gave Dr. Kerklaan a “Meh” Review
“I also tried a variety of other topical creams and ointments to help with period pain — including ones by Dr. Kerklaan Therapeutics, Sagely Naturals and Leef Organics — and although most did provide a nice cooling sensation when I rubbed them on, I’m not sure it would feel that different from applying other topical pain-relief products like Bengay or Icy Hot.”
Five out Five from a Verified Purchaser on Ganjarunner.com
“Dr. Kerklaan Sleep Cream. I honestly have really found relief using this cream. I get severe muscle spasms in my chest and neck, and this has been the only thing that has helped me when muscle relaxers couldn’t. And the no side effects is even better.”Kevin Lopez
The above reviews were all I found on the world wide webs. CBDoilreview.org, Cannainsider.com, Healthyhempoil.com, ShoppingCBD.com, and other CBD shopping sites did not list Dr. Kerklaans Therapeutics. I provided you with most of what the internet has to offer but there currently aren’t enough user reviews on this brand to help with your decision making.
About the Company
Dr. Kerklaan Therapeutics is a new company that was launched by chiropractor Dr. Andrew Kerklaan. Dr. Kerklaan has more than 20 years in integrative health care where he has worked at a prestigious clinic in London (unspecified) and has treated rocks stars and royalty (also unspecified). He launched a CBD line after seeing the incredible change in a patient’s health who had fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. He created a line of topical CBD for treating Pain, PMS, Sleep, and Skin. His company is based in California and Canada. He is deeply committed to bringing a new standard of natural health care to you, according to the company website.
Hmmm. I’m not sure if I’m buying it. The product contains triethanolamine, which is synthetic. I mean, if you are committed to natural health care, why add triethanolamine? Then again, if you shop at places like Lush, which also uses triethanolamine, this concern doesn’t concern you.
Despite claiming other cannabinoids and not having them, the company is doing quite well. Their revenue is doubling every month, with a projection of 15 million in revenue in 2019. The founder expects to take the company public this year. I’m a little shocked.
Price. Is it worth it?
No. It’s expensive. The product claims to be full spectrum and have other cannabinoids. It doesn’t. Even if it did, Dr. Kerklaan Therapeutics would still be on the expensive side. Charlotte’s Web is an expensive company, but my third-party testing found it is a trustworthy company, and their hemp lotion contains 750 mg of hemp extract for $49.99. Charlotte’s Web contains other cannabinoids and has natural ingredients. Dr. Kerklaan has only 180 mg of CBD and no other cannabinoids and costs a whopping $68 although the products are not comparable because isolated CBD is cheap.
For example, you can take your favorite cream and purchase 1000 mg of pure CBD (1 gram CBD isolate at $25) from Bluebird Botanicals and mix them together. Why pay $68 for 180 mg of CBD cream when you can purchase 1000 mg of CBD for $25 and add it to the cream of your choice. Or go with Charlotte’s Web for the full entourage effect. Charlotte’s Web is five times cheaper than Dr. Kerklaan and has is a real full-spectrum hemp cream.
Topical CBD creams may prevent or relieve migraines when applied to the forehead, temples, jaw, neck, and shoulders by relieving the nerves associated with migraine. Dr. Kerklaan Pain Cream is a good mix because it also contains peppermint and lavender, which are the two most popular essential oils used for migraine relief. This combination can reduce the inflammation and oxidative stress that triggers migraines. You can read more about the science here behind why Dr. Kerklaan Pain Cream would be perfect for migraine sufferers.
I still can’t recommend Dr. Kerklaan for migraine sufferers. The price is just too high. The product claims to have other cannabinoids and it does not. I also don’t know if the toxic ingredient triethanolamine could agitate the nerves of migraine sufferers. I had high hopes for this pain cream to be a migraine cream, but it falls short. I haven’t reviewed another CBD cream yet, but Charlotte’s Web is a trustworthy brand that makes a full-spectrum hemp cream with peppermint and it probably contains linalool (the base of lavender) too because linalool is a common terpene found in full-spectrum hemp extracts. Charlotte’s Web is also a fraction of the price and you can check out my review of their brand here.
Other Products by Dr. Kerklaan
Dr. Kerklaan offers a line of topical CBD including Pain (cream, stick, and spray), Sleep (cream and stick), PMS (cream), Skin (Cream). This review pertained to the Pain cream.