In this review, we will be evaluating DrBurns’ ReLeaf™ CBD Soothing Lozenge (10 mg Honey-Lemon). This is the second product we are reviewing from this manufacturer; we previously raved about DrBurns’ ReLeaf™ CBD Pure PAIN Tincture, which became our top recommended CBD product after our testing and review. So naturally, we will be expecting the same high standards and results as we experienced before.
Our previous review introduced you to DrBurns’ ReLeaf™ and its founder and product formulator, Dr. Elaine Burns, an Arizona-licensed and board-certified Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD). Her past experience and involvement working with medical marijuana patients, with a particular focus on CBD, at Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation Centers, which she established and directed for its first six years, perfectly positioned her to pursue her passion of using natural medicines and plants to help people recover from illnesses, injuries, and other stress-related troubles.
During her tenure there, she saw consistent results with the many patients working with her for alleviation of a wide variety of ailments and conditions. Dr. Burns also noticed that higher concentrations of CBD, or pure CBD applications, were producing even more noticeable and significant results, causing her to shift her focus towards CBD-related formulations and treatments. By combining her knowledge and experience of formulating organic botanical compounds to treat specific needs or illnesses with the healing power of CBD, DrBurns’ ReLeaf™ now offers an impressive line of 21 products, targeting various ailments or conditions such as migraines, menopausal discomfort, opioid withdrawals, and gastrointestinal complications, to name just a few.
CBD Soothing Lozenge (10 mg Honey-Lemon)
For this review, we tested their CBD Soothing Lozenges, listed in their General Wellness category of their products. The package contains 60 lozenges, with 10 mg CBD per lozenge, for a total of 600 mg.
The product information sheet for their CBD Soothing Lozenges suggests usage in cases of seizures, anxiety, and/or insomnia. It also notes that higher dosages may be effective in treating seizure disorders.
The report continues by listing its five Mechanisms of Action:
- Analgesic – works to reduce pain
- Anticonvulsant – reduces seizure activity
- Antispasmodic – treats muscle spasms
- Anxiolytic – reduces anxiety levels
- Nervine – a nerve-calming agent
The ingredients used in formulating the CBD Soothing Lozenge are straightforward and kept to the minimum:
- Cannabidiol Concentrate – the essence of the lozenge, this is the medication you are seeking
- Sugar – the common natural sweetener, intended to counteract any possible bitter taste
- Water – nothing can be purer than water, so it isn’t even an additive per se
- Corn Syrup – commonly used to prevent sugar crystallization, enhance flavor, and soften the texture
- Food Grade Flavoring – a concentrated flavoring meeting the “generally recognized as safe” standard
- Gel Coloring – flavor-free, this ingredient creates a consistent honey-yellow coloring to the lozenge
As with their tinctures, they only use ingredients crucial to the formulation and delivery of the product. Once again, we remain impressed by their transparency in sharing the ingredients used in their lozenges. Now on to the next stage, which we look forward to with great anticipation and excitement: the testing of the product and subsequent reporting to you!
The CBD Informative Testing and Rating
Admittedly, after the incredibly accurate results of our third-party report on DrBurns’ ReLeaf™ CBD Pure PAIN Tincture, where the CBD analysis showed an astonishing 0.315 deviancy from the company claim of CBD content (13.15 mg as compared to the 1200 mg label), we were hoping for another amazingly narrow deviance for their CBD Soothing Lozenges. In the spirit of continuity (and because they are just so darn good!), we once again relied on our favorite and accurate third-party testing facility, Level One Labs in Arizona, to perform their magic and deliver us their expert, unbiased analysis.
Third Party Test Results
We have established a deviation standard when comparing content, looking for third-party test results to end within a range of 10% of the content as printed on the label.
Just as we were shocked by the 99.5% accuracy rating on the last report, we were rather stunned to find our first product where the deviation exceeded 10% of the label claim! While they erred on the positive side, the Level One Certificate of Analysis indicated the 10 mg lozenge showed a CBD content level of mg, which is way over a 10% deviance (a whopping 0.315 deviance, to be precise!). While some may wish to argue that the consumer is not being shortchanged, since the deviance leaned towards their favor, accurate dosing is important and too much deviance in either direction makes it more difficult to determine which dosages work best for the patient.
We also want to note that this product contains isolate CBD, the only cannabinoid known to see its potency increase the longer it stays on a shelf. If the product we sent to Level One for testing happened to be in inventory longer than normal, this could definitely impact the deviancy factor. Also, as percentage is factored by weight, we need to account for a deviancy for this, which may have tilted the number beyond our standard 10% factor.
Based upon the reported deviancy, countered with the fact that aging and weight may have contributed to the final result, we gave a 7.85 out of 10 quality rating for independent lab testing.
CBD Informative Assessment
Even after reading this report, our testers were curious to experience the lozenges in action. Recognizing that our testing team are capable CBD consumers, they were not daunted or unnecessarily concerned about overdosing. So our intrepid testers forged ahead, unconcerned for their own safety, all in the name of an improved and happier CBD world!
The Manufacturer – DrBurns’ ReLeaf™
For the second time, we are pretty impressed by the packaging that DrBurns’ ReLeaf™ puts together for their products. Again we are fans of their designs and packaging, appreciating the care and attention to detail. However, we have one modest gripe, which is they do not capture the natural gleam of the lozenges, which are stunningly eye-catching when you bring a lozenge into the natural daylight. Considering this a minor infraction in the packaging, we gave an overall rating of 9.5 out of 10.
The Product – CBD Soothing Lozenge
Our testers appreciate honey and lemon flavoring, as they are both subtle tastes without a tendency to leave any aftertaste. They did notice some other taste underneath the honey-lemon but could not readily pinpoint it. It almost had hints of bitterness, but it was not a lasting sensation or too strongly noticeable. However, due to the fact that we all did a kind of double-take (or double-taste?) on that mystery under-flavor, we agreed upon an 8 out of 10 rating for taste.
Maybe it’s because the CBD Soothing Lozenge came on the heels of their CBD Pure PAIN Tincture, which knocked it out of the park with a 10 out of 10 rating on effects, but we felt it did not earn an equal rating for effects. On the other hand, compared to many CBD products we have tested, this product stands up well in the effects department, earning it a 8 out of 10 rating.
The CBD Informative Overall Rating for DrBurns’ ReLeaf™ CBD Soothing Lozenge – 8.09
Even though it stands a bit in the shadow of its partner product, DrBurns’ ReLeaf™ CBD Soothing Lozenge still has lots going for it and deserves a good endorsement. While not our very top CDB product pick, we can say with certainty that this is product worthy of purchase and consumption and to this end it has earned an overall 8.09 rating.