As a relatively new industry, understanding CBD and its components can be complicated. We gathered up some of our customers’ frequently asked questions to create a complete guide for all things CBD.
CBD is the medical abbreviation for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is one of the primary active compounds (cannabinoids) found in the cannabis plant. Some experts say that there are more than 100 active compounds, but the two main ones that talked about or utilized are CBD and THC.
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is another active compound found in the cannabis plant. THC is the part of the plant that gets you high and is the most responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects.
When we talk about cannabis, we’re actually talking about a family of plants—meaning there are more types than just one. Both marijuana and hemp come from the same species of plant, Cannabis Sativa, but differ in how they’re used.
Hemp cannot be used recreationally as a drug because it contains less than 0.3% THC. Marijuana, on the other hand, contains more than 0.3% THC.
Hemp, which is what most CBD is produced from, is federally legal whereas marijuana is federally categorized as a Schedule 1 drug and is only legal in a handful of states.
There are a few ways you can take CBD: gummies, tinctures, vapes, and softgels are some of the most common ways. Which one you choose depends on what kind of relief you need. For example, softgels take longer to work but offer more sustained benefits throughout the day, while tinctures will offer relief almost immediately.
Our bodies have what’s called an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that helps maintain homeostasis. The ECS plays a major role in many of our bodily functions, including sleep, memory, metabolism, appetite, mood, and the immune system. They are highly versatile and prevalent molecules in our bodies.
Although our bodies produce endocannabinoids naturally, they can be supplemented just like any other nutrient. In simple terms, CBD blocks the breakdown of endocannabinoids to help us use more of them, more efficiently. It’s sort of like taking a wellness supplement.
According to the World Health Organization, CBD does not seem to be addictive. “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential … To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Studies have shown that CBD can help people fall asleep and stay asleep, so it’s common for people to ask the question “Will CBD make me sleep?” The answer, in short, is no. CBD helps users sleep because it helps calm the mind, not by actually making them tired like THC.
But, CBD can affect people in different ways so it’s important to slowly add CBD into your lifestyle to see its effects on your system and daily life.
Hemp can grow pretty much anywhere. Just like any plant, it starts with a seed. From there, it’s planted in nutrient-rich and organic soil in a place with lots of sun and water access. After it’s fully grown (about 4 months), hemp is harvested in early to mid-fall.
You can read more about our specific process here.
CBD oil is the concentrated liquid extract from the flowering CBD plant. We use supercritical CO2 to extract a pure and clean oil that requires little to no post-processing, which helps preserve all the beneficial ingredients and nutrients found naturally in the plant.
You can read more about our specific process here.
By federal law, CBD can only contain less than 0.3% of THC, which is not enough to feel any sort of high. In states where THC or marijuana is legal, CBD may contain more amounts of it.
Our CBD does not contain any THC. We use proprietary technology to remove all compounds that can compromise the integrity of the final product, including even trace amounts of THC.
Yes! Animals also have an endocannabinoid system that can be positively impacted by the use of CBD in a variety of ways, like supporting normal health and wellness.
Our CBD for pets products are specially formulated to be extremely simple to administer, either by adding to food or administering orally.
There are still studies being conducted to learn the side effects of CBD. Some people may experience side effects like dry mouth, drowsiness, digestive issues, and changes in mood. There may be more serious side effects like liver failure or injuries that result from mixing it with other depressants like alcohol.
You should also consult your doctor if you’re taking any other types of medications.
No, CBD should not show up on a drug test. If you’re taking CBD that includes trace amounts of THC, it may show up on your drug test but that is rare.
Our CBD products contain zero THC so you can be sure that you will pass with ease.
There are many different ways to consume CBD. You can take CBD edibles like gummies, mints, or desserts; sublingual or under-the-tongue products like oils and sprays; or vape or smoke CBD. Another option is to apply it directly to your skin with a topical like lotion or salves.
We offer a variety of CBD products so you can find the right one that fits your lifestyle.
CBD that is derived from hemp and contains no more than 0.3% of THC is federally legal. But some states have their own regulations when it comes to CBD, which can make it complicated. Currently, CBD is illegal in Idaho and Nebraska, and the laws are unclear in South Dakota.
You can learn more about each state’s laws from the CBD Awareness Project’s website.
Companies don’t have to test their products before selling them—but many reputable CBD companies do in order to be sure that they’re pure and safe. Third-party testing of CBD products helps to ensure the highest-quality CBD available and gives consumers another level of protection.
In fact, many companies allow customers to directly view their lab reports. You can read ours here.
No, CBD will not get you high. THC is the compound in cannabis that causes a high or altered state, not CBD. CBD can cause an uplifting effect in terms of improving mood or relieving anxiety, but that is not the same as being high.
Many customers ask us “Do I need to refrigerate CBD oil?” and the answer is not necessarily. While you can store it in the refrigerator if you prefer, it may thicken from the cold and become difficult to use. If this happens to you, just gently reheat the bottle in warm water.
The best place to store your CBD oil is in an upright position in your pantry or cabinets—somewhere with a stable temperature that’s away from light, heat, and moisture.