Frequently asked questions
What is CBD?
CBD is a chemical compound naturally found in the hemp plant. CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is one of more than 100 cannabinoids that have been discovered in the hemp flower. Medical researchers say they have just scratched the surface identifying the potential benefits of hemp's plant-based cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids).
Can CBD make me high?
No, the cannabinoid CBD found in the hemp flower extract cannot make you high. The cannabinoids found in hemp flower extract do not have psychoactive properties. All CBD and full-spectrum hemp products can't contain over .3% THC.
THC is the only molecule in the cannabis family with a psychoactive component. It’s the only one that will get you “high.” CBD, even at extremely high doses, will not make you feel “high.”
There are hundreds of other cannabinoids, terpenes and phytonutrients present in the cannabis plant that are beneficial to overall health and wellness; unfortunately, they are improperly associated with the properties of one molecule, THC.
Section 7606 of the Farm Bill defines industrial hemp as cannabis plants with <0.3% THC. Some of our products contain a full spectrum of cannabinoids, including THC and CBD. To maintain compliance with all laws, our p roducts are rigorously tested to ensure a level of <0.3% THC. We also offer broad spectrum products that are THC free.
What is full-spectrum hemp extract?
Full-spectrum hemp extract means that all of the cannabinoids extracted from the hemp flower are blended together and not separated.
Are Hemp and Marijuana the same?
No. Hemp is completely different from marijuana in its function, cultivation and application. Marijuana, as it is widely known, is used for medicinal or recreational purposes. Hemp is used in a variety of other applications that marijuana couldn’t possibly be used in. These include healthy dietary supplements, skin products, clothing and accessories.
Marijuana contains many chemical compounds that create the different characteristics of the plant. Terpenes provide flavors and aromas, while chlorophyll in the leaves makes the plant green – but the most important chemicals in marijuana are the cannabinoids.
Are your products legal?
All of our products contain a naturally low level of THC: less than 0.3% and are perfectly permissible under federal law. The 2018 farm billl completely legalized industrial hemp and the cannabinoids in these products are permanently removed from the Controlled Substances Act. Due to the low level of THC, these products are not considered intoxicating. They won’t get anyone high.
What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are the chemicals that give the cannabis plant its medical and recreational properties. Among the 113 cannabinoids produced, THC and CBD are the most prevalent and the most well-understood. Most strains of marijuana sold today are cultivated with higher levels of THC.
THC is known for its psychoactive properties and is the reason you feel “high” after ingesting marijuana.
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and actually works to counteract the high. CBD is also thought to have numerous benefits, such as anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties.
Whether produced by the body or in a plant, these naturally-occurring compounds all interact with the endocannabinoid system.
What is the Endocannabinoid system?
The endocannabinoid system refers to a collection of cell receptors and corresponding molecules. You can think of cell receptors like little locks on the surface of your cells. The keys to these locks are called endocannabinoids. Each time an endocannabinoid binds to a cell it relays a message, giving your cell-specific direction.
There are two different types of cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are found primarily in the brain and are responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana. Each time an endocannabinoid binds to a cell, it relays a message, giving your cell specific direction.
Can you fail a drug test using hemp-derived CBD oil?
Although unlikely, it is possible that someone could fail a drug screen when using these products. Drug tests look for elevated levels of the intoxicating molecule, THC. The drug test identifies if a THC level is above a particular threshold. If so, it’s considered positive. Theoretically, you could use enough hemp extract and therefore consume enough THC to truly surpass that threshold and trigger a true positive…but it would be pretty difficult.
And no, there is no “magic dose” of CBD oil / hemp extract that you can use and ensure you stay below the THC threshold in a drug screen. Metabolism of THC is highly individualized and depends on many variables, including body composition, activity level, dose, duration of use, etc.
However! What’s more likely is that hemp extract triggered a false-positive. This is because the most commonly used drug tests, urine and saliva immunoassay tests, are so common because they are quick, cheap, and easy. But unfortunately, they aren’t very specific. That means they can confuse one molecule for another, especially when they look alike. This can happen with CBD and THC, which would trigger a FALSE positive.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET A POSITIVE RESULT ON A DRUG SCREEN?
If you get a positive result on a urine or saliva drug screen, ask for a more specific confirmation test, such as a blood test or a hair test. These are more expensive tests, but they are much more accurate. If using a THC-free product, these will show a true negative 100% of the time. If you are using a full-spectrum product with small amounts of THC, these tests will either show a 100% true negative or a small level of THC. This quantification of THC will help differentiate between use of a hemp product vs use of a marijuana product.
WHAT ABOUT DRUG SCREENS WITH THC FREE-PRODUCTS OR ISOLATE CBD PRODUCTS?
This is reflected in the certificate of analysis, which is completed by an objective, third party-lab and made available on our website, confirming all traces of THC have been eliminated. These THC-free products could be considered “broad spectrum,” as we still include other cannabinoids and terpenes to maximize benefits. We don’t carry CBD isolate products because science supports the benefit of the entourage effect, but the same goes for isolate CBD and drug tests.