FAQ

“There were never so many able, active minds at work on the problems of disease as now, and all their discoveries are tending toward the simple truth that you can’t improve on nature.”

– Thomas Edison, 1902

What is CBD?

CBD stands for Cannabidiol, a chemical compound derived from the hemp plant that is classified as a cannabinoid. There are over 100 unique cannabinoids in found in hemp. The human body actually creates its own cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) and it is believed that supplementing with CBD helps the body regulates it’s homeostasis through the endocannabinoid system.

How does CBD work?

CBD is a phytocannabinoid (phyto meaning comes from a plant). It binds to the very same receptor sites in our nerve cells and keeps the ECS system toned and active. It is also highly antioxidant and neuroprotective, as deemed by the patent the US Department of Health and Human Services got on CBD:

“Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.

Non psychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention.”

– ‘Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants’ (PATENT # 6, 630, 507)

Held by the United States Department of Health and Human Services

And what is the endocannabinoid system?

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS), only discovered in 1992, is on eof the most important systems involved in establishing and maintaining health in vertebrates. It manages the body’s homeostasis and is capable of affecting nearly every biological process, including: sleep, mood, memory, appetite, pain sensation, inflammation and immune system function. It is made up of receptors found throughout the body and the cannabinoids which serve as messengers in this system.

How much should I take?

This is the most common question we hear and the answer is, we cannot tell you. Every person has their own tolerance and threshold with CBD. The best answer we can provide is to try CBD to see if it is right for you. You should of course always consult with your doctor, especially if you are on medication. But if you choose to try it, the best way to determine your customized dosage is by starting at a low amount and increasing it gradually until the desired effects are met.

Does it have any side effects? Can I take too much?

Many small studies have shown CBD safety in humans, suggesting that it is well tolerated at doses of up to a whopping 1,500 mg/day.   From the patent that the US Department of Health and Human Services holds (regarding toxicity):

“Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention.”

– ‘Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants’ (PATENT # 6, 630, 507)

Held by the United States Department of Health and Human Services

Studies have not found any significant side effects on the central nervous system, vital signs or mood with either light or heavy use.

Does CBD get you high?

No. CBD is sometimes confused with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound found in marijuana which creates a mental or body “high”. THC is also a phytocannabinoid, it also binds to the Endocannabinoid System in the body but it is important to know they are two very different compounds, with different properties and benefits.

While there are over 100 different cannabinoids, CBD has it’s own molecular structure that is not psychoactive. Most people have described their experience as feeling contented, clear headed and composed. And while you can extract CBD from both marijuana and hemp, hemp has miniscule amounts of THC (<0.3%) in comparison.

Do I need a prescription or medical marijuana card?

Since our products use CBD sourced from industrial hemp, you do not need a prescription or a medical marijuana card.

Can I give CBD to my pets?

Yes! CBD works for all mammals and we have PAWS CBD tincture for your pets.  CBD gives them the same benefits that have been found for humans, including potential relief from anxiety, pain relief and immune system support.  We are happy to share our own experiences in giving CBD to our pets but please consult your veterinarian if your pet has specific health issues.

Where is your Hemp CBD sourced?

Our hemp is grown and extracted in the beautiful state of Oregon.  During the summer of 2018, we planted our own hemp grow and starting fall 2018, we will be extracting our own CBD oil, thus turning us into a “soil to oil” operation, controlling our product every step of the way.