We want to field your frequently asked questions about hemp and CBD. We have answered each in short form. For further details, please reach out to us directly or search the Carolina Hemp Co. Blog.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CANNABIS, HEMP, AND MARIJUANA?
Prohibition has spurred a lack of education surrounding the cannabis plant. Depending on how the plant is grown and utilized determines which terminology is in use.
WHAT IS CANNABIS?
People have cultivated Cannabis throughout recorded history as a source of industrial fiber, seed oil, food, recreation, medicine and have used it in religious and spiritual practices. Selective breeding and growing conditions differentiate the final use or ideal use of the plant. Additionally, each part of the plant is harvested differently, depending on the purpose of its use. The essential nutrients found in the hemp plant are believed to be beneficial to human health and help prevent various diseases and is bred to have various levels of CBD and / or THC.
WHAT IS HEMP?
Hemp, or industrial hemp, is a variety of the Cannabis plant used to describe Cannabis Sativa that contains only trace amounts of THC. It is one of the fastest growing plants and can be refined into a variety of commercial items including paper, textiles, clothing, rope, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, and animal feed.
Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the main compounds in Cannabis Sativa. While THC is responsible for the ‘high’ sensation, CBD has no established side effects and its list of medical benefits continue to expand each daily as new studies continue to be funded. The assumption that CBD has the same effects as THC seems logical since these two compounds come from the same plant. Recent studies on CBD extracts prove otherwise.
Only products made from industrial hemp (less than 0.3% THC) are legal to sell, buy, consume, and ship. This single factor (0.3%) is how most people distinguish between what is classified as “hemp” and what is classified as “cannabis.” The cannabinoids and other essential nutrients found in the hemp plant are believed to be beneficial to human health and help prevent various diseases and the plant has naturally occurring high levels of CBD, but low levels in THC.
WHAT DEFINES MARIJUANA?
In this instance, the Cannabis Sativa plant is bred for its potent, resinous glands (known as trichomes). These trichomes contain high amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid most known for its psychoactive properties.
WHAT IS CBD?
Cannabidiol—CBD—is the much talked about cannabis chemical compound found in hemp and high-CBD strains of cannabis. It is non-psychoactive (can not get you 'high') and is a wonderful nutritional supplement. As a superfood, CBD is becoming known for three main medical benefits; an anti-inflammatory, anxiety and stress reducer, and an excellent natural pain reliever.
WHY IS CBD BENEFICIAL FOR YOU?
CBD has been shown to support the proper functioning of the Endocannabinoid System. The role of the Endocannabinoid System is to protect and modulate the nervous system and the immune system. You can think of it as pushing the reset button on both the nervous system and the immune system. It pulls these systems out of abnormal patterns and stress responses. CBD supports the natural system that was meant to act as a check and reset.
WHAT IS THE ECS?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is one of science’s newest and most exciting discoveries as it is responsible for making sure your entire body is working optimally. The ECS is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of lipids and their receptors. The ECS is involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory, inflammatory responses, and even cognitive function.
The two primary endocannabinoid receptors have been identified: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are found predominantly in the brain and nervous system, as well as in peripheral organs and tissues. CB2 is involved in the regulation of appetite, immune system functions and pain management. Since the endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating your response to pain, in most cases those people suffering from chronic pains have an insufficient supply of cannabinoid to control the endocannabinoid system. This explains why medical marijuana is so effective for such patients.
HOW DOES ONE CONSUME CDB AND WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR ME?
There are four basic methods for consumption:
Cannabidiol / CBD Oil in its pure form can be ingested daily as part of your health regiment. It can be taken orally or mixed in with food or drink that offers you many different ways to consume it. Tincture products come in different flavors and CBD strengths. CBD Oils / Tinctures are the most potent CBD product in terms of dosage precision, as you can easily increase or decrease your dosage by the drop.
CBD oil is available in a topical form which makes it easy to pinpoint and target specific areas of your body that are experiencing stiffness, pain or inflammation. CBD is absorbed through the skin, making balms a great means of directly alleviating an ache you might have.
Vaporizers function like an e-pen where the liquid CBD is heated to a point where it turns into vapor that can be inhaled. The inhaled vapor enters your bloodstream through your lungs. Since it enters your bloodstream directly and quickly the vape method produces instant results.
CBD oils are incorporated into edible products like Honey Sticks and gummy vitamin chews and absorbed through your digestive tract.
EDIBLES FOR OUR PETS:
Yes, animals have an endocannabinoid system too, and are sold as dog biscuits and oils.
WHAT IS THE STANDARD DOSING OR SERVING SIZE?
The amount of CBD oil that people take on a daily basis can vary greatly and is customized to your personal needs. Know that some people with serious needs are taking 5 to 10 times the suggested dosage to achieve the results they are desiring. Some people who are very sensitive are using much less than the suggested dosage.
Suggestions to follow:
- Standard dosing sizes vary based on if the oil is a single compound CBD or a whole plant CBD oil that contains all compounds (Cannabinoids and Terpenes).
- Regarding full plant oils, the rule of thumb is Less is More. Begin with a minimum of 1-2 ml per day and adjust from there.
- Use the provided ml syringe provided with your product.
- Three Weeks to Steady -- Every change takes 3 weeks to see what that change will do.
- CBD oil can be ingested at any time on an empty or full stomach.
FULL PLANT OILS INTAKE SUGGESTED FORMULA:
Take a person’s weight X 0.25 divided by 20 then divide the number of times a day you will take a dose; twice or 3 times typically.
Example: 100 pd person X 0.25 = 2.5 / 20 = 0.125 / 2 (times a day) = 0.25 ml’s every 12 hours.
This is a standard protocol for dosing (not to include Seizures or Cancer) but can be used for Pain, MS, Alzheimer’s, Fibromyalgia, etc. Follow for 14 days ….
A person weighing 50-90 pounds starting dose is 0.75 ML’s two times a day 12 hours apart and at least an hour and a half away from taking any pharmaceuticals.
A person weighing over 90 pounds starting dose is 1 ML’s two times a day 12 hours apart and at least an hour and a half away from taking any pharmaceuticals.
A child weighing less than 50 pounds starting dose is 0.5 ML’s two times a day 12 hours apart and at least an hour and a half away from taking any pharmaceuticals.
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF ‘FULL SPECTRUM’ OR “WHOLE PLANT” CBD?
Full spectrum refers to all the cannabinoids naturally found in hemp. There have been over eighty different cannabinoids isolated and identified. The ‘take away point’ is that CBD has shown to be much more effective in the presence of all the naturally occurring cannabinoids. This is an important point because CBD has gained a lot of notoriety and some people mistakenly think the CBD isolate is what we are referring to, but actually, it is the ‘full spectrum, CBD rich hemp extract’ that Cannabis doctors recommend.
Cannabinoids are rare in nature. Even though all animals, including humans, are able to internally create small amounts of cannabinoids, there are few places in nature where they can be found in abundance. Hemp is by far the richest source for a wide range of cannabinoid substances. It is a unique plant that has been shown to have unprecedented healing properties.
WILL CBD HELP WITH MY CONDITION?
Unfortunately, we cannot make any claims for conditions. You will have to do your own research and consult with your healthcare provider and make decisions if CBD is right for you.
We can share our experience, other people’s testimonials and reference material in private formats. You may request a private email be sent to you with such material. It is also possible to schedule a consult with one of our professionals.
With all that said, different forms of CBD have been known to offer relief to people with varied diseases and chronic conditions. CBD hemp oils have been reported to help ease a broad spectrum of diseases, including epilepsy, anxiety, autism, stress, PTSD, depression, cancer, pain, diabetes…and more. CBD oil benefits are now being widely researched across the world and given a new light on its therapeutic effects.
WILL CBD HELP ME IF I’M HEALTHY?
Many knowledgeable professionals are considering the cannabinoids, particularly CBD, to be an essential food. Because it plays such a vital role in neurological protection and assisting the body in dealing with stress many consider it to be a staple we should not be without.
HOW TO DETERMINE WHICH CBD PRODUCT IS BEST FOR YOU?
The first step lies in knowing how to compare similar products, and distinguish among seemingly identical products. To make an informed selection, we recommend you look at four aspects: CBD strength, purity, transparency, and price.
First, look at the amount of CBD in relation to hemp oil. CBD products are usually measured using these two quantities. While hemp oil has beneficial properties of its own, when buying CBD products it is the concentration of CBD in it that matters.
Second, look at the specific volume of CBD in the product. This listing should be on the label, most usually expressed as a percentage of the total volume of the product. It can range anywhere from 10% to 26%. Naturally, the concentration you choose would depend on how much CBD you want to start with and what type of product you’ll be getting it from.
We advise that you take 1 to 2 mg daily at first, as this is the typical small dosage for an adult. Try this for about a week or two – by then, you should be experiencing the benefits, and can adjust the quantity until you find a dosage that works for you.
Don’t worry, science says it’s impossible to overdose or “take too much” CBD, and there are no known incidences of that happening. However, it is possible to take too low a dosage and not feel a difference, effectively wasting CBD’s powerful benefits.
Next, consider what else could be in your CBD hemp oil. It’s possible that they include preservatives, solvents and additives. As we also explained above, CBD hemp oils are derived from hemp flower, stalks, leaves and seeds. And because farming methods vary, there is a good possibility that some products come with pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. If you want to avoid unwanted chemicals, look for products that are derived from Certified Organic industrial hemp. Carolina Hemp Company only offers products that are of the highest quality available.
With purity also comes transparency. For you to know how pure the CBD hemp oil is, the parent company must be willing to provide certified lab analyses for each of their products. This would show the concentration of CBD in the product, and also prove that the product is free from pesticides and other contaminants.
As with any product, price is often related to the product’s quality and purity. To produce high quality CBD hemp oil, a substantial amount of hemp is necessary, and proper refinement processes also have to be in place. So the purer and more highly concentrated the oil is, the higher its price is likely to be.
This is why it’s important to search for a reputable company for your CBD needs. Never settle for low quality oil just to save a few dollars. Instead, find a brand that offers good value and stick with it!
IS CBD OIL LEGAL?
Yes, CBD oil derived from legally cultivated or imported hemp is legal in all 50 states. It is a product of hemp and not marijuana. The hemp extract that we sell is as legal as a hemp shirt or hemp toothpaste.
COULD YOU TEST POSITIVE ON A DRUG TEST?
There are different ways that companies test for drugs. Some drug tests are specific for THC and some are broader and test for all cannabinoids. For specific THC testing, you will not fail a drug test. It is best to check with your workplace prior to starting a product with cannabinoids.
If you have a question we have not answered, please contact your sale rep for further assistance.
*PERSONS WHO SUSPECT THEY MAY HAVE A DISEASE OR ARE SEEKING HELP FOR A SPECIFIC DISEASE SHOULD CONSULT A QUALIFIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.