There are as many questions about CBD as there are companies slinging it. Here are a few questions that may have crossed your mind.
Is CBD legal? Yes. CBD was federally legalized in 2018 under the 2018 Farm Bill. It was partially legalized in 2014 ,under state jurisdiction, within the parameters of industrial hemp pilot research programs.
Is it safe? Side effects from taking CBD are uncommon, and mild. They can include: Drowsiness, dry mouth, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, and Inhibition of Hepatic Drug Metabolism (avoid CBD if you’re taking drugs that can’t be mixed with grapefruit.)
Can CBD cause me to fail a drug test? It’s possible that taking a CBD supplement internally could result in a failed drug test. This is because of the trace amounts of THC present in full-spectrum extracts, and the high sensitivity of modern drug tests. Even when a tincture is under the legal limit of 0.3% THC, it’s still possible that this can produce detectable levels in the blood. It is not recommended to use CBD supplements internally if drug testing is a concern.
How do tinctures work? A tincture is designed to be held under the tongue before swallowing. This promotes contact with the capillary-rich membranes within the mouth and throat, increasing delivery to the bloodstream. Once swallowed, more is digested and released into the body gradually. (Find Full-Spectrum CBD tinctures here.)
How do topical products work? When CBD is applied to the skin, it interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors in the skin and hair follicles. These receptors affect the surrounding tissues and joints, and have the ability to reduce inflammation, ease pain, and alleviate muscle tension and joint stiffness. Find Full-Spectrum CBD Topicals here.
What ingredients are in your CBD products? See below.
Drops: Full-Spectrum CBD extract and organic extra virgin olive oil
Rubbit: Shea Nut Oil, Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, Almond Oil, Beeswax, Full-Spectrum CBD Oil, and Essential Oils of Orange, Mint, and Clove.
Body Balm: Aloe Vera gel, Full-Spectrum CBD extract, & Lemon Verbena Essential Oil.
Is it safe for pets? Yes! Our tinctures are formulated with a pet-safe carrier oil and free from additives, essential oils, or other compounds that can harm pets. Pet dosage is calculated by weight.
Safe for kids/pregnancy? Not enough science is available to make definitive claims about the safety of CBD for children or pregnant women. It is incumbent upon the individual to examine the available research and make an informed decision about CBD usage.
What part of the hemp plant do you use? We extract our CBD from the sticky, resinous hemp flowers grown on our farm. They are rich in CBD and other beneficial compounds. The stalks and stems are composted and returned to the soil.
What’s the difference between hemp and cannabis? Botanically speaking, hemp and cannabis are the same plant. Legally, hemp is defined as non-psychoactive cannabis, or plants that have less than 0.3% THC.
Is it possible to take too much CBD? There is no known overdose level for CBD. At high doses, some drowsiness may occur, but CBD is generally considered a very safe supplement.
Are your products lab tested? Yes. Our CBD extract undergoes third-party lab testing, as do all our consumer products.
Is there anyone who should not take CBD? Speak with your doctor before taking CBD if you are pregnant, nursing, taking hepatic drugs, or living with a chronic condition that requires special treatment.
Rebecca Recker is Director of Communications for Frogsong Farm. With a background in organic farming and permaculture design, Rebecca has been writing about soil health and local food access for nine years. The author of several blogs, she has contributed to articles for Oregon Leaf and Green Living PDX magazines, as well as the following websites: Civilized, Splimm, Miss Grass, and Flowertown. She has been a featured guest on the Periodic Effects and Your Highness podcasts.