What is CBD?
We use our hydrocarbon extraction methods for our CBD to produce products with a superior taste and effect. Most people would say that CBD is more about what you don’t feel than what you do. CBD is not meant to be psychoactive, so it doesn’t produce a high like THC does. That being said, it is wildly popular amongst users who tout it as a treatment for a myriad of ailments. Still, the jury is out, requiring more FDA approved research, before any definitive benefits can be legally stated.
CBD dosage can be a little confusing, but we most commonly recommend both starting small (take advantage of a low tolerance while you have it) and consulting your doctor when you’ve decided to try it. Cannabis has been known to interact with some medications, so your medical professional should be made aware before you make it a consistent part of your life.
It should also be noted that, even though it is uncommon, CBD can present as THC on a drug test in sensitive individuals, especially when using a full-spectrum product that contains traces of THC. We would always suggest testing yourself frequently as the CBD builds in your system to determine whether or not you would present positive results for THC.
CBD products generally fall into one of three categories: isolate, broad-spectrum, and full-spectrum. Isolate refers to products that contain CBD only. All of the other cannabinoids and other trace compounds are filtered out for a totally singular CBD experience. This is a great fit for when zero THC is needed, but it does filter out the other natural compounds found in cannabis that contribute to the entourage effect. In short, this means that cannabis compounds work better together. Broad spectrum products contain some of the other natural compounds found in cannabis, but a large portion of them are still filtered out, namely THC, even in small amounts. A full-spectrum formula, by comparison, embraces the natural rainbow of cannabinoids for the most unified possible CBD experience. Because of the entourage benefit of this total cannabis approach, we formulate nearly all of our products as full spectrum. Even our THC-free tinctures only have the THC removed, leaving all of the rest of the beneficial compounds for a well rounded effect.
What is Delta 8?
So, does Delta 8 give you the same “high?” The short answer is: kind of. Delta 8 THC is a psychoactive compound, so it does produce a cannabis high. That’s right. As of 2022, unless you live in one of the states where Delta 8 is currently banned you can exchange your legal tender for a non-synthetic product that will get you “stoned.” That being said, it’s a little different than the traditional Delta 9 THC high. Many consumers refer to it “diet weed” or “canna-lite.” Though Delta 8 does produce a psychoactive high, it’s reported to be less intense than traditional cannabis. Most tell us that it’s less cerebral and seemingly most celebrated for its body effects. Our users describe Delta 8 as indica-like, and they also tell us that they are less likely to experience anxiety and paranoia than they would during traditional cannabis experiences.
If reading this has made you at all curious to try it yourself, we are happy to oblige. We believe that anyone, from a cannabis novice to bonafide expert, can gain something from this particular cannabis analog. Our advice, as always, is to begin with a product that’s easy to dose and to give yourself plenty of time and opportunity to experiment slowly. Though cannabis has never killed anyone, a too-potent high can be a very uncomfortable ordeal. Just remember: you can always take more.
Keep in mind that Delta 8 is a THC compound and will typically cause a positive result on drug screenings.
What is Delta 9?
Potently psychoactive, Delta 9 THC, when plucked off of the branch of a plant, remains federally illegal, and state illegal for a large part of the country. However, much like Delta 8, Delta 9 can be extracted and amplified from hemp flower, allowing for the creation of a legal THC compound identical to the one found in “wild” plants.
If you’ve ever tried raw cannabis before, you’re likely familiar with its effects, and even though ours is derived from hemp, the Delta 9 experience remains virtually indistinguishable. Fans of our D9 products tell us to expect a more cerebral experience than that offered by D8, engaging the mind and body in equal measure. It is also more “psychedelic” in nature, offering, for many customers, trippier body sensations, enhanced visual perception, and greater degrees of introspection. For a lot of users however, this can also come with higher degrees of anxiety and paranoia, so a slow approach is always recommended when exploring Delta 9. Also, our Delta 9 THC is still THC, and despite its hemp-derived origin, will still, most likely, cause a positive result on a THC screening.
What is Delta 10?
This breed of THC is considerably more mild than Delta 9 and even Delta 8, making it a perfect entry level cannabis product for those new to the culture. Our customers describe Delta 10 as more of the “sativa” to Delta 8’s “indica,” providing users with a euphoric mood boost and upbeat energy. This makes it a great choice for daytime use or any other time where being married to your couch all afternoon just isn’t an option. Delta 10 is also a good candidate for pairing with another THC compound. Its energetic nature can help to balance out the heaviness known to hallmark other forms of cannabis.
Even though we’d consider Delta 10 to be in the shallow end of the cannabis pool, it is always best to start slowly with new compounds and determine your comfort level prior to increasing dosage. And, like most THC compounds, it is detectable on drug tests screening for it.
What is the endocannabinoid system?
So why does this matter to a cannabis user? Well, THC and CBD are both phytocannabinoids, which interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system, which can boost the efficiencies of the body’s major systems. This may explain why so many cannabis users experience such a wide myriad of reported positive effects after use. And that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. The endocannabinoid system is under a lot of investigation as are cannabis compounds and their greater impact on our health. While it’s too early to state definitively exactly to what extent the exploration of this system may allow us to live better lives, the future is certainly promising.
What is Kratom?
Broadly, the kratom plant is a member of the coffee family, an evergreen native to Southeast Asia that can reach sizes of 30ft or more. Used as a part of local tradition for thousands of years, kratom has gained popularity in Western cultures recently, hailed for a number of reported benefits, namely higher levels of energy, mood stabilization, and pain relief. As the kratom plant matures, its large leaves go through varying changes in their alkaloid content, so harvesting at different stages in their development provides different alkaloid concentrations and ipso facto different effects.
The first of the three most common veins is white. White vein kratom is processed from the youngest leaves of the kratom plant. It contains a high concentration of the kratom alkaloid 7-OH, which produces the greatest amount of kratom’s stimulating effects. White vein strains are popular amongst those seeking an energy boost to carry them throughout the day. Because they are in the same plant family, kratom is similar in energizing effect to a strong cup of coffee, though users report that white vein kratom also gives them a boost of euphoria and focus that caffeine doesn’t necessarily provide.
The second of the kratom veins is green. Green vein kratom is a middle of the road variety of kratom, providing energy and sedation in equal measures. While this may seem counterintuitive, green vein kratom is well loved for its mood-stabilizing effects, users claiming that it can help them deal with symptoms of depression, anxiety, and mood swings. It’s also reported to be a great mood enhancer, lending a positive outlook to difficult days and tough tasks. This lovely balanced effect is produced by an even blend of the two major kratom alkaloid families.
The third, and arguably most popular, vein of kratom is the red vein. Red vein kratom is comprised of the oldest leaves of the kratom tree and contain the highest levels of mitragynine, the alkaloid in kratom that contributes to its sedative properties. Red vein kratom is also touted as a pain killer, and the most likely vein to be cited in controversies about this plant. This is because kratom (red vein more so than any other variety) interacts with the opioid receptors in the body, offering potential relief to those prescribed with opiate medications that may offer a less than functional lifestyle. For this reason it has also gained extreme popularity in the recovery and sobriety communities, potentiating self-treatment and maintenance options for those with a history of opiate abuse.
Once you’ve nailed down which vein seems to be a good fit for you, you’ll next need to decide on a locality. Though all strains under a specific vein will have the same basic spectrum of effects, kratom comes from a few different countries and regions that can skew the results slightly. Much like cannabis, kratom localities become favorites amongst users, and like cannabis, it can take some time and experimentation to figure out what you like best. As boring as it may sound, we recommend taking some notes on the different varieties that you try, to help you nail down what works best for you. Regular kratom users sometimes mix strains to create their desired effect, so don’t be afraid to change it up every now and then.
Though kratom should not trigger a positive test result on a standard 5 panel drug screening, it can occasionally produce a false positive for methadone on an expanded 10 panel test, so make sure to test yourself often if you plan to begin a kratom regimen. It is also important to research the legality of this plant prior to purchase in your state. Though kratom remains federally legal, it has been banned in a handful of states. It is also important to carefully research dosage prior to use. There are many charts and videos available online, and dosing can vary greatly based on experience, body condition, and what vein is being used. It should also be noted that kratom can have some unpleasant side effects if misused. For this reason, it is recommended to do some homework prior to trying out this plant for the first time. Luckily, there are thousands of anecdotal reports available web wide to help you sort out the intricacies.
What does hemp-derived really mean and are these products legal?
Despite the fact that hemp has been line bred against high levels of these cannabinoids, those compounds do still exist within the hemp plant, just in very small quantities. Luckily, the scientific processes exist that allow us to extract and amplify these compounds for use in our products. The best part? Because these extracted compounds originated from the hemp plant, they are 100% federally legal. It’s not uncommon to wonder if that makes these products synthetic, and the answer is generally considered to be no. We are not artificially creating compounds to mislead consumers or create a “cannabis-like” effect, just taking advantage of what nature has given us in allowing us to develop products tailored for niche uses.
How much product in an oil dropper should I take at one time?
The formula for figuring out exactly how much active ingredient is in each dropper full is actually pretty easy. Let’s take a 1060mg CBD tincture for example. We use 1ml droppers and each bottle contains 30ml. You can find your milligram content and divide it by the milliliters in a bottle to figure out how many milligrams of CBD are in each dropper. 1060/30=~36mg. So each dropper contains about 36mg of CBD, which should serve as a good guideline for dosing. You may want to do ½ a dropper full to garner 18mg of CBD, or ⅓ of a dropper for 12mg. Though the concentration varies depending on which strength you opt for, the formula remains the same.
Now don’t forget: your tolerance varies depending on a number of different personal factors (age, weight, body composition, exposure to cannabis products, sex, activity level etc.) so exact dosing recommendations can’t be given accurately. Experimentation and patience is key, so start small and adjust as needed and you’ll be sure to find a serving size that works for you!
Is CBD safe for my pet?
However, since the clinical trials have not been done, there is no hard and fast rule for dosing a pet with CBD. When introducing it to your furry family members, as with people, it’s important to start slowly, and figure out what amount works best for them as individuals.
As for side effects, they are similar to the same ones we humans can experience, namely dry mouth, changes to appetite, and/or fatigue. Make sure to keep your vet in the know and pay attention to your pet’s behavior. A number of our staff members here at PharmaCBD use CBD oil to help their pets and it is a pretty clear consensus amongst them that, with some patience and experimentation, the results are worth the effort, from Siameses and Calicos to Chihuahuas and Greyhounds.
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Are hemp-derived THC cannabis products addictive? What about CBD?
This is called “cannabis use disorder” and studies have found that it occurs in around 9% of regular THC users. Though that might seem like a bigger number than you were prepared for, compared with other commonly used psychoactive substances, it’s actually pretty low. Even drugs we consider culturally common come with much higher abuse rates, with caffeine sitting around 11-22% (depending on which study series you happen to look at), alcohol coming in around 15%, and nicotine boasting a worryingly high 32%. And don’t get us started on sugar!
Though it’s so widespread in the American diet it’s hard to get statistics about sugar addiction, a 2015 study showed that rats, when given an option between normal food, food laced with cocaine or the same food topped with sugar, chose sugar 94% of the time, even when they had to work much harder for it. Need we say more?
Breaks from regular cannabis use can be helpful for avoiding dependency, and most studies have shown that your endocannabinoid system’s tolerance resets entirely after four weeks, even for heavy users. Part of being a responsible cannabis user is understanding how cannabis affects your life and recognizing if you are developing negative life behaviors associated with it. Everything is best in moderation.
Conversely, there is no conclusive evidence that CBD produces addictive effects and it has even been shown in some studies to have a positive impact on those affected by cannabis use disorder as well as other addictions. Though it’s still too early to state definitively, we can state comfortably that you are unlikely to develop a dependency on CBD products.
What is third party testing and why is it important?
Sativa, indica, hybrid: which is best for me?
On the other side of the spectrum lie the indica strains. Most users tell us that indicas are more body high, producing reported effects of sedation, drowsiness, pain relief, and states of deep relaxation. This makes them a perfect fit for a nighttime strain. Indicas are famous for their documented “couch lock” effect, where one’s body and mind become so relaxed that it’s difficult at times to even leave the couch!
Hybrids, as you may have realized, fall somewhere in the middle, boasting parentage on both sides of the effect spectrum, for a balanced state of being that gets a little bit of everything. Hybrids are usually considered a good place to start for new cannabis users, so that they can get an idea of what they like about the experience and intensify those feelings by swinging to one side of the fence or the other, though they have plenty of merit in their own right. Avoiding the extremes of full force sativas and indicas, hybrids provide a nice even blend of both experiences. Simply match the feeling with what you’re feeling and you’re sure to have a match made in heaven.
What are terpenes?
These compounds contribute the signature tastes and smells of cannabis strains, but also to the overall effects experienced by the user. The difference between them isn’t as drastic as say, the difference between CBD and THC, but they do make a significant impact. Terpenes are categorized by their flavor profile and are broken down into 4 camps: sweet, spicy, sour, and bitter, though the effects of each are arguably the larger interest. For example, many labs claim that when examining cannabis, you can identify if the sample originated from an indica or sativa, just from the levels of myrcene (one of these terpenes) found within. Though there hasn’t been any conclusive evidence, studies have shown correlations between different terpenes and a variety of psychological and physiological benefits. For a non cannabis example: we’ve all heard that lavender is relaxing, right? Well, the reason we associate the two is thanks to the linalool in the plant! Experimentation with linalool has produced suggestion that the terpene is mildly sedative and has a relaxing effect on nerve impulses and muscle spasms. The good news? There’s linalool in lots of cannabis strains as well. Though there is a lot more study that needs to be conducted, terpenes are well worth the research and could produce enhanced cannabis benefits through the entourage effect.
What method of use provides the best bioavailability?
● Oral Ingestion – 8-17% (keep in mind that THC breaks down in the system to a compound called 11-hydroxy-metabolite, which is 4-5X more psychotropic than standard fare THC)
● Sublingual Ingestion- 28-47%
● Smoking – 24-48%
● Vaping – 33-54%