OIL FAQ'S

How much CBD is actually in my oil?


Good question! Currently the only guidance for labeling is to label the amount PER CONTAINER. This can be confusing when comparing products in different size containers. The only way to effectively compare is to use the same unit of measurement. I prefer mg/ml. But if all bottles are 1 oz it is also easy to see which bottles have more or less. Using mg/ml will allow you to compare many products in many different sizes.




How much oil do I use/take?


There is no current "dosing" guidelines from any governing agency. It is therefore up to the manufacturer to decide how much is useful to take according to their beliefs and experiences. The suggesed use is often between 2 and 200mg of CBD! Quite a difference. I always recommend starting small with 2-3 drops of oil. In this bottle, there are 40 mg/ml. With approximately 20 drops in 1 ml, this would mean approximately 4-6 mg of CBD. I also believe in microdosing, or keeping the same small amount instead of increasting or "titrating" over time. However, many people benefit from many methodologies. Trust your personal beliefs and guidance and discover what works best for you personally)




Is this Organic?


When a product uses the "Organic" symbol legally, it has generally gone through a rigorous, costly process. If it is grown, the farmer who must apply, and if it is processed, the processor must apply. It is only in the last year that hemp grown organically is legally able to apply. Because of recent changes in the legal structure, hemp growers can now start applying for the "organic" labeling stamp of approval. Often, to bypass this, a producer can also apply for the label by using a certain percentage of organic ingredients in the final product. So since the oil is primarily Organic MCT Oil, I can apply for this status regardless of where the hemp comes from or where it is grown. However, it is more important for me to know the actual hemp is being grown in a sustainable, "organic" way regardless of the labeling. The small farm I work with may choose to proceed at some point with the "organic" process but for now the labeling is worded to reflect what is in the package. The pesticide testing in Oregon is extremely strict. If you purchase your oil and know the hemp was grown in Oregon it is going to be safe regardless of how and where it was grown. If the hemp was grown in a different state, it's more important to have the organic certification or know where and how the hemp is grown.




What is Hemp Oil vs Hemp Seed Oil?


Hemp Oil is currently used to describe both Hemp extract oil and Hemp SEED Oil. Hemp extract is resinous oil removed from the flower and plant glandular trichomes. It contains the cannabinoids like CBD, THC, and CBG. There are over 100 named cannabinoids found in hemp and cannabis. This resin can be extracted using different methods. Hemp Seed oil is pressed from the seeds of the hemp plant. The seeds do not have any cannabinoids present. The seeds are valuable in their own right and provide Omega 3 and 6 and GLA. These oils are used like another other seed oil. Often it is not clear (maybe on purpose?) which of the Hemp Oil is in the product. Look on the ingredient section of the label to determine if it is hemp extract or hemp seed oil. For more info on Hemp and Cannabis feel free to peruse the blog section




Is Hemp and CBD legal?  Does Hemp contain THC?


In 2018, Industrial Hemp, defined as L. Cannabis Sativa conatining under 0.3% THC, was legalized at the federal level. The regulations were not established until late 2019. Yet, each state still has their own sovereinty and regulates hemp (and cannabis) in different ways. Several states do not allow hemp to be grown or sold. If there is a concern, find out the state laws where yoy live. Here in Oregon, both hemp and cannabis are legal but have different regulations. Feel free to purchase Hemp CBD from any store and Cannabis CBD from any dispensary. Here is an article that may explain more in depth What is Cannabis? Hemp?




How is this oil made?  How is it extracted?


This oil is extracted at a legal facility in Oregon, using grain alcohol. I prefer grain alcohol from personal experience. It is the only solvent that preserves all parts of the plant as whole plant extract maintaining the integrity of all components. It has been used for centuries by herbalists around the world as a safe, effective extraction method. The alcohol is removed for the final product leaving a pure, hemp extract to be mixed as needed. Other solvents used in extraction include CO2 (good), hexane/butane (never recommend), and a different process I call infusion where the hemp flower is placed directly into the oil and heated. This method is preferred by some and I have used it many times. For more in depth information explore the Cannabis 101 section or see the guide Cannabis Concepts.




What is Full Spectrum?


Currently, the labeling guidelines for many states are as follows: Full Spectrum: Hemp extract contains less than 0.3% THC but still includes THC as well as all other cannabioids. (A whole plant extract with no modifications or alterations). Broad Spectrum: Hemp extract contains 0.0% THC but still includes all other cannabinoids. (THC is removed from the whole plant extract) CBD Isolate: Hemp extract that contains 0.0% THC and nearly 99% CBD. All other cannabinoids have been removed, or more likely the CBD has been "isolated" and removed from the whole plant extract to have a one component product. All of my products are Full Spectrum.




Can I use this for my pet?


Yes. BUT take into consideration the size of your pet. If your pet if under 50lbs, dilute the oil significantly and only offer 1 drop. If you want to use CBD for your pet, it is even more important to read and understand How to Calculate a Dose and how to compare products when purchasing them.