1. Cannabis, Hemp, and Marijuana. What’s the difference?

Cannabis is a family of plants with two primary classifications: Indica and Sativa. While marijuana can be considered a member of either the Indica or Sativa families, hemp is only a member of the Cannabis Sativa family. Both hemp and marijuana contain phytocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids are the primary chemical compounds produced by the cannabis plant. The two most well known phytocannabinoids are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the only phytocannabinoid that gets you "high.” Hemp has a very low concentration of THC -- less than 0.3%. Marijuana, on the other hand, is rich with THC with concentrations up to 30%.


2. What is in our hemp oil?

Besides CBD, our hemp oil contains various other cannabinoids, Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids, and over a dozen vitamins and minerals, like iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamins A, B, C, and E, and beta-Carotene, often missing from the average diet. Due to this nutritional content, full-spectrum CBD hemp oil can be a complete daily dietary supplement.


3. Do cannabidiol (CBD) and other natural hemp based constituents show up on a drug test?

Most workplace drug screens and tests target delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and do not detect the presence of cannabidiol (CBD) or other legal natural hemp based constituents.  However, studies have shown that consuming hemp foods and oils can, in rare cases, cause confirmed positive results when screening urine and blood specimens, much like poppy seeds may lead to a positive drug test for opiods. Further, your body type, amount consumed, and method of consumption all may play a part in your test results. Our full Spectrum products contain the legal limit of less than .3% THC. Our CBD isolate is purified CBD that has been isolated from the other cannabinoids and therefore does not have any trace of THC. If you are subject to any form of drug testing, we recommend that you consult your healthcare provider, employer or drug testing company prior to testing.


4. Are your products legal?

In the U.S., CBD derived from hemp is considered a dietary supplement and is legal to purchase and ship across the United States. Because our CBD hemp oil contains less than 0.3% THC by weight, it is exempt from the Federal Controlled Substances Act prohibition on marijuana.


5. Will your products get me high?

No.  CBD does not cause a psychoactive high like THC. Our products are all made with high-CBD, low-THC hemp oil and not nearly enough to cause the high associated with marijuana. CBD can actually lessen or neutralize the THC high, depending on how much of each compound is present in a particular product.


6. What dosage should I take?

Cannabis, like many herbs, is a very individualized experience. Genetics, metabolism, body mass, diet, environment, product potency and consistency all play a part. For some, a little goes a long way; for others, it may take more to produce the desired effect -- much like aspirin or any other pain reliever.

If you’re new to CBD, it’s best to start out with small doses and move up from there to determine the ideal dosage for your particular needs and body chemistry. A dose between 10 - 20 mg twice a day is a good starting place and is typically enough to provide relief from a number of ailments.

If you are currently taking medications, we encourage you to talk with your doctor about adding CBD to your daily routine.


7. Can your products cure/treat my…?

Because our CBD hemp oil products are categorized as dietary supplements in the United States, we comply with the FDA’s DSHEA guidelines and cannot endorse any specific medical benefits of CBD or our hemp oil.

We encourage you to browse the thousands of reputable studies regarding CBD published online and talk with your doctor to see if a CBD supplement is right for you.


8. Which CBD hemp oil product is right for me?

This will depend on your own personal preference, desired CBD quantities, and preferred means of application. Typically, CBD products fall under one of two categories: topicals, which are applied externally, or dietary supplements, which are taken internally.

Theapothecarystores.com and our retail shops have a wide selection of products featuring different flavors, potencies,  and consistencies from which to choose.


9. What’s the difference between CBD hemp oil and the hemp products I buy at the grocery store?

Hemp products sold in grocery and health food stores are most often created using hemp seed oil, which can contain only trace amounts of CBD. While it has been noted that hemp seed oil can be a great source of nutrition, its marginal quantity of CBD per weight makes it unfeasible as a CBD supplement.

Our CBD hemp oil, however, is extracted from the stalk of specifically selected hemp cultivars, offering higher percentages of CBD by weight and additional nutritional benefits from the contents of our oil.