Frequently Asked Questions
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What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over one hundred active ingredients found in cannabis, and is derived from the hemp plant, a close relative of the marijuana plant. Even though it is found in marijuana, CBD is considered to be a non-psychoactive component, meaning that it does not produce a “high.” According to the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential… To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” Patients most commonly use CBD-containing products to relieve pain and anxiety, but it has also been used for bipolar disorder, diabetes, seizures, multiple sclerosis, and more. Although more clinical trials are needed to fully determine the rate of effectiveness, CBD oil shows great potential in treating many ailments.
Will CBD get me high?
CBD is extracted from industrial hemp, which has negligible amounts of THC to begin with; THC is the chemical that produces a “high.” To take it a step further, traceable amounts of THC are removed completely in the extraction process. Some products do however contain less than 0.3% THC, which is below the legal limit, but most products that we carry are THC free. Since THC is removed during extraction or present in extremely small concentrations (< 0.3%), the product will not produce a psychoactive effect like the one seen after marijuana use.
What’s the difference between gummies, drops, creams, etc.?
All of these products contain the same CBD but are taken in different ways. Drops are typically taken sublingually (under the tongue), and gummies are simply chewed and swallowed. These two dosage forms are typically taken for a multitude of reasons, some of which include pain, anxiety, and trouble sleeping. Creams are applied topically, usually on the site of pain or inflammation. Nasal sprays are administered in the nose and are useful for treating headaches. Preclinical studies show that vapes, which are inhaled, can even help with smoking cessation or nicotine addiction. We often make recommendations to patients based on their lifestyle; if you are someone that would like to easily adjust the amount of CBD you take daily then we suggest you take an oil. On the other hand, if you have found a dose that works for you and you'd like to take it more consistently, then CBD gummies or capsules are right for you!
How do I know what dose is right for me?
We typically base CBD doses off of multiple factors including a patient’s weight, current medications, and social and medical history. To find out which dose is right for you, feel free to come in and talk with our professionally trained and extremely knowledgeable staff.
What’s the difference between brands?
The main difference between brands is how they grow their product and how their products are formulated. We have chosen brands that grow their hemp in the US and have teams of pharmacists responsible for formulating their products. When deciding on which brands to carry, we took great care in looking for the best ingredients and most sustainable growing practices so that you can rest assured in knowing that the product you use is of the highest quality.
Will CBD products show up on a drug test?
Many of the products that we carry are 100% free of THC, the component of cannabis that employers test for. Our manufacturers extract their CBD using practices that leave little to no THC in the product, and also take it a step further by refining the product and having it tested by a third party lab to make sure that it meets our golden standard.
***The only guaranteed way to pass a drug test is to refrain from using substances that have the potential to produce a positive result.
Will my insurance cover any prescription medicine I purchase?
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Will it interact with any of my medications or health conditions?
The answer to this question varies by patient, of course. In order to give you the best answer, we would have to get to know you better! Our interdisciplinary team is always available to sit and speak with you about any potential interactions that can occur while taking this supplement. We will go through your medication list and medical history to look for any red flags that might suggest you refrain from CBD use, but as always, we encourage that you also talk to your doctor about starting any CBD products.
Whens the best time to take this?
We usually suggest that patients start taking CBD an hour before bedtime, just so they see how it affects their body. Some patients experience drowsiness while taking CBD products, so we also suggest avoid using heavy machinery before seeing how CBD affects you. Please come in and talk with use if you have any more questions or concerns about taking CBD!
How is CBD extracted?
Many companies use a CO2 extraction technique because it is widely considered the safest and most effective method to yield high quality CBD from hemp plants. Because CO2 is a gas at room temperature, 100% of the solvent evaporates, leaving behind pure CBD with no residual chemicals or pesticides.
How long does CBD last?
The duration of action for CBD depends on many factors including dose, patient's weight, and rate of metabolism. In most patients, CBD can last anywhere from 5 to 10 hours per dose, but again this can vary among patients.
Can I use CBD if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
There is currently no data indicating that it is safe to use CBD while pregnant or breastfeeding. Studies of products similar to CBD have shown increased risk of preterm birth and other perinatal problems when used during pregnancy. It is unclear if CBD can get into breast milk, and so we suggest that you avoid using it while breastfeeding as well. We suggest that you talk to your doctor if you are currently taking CBD and are also pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant.
Can I use CBD with alcohol?
CBD and alcohol are both central nervous system depressants, which means that patients are at an increased risk of feeling drowsy or tired when taking the two together. Alcohol also has the potential to interact with CBD in the same way as certain drugs used to treat anxiety. We suggest that you refrain from operating heavy machinery if you decide to take CBD with alcohol, and that you consult your doctor about using CBD and alcohol if you are also taking other medications.
Can CBD be used in children?
There is anecdotal evidence supporting the use of CBD in children to treat anxiety, but clinical studies have shown that it is effective in treating certain seizure disorders . Dosing for pediatric patients is less than adults due to the fact that children's organs are not fully developed. If you are considering CBD use in your child, we suggest that you talk with his or her pediatrician to weigh the benefits and risks. CBD should not be used in children under the age of 3 years old.