FAQ's - We Answer Your CBD Questions

What is CBD?

CBD stands for “cannabidiol.” This compound naturally occurs in high concentrations in the hemp plant. It is a non-psychoactive compound that interacts with receptors in our bodies to support a balanced system.

What is a Cannabinoid?

CBD is considered a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are compounds which occur naturally in the body as well as in some plants, including hemp. Cannabinoid receptors are located throughout our bodies as part of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). They help to keep all systems in balance. There are two major types: endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are those naturally produced by the body, while phytocannabinoids are produced by plants. When our bodies are out of balance and aren’t producing enough endocannabinoids, plant-based compounds like CBD can be used to return us to homeostasis. CBD actually stimulates the body to produce more of its own cannabinoids. By taking CBD, we are supplementing a naturally occurring system already at work in our bodies.

How is CBD used?

Many people are currently using CBD to alleviate several conditions (including seizures, arthritis/joint pain, anxiety, and sleeplessness) and to support the overall health and wellness of the body. Several research projects are currently looking into the potential of CBD for alleviating these conditions as well as several others. Because CBD affects everyone differently, there is no guarantee that it will be effective for any particular condition or purpose.

Is CBD legal?

Hemp-based CBD is legal in most U.S. states. If you are choosing to use a CBD product derived from marijuana, it’s important to know the cannabis laws specific to your state of residence. The 2018 Farm Bill differentiates between hemp and marijuana. This makes it legal to grow industrial hemp nationally and reschedules CBD from a Schedule 1 to a Schedule 5 drug. “Industrial hemp” refers to hemp that contains less than 0.3% THC. All of the CBD products on our site are derived from industrial hemp grown in Colorado, Kentucky, and Europe, and contains less than 0.3% THC.

What is the 2018 Farm Bill?

On December 20, 2018, the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law. While this bill applies to the entire U.S. agricultural industry, there are important provisions regarding the legality of hemp and hemp-based products. These include:

  • Permanent removal of hemp from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and reclassification of hemp as an agricultural commodity.
  • Hemp-based products, including CBD, are no longer under the jurisdiction of the CSA. The Drug Enforcement Administration can make no claims or interfere with hemp and CBD products sold across state lines.
  • Hemp farmers can now participate in USDA programs to receive certifications and grants, and have a greater access to crop insurance.
  • States can set their own restrictions or requirements for hemp cultivation and sale, but cannot interfere with transport of hemp and hemp products across state lines.
  • The FDA will maintain jurisdiction over regulation of hemp-based wellness products, both ingestible and topical.

How do I take CBD? How much should I take?

CBD can be taken in several forms, including drops/tinctures, capsules, salves, and more. This gives you lots of flexibility to take CBD in the way that works best for you.

When it comes to dosage, it’s important to remember that there is no “one size fits all” amount of CBD. It affects everyone differently. When using a CBD product for the first time, start by taking the lowest amount of the manufacturer’s recommended dose—for instance, if the directions say to take between 1 ml and 2 ml, start by taking just 1. Stay at this low dosage for several days before increasing. If you begin to see results in that time period, you’ll know that the low dosage is enough for your body. Not seeing any change? Start increasing the amount of CBD a bit at a time until you find the amount that’s best for you. This blog post may be helpful for a better understanding of CBD potency and dosage. It will generally take longer to feel the effects of CBD when consuming certain products, like edibles and capsules, than others, such as tinctures or concentrates.

If you have any concerns about how CBD may affect you, or have any underlying conditions, consult with your doctor before trying any CBD products.

What does hemp/CBD taste like?

Hemp is often described as having an earthy flavor. While many people become accustomed to hemp's unique taste, it's not for everyone. Several CBD products are now available in familiar flavors, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of hemp without the hempy taste. 

Will CBD get me high?

No, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound and will not cause a high. CBD actually prevents a high by inhibiting other chemicals, including THC, from binding to our cannabinoid receptors. 

Will CBD help me with ____________?

CBD affects everyone differently, so there is no guarantee that taking a CBD product will alleviate any specific conditions or symptoms. Due to FDA regulations, we can't make claims about whether our products will help with specific ailments. Many people report using CBD to find relief from chronic pain, arthritis/joint pain & inflammation, sleeplessness, anxiety, and seizures. 

Will CBD interfere with other medications?

Yes. If you are taking a prescription medication, it’s important to talk with your doctor before taking a CBD product.

Are there side effects when taking CBD?

Research regarding CBD is ongoing and growing. Generally, reports show that CBD is safe for humans and animals. A 2017 review reported that CBD's most common side effects are tiredness, diarrhea, upset stomach, and changes in appetite, especially when larger servings are consumed. Consuming CBD from a reputable source is helpful to deter these side effects.

Will I fail a drug test?

Though CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, most CBD products do contain a minimal amount of THC, the compound in marijuana that causes a high. Since drug tests are meant to detect any quantity of THC in the body, it is possible to fail a drug test if you consume a CBD product. To minimize this risk, you can look for products which contain lower than the standard 0.3% THC, or try a THC-free product, such as our Hemp Oil Care.

Where does your CBD come from?

At Eco Health Source, the CBD in all our products is extracted from industrial hemp plants grown organically on established farms in Colorado, Kentucky, and Europe. It is important to know where and how hemp has been grown, as it is a bio-accumulator and will absorb pesticides, fertilizers, and soil contaminants. 

Once the CBD has been extracted, it undergoes extensive testing to establish potency and purity. When its integrity has been determined, it is then crafted into the products you’ll find on this site at a lab located in Michigan. You can view the Certificate of Analysis, which confirms potency and purity, for all the CBD products on our site at this link.

The CBD market is growing at an exponential rate, and unfortunately many products are for sale that are incorrectly marketed and labeled as containing CBD. In such a marketplace, it can be hard to know who to trust. We work to be as transparent as possible about the source, production, and ingredients in all of our products, and are happy to answer any questions you may have to help you better understand our products and CBD in general.

Is your CBD from marijuana?

No. Marijuana and hemp are both members of the Cannabis family, and both contain CBD. However, the concentration of CBD in marijuana plants is very low, so it is not typically grown for its CBD properties. All the products you’ll find on our website contain CBD sourced from the hemp plant. Hemp is low in THC, the compound in marijuana that causes a high.

What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?

Hemp and marijuana both come from the same plant family: Cannabis. However, there are notable differences between the two plants. First, hemp is high in CBD and low in THC, the psychoactive compound marijuana is famous for. Marijuana is the opposite, containing low levels of CBD and grown for its THC. The marijuana plant is short and bushy, cultivated for recreational and medicinal purposes. On the other hand, hemp is grown for industrial and nutritional purposes, in large fields as an industrial crop. Hemp plants can grow up to 20 ft tall, and can be grown outdoors in variety of locations and climates. 

Can I give CBD to my dog or cat?

Yes! We have products available which are specifically formulated for dogs and cats. If you have any concerns about giving CBD to your pet, be sure to speak with your veterinarian before trying these products.

What are the benefits of consuming a whole plant hemp extract?

While CBD can be consumed as a pure extract or isolate, products are also available that contain different parts of the hemp plant. A whole plant hemp extract provides hundreds of compounds in addition to CBD, including cannabinoids other than CBD, terpenes, and vitamins. An additional benefit of consuming a whole plant extract is what is known as the Entourage Effect. This simply means that the whole plant hemp extract is more than the sum of its parts--the compounds will work together to produce an effect greater than consuming them on their own.

I have a question but can’t find the answer here.

Be sure to check out the Eco Health Source blog for more information on CBD & hemp news, research, products, and education. And, you can always contact us directly by calling (802) 865-0299 or emailing info@ecohealthsource.com