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CBD FAQ

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The Basics

  • Is CBD natural?

  • Yes— CBD is a naturally-occurring chemical compound, or cannabinoid, found in the hemp plant. Our CBD products are simply a form of CBD that has been extracted from the plant.

  • How is CBD extracted from the hemp plant?

  • There are several ways to extract CBD but for Pestle & Press, our most common method is the CO2 Supercritical Extraction Method which uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract the desired cannabinoid compounds from the plant.

    While expensive, it’s the most common because CO2 is a historically safe and effective extraction solvent that is regularly used by food and beverage companies (e.g. the method used to remove caffeine from coffee beans). It also produces an extremely pure product with minimal risk of contaminants like hard metals and pesticides.

  • What is the difference between CBD from the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Colorado, or Kentucky?

  • These locations are some of the main sources for CBD oil and related products. Similar to how grapes from different regions of the world produce different types and flavors of wine, the same applies to where the hemp is grown.

  • Are cannabis, hemp, and marijuana all related?

  • To clear things up, cannabis is a flowering plant with different classifications. Both hemp and marijuana plants are part of the cannabis family.

  • What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?

  • One of the differences between hemp and marijuana is in how they’re cultivated. They’re grown and harvested under very different conditions which make them essentially mirror-images of each other.

    But the main difference is in the plants’ chemical make-up which affects how the plants are used. Marijuana has extremely low levels of CBD and high levels of THC. Hemp, on the other hand, contains very high amounts of CBD and less than 0.3 percent THC.

  • How is CBD different from THC?

  • Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive, which means that it won’t get you high or alter your mental state.

  • Can I fail a drug test?

  • Generally, because CBD products contain only trace amounts of THCeven in the case of full spectrum CBD productsthe chances of failing a drug test are almost nonexistent. However, for those who may be undergoing testing and are concerned, we do carry several completely THC-free products.

    CBD Oil Details

  • What is the difference between CBD isolate and a full spectrum CBD product?

  • A “spectrum” refers to the ingredients in a given CBD product. Different spectrums entail a gradient degree of the concentration of compounds which produce different effects respectively.  For example, these are the elements that determine whether the product will make you sleepy or alert.

    CBD isolate products only contain CBD and no other cannabinoids. Full spectrum products will contain not only CBD but also a wide range of cannabinoids and terpenes found in hemp (including a small amount of THC, but not anywhere near enough to get you high).

  • Are there different types or grades of CBD and hemp?

  • Yes, a lower grade hemp is used for all sorts of industrial processes (including rope and fibers). Only the highest grade hemp is reserved for human consumption through extracts or whole flower products. There is a combination of qualifications for the highest grade hemp: No pesticides, clean ground (cannabis plants absorb everything in the soil), good genetics, etc.

  • What is the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil?

  • Since CBD oil is derived from the hemp plant, both hemp seed oil and CBD oil are often both referred to as “hemp oil.” However, hemp seed oil (while it is still a highly-beneficial nutritional supplement) contains little to no CBD in it at all.

    If a product is labeled as “hemp oil,” make sure to read the ingredient list. If it has CBD, it’s CBD oil, otherwise, it’s hemp seed oil.

    Similarly, if you see hemp seed oil or products claiming to contain CBD or provide CBD-related benefits, know that this is most likely a scam.

  • What are the benefits of using CBD?

  • Examples of the CBD benefits that are backed by scientific evidence:

    • General pain relief (note specific studies conducted on arthritis, nerve pain and inflammation, Crohn’s disease, and multiple sclerosis)
    • Reducing acne through its anti-inflammatory effects
    • Helping reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression
    • Keeping the heart and circulatory system healthy, including lowering blood pressure
    • Alleviating the symptoms of cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy-related pain, nausea, and vomiting
    • Preventing epilepsy through anti-seizure properties (e.g. a CBD-based epilepsy medication was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration)

    CBD is still being actively studied and we’re learning about new potential benefits all the time.

  • How does CBD work?

  • Essentially, it all comes down to how CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system, which contains cannabinoid receptors that “turn on and off” in order to control a variety of key functions.

    There are two types of cannabinoid receptors:

    1) To help regulate memory and emotion, and to reduce pain

    2) To reduce inflammation

    Unlike THC, CBD does not directly attach itself to or affect these receptors. CBD affects other receptors in the endocannabinoid system and throughout the body, activating or inhibiting other processes in the body and brain to more efficiently use the cannabinoids produced by CB1 and CB2.

  • Are there side-effects to using CBD?

  • Very few people have been reported as experiencing side-effects from regular use of CBD oil. However, documented side-effects from those sensitive to CBD include fatigue, dry mouth, drowsiness, and diarrhea.

    CBD also has the potential to interact with certain medications, so it’s always important to first consult with your doctor to avoid any possible negative interactions.

    Buyer Questions

  • How much CBD should I take?

  • Your recommended dose is going to be dependent on many factors unique to you (i.e.,body weight, metabolism, and severity of condition or pain). We do provide a self-assessment tool, but again, you should always consult your doctor before using any new vitamin or supplement, including CBD.

  • How do you measure CBD?

  • CBD is measured in milligrams (mg).

  • Can I cook with CBD?

  • Yes, CBD has been added to many pre-packaged foods and bases: e.g. coffee, olive and coconut oil, honey and more. We also have CBD oil that can be added to food and drink so you can create your own at home.

    Legal Questions

  • How old do you have to be to purchase CBD products?

  • You must be at least 18 years old to purchase CBD products.

  • Is CBD legal?

  • Yes, hemp-derived CBD is 100% legal in all 50 States. Pestle & Press buys all of our products from licensed growers and manufacturers.

    However, some states have different restrictions if the CBD product is derived from the marijuana plant (as opposed to hemp) and whether or not it comes from a licensed state grower.

    Learn more about the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 and how hemp was officially changed from a controlled substance to an agricultural commodity.

  • Are there any medical studies or reports on CBD?

  • Yes, there are many studies on CBD and its effects, with more being published every day! We hope that you will explore these resources to empower yourself with more CBD knowledge.


    If you still have unanswered questions or if anything is unclear, please email us at: learn@pestleandpress.com!