Frequently Asked Questions
|1. What is CBD? CBD is short for Cannabidiol, a naturally occurring chemical compound found mainly in the Cannabis sativa plant. CBD has been shown to interact with the human endocannabinoid system, or internal cannabinoid system. The human body produces chemicals that are structurally similar to some of the chemicals specific to the cannabis plant. CBD and other cannabinoids act as a “key,” and fit into a “lock,” or receptor site, on the surface of our cells. This endocannabinoid system is part of the body’s self-regulating system which keeps the body in balance, also known as homeostasis.
2. What does CBD do? The whole of the animal kingdom has an endocannabinoid system, or internal cannabinoid system. CBD is structurally similar to the compounds our bodies produce. Cannabinoids work on neurotransmitters distributed everywhere in body. The effect of CBD on the endocannabinoid system and its wide distribution throughout the body explains the myriad effects of CBD. For instance, CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory. When you consider how many conditions are caused by inflammation, it’s no wonder CBD is touted to treat so many conditions. CBD also stimulates nerve growth when studied in test tubes outside the body, and there is scientific evidence this also occurs in living subjects with brain injuries. Tumor cells have been observed to self-destruct when exposed to CBD in test tube experiments, and is being studied for its anti-tumor properties.
It is also important to state what CBD will not do. CBD does not cause intoxication. Some people report that CBD gives them a sense of well-being, so it’s not really accurate to say that it doesn’t cause any psychoactive effect. In some cases, CBD can cause drowsiness, however, this is certainly not the case for everyone.
3. Will CBD make me feel high? While it’s true that CBD can effect different people in different ways, CBD does not cause a person to become intoxicated or lose control. Many people report feeling a sense of well-being, but not a high feeling. While it’s not common, some people report feeling tired when using CBD, but this effect is generally mild.
4. What’s the difference between hemp, Cannabis sativa, and marijuana? Scientific nomenclature is a standardized way to classify and refer to an organism. In this case, we are referring to the plant Cannabis (the genus) sativa (the species.) Historically, Western scientists referred to this plant as Cannabis sativa, and today includes both marijuana and hemp. Hemp is a legal definition indicating a subspecies of the Cannabis sativa plant that grows out of the ground with less than 0.3%THC. Marijuana is the Cannabis sativa plant that contains more that 0.3%THC.
Historically, marijuana was the name given to this plant in central and South America. Around the 1930’s when the US prohibited cannabis, the term ‘marijuana’ was made popular by federally backed propaganda to induce a negative connotation against the plant and xenophobia against Mexican immigrants in an effort to link the plant with “undesirables.” Hemp was generally the term for the plant when used for industrial applications. Other cultures use other terms to refer to the cannabis plant such as ganja and bhang.
5. If I take a drug test while using your CBD, will I come up positive for marijuana? It is possible you will test positive for marijuana on a urine, oral, or blood toxicology test. Because our CBD extract contains trace amounts of THC, well below the legal 0.3% threshold, you could test positive. In addition, THC can remain in your body for days to weeks after ingesting it. The drug tests can’t tell if the compound is causing intoxication (or not) at the time of the test. The same is true of other substances such as benzodiazepines.
6. How do I find the right dose? Organic Touch prides itself on helping the consumer find their optimal dose. At Organic Touch, we advocate for starting low, and going slow. It is often reported that a single dose here and there can have benefit, but the optimal benefit is achieved by using CBD extract consistently and starting at a low dose to find the right amount for each individual. The effect typically lasts 8-12 hours, so taking it 2-3 times a day works best. Most people find they reach a steady state after taking it regularly for 4-5 days. For this reason, you should continue each dose for at least 4 days before you increase the dose, and increases should be relatively modest. Your practitioner can help you find your optimal dose.
**Always discuss pregnancy, other supplements and medications you are taking with your practitioner.*
7. Why are your CBD products dosed lower than most other brands? Cannabinoids are known to have a double dose response curve. This is different from most medications, which have a single dose response curve. What this means, is that for most medications, the more you take, the stronger it is. With CBD and other cannabinoids, a low dose may work better than a medium dose, and the low dose may work the same or better than a high dose.
At Organic Touch, we know that finding the right dose can help you feel your best and also save you money by avoiding costly higher dosing.
8. What strains do you carry? At Organic Touch, we strive to provide a consistent product by using a mix of stains in each batch we produce, to obtain an end product that has relative consistency from batch to batch. Wine makers would call this a “meritage,” a mix of grape, or in this case hemp varieties. As with all natural products, there will be some variability from crop to crop.
People sometimes name a variety that consistently has a similar profile of phytocannabinoids and/or its effects on the user, known as a strain name or also called strands. These phytocannabinoids, such as terpenes, essential oils, and flavonoids in addition to the other cannabinoids present such as CBN, CBG, CBC accounts for the way the strain makes a person feel.
Be aware, however, that strain names have no clear definition, scientific nomenclature, structural consistency, or oversight. For these reasons, strain names are not a very accurate connotation of expected effect.
9. Is CBD legal in all 50 states? Federally yes provided the THC content is below .3%, which all Organic Touch products are.
**You as a patient are ultimately responsible for knowing the CBD legality in your state. This is rapidly evolving. For most States, or in the process. There are CBD specific allowances only in many states, most are for medical use only.