As the CBD market continues to grow, people have questions. Indy CBD Plus has answers!
Awareness of CBD is on the rise, but many consumers want to know more before they give any products a try. There are many frequently asked questions, but here are the FAQs about CBD we’ve heard the most from people.
What’s your return policy?
30 Day Refund Policy: Item must be unused and unopened and in same condition as received in original packaging. Receipt or proof of purchase required. Return shipping costs are responsibility of purchaser. No refunds on sale items.
Is this legal in Indiana?
Yes! It has been legal at the federal level since the Farm Act bill of 2015, and has been 100% legal for Indiana since July 1st, 2018.
How old do you have to be to purchase?
Must be 18+ to purchase any vape batteries, products or juices, and 21+ for anyone purchasing full-spectrum oil.
Do you have customer service?
Of course! Our friendly and knowledgeable customer services reps are available to answer your questions 24/7/365. Please reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (317) 961-0191!
How is CBD different from THC(Delta-9)?
CBD and THC are both made from plants that fall in the genus of Cannabis, with the main species being Cannabis sativa. But there are many different strains or varieties of cannabis. Legally, hemp is defined as a cannabis plant that contains 0.3 percent or less THC (Delta-9), while marijuana is a cannabis plant that contains more than 0.3 percent THC (Delta-9). CBD can be derived from both hemp and marijuana. In Indiana, we are a hemp-only State.
What is the difference between Broad-Spectrum and Full-Spectrum and Isolate CBD?
Broad-Spectrum CBD means any and almost all traces of THC have been removed from the extract. We say almost because there is a .01% chance that Delta-9-THC may still exist. The method used to remove the THC is called remediation and may reduce the effectiveness of the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils in the hemp extract. They exist together naturally within the plant in synergy. A full-spectrum CBD is the most natural, least-processed extract from hemp in order to maintain the integrity of hemp’s components, including all the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils. Full-Spectrum hemp extract is where you will experience the “entourage effect”. The “entourage effect” is simply described as the cannabinoids and terpenoids interacting with the CB1 receptors in your brain along with the CB2 receptors in the body. There is also a third type of hemp extract called CBD Isolate, in which all other cannabinoids and terpenes are removed, leaving only the single cannabinoid. This is the most highly processed of all hemp extract products and would not result in what many feel is important—the entourage effect.
Do CBD products contain THC?
CBD products may or may not contain THC. A full-spectrum CBD product will contain THC, but because the extract comes from industrial hemp, the level of THC(Delta-9) will be 0.3% or less and won’t produce any “high”. Broad-spectrum CBD products have had almost all traces of THC removed. If you have to submit to drug screens then you want to only use cannabinoid isolates. This form will almost guarantee that you will not be consuming any THC. Again, we say almost because there is always a 0.01% chance of trace amounts still existing in the extract. Yes, even isolates.
What’s the difference between Delta-8 and Delta-9?
When people use the term THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), it is typically referring to the Delta-9 THC. Delta-8 THC is a variant isomer of THC that is slightly less potent than Delta-9-THC. It produces similar psychological and physiological effects as Delta-9 THC, but does so to a lesser degree per milligram of the material consumed. How much less you ask, well that answer is still up for debate. Some say 40-60% less effective than Delta-9-THC.
What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
Hemp (or industrial hemp) has been cultivated to have much lower levels of THC for non-intoxicating use, 0.3% or less. Marijuana, on the other hand, refers to varieties of cannabis with higher levels of Delta-9 THC and the drug produced from the plant people use to experience the psychological and physiological effects it produces in the human body, including intoxication, euphoria, or “getting high.” The plants both look and smell very similar to the untrained eye but the effects are completely different. Hemp can also be used in a variety of formats, like plastics, paper, lumber, concrete, and textiles.
Is CBD legal?
Industrial hemp was legalized in the 2018 Farm Bill as long as the level of Delta-9 THC is 0.3% or less by dry weight. The regulations for industrial hemp fall under the purview of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Some states have additionally legalized hemp as long as the hemp meets that legal threshold of 0.3% or less regarding Delta-9 THC content. Indiana legalized hemp and cannabinoid products with less than 0.3% THC in 2018. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not currently regulate CBD products, which means consumers should only purchase from retailers they trust. There is only one drug containing CBD that has FDA approval, and it’s used to treat a type of epilepsy. The FDA is the agency that would establish product quality regulations to protect consumer safety as well as what claims can be made about CBD products in marketing efforts. For a more in-depth discussion of CBD legality, please see our article, National CBD Rules from the Federal Government.
What is CBD and how does it work?
CBD or cannabidiol is one of over 120 different cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. The actual “mechanism of action” in terms of how CBD produces its pharmacological effects has yet to be determined, though there is much talk of the human body’s endocannabinoid system of cannabinoid receptors. When those receptors accept and bond to cannabinoids, an effect is produced. There is much anecdotal evidence that CBD products have helped people in a number of ways, including managing acute and chronic pain (such as from arthritis), reducing anxiety, decreasing inflammation and joint pain, treating drug addiction, and generally helping people reduce their stress response, relax, and sleep better. There is very little clinical research to provide definitive evidence of the therapeutic effects and benefits of using CBD, though many studies are now underway. Until the FDA creates regulations for CBD, manufacturers, and retailers should not make bold claims. Testimonials from actual users can help determine if CBD products are right for you. And as always consult your physician before consuming any supplements, especially if you are currently taking prescribed medications.
What is Delta-8 and how does it work?
Delta-8 THC is a slightly less potent isomer than Delta-9-THC. In the human body’s endocannabinoid system of cannabinoid receptors, Delta-9 THC bonds with CB1 and CB2 receptors while Delta-8 THC bonds with CB1 receptors. The effects produced by both isomers of THC are very similar, but the Delta-8 THC effect is weaker than Delta-9 THC. While Delta-9-THC levels in legal industrial hemp must be kept strictly to 0.3% or less, the same is not true for Delta-8 THC. Research is underway to see if Delta-8 THC may have use in treating cancer. Studies have already indicated it may be a viable treatment option for glaucoma, corneal injury, and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Much more clinical research and evidence is needed to fully understand the potential efficacy of Delta-8 THC as a treatment for various medical conditions.
Is CBD oil safe or addictive?
Because CBD oil is typically made from industrial hemp lacking enough THC to produce intoxication, it does not appear to be addictive in the same way people form chemical dependence on various drugs. The World Health Organization (WHO) reviewed the evidence in 2017 and stated “evidence from well-controlled human experimental research indicates that CBD is not associated with abuse potential.” If anything, CBD is so non-addictive that it appears to be a potential treatment for drug addiction.
What dosage of CBD Oil do I need and how long does it take to feel the benefits?
There’s no exact science yet around dosage, so a good rule of thumb is to start small and gradually increase dosage. This will also give you a chance to discover whether or not you might experience side effects as you increase dosage. Potential side effects could include dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness, fatigue, and possible interactions with other medications such as blood thinners. Most likely none of those things will occur but it is always best to be transparent. It’s always worth consulting your primary care doctor to see if they have any knowledge of or advice about CBD dosage. If not, start small with 20–40mg per day and then after a few days you may up your dose until you can determine your “sweet spot.” The larger the human, the larger the dose. You should also consider the symptoms you are trying to treat, for example a knee injury versus fibromyalgia. The person with fibromyalgia will require more than the person with a knee injury. Studies are showing anywhere from 5-15mg per kilogram of body weight before you take into consideration the specific symptoms you are trying to address.
What is a cannabinoid?
A cannabinoid is any one of a number of chemical compounds found in the hemp plant. There are at least 113 different cannabinoids in hemp plants. Among the better-known cannabinoids are Delta-9-THC, Delta-8-THC, and cannabidiol (CBD). Different varieties of hemp have been developed to increase or reduce the levels of different cannabinoids. Industrial hemp has been cultivated to reduce THC levels for non-drug use of the plant.
Will using CBD products show up on a drug test?
Full-spectrum CBD products that contain some amount of THC could conceivably result in a positive drug test for THC. This is unlikely, however, given the large, sustained quantities that would need to be used to register THC content above the cutoff of 50 nanograms per milliliter in a urine test. Back in 2017 federal workplace drug testing cut-off values were established to avoid the possibility of trace amounts of THC resulting in a positive test. Also, keep this in mind, THC binds to fat cells and is also cumulative. The more you use full-spectrum CBD and the longer you use it, the more THC you will have in your system.
Is there an expiration date for CBD products?
CBD oil does have a shelf life and will eventually go bad. A quality CBD oil product should be clearly labeled with a “best by” or expiration date. Quality CBD oils should be good for at least 12 months or two years if stored properly. Heat, light, and oxygen speed degradation. This is why CBD oil usually comes in a dark, airtight bottle. Store CBD oil like you would any other cooking oil, at room temperature out of light.
Does CBD interact with other medications?
Yes, there is some evidence that CBD can boost the levels of some medications. One known medication-boosting effect CBD can have is with statins. More scientific research is needed to confirm how CBD may or may not interact with various medications. If you are prescribed medications it is always best to consult your doctor before using CBD.
Is CBD Safe for Cats and Dogs?
As with human beings, there is mostly only anecdotal evidence about the benefits of giving CBD to pets like cats and dogs. Research is underway, but so far CBD appears to be as safe for cats and dogs as it is for humans. Some of the most promising scientific research underway about CBD for pets is being conducted by veterinarian Stephanie McGrath. As with humans, CBD is being used with pets in order to reduce anxiety and treat seizures in epileptic dogs. Any animal with a vertebrae has an endocannabinoid system, therefore we believe most animals can see positive benefits from consistent use of phytocannabinoids.