Q: Do you need a prescription to buy CBD?A: No. CBD is 100% legal. CBD is different than Medical Marijuana; both come from the Hemp plant. The component of the Hemp plant that is currently being regulated is THC, and the reason why it is regulated is because of the psychoactive properties that it has (i.e., it can make you high). As such, only 0.3% THC is legal in Utah. Anything above that may require a prescription. Most of the therapeutic benefit comes from CBD, not THC. However, small traces of THC (far below the legal limit) have been showing it can help aid in absorption.
Q: Is there an age requirement to buy CBD?
A: No. CBD is very safe comparatively. You can't get high on CBD. The only adverse / side effect of taking too much CBD (for your body type, metabolism, etc.) is you may begin to feel lethargic. Caution should be used, and parent approval preferred, if used in adolescents.
Q: At what age can you start taking CBD?
A: Research is still being done all the time regarding CBD, and we are continually learning more each day. While CBD is safe for adults, children, and even pets; it is still best to consult a professional, such as your doctor, or one of our in-house pharmacists.
Q: Is CBD safe and legal?
A: CBD is 100% legal. It is different than Medical Marijuana, which has THC (containing psychoactive properties in higher doses). CBD is very well tolerated. The most common adverse event is lethargy with high doses. But, as with most things, caution should be taken with those who are pregnant or nursing, and with adolescents. Consult with your pharmacist, or one of our own, if you are taking any other medications or supplements.
Q: What is CBD used for?
A: You've probably heard people talk about CBD being able to help with a large range of ailments; to some this may make it seem too good to be true. Studies have proven CBD to help with three ailments; anxiety, pain, and sleep aid. While you may hear it helps other ailments, and it might, we stand by those three.
Here are few important things to keep in mind:
1) CBD research is still pretty new and ongoing. Right now it is best shown to help with pain, anxiety, and sleep. That being said, new research is continually coming out so this list may continue to grow.
2) Understanding how CBD works is important for understanding why it has such a broad range of efficacy. CBD is a regulator which means that it helps re-balance things that are "out of whack" in the body. This can apply to many things. CBD also works on a scale; while it may help some things moderately for one person, it may be more effective for others. Individual differences in things like body chemistry, metabolism, and tolerance also play a role in the results of CBD. CBD also helps with inflammation, which is an underlying cause of many diseases and conditions. Thus, it has the potential to help with a broad range of ailments. It treats the underlying cause of pain in comparison to other pain medications that simply mask the pain and don't treat it.
Q: What medications cause interactions with CBD? What are they?
A: CBD is metabolized by the liver in the same way that many prescription drugs are metabolized. This may cause interactions with some anxiety and antidepressant medications; it may also interact with blood thinners. Always consult a pharmacist about other medications that you are taking. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to speak with one of our in-house pharmacists.
Q: Can I overdose on CBD?
A: Extremely unlikely. The most common adverse / side effect commonly reported with CBD is a feeling of lethargy (sluggish and withdrawn) if you are taking too much. The amount to cause this is different from person to person. Consult a pharmacist to find the right dose for you.
Q: Why doesn't CBD work for me?
A: There are many factors that contribute to the effectiveness of CBD. These include: Individual body chemistry, metabolism, and tolerance.
Route of administration (under the tongue, through the digestive system, topically etc.) may also alter efficacy from person to person.
How the CBD was extracted could affect efficacy. The quality and dosage of the CBD is extremely important - you should ask to make sure that your CBD is pure, and doesn't contain other elements such as; metals, fungus, or pesticides, etc. Make sure your CBD products have a Certificate of Analysis that shows purity.
Dosage is also important - many times CBD doesn't work because someone is not taking a correct or high enough dose. Consult one of our in-house pharmacists for dosing.
Q: Where do you get your CBD from?
A: Currently from Colorado, but we are working to get from a local grower soon. We use a master-educated chemist to fine-tune our product line to ensure our products are both effective and pure, and also available in many different formulations / dosage forms.
Q: In what cases should I not take CBD?
A: Do not take CBD if you have had an allergic reaction to CBD in the past (rare). Caution should be used in pregnant and nursing women, and in adolescents. CBD may interact with a few prescription medications, therefore, we recommend you always consult a pharmacist when using CBD.
Q: Will CBD stunt my child's growth and development?
A: It is unknown, but very unlikely. Data is limited in children- and while it is believed to have helped children with anxiety and seizures, you should always consult with your doctor first.
Q: Is CBD addictive / will CBD create a dependency?
A: CBD is not addictive and won't create a dependency. It's one of the many reasons it is an effective and safe alternative to various opioids, pain medications, and sleep aids.
Q: Will I need to be on CBD the rest of my life?
A: Everyone's reason for taking CBD is different. Some have chronic conditions that they are trying to manage and will need CBD long term, while others only use it occasionally for non-chronic aches and pains one may experience after exercise. Anxiety, for instance, is something some can experience everyday, while some may find themselves in that situation only for a shorter period of time. Everyone's body chemistry is also different. Due to CBD being a regulator, you may find it helps get your body back into a natural state, and you may not need it as much, or as often. CBD can be used safely for as long as it is needed, and it can be safely stopped at any time.
Q: Can I use topical CBD if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Consult a physician. Topical use bypasses the normal metabolism of CBD so it is likely safe, but data is limited - always use caution when pregnant or breastfeeding.
Q: Can I get high off of CBD?
A: No, CBD does not make you high. THC is the part of hemp that makes you high. So you do need to be careful to make sure that the brand that you are using is one you can trust, and is actually providing what they claim they are. Many CBD products have THC in them, or may contain contaminants such as, heavy metals, fungus, or pesticides. For this reason, all our products come with QR codes that link to their corresponding testing results completed by a third-party company ran by the state. We want our customers to see exactly what is in our products, and not just take our word for it. We've seen it work for ourselves, friends, and family, and we want to see it work for you.
Q: What is the difference between CBD, CBG, CBN, etc.? What are all the different types?
A: There is actually an entire cannabinoid system in our bodies, similar to how we have skeletal and digestive systems. CBD is just one type of cannabinoid. CBC, CBN, and CBG are some of the other cannabinoids. Our products labeled PCR are Phytocannabinoid rich, meaning they have these other cannabinoids included so they help with many conditions including sleep, anxiety, and pain.
Q: Who regulates CBD?
A: CBD in Utah is regulated by the Department of Health. Utah has a system in place for ensuring quality of CBD products, but have limited resources. You need to make sure that the CBD you use has been tested for purity by seeing that your products have a Certificate of Analysis (which shows what is in the product). Products bought online may not have to meet the same regulatory requirements that our products do, especially outside of the country.
Q: How do I know which product to use? What dosage form and dosing should I use? What's a good rule of thumb?
A: Dosing may differ for different people. And there are absorption differences for the range of formulations. What you are using CBD for is important - gel caps or tinctures are better for systemic issues like sleep and anxiety, while topical formulations like balm or salve, may help if you have knee or elbow pain. Studies show that the average adult needs roughly 25mg of CBD daily, but there are many factors that go into this, and you may need more or less. If you are unsure or have questions, you can always walk in and speak with one of our friendly, in-house pharmacists to help determine what the best dosage form, and amount is for you. We also offer consultation over the phone.
Q: What are the vocabulary words and definitions about CBD that I need to know? Hemp, marijuana, CBD, tincture, THC, cannabinoid, PCR, emulsion, etc.?
A: Hemp is a plant. You can think of it being similar to the word "dog". "Dogs" are a type of animal, but a "Doberman" is different from a "Chihuahua". "Dobermans" and "Chihuahuas" are different types of "dogs". In a similar manner, CBD and THC are different components of the hemp plant. Marijuana is a product made from Hemp that has a high amount of THC in it- which is what gives it those characteristic psychoactive, high effects. Over the years, certain types of Hemp plants have been bred to contain higher and higher concentrations of THC. To put it simply, this means "today's marijuana" is different than your "parent's or grandparent's marijuana". Alternatively, certain types of Hemp plants have been bred to contain very low concentrations of THC, and these types of Hemp are typically used for making CBD. The process by which CBD oil is extracted from the plant determines whether any THC comes with it or not. Thus, CBD oil can have various degrees of THC in them.
CBD can come in different forms. All CBD will help with pain, anxiety, and sleep no matter the form. The form simply makes it easier to use or helps it be a little more effective for one thing versus another. Some of the (dosage) forms include; tinctures- a traditional oil-based product you typically take by instilling drops under your tongue or a water soluble tincture that can be done the same, or by mixing it into your favorite drink, balm- a topical form that is different from an oil or a lotion because it doesn't typically have residue, and isn't usually oily to the touch. We also offer hot or cool roll-on sticks, gel capsules / pills, gummies, face masks, and post-/pre-workout / energy drinks.
Q: What is the difference between Lickety Split and Steady Going?
A: Lickety Split uses nano-technology to reduce the size of the particles. This allows the oil to mix with water better. Since our blood is primarily made of water, this means it is easier for the CBD to get into our blood stream (where it can be readily accessed by our bodies). As such, you typically don't need as much CBD, therefore, quantities of 250-300mg per 30mL bottle, make them an affordable option.
However, for some people, this makes the CBD move through their body more quickly, which may lower the effectiveness by shortening its longevity. This is a great option for those who may be new to CBD, or for those who simply need a boost throughout the day. Remember everyone's body chemistry, metabolism, and tolerance are different. That's why you also see traditional oil-based tinctures range anywhere from 1000mg-2000mg CBD, such as our Steady Going.
Having more CBD can make it more effective and potent. Higher concentrations of CBD cost more - "you pay for what you get," but it can also last longer because you don't have to take as much. Our Steady Going tincture has a higher concentration of CBD, in addition to being PCR (phytocannabinoid rich), meaning there are other cannabinoids in the product beyond CBD, such as CBN, CBG, and CBC which can help aid in sleep, pain, and anxiety relief.
Q: Why are your prices more expensive than other places? I can find it on Amazon or down the street for a fraction of your cost?
A: There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to pricing. First, always check how much CBD is in any product that you buy. Typically you will find it in the range of 500mg-2000mg. Many products on the market contain very low concentrations (1mg or 5mg) of CBD, which is not going to be enough to be effective, keeping in mind the difference in the amount of CBD per bottle vs. per dose. The typical effective dose of CBD for average adult is between 25-50mg per day. This equals to 0.5mL-1.0mL of our various tincture products.
However, if a product is water soluble (you can test this yourself by putting a few drops in a glass of water and seeing if it mixes or clumps up), if won't need as much CBD, so it may have concentrations in the 100-500 mg range. Also, for example, Amazon does not currently sell any products that contain CBD - it sells Hemp oil, which doesn't have any therapeutic benefit (no CBD). Hemp oil is less expensive, but it has no therapeutic benefit. "You pay for what you get." We stand by our products, because you get a lot of CBD, the products typically last longer, and get tested.
Q: Why should I choose your products?
A: When it comes to the "Wild West" of CBD, there are 2 main things that are important to know.
1) Quality. With easy access on all our products, to outside state testing, you don't just have to take our word for it when it comes to quality. You can trust that what we say is in our products is what's actually in our products.
2) We believe we are a brand you can trust. Beyond making sure we are transparent about what you are buying, we are a company built and created by medical professionals who formulate the products, and educate other medical professionals and customers alike. We even have in-house pharmacists and trained pharmacy technicians on staff, to answer any questions or concerns you may have- and to work with you, and your body, to find the product and dosing that will get you the best results possible.
With a commitment to the best products, the best people, and the best service; you can trust Farmer & Chemist when it comes to your CBD needs. Farmer & Chemist products are pure and have high concentrations of many cannabinoids that help with pain, anxiety, and sleep.
Q: What questions should I be asking whilst researching different CBD products and different CBD companies?
A: Always ask about purity and concentrations. Finding the right dose is important- some people don't take enough to be effective. Many products don't have much CBD, and may even contain contaminants. Farmer & Chemist products are tested for purity, and contain high concentrations of CBD.
Q: Will I fail a drug test when taking CBD?
A: This is dependent upon two main factors:
1) Whether or not the CBD you are taking has THC or not. THC less than 0.3% is legal. Businesses don't need to say a product has THC if it has less than that. Farmer & Chemist has a couple of products with less than 0.3% THC, but we will always tell you- currently those products are; Steady Going Orange You Happy, and Steady Going Minty Me. Small concentrations of THC may help with absorption of CBD.
2) How sensitive the drug test is. Blood tests are typically the most sensitive, but they can vary in what they screen for. All of our products contain 0.0% THC, excluding the Steady Going Orange You Happy, and Steady Going Minty Me, which contain 0.04% THC (about ten-fold below the legal limit and something your body wouldn't notice, nor would it have any psychoactive / hallucinogenic effect); and is only there as some studies indicate a small trace of THC can help CBD be more effective. Our Steady Going Natural (unflavored, oil-based tincture) gives you all the benefits of the Steady Going line without the THC, but is 478mg less potent. Always ask about THC. Higher amounts of THC are not needed and are what cause the psychoactive / hallucinogenic effects of medical marijuana.