Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of cannabis. Its formula is C21H30O2 and it has a molecular mass of 314.4636. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for a wide range of health effects.
The word cannabis is the Latin genus name for both medical marijuana and industrial hemp, which makes it confusing. ‘CBD oil’ can be derived either from the flowers of specific strains of medical marijuana, or from the stalks of the hemp plant. The source makes a difference. The quality of our flower-derived oils is much closer to nature than hemp, which requires industrial processing. Industrial hemp is a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. Industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely any flowering buds, while our “ACDC” strain of Cannabis looks more like other marijuana strains. It was bred and developed in Israel and is a hybrid combination of Cannabis Sativa, Indica and Ruderalis. It is smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. Most marijuana strains contain a high amount of THC and a low amount of CBD. Our strain, on the other hand, naturally has a very high percentage of CBD, and only a trace amount of THC (on average, 22:1 to 24:1, CBD:THC). This makes it ideal for people looking for the health benefits CBD can provide without the ‘high’ produced by THC. CBD by itself has almost zero psychoactive properties.
CBD oils can contain more than 100 different phyto-cannabinoids, most notably CBD (cannabidiol), CBC, CBG, CBN, and others yet to be identified. (Standard laboratories are not yet able to identify all of the components.) In addition to the cannabinoids present in our CBD oil extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phytochemical compounds such as amino acids, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D, & E), carbohydrates, fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, and zinc,), chlorophyll, carotene, flavonoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alcohols, glycosides, alkanes, pigments, terpenes, and water. The most common terpenes in our CBD oils are Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, Myrcene, Limonene/beta-Phellandrene, beta-Pinene, alpha-Pinene, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Nerolidol og Phytol, , alpha-Humulene, delta-3-Carene, and (E)-beta-Farnesene. In addition, we use either food-grade liquid coconut oil (middle-chain-triglycerides) or organic sunflower seed oil to extract these elements from the plant, and by weight, these are the predominant elements in each bottle of Healing Essence CBD oil.
As with all natural products, there are natural variances in odor, flavor, appearance, yield, etc., that are affected by growing methods, location, time of harvest, elevation level, soil type, etc. Examples of components in cannabis that may vary batch to batch, and growing season by growing season, include cannabinoid profile, terpene profile, fatty acid content, vitamin content, mineral content, amino acid profile, and more. We test each batch separately to ensure the quality of our products and the accuracy of our labels.
Please research cannabidiol and CBD oil through trustworthy websites, such as and www.CBD4Health.com, www.ProjectCBD.org or www.medicalmarijuana.procon.org. Educate yourself as to how cannabidiol may affect the human immune system and help the body heal itself. We make no medical claims for our products, because it would be against the law for us to do so.
THC and CBD are the power-couple of cannabis compounds — in some most cases they work best together. Scientific studies have established that CBD and THC interact synergistically to enhance each other’s therapeutic effects. British researchers have shown that CBD potentiates THC’s anti-inflammatory properties in an animal model of colitis. Scientists at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco determined that a combination of CBD and THC has a more potent anti-tumoral effect than either compound alone when tested on brain cancer and breast cancer cell lines. And extensive clinical research has demonstrated that CBD combined with THC is more beneficial for neuropathic pain than either compound as a single molecule. The reason we provide CBD-only products (with little or no THC) is due to the laws of the land. As you will note when you do your own research, at one of the sites noted above, there are many diseases and ailments that respond very well to CBD alone. It is our opinion that the THC works as a catalyst, making the CBD work better. There is just enough THC in our CBD products to provide the most of the wanted medicinal effects.
The short answer is no. CBD is CBD, whether made from marijuana or hemp. The question is, which would you rather consume? A product derived naturally from flowers? Or one that must be chemically process from large amounts of an industrial plant used for industrial purposes (not for human consumption)? Our strain of cannabis has an abundant natural CBD content, and requires minimal processing. We add only organic, natural oil, such as coconut oil or sunflower oil. The only reason industrial hemp is used to produce CBD oils is that industrial hemp products are not considered Schedule 1 drugs by the Federal government. Just because they are not “illegal” does not mean you should be consuming them.
In addition, the industrial hemp products do not contain enough THC to properly activate and potentiate the CBD medicinal benefits.
Charlotte’s Web is one of about 50 different strains of industrial hemp, all of which have low THC levels and reasonably high CBD levels. As stated above, just because industrial hemp is legal, it does not mean you should consume it. Our products are NOT made from industrial hemp. They are made from the flowers of the natural cannabis plant, a particular strain which naturally produces a high CBD and very low TCH content. So our short answer is no, it is not similar to Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil. And we are very proud of that fact. While the single molecule of CBD is the same from one CBD product to the next, testimonials from people that have tried both products have ended up choosing our product.
Our extracts are oil infusions, which we find to be the most natural and least toxic method of producing CBD oil. Many CBD extracts are produced through subcritical and supercritical CO2 extraction processes. Another method of CBD extraction involves the use of solvents, such as benzene, butane, or pure grain alcohol. Alcohol-based tinctures are fairly common, however alcohol does not separate out chlorophyll, so they appear darker green, and are harsh in the mouth unless mixed with other foods or liquids. The founders of Charlotte’s Web have mentioned using a rotary evaporator, which indicates they are using a solvent, but they do not indicate which one. Although these solvents are supposed to be removed after processing, we would rather not take a chance that these chemicals could enter our bodies. CO2 extraction is another widely used method considered to be safe and efficient for extracting botanical substances, however it produces a tar-like substance that must then be diluted, and the natural waxes must be removed by another chemical process.
We prefer to use organic oil infusion methods because they utilize only natural organic materials, with no industrial processes required.
Our strain of cannabis, ACDC, produces a CBD:THC ratio of approximately 22:1. The flowers we use contain approximately 18% CBD. The remainder includes chlorophyll, terpenes, other cannabinoids, and other phytochemicals. Our gentle process of extraction increases these percentages to approximately 75% CBD, 25% other molecules, and less than 1% of TCH. (Because our cannabis growers are committed to using the best organic and sustainable practices, and the plants are grown under different climate conditions and soils, there are natural variances in the contents of each plant.)
However, all of these facts have little impact on how much pure cannabidiol (CBD) goes into each bottle of our CBD oil. There is a legal limit of .3% THC in products, so we dilute our oils with food-grade coconut or sunflower oil to ensure that they contain less than .3% THC. We are able to control the amount of CBD in each bottle by simple scientific dilution. Our CBD oils have approximately 17 mg of CBD per ml of oil. That adds up to 500 mg of cannabidiol per 1 fluid ounce, or 1,000 mg in a 2-ounce bottle. The final amount of actual cannabidiol (CBD) in each bottle will always be the same, regardless of the plants we start with.
Our CBD oil is 100% natural with 0% synthetic cannabidiol (CBD) added. Be wary of companies now using synthetic CBD in their products claiming it to be natural!
We recommend CBD oil only as a dietary supplement, taken directly into the mouth, or added to other foods.
We cannot estimate what the ideal serving size would be for you. It depends on your size, your metabolism, and the ailment you are treating. A physician who advises us, who specializes in the use of medical marijuana, told us, “The basic formula is between .25mg and 2 mg per pound daily. A person with cancer might take 2 to 3 mg per pound per day. If a person is taking their medicinal herb in three doses per day, the total daily amount would be divided by three. Children and small-bodied people would obviously require less than large-bodied adults.” One “squirt” of the average dropper we use contains approximately 1 ml of liquid, which would contain approximately 17 mg of CBD.
Each person has a unique body chemistry, body weight, history, tolerance due to use, unique digestion, and body chemistry. We recommend starting with small doses 3 times daily, one hour before meals, for up to two weeks, to see whether your condition improves. If it isn’t, increase the dose slightly until you find relief. As your body gets accustomed to a particular dose level, your needs may change, requiring either a higher or lower dose to be “balanced and happy.” Scientific literature says that it takes some time (approximately two weeks) for the endocannabinoid system to come on-line and settle. If your body reacts negatively in any way, reduce the dose you’re taking until the negative reaction is no longer happening. What works for one person may be very different for another person. This is why we suggest an experimental approach to determining the optimal serving for you or for your loved one. Inadequate doses do not target receptors sufficiently, and excessive doses can over-stimulate and actually deactivate receptors, which reverses the benefits. Your correct dose is the range in between these two extremes. (Note: More is not necessarily better.)
One additional note on this topic: your body builds a storage of cannabidiol in the body, unlike most chemicals. Cannabidiol is fat-soluble, and can stay bound to the cells in your body for weeks. After a few weeks of using CBD oil, you may need less oil to get the same effects as you got from your original dose.
We strongly recommend that you ask your doctor for advice (or a doctor familiar with medical cannabis as a treatment for your particular ailment). Ultimately, however, you are responsible for the quality of your health, and for determining the correct dose for you. We also recommend that you study the scientific literature on one of the trusted sites we mentioned above.
Cannabidiol (CBD), and other phytochemical constituents of cannabis are considered to be generally safe. In thousands of years of use of cannabis, we know of no recorded fatalities or major illnesses as a result. CBD extracts are a modern invention. To date, we know of no negative side effects from the use of naturally derived CBD. We are certainly concerned about toxins, such as solvents, pesticides and herbicides, that can be found in industrial hemp products, which is why we only sell naturally derived oil-extractions of CBD from organic plant material.
In only a couple of cases, clients have complained of mild stomach pain after taking our products. This lasted only an hour or two, and it subsided after 2 to 3 days of use. If this happens, we recommend lowering the dose by half, and if it continues, by half again, until the body adjusts to this new compound.
In very high servings (~200mg of CBD), some people experience a slight sedative effect, or an unpleasant emotional state. Because CBD is not psychoactive, it is likely may be due to the small amount of THC that occurs naturally. We do not recommend taking extreme doses of our products for any reason.
We are a company that sells dietary and food supplements. We cannot suggest any of our products for the prevention, treatment or cure of any disease or ailment. In accordance with U.S. regulations, we cannot make any health claims regarding our CBD oils or any dietary supplement. Please refer to an informational source that isn’t involved with the sale of any dietary products, and is a trusted educational source for cannabidiol research. We recommend www.CBD4Health.com, www.ProjectCBD.com, and www.medicalmarijuana.procon.org. People from all walks of life with greatly varying circumstances are using our CBD oils, and we get repeated praise for the quality of our products.
If you suspect that you may have a disease, or if you are seeking help because you have a disease, please consult a qualified medical professional.
Our cannabidiol-rich oils are produced only from the flowers of one strain of medical cannabis. Other companies import hemp oil from overseas, where it is difficult to monitor growing conditions, such as the use of pesticides and insecticides. We focus on ensuring that our products are grown locally and organically, produced minimally, and tested rigorously to ensure the highest quality products available. It’s an expensive proposition, unfortunately. Legalization has lowered the cost of growing in some states, and we are hopeful for Federal legalization. If price is a concern, we suggest that you make your own products, if you are able to do so. Many states now allow those with medical conditions to grow their own cannabis, which is the best way to ensure the quality of the products you consume. There are many excellent books that can guide you through the process of growing cannabis and extracting the CBD naturally.
No. Hempseed oil, which can be found at grocery stores, is produced by cold pressing the seeds of the hemp plant. It is considered to be a great nutritive food, and may provide some health benefits, but it contains only a trace amount of CBD. Our oil is made from a special strain of cannabis flowers that is grown specifically to produce a high level of CBD, which is widely studied and recognized for its potential healing properties.
No. Our CBD oils are made from a strain of cannabis with only trace amounts of THC. There is no psychoactive effect from taking our products.
We have a very strict internal quality assurance system, and we use a third-party laboratory to analyze every batch of our CBD oils. We check for cannabinoid potency, any heavy metals, bacterials, microbials, mycotoxins (fungals), and pesticides. Our CBD oil blends also get tested to confirm that our products contain the amount of cannabidiol (CBD) stated on the label.
In February of 2015, the FDA issued warnings to a number of companies because they were marketing products improperly, or labeling them improperly. Some of their CBD products testing negative for any CBD at all. Healing Essence guarantees the quality of its products, and offers a money-back guarantee for any remaining product for up to one year after purchase.
Interestingly, numerous studies have proven cannabis does just the opposite – it promotes the growth and development of new brain cells. No other class of compounds has demonstrated the neuroprotective effects of cannabis. Very promising animal studies show that treating brain injuries, including newborn babies lacking oxygen, victims of stroke, and head trauma, all sustain less damage and heal faster if they are given cannabinoids, the substances found in cannabis, or their synthetic counterparts3. Cannabinoids also protect the brain from slower forms of injury, like Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis4, especially when used in the correct dosage. While cannabis can cause some temporary cognitive changes such as a decrease in short-term memory, these changes are reversible when an adult stops using cannabis. (Source: Dustin Sulak, DO)
Smoking or ingesting marijuana can cause a psychoactive effect, which most people describe as a pleasant euphoria and enhancement of the senses, but it can include less desirable features like sedation and paranoia. Pleasant or uncomfortable, a growing number of patients want the medical benefits of cannabis without any intoxication or impairment in function – they want to use it while working, safely driving, and more. This is both possible, and practical. After decades of selective breeding to produce the most intoxicating strains of cannabis, sought after by recreational users and dealers in the underground market, medical cannabis breeders are now producing strains that emphasize the health benefits and reduce or eliminate the psychoactivity. (Source: Dustin Sulak, DO)
A large study in 2006 showed that heavy cannabis users have an equal or lower rate of lung and respiratory tract cancers than non-users, even though cannabis smoke has been proven to contain cancer-causing products of combustion. How is this possible? The therapeutic substances in cannabis actually have strong anti-cancer properties. This has been known since the 1970’s but more recently cannabinoids have become a major focus of the pharmaceutical industry’s anti-cancer drug development.
While smoking cannabis is unlikely to cause cancer, it can irritate the respiratory tract, especially in sensitive individuals. Most patients and responsible adult cannabis users are turning to non-smokable delivery methods: vaporizers allow users to inhale the medicinal component of the herb without any smoke; tinctures and liquid extracts are safe and convenient, and topically applied cannabis salves are reported to reduce pain and inflammation. (Source: Dustin Sulak, DO)
Marijuana dependence does exist but is not common. One study found that only 9% of those who try marijuana develop dependence compared to, for example, 24% of those who try heroin. Furthermore, marijuana dependence is much safer – the withdrawal effects are mild and similar in intensity to caffeine withdrawal. Most people don’t have any trouble stopping using cannabis, when and if they need to.
Recent research demonstrates that cannabis actually serves as an exit drug, not a gateway drug. One study of 350 medical cannabis users in California found 40% percent of the subjects used cannabis as a substitute for alcohol, 26% as a substitute for illicit drugs, and 66% as a substitute for prescription drugs. Any time a person can replace a safer substance, like cannabis, with a more harmful substance, such as alcohol, it is a step in the right direction. (Source: Dustin Sulak, DO)
We’ve all heard that marijuana causes “the munchies,” and it’s widely known that cannabis can help AIDS and cancer patients reduce nausea and promote appetite, to their great benefit. Most users report enhanced taste and pleasure while eating under the influence of cannabis. Surprisingly, a 2011 study of 52,000 participants in the American Journal of Epidemiology showed people who smoke cannabis at least three times a week, compared with those who don’t use it at all, are one third less likely to be obese. While cannabinoids affect brain centers related to pleasure and eating, they also affect the hormones of metabolism, and if used correctly, can potentially restore balance to individuals who are both underweight and overweight.(Source: Dustin Sulak, DO)
Some evidence points to marijuana use being associated with the onset of psychosis or schizophrenia, with the highest risk group being young men. However, statistics show that to prevent one case of psychosis, 2,000 young men would need to stop using marijuana16. While scientists debate whether or not cannabis can actually cause or trigger the onset of mental illness, if it does, it’s extremely rare.
It is much more common for cannabis to actually help mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, and even schizophrenia, especially when used appropriately under the guidance of a healthcare professional. (Source: Dustin Sulak, DO)
Overall, marijuana has gotten a bad name due to decades of prohibition and reefer madness-like thinking – in fact, the word “marijuana” was first used in U.S. policy during an effort to marginalize Mexican immigrants in the early 1900s. As our society works to help this misunderstood plant find its appropriate place in our laws, I recommend using its real name that dispels the myths about this incredible plant and invokes the truth made available by thousands of scientists and researchers: cannabis. Cannabis has a lot to offer humanity, and you deserve to know the truth.(Source: Dustin Sulak, DO)