Q. WHAT IS MY DOSE?
A: Every person has a different dose that is unique to them and their body chemistry. We have found it is best to start with very small doses and slowly increase the dose over time to find the least that works best for that individual (their MED or minimum effective dose). Cannabis is unique in that it is “biphasic”, which means that less can be more beneficial than more.
Q. HOW DO I CONSUME A TINCTURE?
A: A tincture is essentially a liquid form of cannabis that comes in a dropper bottle. Unscrew the child-safety cap, then fill the pipette with the appropriate amount of liquid for your dose by squeezing the black bulb while the glass pipette is submerged in the tincture bottle. Place the dropper assembly (bulb plus attached pipette) near your mouth and squeeze the bulb to release the liquid under your tongue.
We generally recommend patients hold the liquid under their tongue for approximately 3 seconds to partially absorb through their mucosal membrane, then swallow. Absorbing through the mucosal membrane allows for faster absorption and also bypasses some of the liver during digestion. Swallowing allows for some tincture to hit the receptors in your mouth, throat, esophagus all the way down that the absorbed liquid missed.
Q. HOW DO I STORE MY TINCTURE?
A: All tinctures should be stored in a cool, dark place (away from heat and light which may degrade the product). Refrigeration is not required. The tinctures have a long shelf life and can be stored for up to a year.
Q. I WANT TO USE MY ORAL SYRINGE INSTEAD OF THE DROPPER.
WHAT IS THE CONVERSION?
A: The liquid in 1 ml of an oral syringe is roughly equal to 1 full dropper from the tincture bottle. So .5ml of the syringe is roughly equal to half a dropper full.
Q. WHAT IS CBD AND WHY SHOULD WE BE THINKING OF CBD IN ISOLATION?
A: CBD stands for cannabidiol and is one of over 100 compounds found in the cannabis plant. It belongs to a class of molecules we refer to as cannabinoids. THC and CBD are the most common cannabinoids we hear about becuase they are found in the highest concentrations. The levels of THC and CBD vary among the different strains. Cannabis grown for recreational purposes for example tends to have a higher concentration of THC. THC is what produces that psychoactive “high” , euphoric effect. CBD on the other hand is non-psychoactive and does not produce the euphoria of feeling “high”, b/c it does not act on the same pathways as THC (the pathways are referred to as CB1 receptors). Both THC and CBD have a host of medicinal benefits, but CBD especially shines for certain disorders and diseases. For example, CBD has been shown to be an excellent neural protector, it suppress seizures, reduces inflammation, reduces anxiety and even fights cancer cells and tumors. CBD also seems to reduce the intoxicating effects of THC in certain dose levels.
We should not be thinking about CBD in isolation. While THC and CBD have gotten the most attention, studies suggest that the many compounds in cannabis are working together to produce a synergy of effects, which we refer to as “the entourage effect. There’s a lot we don’t know about how the plant works, but we do know that some compounds are travelers for others, some activate one another and in some cases increases the effectiveness of the others. Our studies as well as other studies out there have shows that certain compounds needs to be present in proper ratios in order for it to be most effective. In many cases we have found that having a certain amount of THC present is needed for effectiveness. For example, we have a 40:1 ratio of CBD to THC (extremely low level of THC), but we have found it is not as effective as our 20:1, which has more THC in it, in dealing with certain cases of epilepsy. There is something to the whole plant including the sub-cannabinoids, specifically the terpenes that make this plant most effective for certain conditions and we just don’t enough yet to determine exactly what relationship that is.
Q: ARE YOUR PRODUCTS VEGAN?
A: All of our tinctures are vegan. Including capsules. Our capsules are vegan made with cellulose plant fibre.
Q: DO TOPICALS THAT CONTAIN THC APPEAR DRUG-TEST POSITIVE?
A: No, THC-enhanced topicals do not drug-test positive. Those who use any THC-infused topicals will not experience psychoactive effects. When applying to the skin, cannabinoids do not enter into the blood stream, the topical only allows it to break the skin/muscular barrier. Research suggests that no cases have come up drug-test positive of THC when applying topicals to the skin. Topical include lotions, balms, salves, and other products that contain cannabis and are rubbed on the skin.