Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will taking any of these products get me "high" or "stoned?" Are they "psychoactive"?
A: In general, Sow Eden's products are designed to provide symptomatic relief without any discernible intoxicating effects. In fact, most of our product line is high in CBD and very low in THC, or THC-free altogether. The only exception to this is our 1:1 CBD:THC ratio capsules. So in short, our products will not get you high if taken as directed.
Q: How much of the product do I take to find relief?
A: It's a little complicated. CBD products effect everyone differently, and what works for someone else might not work well for you. It really just depends on your metabolism, your body weight, your endo-cannabinoid system, and various other factors. We encourage you to experiment with your "dose." It's best to start small, say 10 - 20 mg of CBD, and then build up in strength until a desired effect is achieved. For some this could be as little as 10-20 mg, but for others it could be 50 - 100 mg, or more.
Q: What is the difference between the 24:1 CBD Elixir and the Hemp Elixir 750?
A: In short, the 24:1 CBD Elixir contains a particular ratio of CBD to THC, with a total CBD content of 150 mg and total THC content of 6.25 mg. This just means that the CBD content is twenty-four (24) times that of the THC content. The minute amount of THC in the product is not enough to get you intoxicated, unless you drink the whole bottle all at once, which would ultimately upset your stomach because we use a carrier oil to help deliver the CBD into your system. For those looking for low levels of CBD with a little bit of THC, our 24:1 CBD Elixir is a great place to start. Some research suggests that for some ailments, CBD works best when in the presence of THC, a phenomenon known as the "entourage effect." This is particularly true when it comes to pain management. Alternatively, other research shows that CBD works great on its own.
The Hemp Elixir 750 is our THC-free formula, and it contains five-times the CBD content as the 24:1 CBD Elixir. The total CBD content in this product is 750 mg. This product is formulated for those looking for relief from anxiety and inflammation without any risk of intoxication.
Q: Are Sow Eden's products made from cannabis or hemp? I've heard hemp-derived CBD is not as effective as cannabis derived CBD.
A: There is a lot of misinformation on the internet surrounding cannabis (marijuana) and hemp. Hemp is technically cannabis, since it's classified as "cannabis sativa." Traditionally, hemp has been bred for its utilitarian purposes, such as for fiber production (i.e., clothing, rope) and seed (i.e., hemp seed oil), hence the term "industrial hemp." Upon harvest, industrial hemp must be less than 0.3% THC, since THC is listed as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance by the Federal Government. (So is hemp, by the way! But don't get us started on how ludicrous this position is). On the other hand, hemp's well-known cousin, cannabis (or as some use the negative term, "marijuana"), has been bred for its psychoactive properties and flower production. The major breeding focus on THC over multiple decades is directly linked to a decline in natural CBD levels. Now that multiple states have legalized industrial hemp production in the U.S., the legal definition of industrial hemp is changing quickly. High CBD/low THC varieties of cannabis are now being grown as "industrial hemp" in states like Colorado and Oregon, and because they meet the < 0.3% THC restrictions set forth by the Federal government, the DEA, and the Departments of Agriculture in those respective states. When the oil is finally extracted from the high CBD hemp flowers, there are elevated levels of THC in the oil. To get around this obstacle, we mitigate the THC from the final product to meet the 0.3% THC requirement. This end product is still rich in natural terpenes, the essential oils of the plant. Terpenes may actually dictate how effective the CBD is, even more than THC.
As far as Sow Eden's products go, we use high CBD oil from "industrial hemp/cannabis." Depending on the product, we will re-integrate THC back in to provide specific ratios of CBD:THC. This gives us the option of keeping something THC-free. But we assure you, our products work! Stop buying into the internet hype
Q: Can I purchase any of the products containing THC online?
A: For legal reasons, we cannot sell products containing > 0.3% THC. Products containing THC include the 24:1 CBD Elixir and our 1:1 products. If you would like to purchase any of these products, you can obtain them with a valid medical cannabis doctor's recommendation. A list of dispensaries can be found on Weedmaps.com or at the very bottom of our products page. You can always email or call us to find the closest legal dispensary to your area. If you would like to purchase anything online, our THC-free products are always available. The Hemp Elixir 750 is totally THC free and works great!
Q: I purchased the CBD-A full spectrum oil ( 1 gram syringe). What is the best way to use this product?
A: Our CBDA rich full spectrum oil is very potent stuff. If you want to use it as a sublingual, we would caution you that this oil is very potent and can actually burn or irritate the mucous membranes of the mouth. It is also very bitter and spicy. Do not use it as a direct sublingual. Instead, cut the oil with a carrier oil. You can use any carrier oil, but we recommend coconut oil, or MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) oil. Should you choose to go this route, dilute the syringe in at least 2 liquid ounces (= 60 milliliters) of liquified carrier oil. To do this, carefully measure out your carrier oil in a Pyrex glass measuring cup and warm it over the stove using the double boiler/hot water bath method. Once your carrier oil is pretty warm but not boiling hot, add the entire syringe into the oil and stir well. An immersion blender works very well for this, especially for larger volumes. Once your CBD oil is fully incorporated into the warm carrier oil, transfer to a glass jar and store in the fridge. Each teaspoon will contain approx. 60 mg of CBD/CBDA. You can also infuse anything you want into the oil to improve its taste, such as honey or maple syrup. You can also use this mixture as a topical oil which can be rubbed onto the skin. You can add essential oils to it for a nice massage oil. It's totally up to you! But remember, anything you add to this mixture will dilute it, so keep that in mind.
If you don't want to ingest the oil, it can be inhaled. The lungs have a very large surface area and the effects are often pretty immediate! We recommend against smoking the oil, but a vaporizer works well. We don't recommend using the oil in an E-Cig type of vaporizer. Instead, purchase a vaporizer that can be manually loaded. There are a ton of brands out there that sell these types of vaporizers with a manual load atomizer. We have had great results with the Dr Dabber brand, such as the Aurora vaporizer pen. You can also "dab" this oil, but be careful because this usually requires a torch and is a bit more complicated. But it dabs great!
Q: How is the CBD oil made? Does it contain any nasty solvents?
A: Our CBD oil is extracted from the flowers of the highest grade CBD rich "industrial hemp." Our partner farms use Carbon Dioxide (CO2) as the solvent to extract the oil from the plant material. We do not use chemical solvents such as butane or hexane to extract the oil. After the initial extraction with CO2, we use a secondary process which involves using food-grade organic ethanol (ethyl-alcohol) to remove other undesirable substances and compounds from the finished product. Sometimes there is some residual alcohol left in the product, but it is well below the FDA requirement of < 5000 PPM (Parts per million). There are no negative effects from the residual ethanol. In fact, the ethanol keeps the oil in a stable, flowable form.