Canapa’s Guide to CBD
CBD is Confusing
At Canapa, we know CBD can be confusing at first - there is a lot of misinformation out there and it is hard to determine what is accurate and what isn’t. We’ve compiled a list of the questions we get asked most, and some answers to help navigate your way through the wild world of CBD.
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, a phytocannabinoid found in industrial hemp and cannabis.
What is the difference between Spettro and Puro?
In short, Canapa’s Puro tincture is made with CBD Isolate and Canapa’s Spettro tincture is made with CBD Full Spectrum Oil. CBD Isolate has almost no flavor, and is literally an isolated molecule. The CBD Isolate that Canapa uses is over 99% pure CBD, and is tested for potency, solvents, pesticides, and heavy metals and is produced through a rigorous isolation process including extraction, distillation, and crystallization. CBD Full Spectrum Oil is intended to contain as much of the actual plant as possible. There is no isolation of CBD – rather there is a concentration of all cannabinoids present in the source hemp. It also contains plant fats, vitamins, chlorophyll, and phytochemicals, which are believed to have their own benefits aside from CBD. Personally, we use Puro during the day for ‘mental clarity’ and Spettro before bed or for those extra tough days.
What is the difference between hemp and weed?
Hemp and Weed both come from the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. Legally, hemp may not contain more than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis, and was made federally legal with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, whereas weed is still considered a Schedule 1 narcotic, even though it is legal in some states. Canapa only uses hemp-derived CBD!
Will Canapa get me high?
Canapa Puro will not get you ‘high’, as it does not contain any THC. Many people say that CBD is non-psychoactive, which isn’t technically true. CBD is non-intoxicating, but since it can affect your mood, cannot be considered non-pyschoactive. Rather, we call it ‘non-intoxicating’. Canapa Spettro also should not get you ‘high’; however, it does contain low amounts of THC, always compliant with the Farm Bill (<0.3% THC). Therefore, if you took enough Spettro, you could theoretically get high. This is why we recommend starting slow and low with CBD and always reading lab results prior to consumption. There are some studies that suggest that CBD is more effective with the addition of a small amount of THC, but the results are different for everyone.
Okay, that is great that I won’t get high, but what will I feel from taking Canapa?
Everyone has an endocannabinoid system unique to them. This means that cannabinoids affect everyone differently. At a basic level, CBD binds to different cannabinoid receptors than THC does. Many people experience an absence of something (pain, anxiety, insomnia). For example, if you experience anxiety and take CBD regularly, you may notice that its been awhile since you felt that anxiety. Or perhaps you have trouble sleeping, and start taking CBD. It most likely won’t make you drowsy necessarily, but you might notice that you are getting a better night sleep after awhile. However, CBD affects everyone differently, so one person’s experience or dose may not be effective or similar to your own. We encourage consumers to start slow and low!
What is a ‘COA’?
COA stands for Certificate of Awesomeness. Just kidding. COA stands for Certificate of Analysis. We still think our products are pretty awesome though, don’t you? This means that Canapa sends each and every one of our batches to a third party, accredited analytical testing lab to objectively assess what our product actually is. We always have the lab conduct three tests – potency, solvents, and pesticides. Potency tests for how much CBD, as well as other cannabinoids, are in each product. This is super important, since the amount of CBD that each person needs is different, so you should always know that the amount of CBD that is on our label is the actual amount of CBD in Canapa products. Solvent tests show what else is in Canapa products. Various extraction methods use different solvents. The solvents are measured in PPM, or Parts Per Million. Each state has set different limits on how much of each solvent is allowed in a final product. Since we are based in Oregon, we use Oregon standards. Pesticide tests are also critical for transparency of Canapa products. Similar to solvents, each state sets limits on what level of each pesticide is allowed in order for the product to be considered safe. We feel really lucky to reside in the state of Oregon, which has the strictest pesticide testing in the country. This is a good thing – who wants gross pesticides in what they’re consuming? We sure as hell don’t!
All of this talk about testing and lab results but…how do I know what batch I have?
Great question! All Canapa products come with a QR code on the bottom of the box. Just scan this, and it will take you directly to the lab result for the batch of Canapa you have! Sometimes these test results are confusing, so please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have!
Where is the hemp that Canapa sources from grown?
Canapa works with partner farms in Oregon to source the best possible hemp for our products. The better the input hemp material is, the better Canapa’s products are! It is especially important for our Spettro tinctures to use the best quality hemp – the spectrum of cannabinoids found in a Spettro tincture is a direct result of the cannabinoids found in the hemp plant material itself! Oregon’s climate and soil are some of the best in the world for growing hemp, so we always source our hemp material from Oregon. We work with a partner lab in Oregon, Scientia Labs, that is permitted by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, for the extractions that go into Canapa products. They test their extracts at every step of the process - their hemp is tested for potency and pesticides, and then each extract (full spectrum oil, distillate, and isolate) is tested for potency, pesticides, and solvents. If you are interested in knowing what those COAs look like, just shoot us an email, and we’d be happy to send them over!
Is Canapa organic?
The short answer is that Canapa is not registered as USDA organic. Wanna know why? Because it just recently became possible to even get hemp certified as organic, with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. We always use USDA Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, USDA Organic Sunflower Lecithin, and USDA organic MCT oil. The hemp that we source Canapa from uses organic farming practices, but is not officially certified USDA organic. As the hemp and CBD industries evolve, we plan to use organic hemp and get USDA organic certification. In the meantime, we always do full pesticide testing from a third party analytical lab.