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Frequently Asked Questions



What is the right dosage of CBD?

Everybody is different and there is no 1 set dosage for CBD therapy. We suggest the use of our titration method we have outlined on our website, whereby you start at low doses and pay close attention to how your body responds, increasing the dosage as required to find the maximum dosage providing you relief. As per our titration method, one drop means squeeze the dropper gently until a tiny drop comes out.

What is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol and is the second most active component in cannabis. It is likely the most popular to be used medicinally as more and more studies have found it to play an integral role with the interaction with our own endocannabinoid system and the plethora of benefits it provides. CBD is not a psychoactive compound like it’s counterpart, THC. You cannot get high from consuming CBD products. 

CBD commonly comes in three popular forms:

Isolate ~ which is cannabidiol (CBD) extracted and isolated through a scientific process that separates all THC and minor cannabinoids from the compound. Isolate contains the highest concentration of cannabidiol.

Full Spectrum ~ has high concentrations of CBD, as well as all the other of the other beneficial goodies of minor cannabinoids, terpenes and trace amounts of THC, less then 0.3% (the legal limit), naturally found in the cannabis plant.

Broad Spectrum ~ is near the same as Full Spectrum, the difference being that all of the THC has been removed completely. Rest assured it still contains all those other friendly plant compounds that give CBD its beneficial oomph.

What is THC?

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most active component in cannabis and is the one behind the plant’s psychoactive effects. Unlike CBD, THC activates the cannabinoid receptors in the brain that are connected with someone’s thinking, memory, pleasure, coordination, sensory experience, concentration, and time perception. Through studies, research has shown that THC can have a positive effect over pain relief, muscle spasticity, insomnia, appetite, nausea, anxiety and treatment of cancer.

Will I fail a drug test if I’m using CBD?

Currently the THC in our Full Spectrum hemp products is at a percentage of 0.3% or less (the legal limit). This is such a small amount of THC that it is virtually impossible for anyone to get any sort of ‘high’ or similar effects from hemp.

What we know is that THC is lipophilic (fat-loving) which means it can store in your fat cells – sometimes up to a month later depending on frequency and levels of use. Theoretically people can fail a drug test if they consume a Full Spectrum CBD product due to a buildup of THC (depending on the dosage you are consuming) in the fat cells.

We understand that some of you may not want to risk it. Not to worry as we alternatively offer Broad Spectrum which is like our Full Spectrum hemp oil but with the THC removed so everyone can experience the magic of CBD.

Is our CBD Third Party Tested?

To ensure a safe, consistent, and effective product, we source from a supplier that ensures their hemp products are third party tested by independent labs as well as their own to confirm our CBD products are free of pesticides, herbicides, mould, fungi, heavy metals, and mycotoxins as well as guaranteeing our products contain the optimal amount of cannabinoids and terpenes for you. Just contact us at hello@somamedicinals.com if you would like to view the lab work.

What is the shelf life of CBD?

The shelf life of CBD is generally 18 months, ensure you store your CBD in a dark cool place out of direct sunlight to prolong the shelf life your Soma Medicinals products.

Does CBD interact with other medications?

Always take caution when taking CBD products along with other medications. While they are largely considered to be an incredibly safe and therapeutic medication, CBD can reduce or increase the effects of certain prescribed medications by interacting with receptors throughout the body’s endocannabinoid system. If you are not sure, do your research, speak to your local GP / practitioner and make sure you are in the know about any potential side effects and cross interactions with your current medications, however small they might be.

Does it matter if CBD is extracted from medical cannabis or industrial hemp?

CBD on a molecular level is the same compound wherever it is derived from. The main difference between CBD oil derived from hemp and medical cannabis is the ratio between THC and CBD. Hemp-derived CBD oil contains high concentrations of CBD, but its THC content doesn’t exceed the legal 0.3% limit. While cannabis-derived oil is sourced from selectively bred high-CBD strains, it also comes with high amounts of THC, so consumers should be cautious and aware of where their CBD source is derived from.

What are terpenes?

Terpenes are aromatic and organic compounds that create the characteristic scent of many plants. Cannabis plants have a high concentration of these compounds and are responsible for the distinct smells of the complex and flavoursome bouquets. However, terpenes are more than just the smell, research has suggested that terpenes also offer therapeutic health benefits to the human body by interacting with our cannabinoid receptors.

Can you overdose on CBD?

No. CBD is very safe, even in high doses. It is however, possible to take too much, which may result in feeling lethargic, drowsy and dry mouth.

Do I choose Full or Broad Spectrum?

This is personal preference and depends on your lifestyle and career choice. If you work in a career that has strict testing systems in place, it is best to choose Broad Spectrum. Rest assured, it is just as beneficial with all the same goodies as Full Spectrum with the THC removed.

Can I use CBD oil on my skin?

Absolutely! Since it is the largest organ in the body, the human skin contains many cannabinoid receptors and endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids our bodies naturally produce. CBD interacts with the cannabinoid receptors in the skin, hence providing numerous potential benefits largely due to CBD's powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

Can my Pet take CBD?

All animals have an endocannabinoid system and can benefit from our Broad-Spectrum CBD. Here is a suggested guide for pets using our Broad-Spectrum 1000mg oil.

Daily with food for dogs Daily with food for cats
Up to 11.5kg = 0.15ml Up to 4.5kg = 0.15ml
11.5kg - 30kg = 0.25ml 4.5kg - 6.8kg = 0.25ml
30kg and up = 0.5ml 6.8kg and up = 0.4ml

What does CBD help in pets?

CBD for pets reportedly helps provide anti-inflammatory effects, painkiller, appetite stimulation, anti-convulsant, stress relief, anti-anxiety, anti-cancer effects, anti-emetic as well as promote homeostasis for your pet.

Why is there crystallisation in my vape cartridge?

You may notice some crystallisation occurring with your new CBD cartridge but rest assured, crystallisation is a natural and safe process that will not harm you, your vaping tool or disrupt the quality of the extract. Only very pure CBD extracts tend to crystallise and is an indicator of high-quality product due to the high percentage of cannabinoids in the extract.

Crystallisation fully resolves with heat, but only temporarily, and will likely recrystallise again when it cools. You can use your CBD cartridge while it is crystallised but if you notice no vapour coming out, you will need to de-crystallise to flow more CBD into the coil, follow either tips below to bring it back to a liquid state:

- Slowly twirling the cartridge above a candle allowing the heat from the flame to warm the extract. This method is most effective and quickest.

- Application of heat (a hairdryer works best) aimed at the glass cartridge.

- Place the cartridge in a watertight sandwich bag (make sure to squeeze all the air out first!), seal tight and place in hot water until the extract is moving again.

- As soon as the extract in the cartridge is moving, remove the heat as the glass will be hot and continue to heat the extract and please be mindful that the tip of the cartridge may be hot after applying heat.

- Be mindful of overheating which may result in leaking.

Can you vape the CBD oil products?

No, it is important that you do not put CBD oil into the vape cartridge. Only the CBD extract in our Botanical Vape Kit or replacement cartridges can be vaped.

Troubleshooting

Vape pen feels blocked?
Since the Botanical vape pen is breath activated and heats the cartridge via airflow, ensure there is no blockage by clearing out the top and bottom of cartridge holes with a small pin as well as ensure the cartridge is not screwed onto the battery too tight which restricts airflow.

Vape pen light not turning on?
Ensure the battery is fully charged and there is no blockage of CBD extract in any holes restricting airflow from the cartridge to the battery.

No vapour coming out of vape?
Follow the de-crystallisation tips above to flow more CBD into the ceramic coil to produce more vapour as well as check there is no blockage on top and bottom of mouthpiece.

My CBD isn't de-crystallising?
Whichever method you are using, the heat needs to be hotter. De-crystallisation via holding the cartridge over the heat of a candle flame is most effective and quickest.