Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between CBD and marijuana?

Marijuana (and hemp) are closely related plants that produce two main cannabinoids, THC and CBD. THC is the compound that produces the “high” effect you would traditionally associate with smoking a joint. CBD is a compound used for its anti-inflammatory and relaxation properties. It does not produce any psychoactive effects. THC is found mainly in marijuana plants, while CBD is found in both marijuana and hemp. You can purchase marijuana and marijuana products (like joints, balms, edibles and oils) with THC, CBD or both. CBD can be found in similar produces, like capsules, tinctures, oils and balms—and it can be marijuana or hemp-based. Any product sold by a legitimate manufacturer will display how many milligrams of THC and/or CBD it has per serving. States like California and Colorado legislate 10 mg of THC as a standard “dose.” Neither THC nor CBD is toxic, and there has never been a recorded death from overdose.

Is CBD legal where I live?

In states where marijuana is legal to purchase for recreational purposes, you can usually buy marijuana-CBD without restriction. CBD derived from hemp is also legal inevery state. Marijuana-derived CBD is identical to the substance derived from hemp, but it is often regulated differently by states—which is why online retailer Amazon is holding off selling it until the rules are more clear. After referring to the rules in your state, you can find CBD online at reputable retailers like Sunshine.

Are online medical diagnoses legitimate?

Getting a medical evaluation from your own personal, long-term doctor is obviously going to be the best solution. But technology has offered another option that can work for millions of patients. Through the use of a webcam and/or detailed medical questionnaires, doctors can interact with patients remotely and offer diagnoses in many cases. Meeting with a doctor this way is much more convenient for many patients, and it can save the time and expense of traveling if you don’t have easy access to a doctor where you live.

States like California recognize the value of online doctor consultations, and have approved them for a variety of uses—including consultations for receiving a California medical marijuana card.

How long does marijuana and CBD take to work?

Depending on the size of the dose and how it is delivered, medical marijuana can take effect instantly or gradually take effect within an hour or two. Smoking THC will produce an immediate response, while an edible needs to be processed through the body’s digestive system. CBD works in a more cumulative way, like many supplements. It usually takes a period of weeks of regular use before you see some of the benefits. With more potent and high-quality CBD products, many patients see results within a week.

How do you know how much to take?

Medical marijuana (and recreational pot!) work much like alcohol in that the size of dose and tolerance of the consumer plays a large part in how each consumer reacts to the drug. Smaller people who haven’t used very much THC will have more of a reaction to smaller doses, while a heavier person who is a heavier user might feel very little effect from that same dose. Common sense should prevail when you begin to use THC or CBD. Start with half of the smallest recommended dose and monitor your reaction before moving on to larger, more frequent doses.

How do you store marijuana and CBD?

In capsule, balm and oil form, THC and CBD store easily—like any other supplement you have. It’s best to keep the bottles cool and out of direct sun, but you don’t have to be extra cautious. Marijuana flower performs better when dry, so it needs to be stored in a relatively dry environment—but it does need to be in an airtight sealed container. Otherwise, the plant can oxidize and lose its potency—while also generating a pungent smell!