Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Our experience talking with people has taught us that there are a lot of questions and misunderstandings about cannabis.
We understand. There is a lot to learn. Here are some of the basics to help get you started.
It's important to know that current federal regulations prohibit us from speaking directly about the potential benefits of CBD. We encourage you to do your own research on CBD and make your own decision based on information from trusted sources like science-based articles and your doctor.
We are happy to answer your questions about our products. Please contact us here.
Common Terms to Understand
CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of many naturally occurring compounds call cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids are known to interact with our Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which is defined below. CBD does not produce intoxication, but can be psychoactive by having an effect on your mood.
THC is the abbreviation for delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, another cannabinoid from the cannabis plant, and is well known for its intoxicating effects, or for causing the feeling of being "high."
Cannabis is an annual herbaceous flowering plant that has thousands of varieties all with different levels of cannabinoids that the flowers produce. Cannabis plants that produce greater than .3% THC are commonly referred to as marijuana and cannabis plants that produce less than .3% THC are commonly referred to as hemp.
Hemp is legal at the federal level. The 2018 US Farm Bill legalized "any cannabis plant, or derivative thereof, that contains not more than 0.3 percent delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol ("THC”) on a dry-weight basis." Hemp can be used for many things including herbal supplements, textiles, paper, building material, food, and biodegradable plastics.
Marijuana, or cannabis with more than .3% THC is still considered illegal under the federal Controlled Substance Act even though most states have legalized it for medicinal and/or recreational use.
All animals including humans have an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) that is responsible for maintaining internal homeostasis or balance throughout our bodies, and that regulates all of our metabolic processes. Discovered in 1988, the ECS is made up of cannabinoid receptors found throughout our bodies and is considered the "master control" system. Our ECS can struggle to re-establish balance when we are stressed emotionally or physically, or experiencing injury, illness or disease.
Endocannabinoids are cannabinoids that our bodies produce that are responsible for managing the healthy operations of all of our other systems.
Phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant, such as CBD or THC that mimic the effects of endocannabinoids.
CBD Oil is a common way to deliver CBD internally or externally. It is usually a mixture of a measured amount of CBD extracted from the cannabis plant and a carrier fat to improve uptake of the cannabinoids.
Hemp seed oil is produced from the seeds of the hemp plant, which do not contain cannabinoids. It is primarily used as food.
Full spectrum extract means that all of the cannabinoids that were present in the flower are now found in the oil. Other types of extracts include distillates that have some cannabinoids removed like THC, or isolates that contains only one cannabinoid.
Entourage effect is the theory with growing evidence that the best effects are achieved when all of the cannabinoids are present and can interact with each other. In particular, it is believed that CBD works best when there is some THC present.
About our products
Pott Farms extracts CBD from hemp that we grow legally in Michigan using regenerative farming practices. Our current products are produced from a combination of flower from strains named Queen Dream, Cherry Wine, and Cherry Blossom.
We use food grade ethanol to extract the CBD along with the full-spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp flowers. We finish the extraction by freezing and filtering the solution to remove impurities - called winterization - and then heat the solution until the ethanol is removed, the extract is decarboxylated, and we have a concentrated oil.
To produce our CBD Oil, we combine a precise amount of our CBD extract with organic hemp seed oil as the fatty carrier to effectively deliver the cannabinoids.
Yes, we are licensed by the State of Michigan's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to grow industrial hemp (defined as the cannabis plant that has less than .3% THC), and to process and market hemp-derived products.
Our Grower Registration Number is 26-00307 and our Processor-Handler License Number is HPHL-000945.
CBD interacts directly with the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS) to promote homeostasis along with general health and wellness.
In accordance with federal regulations, we cannot make health claims regarding our CBD products. We can only recommend our products for general wellness.
We encourage you to consult with your physician and to do your own research before using CBD products.
One potential risk from consuming full spectrum CBD is that you could fail a drug test. There is a trace amount of THC in our CBD extract that we use to make the oil. THC accumulates in fat cells and can stay in your body for up to a month. If you are subject to drug testing, we recommend you not consume full spectrum CBD Oil.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports that there are no known cases around the globe of a death being caused by cannabis consumption.
The most common way to think of CBD Oil is as a dietary supplement intended to be thoughtfully incorporated into your daily routine. It is not sold for medical purposes such as preventing or treating diseases or ailments.
There are many ways to use CBD Oil. Some people love the taste while others do not. Some like to drop the oil directly under their tongues (i.e. sublingually) for about 30 seconds before swallowing to allow some absorption directly into the blood stream before entering the digestive system. Others like to add it to food or a drink as an easy way to ingest it. It can also be applied to the skin and absorbed topically.
The recommended dosage ranges from 5 mg to up to 50 mg or more. Our capsules are pre-dosed at 10 mg and our tincture can be easily dosed with the calibrated glass dropper following this table:
Desired CBD doseVolume of CBD oil5 mg0.25 ml10 mg0.5 ml15 mg0.75 ml20 mg1.0 ml
Finding the right dose that works for you requires an awareness of how you feel before and after ingesting the CBD Oil and tracking your experience until you are able to determine the right amount to take at the right time of the day. Everyone's response will be different.
Things to keep track of when starting a new product include:
How you feel before ingesting the CBD Oil
How you feel after 15 minutes, an hour, and two hours after ingesting
When the effects wear off
Whether the effects mild, moderate, or strong
What your overall experience was
Yes, your pets have an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) just like us and CBD Oil is generally safe for them. We recommend that you consult your veterinarian beforehand, just like you'd want to consult your physician before integrating CBD into your diet.
See our story about Rosie's experience with our CBD capsules.