FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Why is CBD like a tomato?


CBD stands for cannabidiol - a natural product from the hemp plant cannabis sativa. Cannabis sativa represents a broad category of plants that includes hemp varieties and marijuana varieties. The difference in these two plant types depends on the goal of the end product: getting healthy or getting high! To understand the difference between hemp plants producing healthy cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabis sativa plants grown for the psychoactive properties of tetrahydrocannabinol (TCH), consider the tomato… Tomatoes come in a multitude of sizes, shapes, colors, and uses. There is the giant beefsteak, the miniature sweet cherry, the heirloom striped, or the Cherokee purple. Some tomatoes grow on a bush; some on a vine. Some tomatoes make better sauce while other tomatoes burst in your mouth straight off the vine. But in the end, they are still tomatoes. The hemp plant claims the same versatility! Hemp is a wondrous plant capable of producing hundreds of products such as clothing, rope, fuel, waxes, resins, and paper. Hemp also contains high amounts of vitalcannabinoids useful in medicines, creams, food, and supplements. Some hemp plants produce high amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) with only trace amounts of THC, while other plants are just the opposite.Hemp generally applies only to plants with high amounts of CBD and less than 0.3% THC.Cannabis and Marijuana generally applies to plants cultivated specifically for THC.




Is St Bernies CBD legal?


Absolutely! The FDA defines hemp and hemp-derived extracts which contain no THC as food-based. According to Federal Regulation within Section 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014, the Obama Administration determined hemp plants that contain less than .03% THC as legal, which in turn makes cannabinoids, including Cannabidiol (CBD) extracted from hemp legal, as well. Therefore, CBD has no legal restrictions on production, sale or consumption in the United States and more than 40 countries worldwide. Since CBD has no psychoactive properties, millions of people around the world already take advantage of the exciting wellness benefits of CBD to enhance their daily lives!




What makes St Bernies hemp so special?


St. Bernie's products contain only the finest, purest, most natural hemp extract products on the market today. Our CBD products have a complete chain of custody from seed to extraction. Quality testing by a third party laboratory insures unmatched consistency in all our products. Unlike other companies, St. Bernie's uses only the finest quality CBD extracts and demands rigourous testing for quality and contaminants. St. Bernie's will never compromise on quality because we care for your health!




Will St Bernies CBD help my health?


The FDA does not recognize hemp and CBD as a health product, therefore, St. Bernie's is legally bound to restrict any health claims. But we do know that thousands of studies demonstrate the incredible health benefits of CBD! Here is a sample of recent studies and their conclusions: Hemp CBD as a powerful antioxidant The National Institutes of Health (NIH) acknowledges cannabidiol has exciting antioxidant properties which is why they've applied for a patent! Antioxidants repair damaged molecules from free radicals which cause conditions such as ischemia and other age-related problems. Antioxidants also support the immune system allowing our bodies to fight off invading viruses, bacteria and diseases. Hemp CBD as an anti-inflammatory Cannabidiol has demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects which may aid in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, muscle/joint pain, exercise-induced muscle stress, and other inflammatory conditions. Hemp CBD as a neuroprotectant Numerous studies document the neuroprotective benefits of CBD benefitting such conditions as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's chorea, and Lou Gehrig's disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Hemp CBD as a pain reliever Cannabidiol may improve pain in cancer, chronic pain syndromes, and neuropathic pain without the sedation, constipation, or dependency side-effects of opiods. Hemp CBD for nausea and vomiting Studies indicate CBD may relieve nausea and vomiting more effectively than standard anti-nausea medications. Hemp CBD in the fight against cancer More and more exciting studies are demonstrating the anti-tumor properties of cannabidiol. This area of study is just beginning,so stay tuned to our website for any new developments!




Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum?


Full spectrum hemp oil contains many of the over 100 cannabis compounds, including a trace amount of THC (below the legal limit of 0.3%) but is dominated by cannabidiolic acid (CBDa) and cannabidiol (CBD). In addition, full spectrum hemp-derived CBD includes many essential vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids, fiber, protein, flavinoids, chlorophyll and terpenes. Broad spectrum hemp oil means that the trace amounts of THC found in the full spectrum extract has been removed. The process is costly and can result in a reduction in the amounts of other cannabinoids, but is prefered by those in professions that mandate THC free drug tests. Other companies save money by using only isolated or synthetic CBD that omit the nutriative properties that full and broad spectrum hemp oils deliver. St. Bernie's never compromises with your health! By using only the purest, most natural full and broad spectrum hemp oils on the market today, we rescue your health by making it fun and delicious!




Why does St Bernies sell both Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum?


Studies are demonstrating the possibility that some THC in the mix enhances the effectiveness of the other cannabinoids, especially CBD. This "entourage effect" is too important to ignore. While the trace amounts of THC in our Full Spectrum products will not intoxicate, it does bring this synergy into play. Some folks just don't want any THC or cannot tolerate it due to their employment, so we must have a product to help them as well.....so we offer Full Spectrum Tincture and creams, and Broad Spectrum gums for all to enjoy! Stay tuned as we expand our lines to carry both Full and Broad Spectrum hemp products in our lineup!




What is chicle?


Sap is collected from a sappy species of tree in the Manilkara genus known as the sapodilla tree which grows only in warm, tropical environments like Central and South America. Farmers called "chicleros" scale these tall trees and cut zig-zaged slices in the bark which does not harm the tree! The milky-white sap cascades down and is collected in buckets. After harvest, the sap is heated and processed to condense the gum into an excellent chewing gum base. Since the 1960's only a select few gum makers actually use chicle instead of the cheaper, synthetic rubber base. We think you will agree that the small added cost of using environmentally-friendly, all natural chicle makes St. Bernie's CBD gum extraordinarily special!




Refund Policy?


In the rare case the product is damaged or incorrect, we will refund you 100% if the unopened package is shipped back in 14 days or less.




General Dosing Information


All cannabinoids, like CBD, are fat soluble (lipophilic) and will slowly accumulate in your body fat. The half-life (the time it takes your body to use or eliminate 50% of the blood’s concentration of CBD) is about 1-2 days. Once the cannabinoid level in your body stabilizes and your receptors are activated, it will take more or less to produce the desired effects.

CBD in doses of up to 300 mg daily have been taken by mouth safely for up to 6 months. Higher doses of 1200-1500 mg daily have been taken by mouth safely for up to 4 weeks 1.




Prescription Drug Interactions


Warfarin, Clobazam, Valproate and any prescription medications which warn to reduce or eliminate grapefruit consumption. Always seek a Physician’s or Pharmacist’s guidance before using hemp or marijuana products, especially if you take antidepressants (like fluoxetine (Prozac), antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, Macrolide antibiotics (erythromycin, clarithromycin) and heart medications (calcium channel blockers).




CBD Side Effects


CBD is generally well tolerated in most people, but not all. Side effects requiring immediate medical attention are listed below 2.

Along with its needed effects, cannabidiol (CBD) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all these side effects may occur, if they do occur, they may need medical attention. Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking cannabidiol:

More common: Agitation, chills, cough, fever, hoarseness, irritability, lower back or side pain, painful or difficult urination, unusual drowsiness, dullness, tiredness, weakness, or feeling of sluggishness

Less common: Aggression, anger, blue lips, fingernails, or skin, confusion, diarrhea, difficult or troubled breathing, dizziness, fast, heartbeat, irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach pain.




References


  1. WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1439/cannabidiol-cbd
  2. Drugs.Com: https://www.drugs.com/sfx/cannabidiol-side-effects.html




How do I redeem my gift card?


Yay! Congrats on getting a gift card! Someone must really love you! Now, lets redeem: 1) Open the email/text you received that has the gift card number. 2) Copy the gift card number 3) Click "redeem gift card 4) Proceed to shop as normal (pick some good ones!) 5) Once at the check out screen, you will need to click "pay with PayPal" (dont worry, you can continue as a guest) 6) Once all your information is entered, it will take you back to the checkout page 7) Enter the gift card number and VOILA, you have redeemed your gift card Please note, it is OK if the gift card doesn't cover full amount. You will just need to pay the remaining balance! SWEET!




What is Delta 8 THC?


△8THC, also referred to as Delta 8 or D8 is an isomer of CBD (cannabidiol). It is another type of cannabinoid found in the hemp plant like CBD, CBC, CBG, CBDv, and so on. However, Delta 8 only exists as about .01% of dried cannabis flowers, both for higher THC (marijuana) or lower THC (hemp) varieties. While Δ8THC can alter and elevate your mood, it is much more functional than Δ9THC and far less intoxicating. It can give a moderate “buzz” but without the same levels of paranoia, intoxication or anxieties typically associated with delta 9 THC.




Is Delta-8 THC legal?


Yes, Delta 8 is federally legal. The 2018 Farm Bill §297A specifically made all derivatives, isomers, and cannabinoids in hemp legal, provided the final product has less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC, it also includes an amendment to the Controlled Substances Act, explicitly removing all tetrahydrocannabinols found in hemp. Delta 8 THC is an isomer of CBD, a derivative of hemp and CBD, a cannabinoid found in hemp, and is ultimately contained in our extracts with less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC. Note that the information contained on this page and website is for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice. While we try to stay as up to date as possible on all state and federal laws, the laws, especially at the state level, are constantly changing. You should do your own due diligence and work with a legal professional to ensure you are operating legally in your state or territory at all times.




What are minor cannabinoids?


Minor cannabinoids (such as delta-8-THC, CBN & CBG) are compounds found in hemp that are generally considered to be in less abundance throughout various cultivars, in contrast to the major phytocannabinoids, delta-9-THC & CBD. But, don't let the name fool you - when extracted, the wellness potential of these less-plentiful cannabinoids is anything but minor.




What is CBN?


Cannabinol (CBN) is 'minor cannabinoid', shown to be beneficial as a sleep aid/sedative along with being an active agent in helping with immune system function and pain relief. CBN is considered mildly psychoactive.





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