Frequently Asked Questions

There are many great FAQ sections with lots of detail on our vendor and reference websites, but here is a summarized version.  Links to our vendor site FAQs are below if you want additional details about the specific brands carried by Blue Lotus Botanicals.

What is CBD?

CBD (Cannabidiol – pronounced ka-nə-bə-ˈdī-ˌȯl) is all over the news today, and for good reason. CBD, a chemical compound found in plants from the Cannabis family, is being shown to help with a staggering array of ailments to the human body ranging from the common to the more serious.  In his book Hope & Healing, the Case for Cannabis, Dr. Joseph Rosado describes the actions of CBD (and THC) on the CBD receptors in the vertebrate body.  CBD (a phytocannabinoid) mimics the body’s own endocannabinoids and acts on CB2 receptors, which are found primarily in the central nervous system.  The short version is that this helps our bodies restore and maintain balance.

For a details on the science of how CBD works, obtain a copy of the book mentioned above or visit Project CBD’s page at https://www.projectcbd.org/science/how-cbd-works

Does CBD come from Marijuana?

The answer is actually yes and no.  The cannabis sativa and cannabis Indica plants we commonly know as marijuana certainly contain CBD.  But commercially cultivated CBD is extracted from cannabis plants that have specifically been bred for their high CBD and low THC levels.  These are known as “phytocannabinoid rich” (PCR) hemp.  Confusion abounds about “industrial hemp” because plants bred specifically for their high CBD, low THC (less than .3%) content are classified as “industrial hemp” by the 2014 farm bill.  However, what has always been known as “industrial hemp” is the tall, fibrous version of cannabis grown for cloth, paper and other textiles.  These plants contain virtually no cannabinoids.

Think about it like this – rose oil comes from damask roses.  Long stem roses are typically a hybrid tea rose. Tea roses are a garden plant and you likely wouldn’t give them for Valentine’s Day.  Same basic plant, but with different commercial uses.  A company interested in selling marijuana grows marijuana.  Those interested in the legal cultivation of CBD, grow PCR hemp.

Will CBD get you “high”?

Absolutely not.  Therefore, it is legal to consume in all 50 states and much of the world.

Do CBD products contain THC?

Yes or No.  First, some basic definitions:

Phytocannabinoid – A cannabinoid found in the plant.  There are more than 100 in cannabis, with THC and CBD being the most researched.

Terpene – Other organic compounds in the plant that give it the scent and other effects.  Terpenes are also found in essential oils as they come directly from the plant.

Isolate (Good) – contains only CBD, no other phytocannabinoids or terpenes (including THC)

Broad Spectrum (Better)– contains all the phytocannibinoid and terpenes except THC (which has been filtered out)

Full Spectrum (Best)– contains all the phytocannabinoids, including the small amount of THC originally present in the plant.

So, yes, it contains THC unless it is filtered out.

A Summary of The brands we carry:

Myaderm uses a CBD isolate (0 THC, 0 other cannabis compounds)

All Blue Lotus brand THC Free products are broad spectrum and have had the THC filtered out, but contain the other therapeutically beneficial components originally present in the plant.

All other brands carried by Blue Lotus Botanicals are Full Spectrum and contain trace amounts of THC (below .3%).

For more comprehensive reading on this topic, visit https://www.projectcbd.org/science/terpenes-and-entourage-effect

Will it cause me to fail a drug test?

Blue Lotus THC Free products and all topical products will not.

All other products carried by Blue Lotus have an infinitesimal chance of causing a drug test failure.  While it is extremely unlikely and would require very high dosages over a prolonged period of time, if your job is on the line, we recommend using a THC free product.

Does CBD work?

The standard FDA disclaimer that should be present on every CBD website, says: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or ailment.”

After decades of illegality have made research impossible in the US, we rely on pre-clinical research (petri-dish testing) anecdotal accounts (of which there are thousands) and our own personal experience to say unequivocally that – YES!  CBD works.  Dosages vary from person to person (just as with most medications and supplements).

For a comprehensive list of the many conditions CBD is used for and the current state of research, we recommend visiting Project CBD at https://www.projectcbd.org/cbd-for/can-cbd-help-me

Is the CBD content, purity, and efficacy reliable?

As with all successful commercial ventures, CBD has been subject to counterfeiting and mislabeling.  This is in part why we have researched our vendors so thoroughly (including independently lab verifying their results).  There are a lot of great brands out there, just make sure you are getting them from a reliable source that can provide comprehensive lab results.

How is CBD used?

As with all similar products, results and dosage vary from person to person, many people feel the effects of CBD immediately, while others need to try an increased dose over a period of days to feel effects.

The most common methods for using CBD are:

Topical – on the skin.  This acts on the tissues the CBD is applied to, but does not enter the bloodstream.  These are great for local relief.  Wildflower and Blue Lotus salves are topicals.  Results can typically be felt almost immediately and last for several hours.

Trans-dermal – though the skin into the bloodstream to reach more distant parts of the body.  Myaderm is a pharmacist formulated transdermal carried by Blue Lotus Botanicals.  Results are typically felt almost immediately.

Oral – Under the tongue – All of our oils are designed to be absorbed through the mucus membranes in the mouth.  Hold the oil under your tongue for 30 seconds – 2 minutes before swallowing for best absorption.  Results are typically felt within 10 minutes.

Oral – Digestion – capsules & edibles are designed for absorption through the digestive system.  Results are typically felt within an hour and last 4-6 hours.

Vape – inhaling the vapor from melted wax or oil.  Many people find this method to result in the fastest and most significant effects from CBD.  Like an inhalable medication, it enters the bloodstream quickly from the lungs.  Unlike smoking or vaping nicotine, CBD vapes do not contain additives and other less desirable chemicals.