Q: How are you different from the many other CBD companies out there?
A: There are many differences. First and foremost we are not a CBD company. We are a producer of Cannabis extracts which include different concentrations of various cannabinoids. This tailors our products in such a way that they are directed to particular body systems and functions. Generic CBD products are now basically a numbers game and/or a marketing tool. This is not where we at Cannamedica wish to be seen. Our focus is in producing quality products for healthcare professionals.
Q: Oh, so you manufacture?
A: Yes we are one of the few companies to manufacture our own extracts in the UK. We have a seed to bottle philosophy.
Q: How do we know how to dose the products?
A: Dosage guidelines are given on the product packaging. The general rule is to start with a low dose and increase slowly until the desired effect is reached. It is also possible to engage in our full day training programme in the use of cannabinoid therapies.
Q: What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis, but it is the one that has been found to be particularly beneficial and without many side effects. CBD is non-psychoactive, and thus does not cause any "high" as associated with THC (Tetrahydracannabinol).
Q: What is CBDA?
CBDA stands for Cannabidiolic Acid - which exists primarily in raw hemp or cannabis plants. It is the raw precursor to CBD - when heated it becomes CBD (Cannabidiol). CBDA works slightly differently upon the endocannabinoid system to its sister CBD - but in combination the two become powerful allies. CBDA interacts with cyclooxygenase enzymes (COX) and thus could have anti-inflammatory effects.
Q: What is CBG?
CBG, also known as cannabigerol is what has been considered a minor compound found within cannabis, it is the non-acidic form of cannabigerolic acid, which is considered to be the parent molecule from which other metabolites are formed, most notably THC and CBD during the growth cycle of the plant. Cannabigerol is non-psychotropic, meaning it does not have psychoactive effects the way THC does. It has also been discovered the CBG inhibits the uptake of GABA, causing the feeling of relaxation which is normally linked to CBD.
Q: What is THC?
Tetrahydracannabinol or THC, is one of the psychoactive components of the cannabis plant. However, whilst it has certain beneficial properties particularly when combined with CBD, in the UK it is illegal to have THC within a CBD product, and our products all comply with the UK legislation.
Q: Can I tell a products quality by its colour?
A: No, colour is not an indicator of quality.
Q. Why are some products on the market so much cheaper?
A. All of the cheaper products on the market use "isolates" - where they are buying in an isolated extract of CBD without any other plant "phytochemicals" or ingredients in them. These are cheap to buy in, but they do not fit with the herbalists holistic view of providing all the ingredients in the plant to give maximum benefits. Our products are extracted to include a broad spectrum of cannabinoids, phytonutrients and phytochemicals.
Q: What quality control procedures do you have?
A: Shimadzu is a major Japanese designer and producer of testing hardware and software. They have created an HPLC system with validated procedures and software dedicated to the accurate testing of Cannabinoids. We employ this system on our site for intermediate, in process and finished goods testing. Our QC and QA team have vast experience in cannabis and related industries.
Q: So is your product legal in the UK?
A: Our products comply with the current legislation and thus are legal, safe to use and totally non-psychoactive.
Q: Are your products addictive?
A: No, our products are not addictive in any way.
Q: Will these products interact with existing medication?
A: Yes, because all medication has to pass through certain liver pathways to be assimilated into the body, cannabinoid containing products may well interact with medication. We expect that a current drug history will be taken before recommending a client takes a cannabinoid product. We recommend leaving at least a two (in some cases four) hour gap between taking our products and other prescription medications. If a client is recommended not to take their medication alongside grapefruit, then they should not use any cannabinoid based products as there will be significant interaction. In most cases however, these products will be completely safe to use as long as the dosage gaps are observed.
Q: Can clients take this product whilst pregnant?
A: We would not recommend taking any CBD products during pregnancy.
Q: Can you overdose on CBD?
A: No, it is not possible to overdose - however, the way that the receptors in the body work would mean that if a client did take too much, the body would "switch off" its CB1 and CB2 receptors and aside from perhaps drowsiness there would be little effect.
Q: Is it safe to travel with cannabinoid products?
A: It is always wise to check in advance with the guidelines of specific countries as in some parts of the world CBD products are not legal. However in most of Europe it is considered quite safe to travel on airlines with cannabinoid products in hold luggage along with other medications and not in hand baggage.
Q: Will CBD show up on a drugs test?
A: It is highly unlikely that our product would show up on a drugs test, as we carefully test and monitor our products to ensure they comply with the legal limits and contain only a minute trace of THC (as it is almost impossible to completely remove it). However, lower quality products may contain more traces of THC and thus it may be possible for a screening to pick this up. If a client is concerned about drug testing we recommend they have a copy of the Certificate of Analysis for the product they are taking and check with whoever is commissioning the testing what their attitude is towards cannabinoid containing products.
Q: Are these products suitable for vaping?
A: No these are sublingual and topical products, they are not suitable for vaping. We do not produce vaping products.
Q: Where are your Certificates of Analysis?
A: Each batch we produce has a new Certificate of Analysis, to post each batch on our website would take up a vast amount of space, so if you require a CofA for products, please email a request for which products you would like to see a Certificate of Analysis for, and we will mail you the appropriate and most up to date certificate for that product.