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CBD for Kids

CBD for Kids

Jessica Gonzales
Adventure-ish blogger, SATX.  Pro-tip: Be a Peter in a land of Hooks

Just like with everything, please consult your child’s doctor before making any changes to your child’s healthcare.

We’re talking CBD, or Cannabidoil. The THC free good stuff we sell here at the Pharmhouse Store, its been deemed as gold for a range of symptoms in adults. It’s natural, effective, and it’s free of the psychoactive effects of THC. CBD is a holistic approach to a multitude of symptoms, but is it safe for kiddos?

Welp, since its legalization in Texas, CBD has become a popular option for combatting symptoms from a multitude of things, sleep and anxiety- as seen in our testimonial here, the common cold and flu, ranging all the way to epilepsy, with the first CBD based pharmaceutical having been FDA approved and put into the market recently to help with seizures, Epidiolex. It’s interesting to see the history of CBD, and see its ebb and flow with how society looks at it, mainly the reasons WHY is was made illegal in the first place, but that’s for another day. Its becoming nature’s cure all. Again.

With all that being said, it is extra important to make sure that the CBD that you are using for yourself, and more importantly, for your kiddos, is one of purity and quality, which is why the CBD we sell at The Pharmhouse Store is a favorite amongst San Antonians and those abroad. As it was deemed in a recent study of purity, the THC levels in our CBD are right there at zero, the smallest number found amongst other shops around town. That is an important little factoid when considering the use with your kiddos. Which brings us to our next point…


Is it safe for the littles?

In short, yes. With obvious regulation of quantities and consistencies, the use of CBD for ailments such as anxiety, ADHD, sleeplessness and most shockingly (and amazingly), epilepsy, has been shown prudent when paired with responsible dosing. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t consult your doc first, that’s always important when trying anything new.

Many adults swear by its effectiveness for the treatment in their kiddo’s behaviors at school, and why not, it’s derived from a plant and has minimal side effects. If it effectively helps in the anxiety in adults, why wouldn’t we see if it could help with those same feelings in kids? It’s the opposite of everything that is out there as far as anxiety pharmaceuticals.


Some Science Stuff

There was a study done in 2015 with a ten year old girl suffering from PTSD, which caused her anxiety and sleeplessness at a young age. The study shows that after just 6 months of using CBD with the little girl, her sleep scale score and SCARED score went down DRASTICALLY, dropping her below the probability range for the disorders she started with. Talk about a change , AND she was without side effects during the time of the study.

What Should I Get?

Here at the Pharmhouse Store, we carry some great gummies to get you and your family started on their CBD journey. They are already allotted with the right dosage, and taste delicious to boot! Come by and grab some or pop on over to our online shop, and check us out!


Thinking About Trying CBD for Your Kids?

Always be sure to give your little ones the best in purity with Pharm House gummies.  Great for teething, anxiety, ADHD and many other symptoms.  Get yours today!

September 20, 2019 — Jessica Gonzales

CBD Chats with Matt

CBD Chats with Matt

Jessica Gonzales
Adventure-ish blogger, SATX.  Pro-tip: Be a Peter in a land of Hooks

Hey y’all! This week on the blog we’re sharing a CBD testimonial, and that means that an interview happened. If you’re like, uhhhh okay, andddd… Welp, hi, I’m Jessica, the interviewer, let me introduce you to the man of the hour, Matt, the interviewee.

An Adventurous Spirit

So, as I learned, Matt is an adventure connoisseur… From rock climbing at the recently closed Reimers Ranch in Austin, to beebopping up to Colorado for an ice climbing festival, he’s done it all. He even plays on his OneWheel, which, as  I quickly learned, is a single wheeled electronic contraption that has a very advanced gyroscopic system inside of a wheel. Matt compared it to that of a snowboard, but on land. Sounds fun, but scary, as I repeated over and over… and over again. He also enjoys the lighter things in life, like yoga and CBD. 


The How 

Matt has been working in the oil fields for quite some time, and initially started with CBD while working out there. He wasn’t enlightened to the Pharm House products until after a buddy, who he’d been friends with for quite a while, reached out to him. They’d had been through a lot of life together, he was there when Matt went through his divorce, and he knew that he was into the more holistic things in life, like yoga and the like. He also knew that Matt had suffered with anxiety and PTSD. 

He carefully inquired if Matt had ever tried CBD, which Matt answered, “yeah, man, all the time.” (He had been taking it for about 6 months prior to his buddy’s inquiry, and was really enjoying it). From then on, Matt has been turned onto the Pharm House products as his source for CBD, you’ll understand why in a quick sec.

The Why

Matt INITIALLY came to CBD for the sleep benefits, and shared that one of the symptoms of his anxiety was waking up multiple times at night, without being able to get back to sleep. He had gone through melatonin and prescription sleep aids, neither giving any real relief, as he would still wake up groggy. Since working in the oil fields, he’s on call 24/7, with no actual consistent sleep schedule. He might be up for two days, then get done with a shift and go home to sleep for 6 or 8 hours, just to repeat it the next day. 

Hard on your body and hard on your sleep schedule, I couldn’t even imagine. Matt was at his wits end until he found some THC free CBD. He decided he was going to give it a shot, what harm could it do. And guess what?! The first night after taking it, was the first time that he woke up refreshed in a long time. So that’s how his experience with CBD all started.

In the beginning, he hadn’t done a ton of research on CBD, aside from a quick rundown on what to look for in product quality and how it was extracted. As his sleep patterns improved, he started looking into what other people were using it for. He’d come across podcasts from CBD fans like Joe Rogan, and continued to look at things with a grain of salt and a healthy degree of skepticism. He then started looking into how to take it and what the standard dosage was. 

Matt was taking an anti-anxiety medication at the time, as he’d been dealing with anxiety for a number of years, being a previous combat medic in Iraq. As Matt said “You have the volume turned up to a 10 and then you come back and the highest it’ll ever be at is a five”. 

He’d always find himself hyper tentative, waiting for something bad to happen, because that’s just how life was lived over there, and you can’t just flip a switch for it. It took a lot of mental exercise, and between yoga and his anti anxiety medication, he was able to keep it under control, but wasn't happy with the side effects of the medication. One of them being (which is the case for too much of any drug), suicidal thoughts and tendencies, or a side effect would be anxiety.  

So of course, Matt wanted to get off of the medication. He wasn’t interested in staying on it for a long period of time, and after taking CBD for about 3 or 4 months for sleep, he had already felt it positively effect his anxiety. He decided to up his CBD dosage to once in the morning, once in the afternoon and once at night. After doing that for about a month, he was able to come off of his anti anxiety medication completely, without noticing the anxiety returning. 

(This is my favorite thing ever, yay Matt, and yay CBD!)

So after about a month of that, he wanted to get rid of that big dose of CBD, and when he did, he didn’t notice his anxiety returning. Again, YAY! 

The Difference 

After asking Matt if he’s seen a difference in the products he was introduced to in the oil fields versus the products he’s been introduced to at the Pharm House Store, he made it evident that the taste and the consistency/ purity of the products are the big stand outs. He thinks the tastes are tremendously better with the Pharm House Products, going as far as saying that some of the other products out there taste terrible. Before he was introduced to the Pharm House, he was taking the same dosage every day, but each time, his reaction would be different. Sometimes he would pass out asleep after taking relatively the same amount that he’d taken the day before. Inconsistencies.

He was also concerned with JUST how free of THC a product was. Working in the oil fields, they randomly drug test quite frequently, and if a test popped with THC in his system when it shouldn’t, welp, that was the last thing he needed. Now he has no concerns of working in the oil fields whilst taking the Pharm House products (a recent study was done comparing products in the area, and the Pharm House came back 0.00%). One less thing to worry about out there. 

Sum of it All

In Matt’s own words, and as the perfect ending to this testimonial, “That’s the thing, drug companies spend lots of money developing drugs, and some people absolutely do need them. But for me, I would prefer something that didn’t have the side effects. For me, the risk vs benefit wasn’t worth it in several areas of my life. When it came to CBD, I just figured, what do I have to lose. I could always go back on the anti anxiety medication if need be, but if it works, this is something where I can take charge of my own healthcare. I don’t have to go to a doctor to constantly refill a prescription that I barely want to take anyways. It was just something very easy to incorporate into my life and the side effects were what I was looking for anyways, I would get sleepy and go to sleep.” 


all of the statements in this testimonial are opinions and personal stories. these have not been evaluated by a doctor, and should not be substituted for professional opinions. 


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June 18, 2019 — Jessica Gonzales

Wait, There Are Other Cannibinoids?

Wait, There are Other Cannibinoids?

Courtney Cobb
Freelance Writer | 180 Degrees To Somewhere

In our article, Join our Entourage, we introduced you to the term “entourage effect.” To quickly recap: Full Spectrum Profile Hemp Oil (otherwise known as Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil) has an untraceable amount of THC (0.00%) while still containing CBD and other beneficial compounds from the cannabis plant. When a product contains many cannabis compounds, the individual effect of a single cannabinoid will significantly increase- i.e., the “entourage effect. Thus, Full Spectrum Profile Hemp Oil as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

So, what are these other compounds? Terpenes (which we discussed in Join our Entourage) and more cannabinoids such as  CBC (Cannabichromene), CBG (Cannabigerol,) and CBN (Cannabinol).

 

Full disclosure: beyond recognizing the entourage effect, the scientific community is not entirely clear on the benefits of these individual cannabinoids... yet! Though the preliminary studies have been very promising, there is still a TON of research that needs to be done. Until then, you can take comfort in accepting that CBD on its own (or any cannabinoid on its own) is basically a waste of money. 

In the meantime, here is some interesting information about CBC, CBG, and CBN that might even challenge your base knowledge of CBD and THC!

How many cannabinoids are there? Several, some even say that there are 100+. However, most cannabinoids are present in small amounts, and therefore tricky to detect and study. Though many people think that a cannabinoid is produced by cannabis, that is not entirely true. Cannabis synthesizes (makes) cannabinoid acids that need to be activated (often by heat) to create a cannabinoid. As explained by Leafly, “There are [eight primary] cannabinoid acids that can be produced by cannabis. These are:

  • CBGA (Cannabigerolic acid) 

  • THCA (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid)

  • CBDA (Cannabidiolic acid)

  • CBCA (Cannabichromenenic acid)

  • CBGVA (Cannabigerovarinic acid)

  • THCVA (Tetrahydrocanabivarinic acid)

  • CBDVA (Cannabidivarinic acid)

  • CBCVA (Cannabichromevarinic acid)

CBC (Cannabichromene)

CBCA originates from CBGA (cannabigerolic acid). Interestingly, so does CBDA and THCA. Now you might be wondering, “How this is possible since THC is psychoactive and the others are not?” The psychoactive effect of a cannabinoid has nothing to do with where it comes from and everything to do with how it interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors in the body. THC is psychoactive only because it bonds with the CB1 cannabinoid receptor in the brain (thus, intoxicating) whereas the others (for the most part) interact with the CB2 cannabinoid receptor.

CBG (Cannabigerol)

As mentioned above, CBGA is the precursor to CBDA, THCA, and CBCA. The conversion from CBGA → CBDA, CBGA → THCA, and CBGA → CBCA takes place during the flowering process. By the time the plant is harvested, there is very little CBGA left. However, some can still be isolated and studied. Furthermore, many hemp strains are yielding more significant amounts of CBGA that marijuana strains.

CBN (Cannabinol)

This one is odd. CBN is formed when THCA is exposed to ultraviolet light and oxygen. This process is called oxidization. You may have heard of oxidization when talking about beer (which creates off-flavors) and wine (breathing the wine!)

 

 

Now, is there any information about what these might do? Well, yes! However, as we mentioned above, the research is still in the very early stages, and therefore, we are not going to provide a list of potential false-hope. To date, CBD and THC are the two most abundant and studied cannabinoids. As scientists began to find some extremely beneficial uses for CBD, money was poured into the research leaving other cannabinoids in the dust. However, interest is sparked, and we will soon learn more about CBC, CBG, and CBN! Until then, beyond the entourage effect, do not be lured into purchasing a product that contains these other cannabinoids! If the product is made with Full Spectrum Profile Hemp Oil, it will already contain CBC, CBG, and CBN!

Here at The Pharm House, we only sell products with Full Spectrum Profile Hemp Oil! Here are some of our favorites! Peach Rings, 25mg Capsules, 1000mg Orange Tincture.

 

Get the Most out of the Hemp Plant with Full Spectrum Profile Hemp Oil

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June 11, 2019 — Courtney Cobb
Coco Berry Delight

Coco Berry Delight

Coco Berry Delight- CBD Smoothie

Jessica Gonzales

Adventure-ish blogger, SATX.  Pro-tip: Be a Peter in a land of Hooks

Maybeeeee things are getting ridiculous with these acrononymous names for these recipes, or maybe it’s just the wittiness powers that the Pharmhouses CBD products instill into one’s brain, we know not what the reasons are, only that they are great. Though, we may be partial.

With that out of the way, here is your second dose of yumminess with CBD. Let’s not deny that, while the last post about C Brie D was equally tasty, it will also correlate with extra pounds and aching bellies if you choose to eat it all day erry day as a meal. So with that, we’re sharing a healthy alternative so you can still have your summer bod. Hubba hubba…

CBD Infused Honey

This week, we are using the Pharm House’s CBD infused honey, and y’all… It’s a game changer. Think about your favorite honey, and then think about your favorite honey providing a mellowing effect after a long days work at the office, at the station, at home chasing a Tasmanian devil around the house while you pick up their mess (moms), or wherever you may hail during the day. THAT my friends, is what our CBD honey shares with its users. It’s just happy, happy is it. 

A Smoothie, Ya Don’t Say?! 

This week we’re sharing a smoothie, and of course, it’s not just any smoothie. It’s a CBD infused honey smoothie, which will not only bring joy to your palette, but will also bring joy to the anxiety that melts away as you drink it in the morning, but don’t take our word for it- go try it out for yourself, and let us know what you think!

Who doesn’t like the combination of coconut milk, coconut water, bananers, berries and honey- especially when its CBD infused honey! These ingredients are a match made in heaven, but of course, if you don’t care for a particular ingredient, tweak away- not to be confused with twerk. That word is just…

Is your mouth salivating yet? Are you ready for the recipe? Okay fiiiiiine, enough dangling the “tastiness carrot”… Get it?

Coco Berry Delight

For this smoothie, you’ll need your blender or ninja or whatever crazy contraption you use to mush, mix and shake things up. Unless it’s a mortar and pestle. If that’s what you use to mush things, maybe ixnay this recipe, it’ll take too long, unless you’re like, extra patient, I mean, who are we to judge. They did it back in the day, it can be done again. 

Right, so once you’ve got your contraption out, pour in 3/4 cup of coconut water, 1/4 cup of coconut milk (you can add more here if you like extra creamy deliciousness), 1 frozen banana, and a handful of  berries of your choice, let’s say strawberries for kicks and giggles, and to keep up with the trend. Sweeten it up a little more with some healthy and the delicious CBD Honey from the Pharm House, and blend… Wait, make sure you put the lid on first, that would be a terrible predicament if you forgot that part. You didn’t read this verbatim, did you. Oh dear.

Once it’s all nice and blended (or smushed if using a mortar and pestle), pour it into your favorite cup and sip those stressors away, promise it’ll be a delicious, and relaxing way to start, continue or end your day. Until next time y’all!

June 03, 2019 — Candace Rohm

Join Our Entourage

Join our Entourage

Courtney Cobb 
Freelance Writer | 180 Degrees To Somewhere

Thanks to HBO, most people above the age of 18 fully comprehend the meaning of “entourage.” But what does entourage have to do with CBD, or more specifically, “Full Spectrum Profile Hemp Oil” (which is what we sell)? The short answer: “the entourage effect.”

If you have spent any amount of time genuinely looking into the various types of CBD, you have likely stumbled across hemp-derived CBD and marijuana-derived CBD (if you haven’t, please refer to this article). As a quick refresher, CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient) are two of the most popular cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. (Both hemp and marijuana are in the cannabis plant family, but are different plants.) CBD is present in both hemp and marijuana, whereas THC is predominantly present in marijuana.



Here in the state of Texas, to legally sell products that contain CBD, they cannot have more than 0.03% THC. Therefore, most of the products sold in Texas are derived from hemp. Now, if you think that there is a difference between the various types of hemp-derived CBD products, you are correct-- and these differences will impact both the price point and effectiveness.

When comparing two 1 oz bottles of 1000mg CBD tinctures, you might notice that Option One can cost around $65 whereas Option Two can cost about $120 (sometimes, both options are available within the same store!) Why is there such a large variance in price? “Isolates” (~$65) versus “Full Spectrum Profile Hemp Oil with the Entourage Effect” (~$120.)

When extracting cannabinoids from hemp (or even marijuana), it is possible to “isolate” a single cannabinoid through a distillation process by exposing the derived products to extreme heat and adverse conditions. The distillation process makes it possible to manufacture a tincture that is comprised of only CBD isolates. Now you might be asking, “Isn’t that the point?” Not exactly!

As we mentioned above, both CBD and THC are only two of the most popular cannabinoids present in cannabis. There are many more that have beneficial qualities such as: CBG, CBC, and CBN. All cannabinoids are produced by glands within the cannabis plant. These glands also produce terpenes, which are responsible for a plants’ aroma and taste but more importantly, can synergistically interact with cannabinoids, producing different holistic effects. “Some promote relaxation and stress-relief, while others promote focus and acuity. [The terpene] Linalool, for example, is believed to be relaxing whereas limonene elevates mood. The effect profile of any given terpene may change in the presence of other compounds in a phenomenon known as the entourage effect.”

Full Spectrum Profile Hemp Oil is the result of a chromatographic purification process (as opposed to a distillation process) which removes THC while preserving the plant’s terpene profile. According to our manufacturer, “The rich blend of phytocannabinoids, terpenes, sterols and flavonoids contained within our latest Full Spectrum Profile oil provides greater synergistic reactions [the entourage effect].”

The overall benefits of Full Spectrum Profile Hemp Oil far outweigh CBD isolates. CBD on its own is essentially useless. Think of trying to bake without heat, playing football without a team of players, or taking a vitamin without food. If you are paying $65+ for a product that will not act on its own, it is a waste of money.

Here at The Pharm House, we sell only Full Spectrum Profile Hemp Oil. Why? Because we want to offer the best products. So, shop with us and join our entourage!

FYI: “Full Spectrum Profile Hemp Oil” and “Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil” can be used interchangeably.


Always consult your healthcare provider before adding a supplement to your healthcare regimen.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.



Maximum Bioavailability with 

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All of our products are made with full spectrum CBD oil, resulting in maximum absorption of CBD and other beneficial compounds naturally found in hemp.  Get quality CBD and experience the Entourage Effect with The Pharm House hemp products.

May 22, 2019 — Courtney Cobb

C Brie D

C Brie D- CBD Infused Baked Brie and Strawberries

Jessica Gonzales
Adventure-ish blogger, SATX.  Pro-tip: Be a Peter in a land of Hooks


There are two types of people in this world. There are those who love cheese, and then there are those... Just kidding there is only one type of person in this world (unless you ACTUALLY don’t like cheese, in which case try this recipe anyways because it’s THAT good).

Today on the Pharm House Blog, we’re sharing C Brie D... Check that play on words. Don’t want to toot our own horns, but toot toot.

The most important take away from this (and every recipe that we share at The Pharm House) is the EASE with which you can cook with CBD. It is basically like adding anything else to a recipe, aside from the fact that when you choose to add the quality CBD that you get from The Pharm

House to your recipes, you’re basically telling someone that you love them to Pluto and back.

 


Cooking with CBD

There are just a FEW things we want to make sure that you are aware of before we send you on your merry

way... Check this handy visual, it should answer any questions you may have in regards to cooking with CBD.

The most important take away from the visual is the fact that you never want to heat the CBD to a temperature higher than 350 degree F, otherwise it would just flutter away and disappear into the deep abyss of the atmosphere, and nobody wants that.

CBD Oil

We get it. CBD is still a new thing, which means we still run across uncertainty from people who think it has the same, mind altering effects as THC. That’s why, when you share our C Brie D with the world, you can share the facts with your guests, and enlighten them with all of the goodness that CBD contains.

Your intro could go a little like this “Four score and seven years ago...” JOKING. We actually have a great post on the differences between the two, and it will most definitely be a fab resource to share with your friends so they are no longer “on the figurative fence” about trying CBD. Give it a gander, won’t ya?!

Right, so back to the brie.


The Ingredients

For this recipe you’ll need just a few ingredients. Of course, our most important and favorite ingredient is the Natural CBD Tincture itself from the Pharm House. We

like to use the natural tincture because it has a subtle flavor, and plays well with this recipe.
We’ll be starting with about 6 droppers filled with CBD oil. This can be adjusted to your own liking and/or if you intend on eating the brie all in one sitting by yourself. No judgement here folks.

 


[Another great recipe with brie would be using our CBD infused HONEY, because, my gosh why not?! But that’s for a later date (unless you want to go ahead and try it because you’re a ninja in the kitchen). ]

You’ll obviously need the brie itself, which should be a 14 oz wheel. Pick out your fave and call it a day. Which brings us to the crescent roll tube, strawberries (which can always be subbed with your favorite fruit), butter (to mix with the oil) and BROWN SUGARRRRRR. Because, yes.

With these ingredients, you really can’t go wrong- unless you heat the brie above 350 degrees! Don’t forget, you’ll lose the benefits!


 


Prep the Ingredients
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.

Cut the strawbs into bite sized cubes, pull out about a quarter cup of brown sugar and melt a quarter of a stick of butter so that you can mix it with your oil. Once the butter is melted, pour it into a medium sized bowl, let it cool a tad and start dropping your oil into the melty goodness. Smell that aroma, that’s relaxation and deliciousness talking.


 



Once you’ve added the oil, plop your brown sugar and strawberries into the bowl and mix mix mix until your heart’s content. Make sure your heart is content when

the ingredients are WELL incorporated... this way, each bite is filled with loooooove.

You’ll want to start by pulling out the ole cookie sheet. Spray that bad boy with nonstick spray so all your hard work doesn’t become best friends with said cookie sheet. 


Roll half of the crescent roll tube out onto the cookie sheet. If you pinch the creases, it’ll keep the brie from melting out and being wasted on the cookie sheet. Say cookie sheet 3 times fast, dare ya? (it’s not really that funny)Slice off the top casing (gaspppp) of your brie... this way, the cheese can play with the other ingredients.

Place your wheel of brie in the center of the crescent dough. On top of your wheel, spread your brown sugary mixture. Place the other half of the crescent roll on top, and again, pinch the creases so they aren’t exposing the gooeyness. If you want your brie to have a shimmery gloss, stir up an egg yolk, and spread that

bad boy on the outside of your crescent...
Place your brie into the oven for 30 minutes until it gets all happy and gooey.

Cut into bite sized pieces, it will, in no way, look as adorable as it sounds. Take this picture for instance, it looks like a turkey. But it will, in all of the ways, be the

best thing you’ve ever tasted. Aside from cheesecake. LIGHTBULB... Until next time, y’all!

 

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Whether you're taking CBD oil as a supplement, applying it topically, or adding it to a yummy recipe, you will experience the natural power of hemp with our Phytocannabinoid-rich CBD tinctures.

May 14, 2019 — Candace Rohm

So, What is CBD?

As of recent, CBD has been a hot and highly controversial topic in every major news outlet leaving many people extremely bewildered. The confusion has created die-hard CBD advocates, angry CBD opponents, and slightly curious CBD middle-grounders. To make matters more complicated many advocates and middle grounders are often fed misinformation from money-hungry people that are unwilling to do their homework.

 

Obviously, we sell CBD. More specifically, we sell phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil, which is the scientific jargon for non-psychoactive CBD that is derived from hemp. Selling CBD is our livelihood, so we are without a doubt on the advocating side. We have personally experienced many health benefits from incorporating CBD into our daily lives. We have also had the pleasure of witnessing many customers health transformations. However, we need to make it very clear that we are not doctors, and we are not scientists. We can only provide information based on the conclusions from scientists, and information about our product. That being said, we are here to shine some light on three common questions.

 

What is CBD, what is THC, and how do they differ?
CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are two of the most popular cannabinoids found in cannabis. There are two prominent classifications within the cannabis plant family: Cannabis sativa (hemp) and Cannabis indica (marijuana).

 

In a nutshell, a cannabinoid is a chemical compound that interacts with cannabinoid receptors that are located throughout the body. There are two main groups of cannabinoids: endocannabinoids which are chemical compounds produced by the body, and phytocannabinoids which are natural chemical compounds that are found in plants that have a similar chemical structure to endocannabinoids. Though these groups are all similar, cannabinoids themselves will cause different effects. Which brings us to THC and CBD.

 

THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid (the famous "high") that is prevalent in marijuana but extremely low in hemp. Whereas CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is present in both hemp and marijuana.

 

To legally sell CBD in the state of Texas, it cannot have more than 0.03% THC present. Note that the CBD that we carry at The Pharm House contains 0.00% THC (more on that below)! There is a process that will remove all THC process from hemp. Which leads us to the next question.

 

Why do CBD prices differ from store to store?
Let’s be realistic, CBD shops are everywhere, and the prices vary. Why? The brutally honest answer -- not all CBD is the same. You may be thinking, “Duh! You guys just explained that!” But the explanation is more complicated than just the difference between marijuana-derived and hemp derived product.  Think about it, are the chicken nuggets from a gas station less expensive than chicken nuggets from a natural foods store? Obviously! Are chicken nuggets purchased from gas stations as nutritious as the chicken nuggets from a natural foods store? No. Even though both companies use chicken (at least, that is what we are led to believe), their sourcing, cooking, and delivery processes drastically differ. Now, wouldn’t you expect the same with CBD?

 

This is where things get sticky. CBD’s popularity is consistently rising, and therefore so are the number of suppliers. Since CBD is not currently regulated by the government, each supplier will have different processes: how the plants are grown and harvested, how the oil is extracted, and how THC is (or sometimes not) removed, and more. This makes it extremely difficult to monitor quality, and easy to tell consumers one thing when it is, in fact, the other.

 

According to The Cannabis Compliance Firm, “Customers have reported becoming violently ill from poorly manufactured hemp-CBD products, many of which either contain mysterious inactive chemicals or ingredients different than those listed on the label. Many of these poor quality hemp-CBD products have been traced back to China, according to a spokesperson for Papa and Barkley, a prominent cannabis company in Southern California.”

 

Here at The Pharm House, our CBD oil comes from the largest known producer and manufacturer of hemp-derived phytocannabinoids in North America. This producer has naturally developed genetic strains of Phytocannabinoid-Rich (PCR) industrial hemp and are fully licensed and registered with the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Their extraction process utilizes both high-quality ethanol and supercritical C02 without adding external additives. Their purification process removes all THC to a non-detectable level of 0.00%  without using heavy metals or pesticides while meeting strict regulatory requirements. Once finished, the CBD is tested both in house and then certified through verified, independent third-party labs.

 

According to our producer, “[We are] a Colorado headquartered company specializing in the cultivation, extraction, and manufacturing of hemp-derived ingredients and finished products. We are the largest known fully vertical cannabinoid biomass producer and extractor in North America, shipping rich Broad Spectrum hemp oil (with 0.0% THC), water-soluble powder, water-soluble liquid, nano-emulsions, and finished goods throughout the United States and much of the world. Our emphasis on research, product development and clinical science is reflected in our state-of-the-art extraction processes and advanced formulations, resulting in multiple pending patents.”

 

What can CBD be used for?
CBD is a natural remedy commonly used as an alternative treatment or supplement to care for anxiety relief, overall wellness, and pain relief including chronic pain, arthritis, muscle soreness, and inflammation.*

 

In addition to these common usages, the FDA has approved CBD for the treatment of two forms of childhood epilepsy. According to a news release published on the FDA’s website dated June 26, 2018, “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol) [CBD] oral solution for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and Dravet syndrome, in patients two years of age and older. This is the first FDA-approved drug that contains a purified drug substance derived from marijuana. It is also the first FDA approval of a drug for the treatment of patients with Dravet syndrome.” (To date, this is the only FDA-approved use for CBD as a treatment.)

 

So, what does this mean for consumers? If you are on the fence about CBD and want to try it, we recommend that you ask the following questions.
  1. Where does your CBD come from?
  2. What does it come from?
  3. What is the extraction method.
  4. Are there any filler oils added to the CBD? (The only oil listed should be MCT)
  5. Is your product tested for quality and purity?

 

If you have additional questions, feel free to come by the store, or email us. All of our products are available here.

 

Always consult your healthcare provider before adding a supplement to your healthcare regimen.

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

May 09, 2019 — Courtney Cobb