Frequently Asked Questions

This is a list of FAQs we commonly answer. Feel free to CONTACT US directly if you have additional questions. Our team is extremely knowledgeable, honest, and always happy to help. There are no dumb questions!

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01. What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of many cannabinoids naturally found in hemp and cannabis. Recent research suggests that CBD supports homeostasis, or the natural balance, in the human body.

02. Will CBD make me high?

Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and will not produce the “high” feeling associated with using marijuana. Both compounds have medicinal benefits, but marijuana products with higher dosages of THC are only available in states that allow medical and/or recreational sales from a licensed dispensary. Hemp-derived CBD is widely available without a prescription in stores and on the internet.

03. What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are aromatic oils provide smell and taste. Each individual terpene is associated with unique benefits and effects. For example, some promote relaxation, while others elevate focus and mood. 

04. What product is right for me?

There are several factors to consider when thinking about the best options for you. When it comes to CBD, your best bet is to start low and increase dose slowly until you experience the desired results. Educate yourself about other cannabinoids and how they may benefit your specific needs. Different formulations will have different effects and are good for different uses. Click HERE to check out some our guides to help you choose the right products.

05. What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The Endocannabinoid System, or the ECS, is a system in our body responsible for the development of the central and peripheral nervous systems, neuromodulation, and synaptic plasticity. In short, the main role of the ECS is to keep our body in a state of balance, commonly known as homeostasis. The ECS consists of various enzymes as well as receptors. 

06. Is all CBD the same?

Not in the least. CBD oils typically come in three varieties: Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and CBD isolate. Each is slightly different in what cannabinoids are in them. The industry has come under a lot of scrutiny due to shady companies selling products that may or may not contain any CBD or THC and that have dangerous chemicals and/or contaminants. Always research companies you plan on buying products from and contact them directly with any questions.

07. What is Full Spectrum Vs Broad Spectrum Vs CBD isolate?

Full spectrum oil contains all the naturally occurring cannabinoids in the hemp plant, which includes trace amounts of THC.

Broad Spectrum contains all the naturally occurring cannabinoids, but has THC extracted leaving non detectable (ND) amounts confirmed by lab tests.

CBD isolate is just that, isolated CBD. It does not contain other cannabinoids and terpenes and consists of CBD only.

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08. How is CBD oil made?

East Coast Herbalist sources hemp from New England farms that organically grow and care for their crops. After obtaining raw hemp from these local farms, it is sent a professional lab for extraction.

Cold ethanol is used to pull trichomes into the liquid, the liquid is filtered, and the alcohol purged.

There is a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to extraction methods and the reality is that there is no one process that is better than all others, each has pros and cons. The two most common and safest extraction processes involve CO2 and ethanol (food grade alcohol).

Other less utilized techniques use solvents like butane, pentane, propane, or others. 

09. What is the Entourage Effect?

The Entourage Effect is the synergistic interaction of all the naturally occurring cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and fatty acids found in cannabis and hemp. It is believed that the most beneficial effects are reached when all the naturally occurring compounds remain in the oil, including THC.

10. Will CBD Make You High?

CBD alone will not make you “high.” CBD that is extracted from the hemp plant is required to contain under .3% THC to be federally legal in the United States. Full Spectrum extracts do have trace amounts under .3% of THC. Since every individual responds differently, it is impossible to predict how each person will react. These levels of THC are extremely low and do not effect the majority, but we suggest starting with Broad Spectrum CBD if you are concerned about THC or any potential psychoactive effects.


11. Is CBD Legal?

CBD extracted from the hemp plant that contains less than .3% THC was removed from Schedule 1 status after the 2018 Farm bill was passed. Hemp was also approved as an agricultural crop and is legal in the eyes of the federal government. That being said, each state has their own individual laws that vary widely regarding CBD. We suggest doing research on your state laws before buying, selling, or using any CBD products.

12. What is the best way to take CBD?

There are several factors to consider when thinking about the best options for you. When it comes to CBD, your best bet is to start low and increase dose slowly until you experience the desired results. Different formulations will have different effects and are good for different uses. Click HERE to open our guide on different formulations (edible, sublingual, topical, vape)

13. What dosage of CBD should I take?

This is one of the most common questions we hear and there is no right answer. The best advice we can give is to listen to your body. When it comes to CBD oil tinctures, we suggest starting low and increasing dosage slow until your desired results. Click HERE to open our comprehensive dosing guide.

14. Can I overdose on CBD?

a. CBD has been safely used and tested in much higher dosages than is currently available in products sold over the counter. The short answer is no, there is no known toxicity when it comes to any cannabinoids. However, we do advise consumers to start with low dosages to evaluate how it effects you, as everyone responds differently.

15. Does CBD have any side effects?

CBD effects every individual differently. Potential side effects are generally benign and can include: lethargy, diarrhea, changes in appetite, or upset stomach. Every product on the market is different and some contain THC, which is known to increase anxiety in some people who are particularly sensitive to it. Listening to your body is always the best policy, so if you are experiencing any side-effects, you should decrease dose or discontinue use. Always consult your physician when adding CBD to your regimen.

16. What if I am on other medications?

First and foremost, you should always consult your physician when adding CBD to your regimen, especially if you are taking other medications. CBD is known to inhibit the cytochrome P450 enzyme, which is involved in metabolizing some drugs in the liver. Due to this, CBD can either increase or decrease effects and levels of some drugs. Any medication that advises against use of grapefruit is thought to potentially also interact with CBD. Again, if you are unsure or on additional medications, always consult your physician before taking CBD.

17. Will CBD products cause me to fail a drug test?

a. Most likely not. There are, however, many variables that you need to consider before taking CBD. Although Full Spectrum hemp derived products contain less than .3% THC, these types of products can potentially cause some individuals to fail a drug test. Also important is what kind of tox screen is being done and is it checking for THC specifically, or is it testing for cannabinoids? To be on the safe side, the best answer is that if you are concerned about drug tests, you should discuss with the appropriate authorities or your employers HR department before deciding to take any CBD products.

18. Is Hemp Oil the same as CBD Oil?

a. It depends on the company and how they label products. Many are labeled differently, but that doesn’t mean they are good or bad. Some companies disguise hemp seed oil as CBD, particularly those being sold on Amazon. Hemp seed oil can be bought at your local health food store. It is important to do your research before buying products. Always ask for lab results as confirmation of what is in the product you are buying.

19. How do I know I am buying quality CBD?

There is an abundance of great brands selling quality products in the market place. However, you need to do research. Never buy CBD products from Amazon as Amazon doesn’t allow for the sale of CBD. Products are low quality, counterfeit, or contain little or no CBD. Reputable manufacturers make lab test results publicly available to confirm dosage, ingredients, and that products are free of any contaminants. If a company does not provide lab results on their website, we advise to proceed with caution. You can always call them directly and ask if you are questioning the product.

20. Why buy East Coast Herbalist?

Of course, we are biased on this one, but…. Our company works closely with physicians, scientists, growers, and patients in an effort to produce the best and safest products on the market. We stand behind all of our products and offer a 30 day, no questions asked, money back guarantee. We pride ourselves on delivering the best customer service, prioritize compliance with all laws and industry standards, and deliver the highest quality end products to our customers. We consciously decided to work with partners here in the Northeast because we know how health conscious our Vermont colleagues are and we believe in local business. Call us anytime with questions, feedback, or just to say hi. Thanks for being part of the East Coast Herbalist family.