What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a phytocannabinoid commonly found in high concentrations certain strains of hemp. It is one of at least 113 cannabinoids discovered in the cannabis plant and is non-intoxicating in its effects.
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What is the endocannabinoid system?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids (cannabinoids produced by the body) and the receptors they bind to, cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2). The endocannabinoid system has been shown to be involved in the regulation of a number of physiological and cognitive processes throughout the human body.
Check out our blog post that touches on the endocannabinoid system and other common CBD-related terms.
What are cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are a group of chemical compounds that are most commonly found in–but not exclusive to—cannabis. In addition to being produced endogenously by the human endocannabinoid system, cannabinoids have also been found in other botanical sources, including hops and varieties of Echinacea. At least 113 cannabinoids have been isolated from cannabis and characterized, with two of the most notable ones being cannabidiol (CBD) tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
What is decarboxylation?
CBD naturally occurs in the hemp plant as Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA), which is a very closely related analogue of CBD. In order to transform CBDA into CBD, a given plant or extract must undergo a process known as decarboxylation. Sometimes, this process is referred to as “activation” as it produces a more biologically active version of the CBD molecule. Decarboxylation is defined as the removal of a carboxyl group from a given molecule, and is accomplished in CBD by heating the material to approximately 110 °C (230 °F). This facilitates the removal of the carboxyl group on the CBDA molecule and produces CBD as the end product.
What is the difference between hemp seed oil and hemp oil (CBD)?
While hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant, hemp oil is a product derived from the leaves, flowers, and stalks of the hemp plant. Hemp seeds rarely contain minute detectable quantities of cannabinoids but typically, hemp seeds contain non-detectable levels of cannabinoids. By contrast, detectable levels of cannabinoids can be found in the stalks and leaves of hemp, with the highest concentrations of cannabinoids being found in the flowers of the hemp plant. CBD/hemp oil products have a much greater concentration of CBD than hemp seed oil products, while hemp seed oil products commonly contain no therapeutically viable levels of cannabinoids.
Is CBD legal?
Hemp products that contain CBD are currently and successfully brought to market in all 50 states and over 40 countries by many businesses. We encourage users to always check with your local government, police department, or customs office for the most up to date information regarding the legality of CBD in your area before purchase. This answer should not be considered legal advice, so we strongly recommend that you check with your own local administration to ensure that you are happy with the level of legality of consuming these products before you buy them.
Is CBD legal in my state?
Will I test positive on a drug test if I use your products?
Although our products comply with the federally mandated THC limit of less than 0.3% THC by dry weight, this does mean a positive test is possible. Drug tests are not uniform and the THC threshold that would yield a positive result is stricter in some tests than others.
Lazarus Naturals holds no liability for any positive results on a drug test. We highly recommend not using CBD products if this is a concern to you. Click here to read our blog on this topic.
What is your CBD made from?
Our CBD is derived from hemp. We extract the CBD from our hemp with ethanol. The extract undergoes a purification and distillation processes that results in a high quality CBD oil, free from all solvents.
Do your products contain hemp oil or CBD extract?
Our products all contain CBD extract. Our third party potency results show a precise CBD concentration present in each batch of our products. These can be found under our product’s potency results tab. We also test every batch of our hemp for heavy metals and pesticides, in addition to potency, terpenes, residual solvents and micro/mycotoxins. These can be found right next to the Test Results tab on our product pages.
Hemp seed oil is an added ingredient in our tinctures, but the oil itself does not contain any substantial amount of CBD. It’s also possible that hemp seeds may incidentally be extracted during the extraction process, but it is never our intention to do this because they contain lower levels of CBD.
Where does your hemp come from?
As of 2019, about 70% of our industrial hemp is sourced from our own farm in Central Oregon. All of our full-spectrum products and the majority of our isolate products are made using our own hemp.
The remaining supplemental hemp is all of top quality, sourced from trusted growers on Oregon farms. We ensure all source material comes from farms which adhere to the stout certification process of the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) Hemp Research Pilot Program.
What do you test for?
All of our products undergo a high-level testing protocol for heavy metals, pesticides, potency, residual solvents and quality analysis before bring brought to market. This is to ensure the products meet our demands for quality and safety. Every batch undergoes multiple rounds of testing, although what we test for varies slightly depending on what stage of the process that the product is in.
Every bulk shipment of hemp we receive undergoes an initial test for heavy metals, pesticides and potency. Post-extraction, the raw oil undergoes a second test for these same items and is also tested for residual solvents. It is important to note that while the solvent we use (cane ethanol) is the same as what you find in alcoholic drinks and is safe for human consumption, we test for residual solvents to ensure that the oil that makes it into our products is free from any residual ethanol.
If the raw CBD oil is refined into CBD isolate, we do a final test for potency and residual solvents. All final batches are tested for potency and quality analysis by a third-party laboratory.
The “Test Results” tab on each individual product page shows the results for each batch. The results section on each product page is updated regularly as new batches are finalized.
Do you test or heavy metals or pesticides in Lazarus products?
All Lazarus Naturals products undergo multiple rounds of lab testing for heavy metals and pesticides. The results of these tests can be found under the “Test Results” tab of each individual product page. Our standards adhere to the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) monograph on cannabis.
We test every bulk shipment of hemp for heavy metals and pesticides, then test the raw oil again in the post-extraction phase. All final batches are then sent to a third-party laboratory for a final test for potency and quality analysis.
For more information, visit our blog on why we test for heavy metals and pesticides.
Do Lazarus CBD products contain any THC?
Trace amounts of THC can be found in most hemp-derived CBD products. Our products comply with the federally mandated THC limit of less than 0.3% THC by dry weight.
Are Lazarus products vegan?
The majority of our products contain vegan-friendly ingredients exclusively. Beeswax (used in our balms) and Bovine Capsules (used in Cycling Frog 100mg & 200mg capsules) are the only components currently in use that would not be considered vegan. All of our products are also gluten-free and contain no artificial preservatives.
How to Use
What are the benefits of CBD?
FDA DISCLOSURE: In accordance with federal regulation we cannot make health claims regarding our dietary supplements we can only recommend our products for general wellness. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.
How much CBD should I take?
Due to the wide range of use-cases for CBD, appropriate serving sizes can vary widely. Your serving size will be dependent upon your body weight, metabolism, individual body chemistry, and other metabolic factors.
We cannot make specific recommendations regarding serving sizes. We recommend starting with a small amount of CBD, and gradually increasing the serving until the desired effects are achieved.
Why is there a grapefruit warning?
CBD can have an interaction with certain drugs in a manner that is similar to grapefruit. Research has shown that certain compounds in grapefruit can interact with many common pharmaceutical drugs by inhibiting cytochrome P450 enzymes, a family of liver enzymes that metabolizes these drugs. However, CBD can also inhibit these enzymes when consumed at high enough dosages.
We always recommend checking with your physician before starting a new dietary supplement program. Any instructions you may have received from a medical professional regarding grapefruit should be treated with the same level of care when it comes to CBD products.
Is CBD Psychoactive?
CBD meets the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of being psychoactive. The WHO defines psychoactive substances as substances “that, when taken in or administered into one’s system, affect mental processes, e.g. cognition or effect.”
However, while this may be the case for CBD, it must be noted that CBD is non-intoxicating in its effects. It does not produce feelings of euphoria, stupor, or loss of control; effects commonly associated with THC ingestion. Research suggests that this is due to the fact that CBD does not bind to the CB1 receptor in the same way that THC does. In fact, CBD has been shown in some studies to modulate or reduce the intoxicating effects of THC.
What does high potency and standard potency mean?
Our tinctures labeled as “High Potency” contain 50 mg of CBD per ml, while our “Standard Potency” tinctures contain 15 mg CBD per ml.
What is the difference between full spectrum and isolate-based CBD?
Our full spectrum products are made by a whole plant extraction with food grade alcohol. We carefully control our process to maintain and preserve the full suite of naturally occurring phytocannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes in the hemp plant. This suite of compounds has potential synergistic benefits which are currently being researched.
Products made with Broad Spectrum and Isolated CBD do not retain all these natural compounds and therefore may not have the same effects or benefits.
Our full spectrum products are standardized to specific CBD potencies and due to the natural variation of plant extracts, the levels of peripheral cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids may fluctuate from batch to batch.
We only use sustainably grown hemp to make our products and we ensure that THC concentration remains under the federally mandated 0.3% requirement. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable customer service staff. We hope you enjoy!
How do I store CBD oil and isolate?
While our products do not require refrigeration, we recommend storing your CBD oil in a cool dry place, such as you would store honey. Make sure to shake well before each use. For isolate, we recommend storing in a dry cool place away from direct heat and sunlight. Ensure the cap is closed air tight after each use. Refrigeration is not necessary but may prolong shelf life.
Are there heavy metals and pesticides in CBD products?
Although we cannot speak for the CBD products made by any other company, all of our finished products are third-party tested for heavy metals and pesticides, in addition to cannabinoid profile. In order to ensure the highest standard of quality and safety in our products, we follow the guidelines established in the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Cannabis Monograph.
All of our results are reported on a per serving basis and can be viewed in the “Test Results” section of each product page. We encourage you to read our blog on this subject to learn more.
What does the unflavored full spectrum tincture taste like?
Our CBD oil in its purest form commonly has a robust grassy, nutty or earthy flavor, which comes from the organic compounds that make up the hemp plant from which the oil is derived. These compounds include cannabinoids, terpenes and chlorophyll. Many of our customers enjoy the bold, earthy taste of our full spectrum, unflavored tincture. If you find the taste or smell unappealing, consider mixing the unflavored tincture with some yogurt, a fruit smoothie, ice cream or your favorite recipe to mask the earthy flavor of the unflavored tincture. Or you could try one of our flavored CBD tinctures instead.
Orders & Shipping
Can I return an item?
If you feel that you are entitled to a refund on your purchase, please send your order back along with a receipt or proof of purchase within 90 days of receiving your product(s). After 90 days, per our return policy, we do not offer a refund or exchange. Partial refunds in certain circumstances may be granted at the sole discretion of the company.
Once your return is received and inspected, we will send a notification email. We will also notify you whether your refund has been approved. If so, the refund will be processed and a credit will be automatically applied to the credit card or original method of payment within 90 days.
On efficacy: remember, everyone’s experience with CBD varies and there is no one guaranteed or normal reaction. Some only need a small amount while others prefer a larger amount. Furthermore, some prefer isolates over full spectrum and vice versa. Keep in mind that CBD is a unique kind of supplement and may not be effective for some users’ specific goals.
In addition, the advice and claims we can make are limited by restrictions placed on dietary supplements by the FDA—please consider reading scholarly articles on the efficacy of CBD for your own circumstances.
Please visit our Policies page to learn more.
Can I cancel my order?
We can not cancel a USPS order once it has shipped. If you wish to cancel an order that has been shipped, please contact Customer Service at (206) 909-3354. They are available for you Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 Pacific time. You can also email Customer Service with the address [email protected] They will email a pre-paid return label and fully refund you for your order has returned to us. Please understand that we can only refund for expedited shipping if the order was not delivered by the estimated date.
Can I find Lazarus products in stores?
Yes! Our products are available at several retailers throughout the U.S. See our store locator to find a location near you. We also have products available in New Seasons Markets throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Do you sell Isolates?
We do! But we are currently unable to ship isolate to Washington State addresses. As of April 1st, Washington State ruled that all vapable CBD products can only be sold via their I-502 licensed stores. If attempting to purchase isolates from within Washington you will receive the following notification: “Please remove isolate products from your cart and try again.”
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept all major credit cards. We take our customers’ security seriously and ensure your private information is safe with us. To prevent fraudulent charges, all credit and debit card holders are subject to validation and authorization by both us and the card issuer.
When will I be charged if ordering from the online store?
Your card will be charged immediately after security checks from your bank and Lazarus Naturals have been authorized and confirmed.
How much does shipping in the U.S. cost?
We proudly ship from Portland, Oregon. We now offer FREE three-day shipping via USPS for all orders from Lazarus Naturals. We will also ship all orders same-day, if they are placed before 12pm Pacific Time (3pm ET) Monday – Saturday. Transit times exclude Sundays and federal holidays. If you want your order to arrive faster than three shipping days, you can also choose from 2-day air, next-day air saver, and next-day air, via UPS. Those rates will be calculated at time of checkout. Please note: shipping via UPS is Monday – Friday only.
What if my order is missing an item?
If your order is missing an item, please contact us immediately so we can send a replacement item.
What if I need to change my address?
For orders under $250, we can quickly edit the shipping address before your order has shipped. If your order has shipped, our team will attempt to intercept the package in transit. Please ensure your address is correct before proceeding to place your order. We cannot re-ship orders over the amount of $250 if delivered to an incorrect shipping address. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Customer Service at (206) 909-3354. They are available for you Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm Pacific time. You can also email Customer Service at [email protected]
How will I know when my order is successfully placed?
We will send you an email verifying your order once it is completed through our website. This email will outline your order, and provide an invoice number in case you need to contact us with any questions or concerns. Please make sure to keep this email, as inquiries without the reference number might be delayed.
Will I receive a notification when my order has shipped?
Yes! We will send you tracking information and confirmation when your package is being shipped.
Can I order from anywhere in the United States?
Lazarus Naturals and other popular CBD brands currently make products available in all 50 states. With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, regulations regarding hemp-derived ingestible cannabinoid products will continue to be updated, so we strongly recommend that you check with your local administration to ensure you are comfortable with the level of legality of consuming hemp CBD products before you buy them.
Do you ship to the UK?
We currently do not ship directly to the UK. However, a small selection of our products is available on Amazon UK, but is temporarily out of service due to technical difficulties. We will post a link once those issues are resolved. Please note, the UK has different labeling requirements for CBD products. For Amazon UK orders, please contact Amazon Customer Service. If unable to resolve in a timely manner, please contact our customer service dept at [email protected] or +1 206-909-3354.
What countries outside the U.S. do you ship to?
This is the list of countries we currently ship to: Belgium, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Gibraltar, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Northern Mariana Islands, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay.
Do I still get free shipping even if I order internationally?
No, the free shipping only applies for orders made with in the continental US.