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CBD 101

What are cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are a group of 100+ naturally occurring chemical compounds, including CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), that are produced by cannabis plants along with many other botanicals, as well as the human endocannabinoid system (ECS). These compounds interact with cannabinoid receptors within the ECS to produce a variety of non-psychoactive and psychoactive effects.

Does CBD come from cannabis or hemp?

The plant genus Cannabis contains three species; Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis. CBD is derived from specific cultivars of Cannabis sativa, which are bred specifically to contain high levels of CBD and low levels THC. Cannabis sativa, which is below 0.3% THC is classified as hemp. Our CBD is derived from hemp.

What are phytocannabinoids vs endocannabinoids?

Cannabinoids can be classified as phytocannabinoids or endocannabinoids, based on where they are derived. The prefix “phyto” means “plant”, which refers to the plant-based origin of phytocannabinoids. Alternatively, the prefix “endo” in endocannabinoids means “within”, indicating these cannabinoids are produced within the body. Both phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system of the nervous system.

What is the endocannabinoid system?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex cell-signaling biological system composed of cannabinoid receptors, internal neurotransmitters (endocannabinoids) and cannabinoid receptor proteins expressed throughout the central nervous system (CB1) and peripheral nervous system (CB2). The ECS is active in regulating a range of functions involved in physiological and cognitive processes and contributes to the homeostasis of the body’s internal environment through modulation of immune, cardiovascular and reproductive systems. The ECS is linked to immunity, sleep, mood, learning and memory, appetite and digestion, metabolism, bone and muscle formation, skin and nerve function and motor control, and therefore plays a significant role in holistic health.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid that is found in high concentrations in certain strains of hemp. Cannabidiol can interact with the human endocannabinoid system and has non-intoxicating effects.

What is decarboxylation?

CBD naturally occurs in the hemp plant as Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA). CBDA is relatively biologically inactive due to the presence of a carboxyl group (COOH), or acid, composed of a carbon atom bonded to an oxygen atom and a hydroxyl group. Decarboxylation is a heat-catalyzed chemical reaction that decomposes CBDA into CBD, by releasing the carbon dioxide. This conversion process increases the bioavailability of CBD. Decarboxylation is an essential aspect of the CBD extractions process, wherein exposure to moderate temperatures for an extended period of time activates the therapeutic benefits of CBD for optimal uptake by receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system, without degrading terpenes and other beneficial compounds.

What is the difference between hemp seed oil and hemp oil (CBD)?

Hemp seed oil is extracted solely from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant while CBD hemp oil is extracted from the plant’s flowers, stalk, stems and leaves. While hemp seed oil contains valuable nutrients and antioxidants, such as omega-3 and omega-6 acids and vitamins E, B2 and B6, cannabidiol quantities are rarely detectable. CBD hemp oil, however, contains high concentrations of cannabidiol as well as additional phytocannabinoids and terpenes.

Do your products contain hemp oil or CBD extract?

Hemp oil or hemp extract are both sometimes used in place of CBD hemp oil. To ensure that you are purchasing a product that is actually high in CBD, look for third party test results for the product. Test results for all Lazarus Naturals products are located on the Test Results tab on the product’s page.

Is CBD legal?

Hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal on the federal level in all 50 states and regulated under the 2018 Farm Bill. Marijuana-derived CBD products (which contain 0.4+ percent THC) are still considered illegal by the federal government. Prior to purchasing any CBD product, verify that it is third-party tested for potency. For more information regarding legality, it is encouraged that you consult with state’s laws, customs offices, and the local government of anywhere you travel to ensure your safety and regulatory compliance.

Is CBD legal in my state?

Under the 2018 Farm Bill and Agricultural Improvement Act, hemp-derived CBD is not regulated as a Schedule I controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Agency. State jurisdictions vary, however, and additional restrictions may apply in your region. Lazarus Naturals cannot offer legal advice so please consult with your local representative regarding the legality of any product prior to purchase. According to the World Population Review, in 2020:

CBD is fully legal without restrictions in:

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.

CBD is legal with restrictions in: 

Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

CBD is fully illegal in:

Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

Will I test positive on a drug test if I use your products?

CBD alone will not show up on drug tests but many hemp-derived CBD products contain trace amounts of THC which may show up on a screening, depending on the lab and testing threshold used by your employer. This means that while Lazarus Naturals products comply with the federally-mandated THC limit of less than 0.3% by dry weight, a positive test is possible. Before using any CBD product, check the company’s lab results to verify the potency is within federal limits. If a CBD company’s lab results are not readily available, or are not third-party verified this may be an indication that their products are not in compliance with federal standards. Since drug tests do not distinguish between THC-positive results based on hemp-derived CBD usage or marijuana usage, we recommend not using CBD products if this is a concern for you. Lazarus Naturals hold no liability for positive drug test results.

Our Process

What is your CBD made from?

Our CBD is derived from hemp. We extract the CBD from hemp using ethanol. The extract undergoes a purification process to remove unwanted fats, chlorophyll, and ethanol. Through further purification processes called distillation and crystallization, full spectrum extract becomes isolated CBD.

Where does your hemp come from?

As of 2019, about 70% of our 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 hemp from our farm.

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 strict certification process of the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) Hemp Research Pilot Program.

What do you test for? Do you test for heavy metals or pesticides in Lazarus products?

All Lazarus Naturals products undergo a comprehensive testing protocol to ensure our quality and safety standards are met. Our standards adhere to the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) monograph on Cannabis. While the testing requirements vary from product to product and the production stage, each batch undergoes multiple rounds of testing which include: cannabinoid potency, terpenes, heavy metals, pesticides, microbial contaminants and residual solvents. Prior to processing, our hemp is tested for potency, heavy metals, and pesticides. Post-extraction, the raw oil is tested for these same analytes as well as residual solvents. If refined into CBD isolate, an additional potency and residual solvent test is conducted. Then, all final batches are tested by a third-party laboratory for potency and quality analysis. For more information regarding the testing protocol and third-party results for our products, refer to the “Test Results” tab located at the bottom of each product page.

Do Lazarus CBD products contain any THC?

Lazarus Naturals products are available in Full Spectrum and THC-free. Full Spectrum products contain high concentrations of CBD as well as a variety of cannabinoids, terpenes and other phytochemicals, and less than 0.3% THC by dry weight. While our THC-free products are made with CBD isolate, trace amounts of THC are found in most hemp-derived CBD products.

Are Lazarus products vegan and gluten-free?

All Lazarus Naturals products are gluten free. While the majority of our products contain exclusively vegan-friendly ingredients, there are a few products with non-vegan components. Our balms contain beeswax, Cycling Frog capsules contain gelatin, and Wild Salmon Flavored Calming Pet Tincture contains Salmon and Wild Pollock Oil.

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 interact 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. 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 miligrams of CBD per one mililiter, while our “Standard Potency” tinctures contain 20 miligrams CBD per one mililiter.

What is the difference between full spectrum, broad 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 in addition to CBD. This suite of compounds, which includes THC, has potential synergistic benefits which are currently being researched. The THC in our full spectrum products will always be below the federally mandated limit of less than 0.3% by dry weight.

Our full spectrum products are standardized to specific CBD potencies and due to the natural variation of plant extracts, the levels of other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids may fluctuate from batch to batch.

Broad spectrum products retain some of the additional plant components that are present in the full spectrum product but have no detectable THC. Isolate based products contain only the isolated CBD molecule and will also have no detectable THC.

How do I store CBD oil and isolate?

While our products do not require refrigeration, we recommend storing your CBD tinctures and topicals in a cool dry place, similar to how you would store honey. Make sure to shake well before each use. We recommend storing isolate 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.

What does 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. You could also 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?

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.

Do you sell isolate?

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.

Do you offer bulk or wholesale discounts?

Yes, we do! Email us at [email protected] to learn more.

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 email us at [email protected] 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 (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.

Hand Sanitizers

Does your liquid hand sanitizer contain CBD?

No, our liquid hand sanitizer does not contain CBD. It is made with 80% Alcohol and naturally kills 99.9% of germs.

Why is a CBD company making hand sanitizer?

As makers of high quality, affordable CBD, we are so grateful to be able to support our community and help those in need. 10% of our hand sanitizers are donated to charities including front line healthcare workers, homeless shelters, food banks, grocery workers and correctional facilities.

CBD for Pets

How does CBD work in my pet?

It works very similarly to the way it does in humans. Like us, animals have an endocannabinoid system and CBD is a naturally occurring molecule that interacts with the receptors in that system. As a result, they experience many of the same benefits we do when we take CBD.

Will my pet get high while taking CBD?

Nope, CBD doesn’t get humans or pets high because it comes from hemp, which legally must have THC (the compound in marijauna that gets you high) levels below 0.3%. However, if you still have concerns about how your pet might react to these trace amounts, we offer a THC-free tincture as part of our pet product line.

Can my pet overdose on CBD?

Because the legalization of hemp is so recent, there is insufficient research to determine toxic levels for CBD. However, there hasn’t been a single recorded case of a CBD overdose in animals or humans to date. Anecdotally, people most commonly report sleepiness and dry mouth when they (or their pets) have taken a large serving and this can be avoided by starting with small amounts and gradually increasing the serving size. And always check with your veterinarian first if your pet is on any other medications or if you’re worried about serving size.

How do I find the right serving size?

You can use the guide on our product label as a starting point but every pet will react differently so there is some trial-and-error involved. First decide on whether you want to give CBD to your pet daily for general wellness or if you will use it only in specific situations, such as when the fireworks go off on July 4th. Start off low and watch your pet carefully. If you don’t see the desired results, gradually increase the serving size. It can take up to a week to start seeing the benefits, so be patient.

Does it matter whether I give my pet treats or tinctures?

A tincture can be used two ways: dropping oil directly into your pet’s mouth or mixing with their food. When the tincture goes directly into the mouth, it’s sometimes absorbed faster into the bloodstream and can potentially bypass the GI tract. You should see the results within 20 minutes, although the benefits do not last as long as the other method. When a tincture is mixed with food, as it is in our dog treats, it passes through the digestive system and the liver. It will take longer to see the effects (up to 1-2 hours), but they tend to last for a longer duration (typically 6-8 hours).

Is hemp seed oil the same as CBD oil?

Right now there are lots of products containing hemp seed oil on pet store shelves. But unless these products specifically say they contain CBD, you’re not getting the benefits of CBD. Hemp seed oil itself has many nutritional benefits but because it is extracted from seeds, it doesn’t contain any detectable levels of CBD. CBD is extracted primarily from the flowers and leaves of the mature hemp plant and these oils have high concentrations of cannabinoids.

Is it safe to give my pet CBD?

A lot of people are wondering this since the safety and risks of using CBD in dogs has not been researched yet, although several studies are now underway. We expect that for the most part, CBD works the same way in animals as it does in humans, and that anecdotally they get the same health and wellness benefits we do. However, there can be huge differences in the products you buy when it comes to ingredients and potency. Here’s how to make a safer choice when shopping for CBD:

  • Look for pure natural ingredients. Choose CBD that is free of toxins such as pesticides, herbicides or heavy metals, and unnatural additives. You should also verify that the product actually contains the amount of CBD that it says it does. How do you do this?
  • Ask for the independent lab test results, otherwise known as a Certificate of Analysis or COA. Reputable companies post these on their websites for any customer to refer to. At Lazarus, you can find a COA on our website by visiting the “Test Results” tab on an individual product page and looking for the batch number listed on the packaging.
  • Choose American-grown hemp. Only buy CBD that has been made from hemp grown in the USA. Some companies use hemp from other countries that don’t have the same standards and regulations we do in the US. Even better, buy from companies that grow their own hemp, like we do at Lazarus Naturals. We own every part of the process, from the farms to the extraction facility to packaging, ensuring that control over safety and quality at every step.
  • Look for the Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) certification. This means the products were produced in a facility that has been audited by a third-party for adherence to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards. Those standards ensure that the company is not cutting corners and producing safe, consistent, and effective products. Any reputable CBD company will be forthright about whether or not they are certified.