Frequently asked questions
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is just one of several different molecules known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD can act as a neurotransmitter and is also known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
What is CBD oil?
CBD oil It is used by people all over the world as a dietary supplement and for a variety of therapeutic purposes and is an all natural essential oil that is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant (hemp).
What exactly are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are the active compounds produced by all cannabis plants (hemp and marjuana. These cannabinoids account for most of the health benefits of CBD. In Technical terms, cannabinoids found in plants are called phytocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids can mimic neurotransmitters that are called endocannabinoids in mammals, which are produced naturally by our bodies. Neurotransmitters help to regulate bodily systems at a cellular level.
How does CBD work?
CBD can act as a neurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters help to regulate bodily systems at a cellular level. CBD has been shown to have effects on a wide array of systems in the human body, such as the immune system, the nervous system, the endocrine system, the cardiovascular system, the digestive system, the heart, liver, and kidneys, the epidermis and others. CBD is also known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
What is hemp seed oil?
Hemp seed oil is distinct from CBD oil. While CBD is produced by extracting the essential oils from the cannabis plant’s flowers, hemp seed oil is produced by pressing the plant’s seeds. Hemp oil is similar to other seed oils such as corn oil and sesame oil. Hemp oil does not contain cannabinoids such as CBD.
What is the difference between CBD and hemp?
Hemp is a family of cannabis strains which are grown for food and fibers. CBD is a molecular compound found in the plant’s extracts. SOTA CBD is extracted from a proprietary strain of hemp known as PCR hemp — or phytocannabinoid-rich hemp. This proprietary strain is far richer in CBD and other cannabinoids and terpenes than the basic hemp plant used by most CBD producers.
What is the difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil?
CBD oil is an essential oil extracted from the cannabis plant’s flowers. It contains beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes. Hemp seed oil, on the other hand, is similar to other seed oils such as corn oil or sesame seed oil and is produced by pressing the plant’s seeds. Hemp oil does not contain CBD or terpenes.
Is your product safe?
There are no known incidences of illness caused by consumption of CBD oil. Also, all of SOTA products undergo rigorous testing to guarantee they are free of THC and any potential contaminants.
What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana are both types of cannabis. Whereas marijuana contains a cannabinoid known as THC, which causes a high and is known as a drug, hemp contains negligible amounts of THC, does not cause a high and is not considered to be a drug. SOTA products undergo a patented process which removes all traces of THC from the product.
What is CBD used for?
Many people use CBD to promote a health state known as homeostasis, the body’s natural tendency to maintain a healthy balance in all its systems. Cannabinoids are an integral part of the human body’s ability to regulate and balance a wide variety of physiological systems. CBD is also used by some to treat particular ailments such as seizure disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and others.
Does your product contain THC?
The short answer is yes. However, our 500mg tinctures have .02% of THC. The amount of THC is minimal. However, there is currently no way to remove ALL of the THC from any product on the market. We feel it necessary to be upfront with all the correct information to keep you well informed. The level of THC in our products will never give you any kind of psychoactive effect. However, we cannot guarantee you will not have a false positive on a urine drug test.
Are there traces of THC in CBD oil?
Raw hemp extract may contain small traces of THC; however, all SOTA CBD products use and extract that has less than .02% of THC, which are considered non-detectable by most industry standards, however, we want to be totally transparent with our users, that there are trace amounts of THC in ALL CBD products, of which will never make you high. Today, there is currently no way to get all the THC out of a CBD extracted from a hemp plant.
Why should I choose CBD over medical cannabis?
Medical cannabis is another term for medical marijuana. Marijuana contains THC, which is a cannabinoid that causes a high. Medical cannabis can cause severe impairments. CBD is not psychotropic, meaning that it does not cause a high. It can be used while working, driving or undertaking any other physical activities such as exercise and sports.
Can your products cure/treat my condition?
CBD oil is used by many people to treat a variety of conditions. However, it has not been approved by the FDA in the treatment of any conditions aside from particular seizure disorders. Nonetheless, there have been numerous studies which suggest that CBD may be an effective therapy for a wide range of health issues, and many U.S. states have approved the use of CBD to treat many of these ailments. Consult with a qualified medical professional to determine if your condition is treatable with CBD.
What does “broad spectrum” mean?
The term broad spectrum refers to CBD oil products that contain a combination of cannabinoids, terpenes and other beneficial compounds found in PCR hemp. While many CBD oil products are made using CBD isolate, SOTACBD's broad spectrum oils maintain the same concentrations of these beneficial compounds that are found in the original PCR hemp plant, but without the THC. A full spectrum CBD product still contains trace amounts of THC.
Is broad spectrum CBD oil psychoactive?
SOTA CBD products are made with broad spectrum oils which have had all traces of THC removed. Our products do not cause a high.
Will I feel any effects from using CBD products?
Some of the effects reported by CBD oil users include improved mood, reduced stress and anxiety, increased attention and focus, pain relief and others. However, organic compounds such as CBD can produce different effects in different people. Your results may vary.
Can I overdose on CBD?
No. You cannot overdose on CBD. There is no record of anyone ever overdosing on CBD. CBD is completely non-toxic.
What is the best way to take CBD?
CBD can be administered in a variety of ways. The list below shows the most effective delivery methods for getting CBD into your bloodstream, with 1 being most effective to 10 being least effective.
- Vaping – Vaping is the most effective CBD delivery method. It involves inhaling a vaporized oil preparation.
- Vaginal Suppository – This is one of the least desirable delivery methods for obvious reasons.
- Rectal Suppository – This is one of the least desirable delivery methods for obvious reasons.
- Sublingual – This involves using our tincture and holding it under your tongue for 45-60 seconds.
- Nasal Spray – We are considering this as a future product.
- Softgels – SOTA softgels use a patent-pending technology described in Our Process that make them more bioavailable to the system than any other product you can put in your mouth. They are best to take on an empty stomach.
- Oromucosal – This is a mouth spray. We currently have a mouth spray under development.
- Transdermal Topical – This is a patch applied to the skin.
- Topical – This is a hand cream, balm or some other product applied to the skin. The great thing about high-concentrate CBD balms, such as SOTA formula, is that you can often feel the difference in just a few minutes. The key is to thoroughly rub it into the skin.
- Edible – This refers to anything you eat containing CBD.
What is the ideal method for taking CBD?
The ideal method for taking CBD depends on the reason for which it’s being taken. If you use CBD oil as a supplement for health maintenance, capsules or tinctures are recommended. If you are treating a particular medical condition, consult with a qualified medical professional for advice on the ideal method of administration for your condition.
What is a CBD tincture?
A CBD tincture is a preparation made from CBD extract. It is used orally (swallowed) and sublingually (under the tongue). When used sublingually, CBD can be absorbed directly into the bloodstream via capillaries found in tissues in the mouth. When consumed orally it must pass through the digestive system, but it is also absorbed via the lining of the stomach.
How will CBD oil affect my body?
CBD oil can have a wide variety of effects on the human body, most of which are subtle. However, CBD is known to be a powerful anti-inflammatory and has been reported to reduce pain, swelling and stiffness. It has also been shown in research studies to improve circulation and help to regulate a variety of systems, including the immune system, the nervous system, the endocrine system, the cardiovascular system, the digestive system, the heart, liver, kidneys and others.
Is it possible to overdose or take too much CBD?
CBD is completely non-toxic. We have never heard of anyone overdosing on CBD. However, extremely large servings of CBD may cause drowsiness. However, you body uses what it can use and excretes what it cannot use.
How much CBD is in your products?
SOTA CBD offers some of the most potent CBD products available. However, the amount of CBD in SOTA products varies from product to product. Please refer to the product label for exact concentrations of CBD in each product.
What is the ideal serving size?
The ideal serving size of CBD for each person depends on a wide range of variables, including the reason it is being used, the method of administration, sex, age, weight, diet, exercise and so on. It also depends on the product. Servings of 5 to 50 milligrams per day are commonly reported for health maintenance, mood enhancement and minor pain reduction. Higher servings, although not harmful, are not recommended unless being used to treat a particular disorder, in which case it is recommended that you consult with a qualified medical professional.
How often can I take CBD?
CBD can be taken multiple times each day, or at particular times of day, depending on the reason it is being used. CBD oil is also often taken upon onset of particular conditions such as pain and anxiety.
Are there any negative side effects?
CBD is not known to have any negative side effects. However, large servings of CBD may cause drowsiness. If your intention is to remain alert, this may be considered an unwanted side effect and therefore large servings should be avoided.
What kind of testing/analysis is performed on your products?
All SOTA CBD products go through a series of rigorous testing by in-house and third-party labs to assure purity and concentrations of cannabinoids. This includes testing to be sure that our products are nearly free of THC and any potential contaminants.
Do you test for potency, pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals and residual solvents?
Yes. All SOTA CBD products go through a rigorous series of tests by third-party labs to assure purity and concentrations of cannabinoids. This includes testing to be sure that our products are nearly free of THC and any potential contaminants.
Will CBD get me high?
No. Unlike marijuana and THC, CBD is non-psychotropic and does not cause a high.
Will I need a marijuana card or doctor’s prescription to use CBD products?
No. CBD is not a drug it is considered a supplement. You will not be required to produce a medical marijuana card in order to purchase CBD online. However, some states have laws allowing doctors to recommend CBD to patients for particular conditions.
Does CBD have a shelf life?
CBD itself does not have an expiration date. However, CBD oil products can degrade and should be consumed within a certain period of time. They should be stored in airtight contains either in the refrigerator or in a cool place away from direct sunlight. Please refer to the product expiration dates for more information.
How should I store CBD products? Do I need to refrigerate?
We highly recommend either refrigerating CBD products or storing them in a cool place. Always keep CBD products in airtight containers and store them away from direct sunlight and heat, which can degrade certain compounds in CBD oil.
Will I fail a drug test if I take CBD?
All of the products sold by SOTA are nearly THC free. This is confirmed on our internal lab reports and the third-party reports done on every batch we sell. Our third-party reports are conducted by the most advanced ISO certified cannabis testing labs in the United States. We cannot ever guarantee that you will not test positive on a urine test after CBD use, especially long term use. However, a blood test can quickly confirm you are a CBD user vs a marijuana user. Urine tests will only test for one THC cannabinoid and there are several other THC cannabinoids from CBD use that can cause a false positive.
Will CBD help me if I’m healthy?
Because of its ability to help the body maintain homeostasis, reduce inflammation and act as an antioxidant, CBD is often used for health maintenance.
Does CBD interact with other medications?
Studies have shown that CBD may affect the metabolism of certain classes of drugs, but effects have been shown to be minimal. Much more research needs to be done in this area. If you are taking prescription medications, consult with a qualified medical professional.
How long will it take to receive benefits from taking CBD oil?
In some cases, such as when using a vaporizer or sublingual tincture, users often report almost immediate results. However, most of the effects of CBD are subtle and take some time to be detectable — usually it takes 4-7 days to see any significant results, but some can see the effect in a half an hour or more. Personal results will vary.
What methods of extraction do you use?
All SOTA CBD products contain broad spectrum CBD oil produced by a gentle extraction method. This retains the beneficial compounds produced by the cannabis plant. We do not use any harsh solvents in our extraction process. We encourage you to read about Our Process.
Where is your hemp grown?
Industrial hemp is like any other crop. It is farmed all over the world, including approximately 40 U.S. states. The special PCR hemp used to produce SOTA CBD products is grown in Colorado.
Is your product organic? Vegan-friendly?
SOTA products are grown using organic methods and contain other organically grown ingredients. All of SOTA's products are vegan-friendly except for the softgels and salves. We are hoping to introduce a softgel in the future that will be 100% vegan.
I am allergic to gluten. Can I use your products?
Yes. All SOTA CBD products are gluten-free. SOTA is gluten- and dairy-free.
Can I give my pet CBD?
Yes, CBD is safe for pets. Most customers use our Dog Treats for dogs and our natural flavored tinctures for other pets. We do recommend that you consult with a veterinarian who is familiar with your pet and knowledgeable in the use of CBD oil in pet health.
What is the endocannabinoid system?
The human endocannabinoid system, or ECS, is a system of neurotransmitters and cell membrane receptors. Neurotransmitters such as endocannabinoids are produced by the central nervous system and interact with cannabinoid receptors on cell membranes to adjust physiological processes at a cellular level.
I have heard of something called the entourage effect What is that?
Broad spectrum CBD oil, such as that used in SOTACBD products, contains a variety of cannabinoids and terpenes as well as other beneficial compounds. Each of the compounds has particular effects on the human body. Because terpenes can affect how the body responds to cannabinoids, the combined effect is often greater than the sum of the individual effects. The overall effect produced is known as the entourage effect. Isolate products do not have the benefit of the entourage effect and are therefore not recommended.
What is CBD water soluble?
In its natural state, CBD oil is not water soluble. However, Joy Organics softgels are made with a patented process which encapsulates the CBD oil into nano-sized emulsion particles which are water soluble, allowing the CBD oil to be carried by the bloodstream and easily absorbed into tissues. The dog treats and energy mix also contain water soluble hemp powder.
How do I choose a product that is right for me?
The ideal method for taking CBD depends on the reason for which it’s being taken as well as other factors such as age and weight. If using CBD oil as a supplement for health maintenance, tinctures or capsules are recommended. If treating a particular medical condition, consult with a qualified medical professional for advice on the ideal method of administration for your condition.
How does your product differ from others?
SOTA CBD products are specifically developed for high potency and easy absorption. All of our products contain THC-free, broad spectrum CBD oil. We also use a patented nanoemulsion method which makes our CBD water soluble, resulting in a higher bioavailability than standard products. This means more of the CBD gets put to use by your body. Our CBD oil is extracted using a gentle process that does not involve harsh solvents that can degrade beneficial compounds. We use only the finest available ingredients in our products.
I like your products. How can I become an affiliate? SOTA reseller? Private Label customer?
Please click on the “Partnerships” link in the header or footer on any page on our website for information on how to become an affiliate, reseller or private label customer.
What is your return policy?
SOTA CBD offers a 30-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee with written approval from SOTA CBD. If you are not completely satisfied with our products for any reason, simply let us know by email at email@example.com or through our Contact Us page and we will give you a full refund. If you are not achieving your desired results, feel free to use the entire bottle before asking for a return.