Frequently asked questions
Will taking any of these products get me "high" or "stoned?" Are they "psychoactive"?
In general, Sow Eden's products are designed to provide symptomatic relief without any discernible intoxicating effects. All of our products test at zero THC or "non-detected," so there is absolutely zero risk of intoxication.
Secondly, the term “psychoactive” should not be confused with “intoxicating.” While THC and CBD are psychoactive in the sense that the molecules are active in the brain and work with various neurotransmitters and receptors throughout the body, CBD is NOT intoxicating in the way THC is. THC causes the “high” typically associated with cannabis.
Will I fail a drug test after taking your products?
Although all of our products test at zero THC or "non-detected," you should consult with your testing lab before use. To our knowledge, our CBD products have never made anyone test positive in the past.
How much of the product do I take to find relief?
CBD products affect everyone differently, and what works for one customer might not work well for you. Results depend on your metabolism, body weight, how active your endo-cannabinoid system is, and various other factors. We encourage you to experiment with product amounts to find what works best for you. Start small, 2.5 - 5 mg of CBD (Approx. 2 - 5 drops), and then build up in strength until a desired effect is achieved. For some this could be as little as 10-20 mg, but for others it could be 50 - 100 mg, or more.
Make sure to hold the product underneath your tongue for maximum therapeutic benefit!
What is a carrier oil and why is it in your CBD oil?
Pure CBD oil is very viscous (thick) like honey, so it makes it difficult to dose effectively. A carrier is anything added to the CBD oil to make it thinner and more easily administered. In our products, we use organic and premium carrier oils such as MCT (fractioned coconut oil) and Evening Primrose. We never use any synthetic additives like propylene glycol found in many tinctures out there on the market. Other examples of carrier oils include hemp seed oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, etc. Alcohol (ethanol) is also used as a carrier for CBD, but it is harsh and not ideal for ingestion.
I see you have multiple tinctures - What makes the Comfort tincture different than the others?
The carrier oil for our other tinctures is MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) oil, otherwise known as Fractionated Coconut Oil. What makes the Comfort tincture unique is the specific carrier oil used and the medicinal botanicals we use for its formula. The carrier oil in our Comfort blend is certified organic Evening Primrose oil (EPO). EPO is high in various fatty acids such as Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). GLA is used to treat conditions that affect the skin including systemic sclerosis, psoriasis, and eczema, as well as for hormonal problems experienced by women. We use whole Madagascar beans and sweet orange oil to give the Comfort tincture a floral flavor. Vanilla beans impart medicinal compounds called Vanilloids. Vanilla is also rich in antioxidants and provides many healing benefits for the female body.
Are your products made from cannabis or hemp? I've heard hemp-derived CBD is not as effective as cannabis derived CBD.
There is a lot of misinformation on the internet surrounding cannabis (marijuana) and hemp. Hemp is technically cannabis, since it's classified as cannabis sativa. Traditionally, hemp has been used for utilitarian purposes, such as fiber production (i.e., clothing, rope) and seed (hemp seed oil / hulled hemp seed), hence the term industrial hemp. Upon harvest, industrial hemp must be less than 0.3% THC, since THC is listed as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance by the Federal Government. On the other hand, hemp's well-known cousin, high-THC cannabis, is commonly used for its psychoactive properties and flower production. The major breeding focus on THC over multiple decades is directly linked to a decline in natural CBD levels. Now that multiple states have legalized industrial hemp production in the U.S., the legal definition of industrial hemp is changing quickly. High CBD/low THC varieties of cannabis are now produced as industrial hemp in states like Colorado and Oregon, and because they meet the < 0.3% THC restrictions set forth by the Federal government, the DEA, and the Departments of Agriculture in those respective states.
As far as Sow Eden's products go, we use high CBD oil from flowering-type hemp/cannabis, not low cannabinoid fiber hemp.
Many companies out there are beginning to sell non-cannabis derived CBD from tree-bark or tree-moss, which are ultimately inferior forms of CBD because they lack all the other naturally occurring compounds found in the cannabis/hemp plant such as terpenes and flavonoids. These tree-derived forms of CBD are classified as Isolated CBD, which is not as effective as broad spectrum or full spectrum CBD oils from the cannabis plant.
How is the CBD oil made? Does it contain any harsh solvents?
Our CBD oil is extracted from the flowers of the highest grade CBD rich industrial hemp. Our partner farms use Carbon Dioxide (CO2) as the solvent to extract the oil from the plant material. We do not use chemical solvents (such as butane or hexane) to extract the oil. After the initial extraction with CO2, we use a secondary process which involves food-grade organic ethanol (ethyl-alcohol) to remove other undesirable substances and compounds from the finished product. Sometimes there is some residual alcohol left in the product, but it is well below the FDA requirement of < 5000 PPM (Parts per million). There are no negative effects from the residual ethanol. In fact, the ethanol keeps the oil in a stable, free flowing form.
Do the products have an expiration date?
The products generally expire 1 year after the manufacture date. Our new tinctures have the manufacture date marked on the bottom of the box, above the barcode. If kept in the fridge they will last significantly longer. We have never had any products expire. Please refrain from leaving your product in a hot place or in direct sunlight, as this will accelerate the degradation process. Always ensure the lids are closed tightly to keep the product from oxidization.
There are tiny little black specks in the Comfort tincture, is that normal?
Yes, it is completely normal. The Comfort blend contains real Madagascar vanilla bean, so the specks you are seeing are from the vanilla bean.
I have been told that full spectrum CBD products are the best. Are your products full spectrum?
We have dedicated an entire blog post to this question that we recommend reading. In short, most companies selling CBD oil online are making false claims about their products being "full spectrum CBD." The term "full spectrum" is a hot marketing buzz word at the moment, so companies are taking advantage of uneducated consumers. A true full spectrum CBD oil is illegal to sell online because the THC levels will be higher than 0.3%, and usually much higher, as in greater than 2 percent. Any CBD product sold online that contains less than 0.3% THC or zero THC means that the THC was removed from the original CBD extract in a secondary distillation process. The majority of finished products such as tinctures and topicals made with mitigated CBD oils/distillate containing 0.3% THC or less will have virtually no THC or a miniscule amount. Most companies claiming full spectrum CBD products will have less than 1 mg THC per bottle, so that breaks down to a fraction of a mg per dose. This is not enough THC for a synergistic effect with the CBD. A true full spectrum CBD oil should only be available in a legal cannabis dispensary. The downside is that if you get drug tested for THC you will absolutely test positive.
At Sow Eden, we believe the term "broad spectrum" is much more accurate to describe CBD products made with CBD oil containing less than 0.3% THC.
Do you make a bigger bottle?
At this time we don't offer a bigger bottle. Our 15 mL bottles are very concentrated, with 50 mg / mL ( = 50 mg per eyedropper). Many other companies online may sell you a bigger bottle, but most of the time they are more diluted than ours.
For example, 750 mg in a 15 mL (0.5 oz) bottle is twice as concentrated as 750 mg in a 30 mL (1 oz ) bottle. That's because the 750 mg in a bigger bottle is diluted down with more carrier oil, so the amount of CBD per eyedropper dose is cut in half to 25 mg. Another example is 1000 mg tinctures. While at first glance 1000 mg appears to be more concentrated than our 750mg CBD tinctures, 1000 mg in a 30 mL bottle is more diluted than our 750mg bottle. Again, the bottle is more diluted because it's twice the fluid volume of our bottle.
When buying CBD products, it's very important that you don't just look at the total amount of CBD in a bottle. Look at the total volume of liquid, too. Divide the total amount of CBD in a bottle by the total volume of the bottle to get the amount of CBD per mL (milliliter).
Lastly, it's important to remember that we're not just selling you CBD, so comparing it to another company that says they sell you CBD for 'x amount of cents per milligram' is like comparing apples to oranges. We're selling you a proprietary bonical formulation that is greater than the sum of its parts. CBD is only one component of our wellness formulas.
Where can I find the testing results on your CBD products?
We always post our lab results in the picture gallery of each individual product in our online store. You can always ask us to share our COAs with you as well.
Are your products organic?
Every single one of our products is made with organic and non-GMO ingredients. Our CBD oil itself is derived from organically grown CBD flowers, but it is not certified organic.
Do you offer discounts for disability, veterans, military personnel, etc?
We know finances can be tight. Provide us proof that you're on disability, are a veteran, or are in the military and we will be happy to provide you a discount code.
Can I use the body butter on my face?
We don't recommend using the body butter on your face, although some find it to be very moisturizing. People with sensitive skin should always test a small portion of the body butter on their skin before use. Do not use the body butters near mucus membranes or your eyes.
Why is my body butter jar not filled all the way?
Because the body butter is a whipped product, we don't fill our jars by liquid volume. We instead fill them by weight using a scale. We guarantee you a net weight of 1.2 oz, but we always fill the jars to 1.5 oz. Because the body butter is a hand-made product, the density can vary from batch to batch. To give you a more accurate portion, we weigh each jar. Some jars can look more full than others, especially since we use a 4 oz glass jar. Also, cold weather or heat can impact the density of the body butter. We never use any preservatives or synthetic agents in our products, so they are completely natural and subject to some variation. We assure you though, the body butter is an amazing product.
What do I do if my package never arrived?
Sow Eden is not responsible for delivery errors made by the mail carrier or mail theft. We always recommend to ask your neighbors if they received the package by mistake. If you cannot locate the package, please contact the US Postal Service (USPS) to submit a claim for your missing package. Please see our Shipping Policy for more information.
Can I vaporize the CBD tincture like E-juice?
No, we do not recommend vaporizing our CBD tinctures. They are for internal or topical use only.
How should I store my products? Do they need to be refrigerated?
Our products don't need to be refrigerated, but our body butter is particularly temperature sensitive and will melt if not kept below 90 degrees F. Do not store the body butter in a car on a warm day or leave it in direct sunlight. Store the body butter in a cool, dark place. Our tinctures are best stored in an upright position. Do not leave them on their side for an extended period of time as they could possibly leak.
There are a ton of CBD companies out there, so what makes your tinctures/products stand out above the competition?
Reason # 1: We use premium, organic, and non-GMO ingredients. We care about what our customers are putting into their bodies.
Reason # 2:Our infusion method. We utilize a proprietary suspension liposomal-type technology to artfully infuse and bind CBD to our carrier. This translates to a more effective product and financial savings because less is more.
Reason # 3: We offer unique and proprietary botanical formulations that are made by us in-house. We do not private label anything. We are focused on quality.
Reason # 4: Our tinctures taste great. Since tinctures are taken sublingually (under the tongue), they should taste pleasant. We feel extremely confident that our tinctures are some of the most palatable on the market.
Reason # 5: We lab test everything. Our tinctures are contaminant free and always contain less than 0.3% THC. In fact, the THC is non-detectable.
Reason # 6: We believe in transparency. We call our tinctures what they are –– they're "broad spectrum." A growing number of CBD companies are calling their products "full spectrum" to take advantage of the current buzz around the term. This is essentially false advertising. Any CBD products available online with less than 0.3% THC or non-detectable (ND) levels of THC should be called "broad spectrum." We also do not use CBD isolate because we believe it to be inferior.
Reason # 7: The pricing for our 750 milligram tinctures is extremely fair. Most companies are charging $75 - $100 per bottle, which translates to 10 + cents per milligram, often times for a run-of-the-mill isolate based tincture. We also offer discounts to veterans, those on disability, government employees, or military personnel. Just ask us!