Here at Secret Nature, we provide customers with the highest-quality CBD products in the United States and international markets.
In our expanding online shop, we currently sell hemp flowers, pre-rolled joints, disposable vape pens, and tinctures. In order for you to know how our products are made, how to properly use our products, and how taking CBD can affect your quality of life, we’ve compiled this extensive list of frequently asked questions about almost everything surrounding cannabis and CBD, authored by a cannabis-market researcher
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, one of 60 phytocannabinoid compounds found in cannabis. The most extensively-studied compound found in cannabis is THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol), but interest in CBD and its usefulness in medicine and recreation is quickly growing. Every kind of cannabinoid has its own unique function, and CBD works mostly as a relaxant and an anti-inflammatory agent in our body.
What are the possible effects of CBD in the body?
CBD may be
- Antitumoral (combats tumor and cancer cells)
- Anticonvulsant (prevents seizures)
- Antipsychotic (helps psychotic disorders)
- Anxiolytic (fights anxiety and depression)
- Antiemetic (reduces nausea)
What are cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are compounds that interact with our bodies’ endocannabinoid system, or ECS. It is a recent discovery that all vertebrates have an ECS, and it is a network of receptors that respond to the presence of cannabinoids. These receptors include CB1, CB2, adenosine, serotonin, and vanilloid. This system of receptors is responsible for keeping our minds and bodies in balance. The ECS regulates bodily functions like pain perception, appetite, mood, memory, immune response, and sleep.
As of today, there have been 113 cannabinoid molecules that have been discovered and isolated.
Our body produces its own cannabinoids (called endocannabinoids). In infancy, our bodies source endocannabinoids from our mothers’ milk, to assist our underdeveloped ECS. Like all other bodily systems, our ECS grows less and less efficient as we age, and as the amount of endocannabinoids our bodies synthesize decreases, our bodies slowly go out of balance. We become more prone to issues like insomnia or chronic anxiety as we become more cannabinoid-deficient. Reintroducing cannabinoids into our body in the form of phytocannabinoids (or plant-based cannabinoids) like THC or CBD would help our bodies regain its balance and general health.
What is the difference between the effects of THC and CBD?
The main difference between THC and CBD is the psychoactivity of THC. In layman’s terms, THC gives you the feeling of being high. CBD, however, does not. The effects of CBD, therefore, may not be as immediately apparent as those of THC.
CBD may give the body a sense of immense relaxation, and strains which are high in CBD are sometimes considered to be “couch-lockers” because of this. CBD consumption may make you sleepy, lazy, or calm, while THC will make you more alert or active. CBD may also have more prominent analgesic and muscle-relaxing effects than THC.
CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not directly interact with 2 of our body’s main cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2). Instead, it inhibits the enzymes that break down naturally-occurring cannabinoids, leading to an increase in endocannabinoid presence and sensitivity.
Is there a better, more medicinally-useful cannabinoid between THC and CBD?
Studies have shown that THC and CBD work together best! Though they have different effects and functions in the body, they boost each other’s curative effects. This cooperation between the cannabinoids is called “the entourage effect”. For example, CBD enhances THC’s supposed pain-killing and anti-cancer properties.
CBD also regulates the psychoactive effects of THC. THC may help increase alertness, creativity, and mental activity, but taking too much of it may cause anxiety and an increased heart rate. Having an ample amount of CBD with the THC reduces the “peak” of its high, prolongs its effects, and helps the user relax amidst their heightened alertness.
Both THC and CBD help in the neurogenesis, or the creation of new brain cells, of adult mammals. However, some disorders (like liver, cardiovascular, and metabolic disorders) respond better to treatments with a higher concentration of CBD, than those that are more THC-rich.
What are the ailments that CBD may help the most?
CBD has not been studied long enough for medical professionals to have a solid consensus about it. This is due to the harmful stigma that surrounds cannabis as a recreational substance. Thankfully, there has been a renaissance in recent years when it comes to CBD research. Taking CBD may alleviate the effects of a wide array of diseases, especially those rooted in inflammation.
Mental disorders that CBD might be able help with:
- Chronic anxiety
- Social anxiety – CBD helps regulate the functions of the amygdala, which is responsible for our fear responses
- Drug addiction, alcoholism, and chain-smoking
- Epilepsy – it prevents and significantly decreases the number of seizures. Sufferers of severe childhood epilepsy have a 10-15% chance of near-complete cessation of their seizures upon taking CBD regularly. Even if they are unable to get rid of the symptoms completely, they can expect a significant improvement in their condition.
- Alzheimer’s disease – CBD helps remove beta-amyloid plaque, which is the biggest factor in the development of Alzheimer’s disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Physiological disorders that CBD may help treat:
- Multiple sclerosis - it significantly reduced symptoms of multiple sclerosis among test subjects in a randomized and placebo-controlled 2004 study
- Cancer – it increases breast cancer cell death and inhibits the invasion and metastasis (or spread) of lung cancer
- Chronic pain – CBD is a powerful analgesic when ingested, inhaled, or applied topically. When combined with THC, it significantly reduces pain
- Drug-resistant infections
Other possible effects of CBD:
- Neuroprotective – decreases brain damage in sufferers of stroke and other neurodegenerative diseases
- Promoting neurogenesis, or the creation of new brain cells
- Powerful antioxidant
- Gene expression: might help users be less prone to partially genetically-acquired diseases like breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease
- When applied topically, it can help skin conditions like acne and rosacea
What are the side effects of taking too much CBD?
Thankfully, CBD is well-tolerated by the human body, and taking it even in high doses is safe. In fact, it is relatively better to have an abundant amount of CBD than have too little of it. Daily doses of up to 1500 mg can be taken safely for 4 weeks, or even longer for smaller daily doses.
CBD doesn’t make its users experience the lethargy, dysphoria, or anxiety typically associated with THC. Furthermore, a thorough study on the effects of CBD shows that it does not affect its users’ inhibitions, mood, behavior, sensory perception, alertness, and wakefulness (unlike alcohol or THC). CBD doesn’t even give its users the famous “munchies” associated with cannabis. CBD’s inability to affect its users’ state of mind is the biggest reason behind its more widespread legality compared to THC or marijuana in general.
Taking CBD can affect the liver’s metabolism of other substances. If you are taking other medications, it may take your liver a slightly longer time to process them because of the CBD. This slight decrease in the liver’s metabolic rate is generally harmless, but do consult your physician about taking CBD alongside other drugs. Frequent, chronic intake of extremely high doses of CBD may permanently affect liver functions and fertility, but it would take a very large amount for the body to be in such a state.
Since there are cannabinoid receptors in the skin as well, some users report dry skin after taking CBD. It may also affect the salivary glands in the mouth, and “cottonmouth” or feeling that the mouth is dry is a possible side effect. However, it is considered negligible by many CBD users and reviews.
Which drugs can possibly interact with CBD?
Since one of the possible effects of CBD includes increased drowsiness, special care must be taken when administering CBD alongside other herbs and compounds that promote sleep and relaxation. These include melatonin, sassafras, catnip, valerian root, California poppy, St. John’s wort, etc. Taking CBD while intoxicated on alcohol is also highly discouraged.
Which kinds of patients should take particular caution when taking CBD?
It is not recommended for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers to take CBD because of the lack of studies that prove it does not affect pregnancy. The bulk of the studies regarding the effects of cannabis in pregnant women deal with THC only, and the results are inconclusive.
Where can CBD be sourced?
The short answer to this question would be “from cannabis.” However, the cannabis plant can take on different forms which are generally grouped into two: hemp and marijuana.
The main difference between the two groups is their genetic profile. Hemp (or industrial hemp) refers to cannabis plants that are typically farmed for their fiber; they have long stalks, fewer buds, and are used in making rope, paper, and natural plastic. The cannabinoid profile of industrial hemp shows that most of its cannabinoid content is CBD. They only have trace amounts of THC. However, industrial hemp plants can be bred to yield more buds that have a very high CBD percentage. The buds or flowers are the part of the cannabis plant that has the highest concentration of cannabinoids.
Marijuana, on the other hand, can be one of three species: cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, or cannabis ruderalis plants. Medical marijuana plants naturally have a high number of buds. The amount of CBD and THC in the buds vary greatly, depending on the species and strain of the plant. Indica strains usually have a higher concentration of CBD than hybrids or sativa strains. On the other hand, sativas typically have more THC than CBD. While this is a good rule of thumb, it isn’t always true: a cannabis plant’s cannabinoid profile still depends on how it is bred regardless of its species.
It is easy to visually differentiate an indica strain from a sativa strain: indica plants tend to be shorter and bushier, while sativa plants are tall. Indicas have short, wide leaves with fat blades, compared to the long, slender leaves of sativa plants.
Marijuana is the most common source of CBD and THC products, but a few companies like Secret Nature source CBD from specially-bred industrial hemp plants.
Which strains of cannabis contain the most CBD?
Strains like Pennywise, Stephen Hawking Kush, and Sweet and Sour Widow are indicas that are popular among those looking for the effects of CBD. For those looking for a hint of the effects of THC alongside the high CBD content, hybrids like AC/DC, Cannatonic, and Sour Tsunami are perfect.
Here at Secret Nature, we have bred industrial hemp to yield buds or hemp flowers that contain less than 0.3% THC. We currently stock the strains Cherry Cough, Berry Sorbet, Diesel Puff, Space Candy, and Sweetwood, which is a good range of indicas, sativas, and hybrids. The strains in our store have a CBD percentage ranging from 14% to slightly over 21%, and each of them has a unique terpene/flavor profile and effect. Whether you want to relax or feel uplifted, Secret Nature has the perfect strain of hemp for you.
How do I find the right strain for my needs?
Finding the perfect strain for you might take a bit of trial and error. It is important to know and experience how your body reacts to THC, CBD, or a combination of both in different percentages. Taking note of how differently a strain affects your mood and productivity is also crucial. If you have problems with anxiety and notice that THC-rich sativas put you on edge, a lower THC-to-CBD ratio might be better for you. If you want to increase your concentration and physical activity while at work, a high CBD strain might not be the best option.
Reading up on customers’ and growers’ profiles of different strains is immensely helpful in anticipating a strain’s effects. Our website (as well as other popular cannabis culture websites like Leafly) profiles each available strain. We provide information about the strain’s flavor and aroma, as well as the disposition it can possibly bring out in its users.
Of course, the effects may vary from user to user, so trying different strains until you find the one most suited to your needs really is best.
What is the legal status of CBD use in the United States?
Any cannabis plant that has more than 0.3% Delta9 THC is considered to be marijuana, a Schedule I drug in the United States, which makes it more subject to restrictions. Many producers like us at Secret Nature curb these legalities by breeding industrial hemp that produces a lot of resin but has lesser amounts of Delta9-THC than the 0.3% legal limit. The popular claim that CBD oil is legal in 50 states is due to the fact that it can be sourced from plants other than the much-stigmatized and heavily-regulated marijuana.
In order to be sure about the legality of your planned CBD intake, make sure to consult your physician and your employers, know how your preferred CBD product is manufactured, and read up on the legal status of cannabis products in your state.
What are the classifications of CBD extracts?
CBD extracts are generally grouped into three classifications: crystalline isolate, full-spectrum, and unrefined full-spectrum.
Crystalline isolates look like salt crystals; they are pure CBD and have no traces of THC at all. Because of this, taking it would not make you fail a drug test. However, because it has been refined so much, a lot of the plant’s other nutrients and secondary cannabinoids are absent in crystalline isolate, and it would take large doses of it in order for a user to experience its curative effects. “The entourage effect” cannot take place when this form of CBD is taken.
Full-spectrum extracts or resins tend to be amber or golden and see-through. They are called full-spectrum because they have all the useful cannabinoids necessary for “the entourage effect” to take place. These cannabinoids include CBN, CBG, CBN, CBDV, and of course, THC. The therapeutic qualities of all these phytocannabinoids are greater when they are all working together than when they are extracted and taken separately. Full-spectrum CBD extracts have a trace amount of Delta9 THC (less than 0.3%) which is just enough for it to amplify “the entourage effect”. Because of the presence of THC, taking enough of it might make you fail a drug test! It also has an earthy flavor when taken on its own. The extracts available in the vapes and tinctures sections of our shop are refined full-spectrum.
Unrefined full-spectrum extracts are usually made via the Rick Simpson oil method, which yields an oil that is thick and dark like molasses. Because this method is not too invasive, all the cannabinoids are left intact, giving the user the full “entourage effect”. However, because of the robustness of its extraction method, there is a risk that some contaminants are left in the extract. If not flavored properly, unrefined full-spectrum extracts taste very earthy and harsh. Also, as with all full-spectrum extracts, there is a risk of failing a drug test when enough of it is consumed.
How are the hemp flowers from Secret Nature grown and produced?
Our specially-bred industrial hemp plants are grown in environmentally-controlled greenhouses in Oregon and Colorado (soon to be California as well). Here, the plants get abundant amounts of natural sunlight and some are grown full outdoors due to their environmental preferences. We also employ high-powered lighting systems in conjunction with natural sun light. This method results in year-round harvests of plants that yield superior amounts of plant resin, cannabinoids, and terpenes.
After the plants mature, the buds are all trimmed by hand and go through an extensive cure and testing process. They are then contained in hermetically-sealed tins to preserve their freshness and flavor. We also roll some of our harvest by hand into joints, for the ease of your use. Because of the meticulousness of our operation, the quality of our products is unrivaled, and always guaranteed.
How is CBD extracted?
This method (also called the supercritical CO2 method) uses carbon dioxide in extremely low temperatures and very high pressures to extract the plant’s oils. The final product is a stable and pure full-spectrum CBD distillate that is completely free of chlorophyll and other non-useful compounds. Equipment capable of this process is very expensive, and the operation can be quite hard to learn, thus CO2 extracted oils or tinctures tend to be on the pricier side.
Here at Secret Nature, we employ this method of extraction to make our tinctures, and further refine them to make our vape oil distillate. It is the method that best fits our goal to create CBD extracts with superior purity, concentration, and quality. For the extracts that go into our vape pen cartridges, we reintroduce real cannabis derived terpene profiles in order to increase the aroma, flavor, and make the vapors similar to that of top shelf marijuana flowers (OG Kush, Super Lemon Haze etc)
Solvent extraction (not used by Secret Nature)
Cannabinoids are alcohol- and oil-soluble. In this method, solvents are used as carriers to draw out the cannabis plant’s precious oils. The resulting tincture can be used in vape pen cartridges and e-cigarettes. Some tinctures produced by this method can also be ingested. The final product can be rather impure, with 20% of the solvent being left behind. This wouldn’t be an issue if the solvent used is non-toxic like high-grade grain alcohol. However, in cheaper extraction methods, petroleum derivatives, butane, or hexane are used. These chemicals are neurotoxic and dangerous to one’s health, therefore, customers should be discerning when selecting tinctures.
Also, the solvent extraction process destroys the plant waxes of cannabis, which contains many of its other phytocannabinoids and nutrients. As discussed earlier, all of these cannabinoids work together to give the user the full “entourage effect”. Some manufacturers opt out of this process in order to keep these health benefits intact.
This method is the easiest and most cost-effective way to extract CBD from cannabis. In fact, it’s so simple you can do it at home! Of course, buying high-quality extracts from reputable manufacturers with highly-controlled operations will always be the best way of getting your CBD fix. Generally, however, how CBD oil is made at home is similar to how it’s made commercially.
Before it is introduced to oil, the cannabis needs to undergo a process called decarboxylation, where it is heated slowly and constantly. This process makes the cannabinoids bioavailable. Decarboxylation usually takes place when the cannabinoids are exposed to heat, like when cannabis is burnt during smoking, or when oil is vaped. Since CBD oil is usually ingested, there will be no opportunity for the CBD to be decarboxylated during the absorption process. Thus, decarboxylation before oil infusion is necessary.
After the cannabis is decarboxylated, it is added to the oil. Different kinds of carrier oils can be used;coconut oil, MCT oil, and (most popularly) olive oil can be used in DIY extractions. The cannabis-oil mixture can either be steeped for 2-3 weeks or gently heated to speed up the infusion. Commercially-available CBD oils are usually stable, but DIY products are easily perishable. Make sure that you refrigerate your homemade CBD oils.
What are the different ways of delivering CBD?
Ingestion of edibles, oil, or tincture
CBD is safe to ingest even in pure oil or tincture form (of course, as long as you know the appropriate dosage for you, and as long as the substance is non-toxic), but due to the earthy taste of unflavored full-spectrum extracts, a lot of CBD users opt for edibles. Online or In any dispensary, one can find a wide selection of edibles like oil capsules, dissolvable strips, candy, baked goods, syrups, and beverages. Gummy bears are especially popular CBD edibles.
The main difference between ingesting cannabis as opposed to inhalation is the intensity and duration of its effects. When smoking or vaping a CBD-rich strain, one can feel the “couch lock” and the relaxation in as little as 15 minutes, and the effects subside in a couple of hours or less. Edibles take anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours for users to feel its effects fully, but the relief can last for several hours. If the edible or extract contains a bit of THC as well, the “high” will last just as long.
Another difference between inhalation and ingestion of CBD is the presence of tar and other toxic vapors when smoking cannabis. Therefore, for children, the elderly, or patients with asthma, ingestion is the best way of administering CBD.
This is the most popular, most easily accessible, and the oldest method of consuming cannabis! The dried top buds of the cannabis plant can be rolled into joints or blunts (which are cigarettes with cannabis instead of tobacco), or they can be smoked with a pipe or water bong. One can also buy pre-rolled joints. We have pre-rolls of our signature strains: Cherry Cough, Berry Sorbet, Diesel Puff, and Sweetwood. Our 0.6-gram joints are sold in twos and are hand-rolled and wrapped in organic hemp papers.
When buds are smoked, the THC and CBD compounds decarboxylate as they burn, making them bioavailable.Smoking bud has all the risks that come with smoking any sort of herb: the smoke you inhale comes with all sorts of vapors. Smoking cannabis with a water pipe can help with the harshness because the water filters the smoke and the chamber regulates its temperature before you inhale it. One very interesting and promising study even found that cannabis smoke actually increased the lung capacity of the participants, and allowed them to intake more oxygen into their bodies when breathing as opposed to the control group.
This method involves putting some ground up bud in a vaporizer, where the cannabis is gently heated in a chamber instead of burnt. This produces a vapor that is significantly less harsh, less smelly, and less toxic than smoke. The effects of vaping buds are the same and last as long as when you smoke them. This makes it ideal for patients who are looking for the immediate effects of smoking cannabis but want to avoid the risks of smoking.
Like vaping bud, the effects of vaping oil are the same as when cannabis is smoked. We offer a range of vape pens and cartridges containing CBD distillate oil.
Although using a vape is generally considered to be safer than smoking, there is not much conclusive research when it comes to its long-term health effects. Caution is advised when one is choosing vape units to administer CBD with; make sure that the manufacturer you buy from is reputable. Because of our extensive experience with creating and sourcing vape hardware, customers can expect a safe and healthy vaping experience when using Secret Nature’s vape products, although some may still be sensitive and experience slight irritation, which is normal. More experienced smokers will be accustomed to the effects of smoking/vaping and will not likely feel any sensations in the throat.
We sell disposable vape pens with cartridges filled with oil drawn from strains like Strawnana, Super Lemon Haze, Ghost OG, Durban Poison, and Gelato. The distillate oil we make has 85% active cannabinoids (72% of which is pure CBD), creating a potent and effective experience for any user.
Dabbing wax is emerging as a popular alternative of delivering cannabinoids into the body. When dabbing, a dab rig is used. A dab rig is a little bubbler that functions like a bong but is usually much smaller, and it doesn’t have a carborator or detachable bowl. This is because you get much less smoke when you dab wax than when you burn bud. To dab, a quartz bowl (or dab nail) attached to the dab rig is heated with a small blowtorch to an ideal temperature. Then, a tiny pinch of wax (solidified cannabis extract) is introduced to the hot bowl, creating a thin smoke which is inhaled through the small bong. The result is a non-irritating, not-too-cloudy, potent vapor or smoke. The reduction in the harshness of dab smoke and the strength of its effects makes it popular among cannabis users who want to avoid the risks of smoking while increasing the concentration of CBD or THC. However, caution must be practiced when considering dabbing because of the intense potency and attention-to-detail required for proper usage.
Waxes can come in different purities and qualities. The highest quality extracts are called Live resins, full-melts, budders, shatters, and rosins, their names relate to their look/consistency and qualities when vaporized.
CBD can be absorbed into the body through the skin. This is called transdermal absorption. Therefore, a lot of balms, lotions, and even bath mixers with the purpose of relieving localized pain are made with CBD. These topical treatments are excellent for relieving muscle pain and cramps.
How do I find out the right dosage of CBD for me?
Like we have discussed earlier, it would be nearly impossible for someone to overdose on CBD. Think of cannabinoids the same way you would think of vegetables and fruit in your diet: having plenty of it isn’t bad at all, but problems arise when you have too little of it.
However, dosing appropriately is still vital in making sure that the person does not build a tolerance to CBD too quickly. It’s important to note that building a tolerance doesn’t mean the CBD gets less and less curative the more frequently someone takes it. After all, cannabinoids aren’t addictive substances; they do not directly disrupt the limbic system the same way that hard drugs do. Rather, it might take higher and higher doses of CBD in order for the patient to feel effects that are as noticeable as when they’ve taken their first doses. Because the effects of CBD can be subtle, there is a risk for patients to look for a “high” and take more than necessary.
This chart is useful in determining how much one dose is enough for you to alleviate the condition you want to treat:
Dosing for cannabinoids is a highly personalized method; it all depends on what your problem areas are, and how much of it you think you need. For example, a person using CBD for their insomnia will surely have a different requirement than that of a person using CBD for chronic pain. A good rule of thumb is to keep listening to your body and take note of how the CBD affects the symptoms of your condition. Also, don’t be afraid to be generous with it!
What kind of paraphernalia do I need if I want to properly use CBD flower?
The kind of gear you would need alongside your herb depends on your chosen method of administration. We sell disposable vape pens: vaporizer pens pre-filled with our high-quality oil. If you choose to take your CBD using one of our vape pens, there would be no need to buy additional paraphernalia!
However, if you want to smoke your bud, here are a few things you might find useful:
A grinder, grinds your buds/flowers up into a smaller more manageable consistency. Grinding your bud before rolling it in a joint, or packing a bowl, ensures that the herb burns evenly. Since the burning surface area of the herb is also greater when it’s ground, it produces more smoke and gives you larger hits. Some grinders have a detachable kief catcher at the bottom too. Kief is the fine powder that is shaken off from the bud; it’s mostly made up of crystals and terpenes, making it a potent powder. Sprinkling a bowl with the kief you’ve collected gives you a more amplified effect.
Glass pipe or bong
While acrylic bongs or metal pipes can be cheaper alternatives, we here at Secret Nature recommend glass pipes and bongs for you to smoke our cbd flower with. Glass pipes and bongs are easy to clean (with some rock salt and isopropyl alcohol) and have absolutely no risk of being toxic. Spoon pipes will give you harsher hits than bongs because the hits are direct, while bongs can filter the smoke with water. However, this harshness can be helped if the pipe you get has a chamber and a carborator: this is useful in cooling down the smoke before inhalation.
Joint papers, tips, and rollers
We also sell pre-rolls in order to save our customers the trouble of having to roll their own joints. Hand-rolling joints is incredibly tricky after all! However, if you insist on rolling your own, we recommend buying organic, untreated hemp papers to go with our bud. Getting some pre-rolled tips (or even a reusable glass tip) and a joint roller will also make the process much easier.
The fire coming directly from a lighter has proven to be a little too hot for bud: the cannabinoids tend to burn off too easily because the temperature is higher than what it takes for them to decarboxylate. Since hemp fibers burn at a lower temperature, many pipe smokers and bong users prefer to light up their bowls with hemp wick already lit with a lighter. Transferring the fire this way makes sure that you get to inhale more bioavailable cannabinoids.
If you want to make homemade edibles with our CBD buds/flowers, we recommend that you buy a cooking thermometer and proper equipment to make sure that you are cooking and decarboxylating the cannabis at the right temperatures. There are plenty of great recipes and resources online that explain how to do this in further details.
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