FAQ

OUR MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We learn in the flow of work, constantly looking for further understanding and ways to do things better. Sharing that information is just as much a part of our journey as it is yours. Have some CBD questions? Find the answers below!

GENERAL

CBD is one of more than 80 active cannabinoids in the cannabis plant and the predominate cannabinoid in hemp. It’s what makes hemp – hemp!

Humans have naturally occurring cannabinoid receptors located in the brain and throughout the body (central nervous system, peripheral nervous system, organs). They are part of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) which is involved in a variety of physiological processes discovered in the 1990’s. The ECS is involved in establishing and maintaining human health but experts believe its overall function is to regulate and promote homeostasis in the body. CBD, or cannabidiol, stimulates the production of our own naturally occurring cannabinoids. These cannabinoids promote health in ways that are still being discovered. Check out the below video link to dive further into the ECS.

There are more than 80 identified phytocannabinoids in hemp. Cannabinoids can be phytocannabinoids and can be endocannabinoids  – depending on where they are made. They are the primary compounds produced in the trichomes of the cannabis plant. These compounds are key in normal immune and central nervous system functioning.

Hemp produces more than 80 different phytocannabinoids naturally. Of the 80+ non-psychoactive phytocannabinoids, Cannabidiol (CBD) is the most widely known. Others include Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabichromene (CBC) & more. While Endocannabinoids, also called endogenous cannabinoids, are molecules made by your body.

Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. Similar to opioids, cannabinoids produce their effects by interacting with specific receptors, located within different parts of the central nervous system. Simply put, cannabinoids regulate how cells communicate – how they send, receive, or process messages.

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is an important physiological system discovered in the 1990’s. Located in the brain, organs, and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, the ECS is involved in establishing and maintaining human health. While it affects a wide variety of biological processes, experts believe its overall function is to regulate the body’s homeostasis.

Yes. Absolutely. Single-molecule CBD, whether synthesized in a lab (crystalline) or extracted and refined from retted industrial hemp stalks, lacks critical medicinal terpenes and secondary cannabinoids found in high-CBD Cannabis sativa strains. These compounds are essential as they interact with CBD to enhance its therapeutic benefits. Because of the poor results of past single molecule cannabis products, we feel it is best to include the entire natural array of compounds found in resin producing varieties of the plant.

Yes. CBD inhibits the cytochrome P450 enzyme, which is involved in metabolizing many drugs. Compounds in grapefruit inhibit the same enzyme group, which is why physicians advise patients not to eat grapefruit shortly before or after taking a medication. By inhibiting cytochrome P450, CBD can either reduce or increase the effects of other drugs. In some situations, it may be advisable for a physician to monitor a patient’s blood levels of other medications while taking CBD. This is particularly important for children on multiple medications.

**We firmly believe it’s best to reduce medication(s) when possible and while under a physician’s care.

First, it’s important to remember what the term “full spectrum” really means. Full spectrum means all naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes in the plant are present in the extract. Cannabis sativa contains several hundred compounds, including various flavonoids, terpenoids, and many other cannabinoids in addition to CBD. Each of these compounds has beneficial attributes, but when combined they create what scientists refer to as a holistic “entourage effect,” so that the therapeutic impact of the plant is greater than the sum of its single-molecule parts.  These types of extracts, like Bluegrass Hemp Oil’s Genesis Blend, are much better and offer a higher opportunity for success.

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Hemp Seed Oil: (Nutritional) Hemp seed oil is produced by cold-pressing hemp seeds. It’s rich in omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and contains high levels of vitamin E. These properties make hemp seed oil a great nutritional supplement or ingredient for topical products. It does not contain CBD, or any cannabinoids for that matter, so it is not intended for therapeutic purposes.

CBD Oil: (Therapeutic) CBD is produced from the bloom of high CBD hemp varieties. Full spectrum products contain all the naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes found in the varieties. CBD has been studied and shown to help with a variety of conditions.

Low endocannabinoid levels in your body or ECS dysfunction can contribute to the development of certain conditions, like migraines, fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. Have you ever wondered why so many people see positive results when they add CBD to their daily routine?

Well, it’s largely rooted in how our Endocannabinoid System (ECS) responds positively to cannabinoid supplements when it’s deficient. The ECS plays an integral part in maintaining stability of our internal processes. As experts develop a better understanding and continue to determine all of its potential functions, it could prove to eventually hold the key to treating several conditions.

Delta-8 THC is a “new cannabinoid” that is creating a lot of noise because even though it comes from hemp, it is an isomer (compounds with the same formula but a different arrangement of atoms in the molecule) of Delta-9 THC. This means that Delta-8 products ARE intoxicating.

Bluegrass Hemp Oil stands by the belief that Delta-8 products are illegal in the state of Kentucky. Yes, we know it is for sale (everywhere) but that does not change the fact that it is not legal. Businesses are being raided and individuals are being charged with possession and trafficking.

While their chemical structure is almost identical, the biggest difference between Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC lies in the placement of their chemical bonds: Delta-8’s double bond lies on the 8th carbon chain, where Delta-9’s double bond resides on the 9th carbon chain. While this difference may seem unimportant, the variance in the location of the two cannabinoid’s double bonds determine both the physical and psychical reactions that occur within a person’s body after intake. It is claimed that Delta-8 products produce psychoactive effects that are similar, yet less potent, than Delta-9 THC.

Where THC binds to a person’s CB1 receptor, CBD binds to both CB1 and CB2 receptors. Unlike Delta-8 THC, CBD is non-intoxicating and safe to take before driving or partaking in complicated, locomotive tasks. CBD will not get you high and it is considered the most therapeutic cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, providing a multitude of medicinal benefits.

PRODUCT SPECIFIC

While we cannot make guarantees, we have received positive feedback from our consumers. Visit our Facebook page for our consumer reviews.

Because our products are full spectrum, yes, it is a possibility you will test positive for THC. That being said, our products are federally legal and well within the legal limit of .3% THC. We advise that you notify your prescribing physician that you are using this product.

Yes. Our CBD is analytically tested and certified by an independent, industry lab. To find the test that correlates to your product, just enter the product serial number in the search bar on the Certificates of Analysis page. If you need help, let us know!

Suggested Serving Size

  • We recommend that everyone begins with 1ml of our original strength Genesis Blend products twice daily. (green labeled products)
  • Use the same amount for 10-14 days. Increase by .5ml twice a day only if needed after consistent servings.
  • Don’t overdo it. “Less is more” is often the case with high quality CBD.
  • Consult your health provider.
  • Reduce the use of pharmaceuticals when possible while under doctor supervision.

There are quite a few differences. From processing methods, chemovars, parts of plants used, added ingredients, isolates, marketing ploys, “pure”, etc. Read below for some of the most important key differentiators:

  1. We manage the process from start to finish. We cultivate, harvest, extract, test (internal and send out for 3rd party verification) and bring products to retail.
  2. Truly full spectrum – Consumers get all cannabinoids and terpenes present in our varieties in our extract. All proven by the mild, natural flavor and light gold color.
  3. Blend of high CBD varieties – We use more than 1 chemovar to produce our extracts. This allows for more cannabinoids and terpenes present in the end product for consumers.
  4. Truly natural – Only ingredients are the naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes and MCT oil, making our products truly pharmaceutical grade (over 99% pure with no added fillers or binders)
  5. Flavors – A majority of flavored products are created from isolates (proven by the fact that they are clear and have no plant flavor). There is very little that will mask the natural flavor of the plant. With flavored products you run the risk of missing out on the entourage effect from the other cannabinoids and terpenes)
  6. Location, location, location – You’ll only find our Genesis Blends in our stores/website, or on the shelves of pharmacies and health food stores. No multilevel marketing, no head shops, vape shops or gas stations.

We do not source the hemp material used in our Genesis Blends. We cultivate proprietary genetics bred by our parent company, Kentucky Cannabis Company, on our farms in Mercer County in the great state of Kentucky.

It comes down to our desire to produce a natural product that is “pharmaceutical grade” and has a longer shelf life.

MCT Coconut Oil

  • Is packed with healthy fats, more than 50% of which are MCTs. However, the ratio of MCTs in coconut is highly in favor of lauric acid (C12), giving it powerful antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral
  • It is clear and flavorless which allows the consumer to experience the natural flavor of the plant and adds to the purity of the product.
  • Shelf life of MCT oil is 2 years when stored properly.

Hemp Seed Oil

  • Hemp seed oil contains linoleic acid (LA) and -linolenic acid (LNA) as its major omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids making optimal for nutrition. No therapeutic properties.
  • It is dark to clear light green in color and has a nutty/ earthy flavor.
  • Shelf life of hempseed oil tends to be rather short because the high level of unsaturation provides more opportunity for oxidation.

Olive Oil

  • Olive oil benefit claims are through the roof (and in our opinion some are dangerously unfounded)
  • It is spicy and bitter and can range from yellow to golden to dark green in color taking away from the natural flavor of the plant.
  • Once opened, it has a recommended shelf life of 6 months

Hydrocarbon extraction is scientifically superior when it comes to the gentle removal of all plant compounds, and therefore is the only process that produces a product that truly resembles the plant from which it came. During the extraction process, butane dissolves not just the cannabinoids but also the whole spectrum of lighter, more volatile terpene compounds from the plant into the concentrate, meaning the oleoresin will maintain the scent and flavor of the plant. This will result in a more therapeutic and beneficial product.

CO2 is harsher on the plants and strips the terpenes during the extraction process. This process is attractive to many companies because it allows them to get away with running poor quality flower and/or extracting from other aerial parts. In other words, since companies are producing a homogeneous product, there is really no point in using high quality hemp during CO2 extraction. Everything but the CBD is being stripped away anyway.

FUN FACT: People regularly consume products where butane has been used. Menu items like Crème brûlée and flan are finished with butane torch to crust it. Many will host barbeques while cooking their food with a propane grill.

Yes. Our products are safe enough for everyone in our community – from infants to elderly, and even your pets. If you are giving your pet our Genesis Blend, we recommend .5 ml twice a day as a starting recommendation. As you incorporate CBD into your pet’s routine, we encourage you to watch your pet(s) and increase/decrease as you see fit.

Interested in a pet specific product? Try Unruffled – now available in a 1 oz extract or our CBD-infused dog bites. Safe for dogs and cats alike. 5 mg of our Genesis Blend CBD mixed with all-natural ingredients – no preservatives, fillers, by-products, or carbohydrates.

We proudly stand behind the fact that the CBD in all Bluegrass Hemp Oil products is straight from the bloom of our natural, Kentucky grown, American hemp varieties known for their high CBD/low THC content. No stalks, stems, fan leaves or seeds were harmed during its production – don’t get us wrong… All parts of this wonderful plant have their place and benefits; however, CBD extractions are not it.

Although we are not certified organic, we do cultivate using organic practices. No pesticides are used on our plants. Instead, we use an integrated pest management program (using beneficial bugs). Please note: we previously leased the land where we cultivated and now that we own our farms, we will begin working towards organic land certification.

Preliminary data shows that if stored properly, away from direct sunlight and extreme heat, there is no observed degradation of Bluegrass Hemp Oil products up to 1 year. We continually evaluate these findings.

Not only is it beneficial to use CBD oil to supplement your ECS, you can also eat foods that have positive effects. For optimal ECS function, improved health, and increased effect of medical cannabis, try to include the following foods in your diet:

  • Essential fatty acids (hemp seed oil, flax seed oil, chia seeds, walnuts)
  • Chocolate (at least 70% dark chocolate)
  • Herbs and tea (echinacea, camelia sinensis, turmeric, maca root powder)

No. Nanotechnology is the manipulating of atoms and molecules for fabrication of macroscale product. Advocates would say that this type of technology allows for better absorption of cannabinoids. However, nanotechnology is unregulated and raises many issues, including concerns about the toxicity and environmental impact of nanomaterials. We believe natural is always better.

“There were never so many able, active minds at work on the problems of disease as now, and all their discoveries are tending toward the simple truth that you can’t improve on nature.” – Thomas Edison, 1902

We do not. THC is a necessary part of the extract and our company firmly believes that full spectrum products have the potential to deliver more potent results. Studies show that THC-free products are less effective than full spectrum products. Consumers, over time, may generate a tolerance requiring them to increase their serving sizes to experience similar results, potentially taxing their endocannabinoid receptors. It’s important to note when looking at different CBD product labels, THC- free – is not and cannot be full spectrum. Want to learn about the risks surrounding THC-free products? Listen to episode 21 of our podcast.

Yes! If you don’t have your bottle of Unruffled Pet Oil on hand, you can always give your pet some of your Genesis Blend Hemp Extract instead. We recommend that you only give your pet about .5 ml to start out, putting it directly in their mouth or over their food. While our Unruffled Pet Oil contains the same hemp extract as our popular Genesis Blend, the main difference between the two products is that our Unruffled Pet Oil is mixed with salmon oil—there is also a lower mg of CBD per serving!

Historically, we’ve stayed away from producing gummies because it does seem a bit more novelty than medicinal, not to mention, they are typically made with less than ingredients. That being said, we do understand that a lot of supplements are provided in gummy form and it can be an easier way to introduce CBD into a person’s daily routine. We are in the process of trying to formulate a recipe that aligns with our standards.

Yes, all of our products, with the exception of our Bourbon Truffle, are naturally free of gluten. They do not contain wheat or its by-products.

Early studies on CBG do show benefits to this minor cannabinoid (CBG.) Mature cannabis plants usually contain ~ only 1% of CBG. That’s because it’s considered the “grand-daddy” of all cannabinoids, meaning it is the precursor cannabinoid to THCA, CBDA and CBCA, so as the plant grows CBG naturally diminishes. The good news is our products do contain some of this minor cannabinoid and it does help with the “entourage effect” that occurs with full spectrum products. However, we will not be creating a CBG only product. Ask to see our Certificate of Analysis to get a full review of all of the therapeutic cannabinoids in your Genesis Blend bottle!

RESULTS RELATED

Our Genesis Blend was very effective in treating the owners’ son’s epilepsy. He is now seizure free and pharma free and has been for the last 6+ years.

With full spectrum oils, like our Genesis Blend, the cannabinoids within the oil work together to give an “entourage effect”. CBD and THCV work together with their antiepileptic properties to help prevent seizures. Based on the study linked, “there is now class 1 evidence that adjunctive use of CBD improves seizure control in patients with specific epilepsy syndromes”. This evidence supports the story of Colten and his journey to a pharmaceutical free life. Check out the below study for more information:

If you feel like your product was working and then it just… wasn’t, it could possibly be due to a few things.

  1. You could have been taking too much. As a reminder, high servings downregulates the CB1, desensitizing the receptors, potentially causing (or exacerbating) an endocannabinoid deficiency. Low to moderate serving helps the ECS; high chronic serving hurts the ECS.
  2. It could be a flare or bad day. Sometimes it’s just a bad day (or few days). CBD is not a cure. It is a natural treatment. Some consumers put an unfair expectation on their CBD experience and expect it to take EVERYTHING away, ALL the time. There are many things that affect the way we feel – stress, diet, temperature, etc. Managing these while consuming CBD is the key to success. On bad days though, you just might need an extra serving or two to get you through the day.

There are a lot of factors that play into whether or not CBD will work for you. It is less about “water soluble”, “pure”, “nanotechnology” (buzz words meant to make a less than product more appealing to customers) and more about:

  1. Low, consistent servings meant to prime the ECS. More does NOT mean better.
  2. Managing outside stressors that will continue to bring imbalance to the ECS.
  3. Giving it time. Some consumers report that it can take up to 8 weeks to see results.

CBD is known for its anxiolytic (aNGzēəˈlidik) properties. This means that CBD is known to reduce feelings of anxiety and other symptoms caused by anxiety. This includes generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Check out the below study for more information:

This question is not easily answered. Results will vary based on:

  1. The health of your Endocannabinoid System (ECS) – Consumers can be deficient in endocannabinoids, deficient in cannabinoid receptors or deficient in both. There is no way to know until you start taking the products. That is why consistency is key. Serving twice a day, every day.
  2. The health of the individual – Help CBD help you. Healthier eating, exercising, stress management, etc., in addition to CBD, is the way to success.  Looking for more information? Check out the below blogs and podcasts where we had the opportunity to discuss with Registered Dietician, Amanda Nighbert:
    • Essential Fatty Acids and the ECS
    • Nutrition and CBD Part 1 – Episode 15
    • Nutrition and CBD Part 2 – Episode 16
  3. Pharmaceutical regimen – Pharmaceutical interaction can prohibit CBD from working properly in the system. We recommend that consumers always talk to a physician before adding CBD to their daily routine.

As a known antipsychotic, CBD can be used to treat psychosis (including THC psychosis, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia). This means that unstable emotions produced from imbalances of chemicals in the brain can be treated with CBD. The study linked showed that CBD can normalize dysfunction in brain regions which are critically implicated in psychosis. This “normalization” is the reason CBD can be effective in treating psychosis. Check out the below study for more information:

Effect of Cannabidiol on Medial Temporal, Midbrain, and Striatal Dysfunction in People at Clinical High Risk of Psychosis

With the rise of CBD products on the market, new companies are preying on the Western culture mindset of “More is Better”. Beyond the fact that products with high CBD concentrations are obviously isolate and/or made with LOW quality hemp varieties, there really is a reason and science behind why we always recommend our consumers start with our Original Strength Genesis Blend extracts.

Chronic high servings downregulates CB1, desensitizing the receptors, potentially causing (or exacerbating) an endocannabinoid deficiency. Low to moderate serving helps the ECS; high chronic serving hurts the ECS.  This COULD BE the reason why some consumers report a product “stops working” for them. If you feel you were taking high servings or increased too fast, do not be afraid to start from the beginning. Stop taking the extract for a few days, then start again with a lower serving – being careful not to increase as quickly.

CBD has been studied to help with a wide array of conditions. Check out our Research page or our Consumers Say pages for studies and/or anecdotal evidence. If you need help finding a study that is not listed, give us a call. We’ll help you find it.

COMPANY RELATED

We have a NO return policy, but don’t let that scare you off from trying our products. It’s BECAUSE we firmly believe in our products, this policy exists. Our reasoning is we want those who try our products to truly give them the trial they deserve. Consistency is key. Keep to your servings and track your results. You will be amazed at what you experience.

That being said, if the product is damaged, we will gladly replace it. Just contact us and we’ll take care of you!

We strive to ship out orders 24-48 hours of receipt. This excludes orders placed on the weekend, which are typically shipped the following Monday. Due to COVID-19, you could experience some shipping delays with carriers. If you have an order inquiry, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be happy to provide an update on the status of your order.

It is our goal to always provide the best shopping experience in-store and online. Prior to COVID-19, we cleaned, disinfected and dusted our stores daily and have continued to do so amid the pandemic. Should you not feel comfortable shopping in-store, you can utilize our minimal contact drive-thru window at our Lexington Green location. Or give us a call and we can run your order out to you.

We are back operating at our regular hours. Our Contact page will always be updated with our most current hours for both store locations.

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