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What is CBD?

CBD, or Cannabidiol, is an oily compound found in the sticky resins of the cannabis and hemp plant.  It is one of at least 113 identified cannabinoids in the plant.  Ongoing research on CBD includes studies of anxiety, cognition, movement disorders, and pain.  All products carried on Artemis will indicate the amount of CBD in milligrams (mg).

Do products on Artemis contain THC?

THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is also one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in the cannabis and hemp plant.  Some of the products we carry do contain THC at the legal amount of 0.3% or less by dry weight.  All products will include a lab test to indicate the amount of THC and for easy product identification labeled as “Full-Spectrum”.  Products without THC will be labeled as “THC-free”.  For a deeper discussion on product classification, please visit – The Importance of Full Spectrum CBD vs. Isolate CBD.

How is CBD different than THC?

CBD is markedly different from THC.  CBD does not cause intoxicating or euphoric effects – the high feeling – like THC does.  Although CBD is not intoxicating, it is psychoactive, meaning that it affects the brain.  It is because CBD is psychoactive that it can have effects on things like mood.  The manner in which CBD affects the body is also very different compared to THC.  While THC directly stimulates the cannabinoid receptors in our Endocannabinoid System (ECS), CBD indirectly stimulates the body’s ECS by making the body produce endocannabinoids and helping those endocannabinoids circulate in the body longer.  For a deeper discussion on CBD, THC, and the Endocannabinoid System, join us at – CBD 101 – the What, the Why, and the Endocannabinoid System.

What are the benefits of CBD?

As of 2019, clinical research on CBD included studies of anxiety, cognition, movement disorders, and pain.  As we continue to explore the therapeutic values of CBD, please visit our Podcast where we sit with Dr. Junella Chin, a pioneer in integrative cannabinoid medicine and a world-leading cannabis physician, and Sang Choi, pharmacist and a cannabis dispensary director, to discuss how CBD can help with stress, anxiety, pain, sleep, and more.  

Additionally, more literature and resources are available under Journal covering topics such as – Stress & Anxiety – How CBD Can Help and CBD & Sleep – How Does CBD Affect Sleep? and The Beauty Edit – The Benefits of CBD Skincare and more with Jason Wilson, MS, a science educator and an expert on cannabis and cannabinoid science.

How do I take CBD?

CBD can be taken into the body in multiple ways.  Common routes of administration include sublingually (under the tongue with tinctures), orally (for example, capsules), topically (applied on the skin), inhalation (using a vape pen), and transdermal (with a patch).  All categories are listed under “Method“.

How much CBD should I take?

This is a very important consideration.  Finding your therapeutic window or optimal amount varies from person to person.  There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to CBD dosing.  Because human physiology is dynamic – it changes constantly over time – one particular amount might affect you one way, one day, and another way on a different day, depending on circumstances.

As it pertains to your individual experience, we find what works best is to guide you with a starting point and then a methodology – join us on CBD Dosing – How Much Should I Take? for a fuller discussion on CBD serving amounts and titration, presented with illustrations and guiding charts.  Also, please refer to the recommended amount under ‘How to Use’ for each product.  Start with the suggested amount, low and slow, and titrate up as needed over time.  We encourage you to use the ‘Serving Guide’ feature, so we can create a personalized Serving Guide for you.

When necessary, please consult your medical care provider for further assistance.

Does CBD interact with other medications?

Research to date shows that CBD is generally safe and has few, if any, minor side effects.  But CBD does have the potential to interact with some medications, including the anticoagulant warfarin, the seizure medications valproic acid and clobazam.  Similar to grapefruit, CBD inhibits the cytochrome P450 enzyme, which is involved in metabolizing many drugs.  By inhibiting cytochrome P450, CBD can either reduce or increase the effects of other drugs.  Please consult your physician if you have a health condition and/or are taking medications before taking CBD.

Can I take CBD when pregnant or breastfeeding?

We acknowledge the many stories from women sharing their experiences using CBD to help curb nausea and insomnia.  We strongly recommend consulting with your physician before considering CBD while pregnant and/or breastfeeding.

What is your vetting process for products?

We have a meticulous and rigorous vetting process.  We require a Certificate of Analysis for each product from the brand.  Even products that are packaged as “Full-Spectrum” or “THC-free” may be mislabeled and lack information on potency.  With these third-party lab results, we also confirm that the lab itself is GMP and ISO certified, which are formal regulations put in place by the US Food and Drug Administration to establish a minimum level of quality in production of products and the maintenance of manufacturing processes.

After analyzing the reports paying close attention to potency (cannabinoid content), CBD:THC ratios, terpene levels, and contaminants, we personally test each product to collect information on sensory experience, onset time, digestion responses (if applicable), and more.  We follow up with an internal vetting process with our Chief Medical Advisor.  The final step is working closely with Dr. Junella Chin to gain clinical insight into how active ingredients affect whole body systems.  This multi-layered approach gives us a holistic view, shaping our understanding of each product from the final formulation to its potential therapeutic benefits.

What is your in-store experience like?

Subtle textural contrasts in a refuge of calm that invites you to decelerate and explore – our shop is nestled in the historic West Village neighborhood.  Pairing the fascination with pre-twentieth century apothecaries with the expression of twenty-first century personalized wellness, our space gives a gentle nod to the past while appreciating the complexities of modern living.  We hope to be a companion whether you’re interested in learning more about the hemp plant or looking for a guided exploration of ways to help with stress, sleep, and pain – each journey is tailored to your unique needs.  Immersive sensory experiences are created at our Terpene Bar, where you can see and smell the different constituents in a particular formula.  And before parting ways, we create a personalized serving guide and titration schedule for you. 

Honoring your past, present and future, our goal is to create a meaningful CBD experience that’s an ode to your life’s fullest expression.