What is CBD?

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CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that comes from hemp and cannabis. CBD is a naturally occurring biochemical compound. It does not make you feel "high"

CBD is a compound of the cannabis plant. Cannabis plants produce more than 400 different compounds. Not all of those compounds are unique to marijuana, and appear in many other species of plants. But of those 400 compounds, more than 100 of them are totally specific to the plant genus Cannabis. Scientists call these special compounds “cannabinoids.” But not all cannabinoids are created equal. One of them, cannabidiol, or CBD, consists of a variety of medicinal and therapeutic effects like marijuana has.

How Does CBD Interact With the Body?

Many describe CBD as being like THC, just without the psychoactive effects. Although this is true, CBD works as an endocannabinoid modular. Our brains actually contain receptors that respond to cannabis, and CBD works with our bodies own endocannabinoid system.This means when a disease starts to take over, your body it will create an imbalance within a body system. The CBD then works to get those systems back to balance where they should be; in healthy, working condition.

Although it is a cannabinoid, CBD does not directly interact with the two classical cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2). Instead, it affects signaling through CB1 and CB2 receptors indirectly. This partly explains why, in contrast to THC, CBD is non-psychoactive. In addition to its indirect influence on the CB1 and CB2 receptors, CBD can increase levels of the body’s own naturally-produced cannabinoids (known as endocannabinoids) by inhibiting the enzymes that break them down. 

Your body needs cannabinoids when endocannabinoid deficient, just like when you take vitamin D for bone strength. Natural cannabinoid deficiency can lead to negative effects on your body’s nervous system and body as a whole.This is because our body needs the right balance of cannabinoids to keep the nervous system and body in good health. So yes, our bodies actually need CBD!

Scientific and clinical research, much of it sponsored by the US government underscores CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, such as those listed below. CBD has proven neuroprotective effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and all over the world. 

*There is a plethora of information available online regarding CBD. It can be a bit overwhelming, so below are some recommended articles and sources for more information.



Research shows CBD has helped people who have:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Acne
  • Addiction
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • PTSD
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Fibromyalgia

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is CBD legal?

Yes. The FDA of the United States considers hemp oil (and it's derivative CBD) to be a dietary supplement (not a medication). If you live in the US, this means you don't need a prescription and can legally purchase and consume Cannabidiol in Hawaii and every other state.

Does Stone Dam CBD contain THC?

Yes and No. We offer a full spectrum CBD, which contains a trace amount of THC (.3% or less), which is below the federal legal limit. It is legal to consume, buy, sell, ship, and travel with all over the U.S. and much of the world.

We also offer broad spectrum with zero THC. If drug testing is an issue for you, then it's best to use only our THC free products. 

Will CBD make me high?

No. Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high. CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same pathways as THC.   

What does full spectrum mean?

Whole plant or full spectrum CBD uses the entire plant, which in addition to CBD contains other naturally present cannabinoids (CBG, CBN, CBC, THCA, CBDA) and terpenes naturally found in cannabis, but without the THC.

What is the difference between full spectrum and broad spectrum?

Full spectrum CBD is whole plant, meaning it contains everything found in the plant- full of all the cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and fatty acids found in hemp. These all have therapeutic values of their own and work together to create what’s known as the entourage effect.

Broad-spectrum CBD is similar to full spectrum CBD but without any THC. It offers the same entourage benefits associated with full-spectrum CBD, but may not always contain as many of the different cannabinoids as full spectrum. Broad-spectrum CBD is a great choice for individuals that can’t have any traces of THC is their system, whether for legal purposes, passing a drug test, or anything else.

What are terpenes?

All of our oil and vape juice are infused with terpenes. Terpenes are naturally occurring in cannabis and are what gives it it's natural aroma and flavor. Cannabis contains a wide range of terpenes (over 200) that are thought to interact synergistically with the cannabinoids in the plant, and to enhance its health effects. Terpenes are not unique to cannabis; they can be found in many other herbs, fruits, and plants as well.

Terpenes, unlike cannabinoids, are responsible for the aroma of cannabis. Terpenes act on receptors and neurotransmitters. They are prone to combine with or dissolve in lipids or fats and act as serotonin uptake inhibitors (similar to antidepressants like Prozac). They enhance norepinephrine activity and increase dopamine activity. 

How much CBD should I take? 

If you are new to CBD, you are probably wondering how much you should take. And this is a very important question! Everyone is different and so each person will react differently to their CBD dosage.  Finding your right dose does require some trial and error, and it's important to be in tune with your body so you can find your own tolerance level, as everyone metabolizes differently. We recommend experimenting with your dosage until you find your sweet spot and what feels good for YOU. 

As a general starting point, we recommend starting with a smaller dose at first so that you can become familiar with how your body responds to the CBD.  With our 1000mg MCT oil, we recommend taking 1/2 dropper full (roughly 33.3mg CBD), two times per day. Our 500mg strength MCT oil is 16.66mg per serving, so you can start with the same 1/2 dropper full or one full dropper. Place the drops under your tongue and wait 30-60 seconds before swallowing if you can, waiting will allow the oil to absorb more quickly into the body. Swallow the oil and wait about 30 minutes. If you feel like you are not getting any relief after your first initial dose, then you may want to increase it by adding another 1/4 dropper full. 

You can repeat this as necessary until you find your ideal dose, don't worry this does not get you stoned so you can take as much as you feel your body needs. Most people feel a sense of calm and relaxation when taking CBD. Note that if you are experiencing more serious symptoms, have chronic pain, insomnia, or other disorders, you may want to start with a larger dose, such as one full dropper twice per day. If the initial starting dose of 1/2 dropper full is too much, then cut the dose in half. And your ideal dose may change from day to day depending on mood, stress, pain, etc. 

After a week or two of taking CBD you may want to increase your dose, as your tolerance levels can change. Taking it 1-3 times per day is average. Some people take 1/2 dropper full once or twice per day and some people take 2 dropper fulls 3 times per day. The perfect dose really varies from person to person.

Our MCT oil is also great for the skin! It is moisturizing and nourishing- great for fine lines, puffy eyes, acne, scars, rashes, sun damaged and aging skin. A natural anti-inflammatory, it's also great for after shave/wax bumps. You can also apply a few drops topically for sore muscles and joints.