CBD + Hemp FAQ

What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol is a chemical compound produced and extracted from hemp plants, a close cousin to the cannabis plant which according to federal law must be produced containing less than 0.3% THC. CBD is a type of cannabinoid produced by plants, but the human body produces its own cannabinoids as well, and comes equipped with receptors throughout the body for CBD to interact with, affecting us in a variety of ways.

Do you ship CBD internationally?
We currently ship our CBD products within United States only, but we hope you check out our expansive selection of other herbal goods!

How do you use CBD?
CBD can be smoked, vaped, ingested, or applied as a topical product.

What are the different forms CBD comes in?
There are three main types of CBD available in a variety of products: Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and Isolate.

What is a cannabinoid?
Cannabinoids are a class of chemical compounds found in cannabis and hemp plants. This class includes one-hundred forty-four compounds that have been isolated from the plant, and are found to exhibit a variety of effects.

How is cannabinoid content measured?
The most common method of measuring CBD and THC content within cannabis or hemp flower is High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). A sample of flower is mixed with a solvent such as ethanol, and then pumped through a tube at high pressure. Materials within the tube cause the chemicals within the solution to separate, and analysis reveals the ratios of cannabinoids within.

What is the difference between recreational cannabis and hemp?
Hemp, as classified by the federal government in the 2018 Farm Bill, is a cannabis sativa plant containing less than 0.3% THC, a ratio too low to be intoxicating. It does, however, contain other cannabinoids including CBD, as well as terpenes. There are up to 50,000 uses for the hemp plant including in the agricultural, commercial, and medicinal fields.

Recreational cannabis is defined as cannabis indica plants with over 0.3% THC, making them psychoactive and intoxicating. Cannabis has been used recreationally for thousands of years, but is still illegal in many areas.

What is THC?
THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol is the chemical that gives recreational cannabis consumption its psychoactive effects. It is one of many cannabinoids produced within the cannabis plant’s trichomes. THC activates receptors within your brain, and has a fast-acting effect on your thoughts, memory, and perception of time and sensory information.

Are Sono products Federal Farm Bill Compliant?
Yes, pursuant to section 10113 of the 2018 Farm Bill, products containing full spectrum hemp flower do not contain more than 0.3% THC, which can be validated by reviewing the Certificate of Analysis (COAs) available for every industrial hemp derived product sold by our supplier, CBD Hemp Direct.

You can review the test results for the CBD flower we use through the following link:

Does CBD register on drug tests?
Drug tests typically are not screening for CBD in your system. Instead, they’re screening for THC, which is present in trace amounts in full spectrum hemp derived products, up to the federal government’s threshold for legality, 0.3%. This can still register on a drug screen. Thus, make sure to check with your employer and be knowledgeable of their drug-testing practices, and be mindful of which products contain trace amounts of THC. To shop for products with 0% THC, look for products that only contain CBD isolate.

Will CBD get me high?
CBD influences certain receptors within your nervous system, which can affect your mood, but it gives none of the euphoric effect experienced with THC usage. In fact, when used alongside one another, CBD can reduce the potency of THC.

Does CBD have any negative effects?
Though most users report little or no negative effects, everyone reacts differently, and some negative reports have included incidences of dry mouth, diarrhea, changes in appetite, and fatigue. The FDA strongly advises against usage of products containing CBD for those that are pregnant, or breastfeeding. It can also interact with medications that you're already taking, potentially leading to, or exacerbating existing side-effects. Therefore it's vital that you communicate with your doctor before using hemp-derived products.

What is the legality for states that have not legalized cannabis use?
CBD derived from the hemp plant is considered legal at the federal level in the US, and its consumption is recognized as such in all 50 states.

Do I have to be 18+ to use CBD?
Though CBD is legal for consumption by 18 year olds in the majority of US states, make sure to review your local regulations on CBD products before purchasing Sono products.

What kind of safety tests has the hemp flower used in Sono products undergone?
All hemp flower present as an ingredient in our products has undergone safety testing by a third party, and passed in all categories. Full test results will be printed and shipped with your order.

What part of the hemp plant produces CBD?
A mature female plant will produce buds at the end of its stems. Covering the surface of each cannabis bud is a fine layer of glands called trichomes. These are the tiny crystal-like mushroom caps that make your bud look fuzzy, and give it that sticky feel. Trichomes are the molecular workshop where CBD, and the rest of the cannabinoids are produced.

What are Terpenes?
Terpenes exist all around us - they give many fruit, plants and herbs their distinct aromas. Produced within the same trichomes that secrete CBD, terpenes are aromatic compounds that give different cannabis plants their distinct smell and flavor profiles. They also have a variety of effects that work in conjunction with the rest of the compounds within cannabis to create the unique effect each strain has on our experience.