Getting Started with CBD

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Getting started with CBD can be an overwhelming experience. Understanding how it affects your body, choosing the right products, and knowing your legal rights as a CBD user can be a challenge. This is why Happy Hemp Farmacy invests our efforts in education and resources. We want our community to have the knowledge to make the best decision for their lifestyle needs.

Please note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Happy Hemp Farmacy always recommends you talk to your primary care physician before getting started with CBD.

Popular ways to consume CBD products


Tinctures are placed under the tongue, held for 45 seconds, then swallowed.


Topicals are gels or lotions applied to your skin by hand for localized pain relief.


Concentrates are made into wax like substances you inhale by a vaporizer.


Edibles are available as candy, gummies, food, and drinks. Go low and slow!


Flower or "buds" can be smoked in a joint, pipe or vaporizer to provide relief.


Capsules are taken orally and provide you with an exact dose every time.

Frequently Asked Questions

CBD stands for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol (CBD) is part of a class of cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds found in the hemp plant.

Cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. It is one of 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants and accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s extract.

The two most well-known cannabinoid compounds are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, and cannabidiol (CBD), which makes up about 40% of the plant resin extract and is non-psychoactive, meaning it cannot cause a “high.”

CBD helps support a healthy nervous system. It’s like a vitamin for your endocannabinoid system (ECS).

The ECS is a biological system composed of neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, which are expressed throughout the vertebrate central nervous system and peripheral nervous system. CBD helps modulate and regulate the firing of the CB1 and CB2 receptors

If the CBD products purchased are based on federal guidelines, you will not get high or intoxicated.

CBD which products contain less than 0.3% THC (the federally legal limit) do not contain enough THC for you to experience impairment of any kind. 

However, cannabis legal states do offer CBD products with higher THC concentrations in the product.

There are CBD products in the cannabis marketplace that do contain higher amounts of THC and it will cause you to feel intoxicated or high. If you visit any dispensary, always read the label and ask questions about the CBD to THC ratio.

This is why it's very important to purchase any cannabis or CBD product from a reputable source.

This is a great question and it can be very confusing!


Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of the 113 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It's the psychoactive ingredient that has a profound or significant effective on your mental processes. THC is what makes you feel high. 


Cannabidiol (CBD) is another cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. It can be found in both hemp and cannabis, mostly in the flowers (or buds) of the plant. CBD is known for its ability to help a wide variety of health issues. CBD is not intoxicating and can't get you high.

What is Full-Spectrum CBD?
If an extract is full-spectrum, this means it contains all phytochemicals naturally found in the plant, including CBD, trace cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils. Full-spectrum extracts from hemp also come with a negligible THC content —  below 0.3%
The full spectrum of the active compounds extracted from hemp work together to amplify the health benefits of each individual cannabinoid. This phenomenon is referred to as the entourage effect (more on that later).
Although non-psychoactive, full-spectrum CBD can give you a false positive during a drug test, especially if you consume high doses of CBD oil daily.
That’s when the broad-spectrum CBD comes in.
What is Broad Spectrum CBD?
Broad-spectrum CBD contains cannabidiol and all the other compounds within the plant, except for THC, which is completely removed after the initial extraction.
Because broad-spectrum extracts contain multiple cannabinoids, they also produce the “entourage effect,” but without the THC.
In a very simplified manner, broad-spectrum CBD is a mix between full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. It contains the entire spectrum of cannabinoids EXCEPT for the THC part.

Unlike marijuana hemp contains extremely low (less than 0.3%) THC. THC is the compound in marijuana that is psychoactive.

It's important to know what the current laws and regulations are surrounding cannabis related products, including CBD. Because laws change frequently, it's always best to check for updates.

Federal Law

As of November 2018, CBD (or cannabidiol) is now federally legal as long as it's made from hemp with less than 0.3% THC content. This means you can legally possess and use CBD infused products within these parameters.

However, the FDA still classifies parts of the hemp plant as a Schedule 1 drug and is working on implementing  industry regulations to ensure your safety. Depending on what transpires, certain CBD products may not be available in the future.

State Laws

Each state has their own laws on cannabis or CBD. Most states allow the purchase of CBD products from any vendor, while some require them to be purchased in licensed dispensaries.

We recommend you research the laws for your town or state to be certain. We also recommend you purchase ANY CBD products from a reputable company who has third-party testing. DO NOT BUY FROM VIDEO STORES OR GAS STATIONS!

Traveling on flights with CBD

It has been brought to our attention some law enforcement personnel in U.S. airports are detaining or arresting people for carrying CBD products -- particularly in Texas. 

Reports state this is often directed at international travelers or people who are carrying illegal products (more than .3% THC in it), but not always. It is therefore best to use caution until all government officials get their heads out of their butts.

The TSA however, has quoted it is not looking for CBD products and allows federally legal products to cross state lines.

Full Spectrum

If you're using Full Spectrum CBD products derived from CBD hemp, there are trace amounts of THC (0.3%THC or less) in those products. 

This means there is always the possibility you could fail a drug test. We encourage you to weigh the pros and cons of using Full Spectrum products if your situation requires drug testing.

CBD Isolates

If you're using CBD Isolate products, they will have zero THC in them. If these products have been properly extracted and tested, you definitely will not fail a drug test.

This is a great question! It really depends on what you want to use CBD for.

CBD Oils and Tinctures

Most people start with CBD oil tinctures of 500mg - 1000mg CBD. They will use this for a variety of health reasons.

CBD tinctures are placed under the tongue for 30-60 seconds, then swallowed. The benefits can last for up to 8 hours.

Happy Joe recommends 1000mg CBD oils for most needs. Larger milligrams of CBD, such as 2000mg, should only be used for more severe ailments.

CBD Lotions or Topicals

CBD topicals and lotions are the second best solution for pain relief. They are applied to your skin and very effective for sore muscles, joint pain and inflammation. Relief can be very quick and last for several hours.

CBD Flower (Buds)

Smoking CBD flower or buds is popular because you can feel the benefits immediately, though there are more health risks involved such as lung irritation and carcinogens. 

Smoking CBD flower can be achieved by rolling it up in rolling papers, purchasing pre-rolls, or putting the buds in a cannabis pipe. You can also get CBD vape cartridges as well.

CBD Edibles

Many people enjoy the use of CBD gummies and other edibles. These products typically come in lower, defined dosages making it easier to track how much CBD you consume at one time.

CBD gummies and edibles are growing in popularity, though they tend to be more expensive than other options and less effective.

CBD affects each person differently, so it's important to find what works for you. Example: A lower dose might be perfect for one person while a higher dose is needed for someone else.

Happy Hemp Farmacy always recommend starting slow and building up your intake. This helps you see how CBD interacts with your body or other medications you might be taking.


  • Start with filling your dropper with a 1/2 of CBD oil in the dropper.
  • Squeeze the dropper head to dispense the oil under your tongue.
  • Count to 45 seconds.
  • Swallow the CBD oil.
  • Track how you feel for 7-10 days and increase as necessary.

We also recommend you use CBD oil every day for pain and health issues. It can take time for your body to receive the benefits.


1. Keep a journal as you begin using CBD or hemp products to guide you in the process. Write down the dosage you took, what time, how you feel, and whether it's providing relief. This will help you lock in the best way to address your symptoms.

2. Consider using the CBD oil in the evening at first, as some people may feel tired or relaxed after using it.

3. Stay on the same schedule for 7-10 days. If you don't notice any difference, increase your dosage incrementally to see what works best for you.

4. Split your dosage to morning and evening or whatever you're comfortable with. Half a dropper at the beginning and end of your day may be the perfect fit for you.


Happy Hemp Farmacy encourages you to consult your physician about using any CBD or cannabis products. Some medications could be affected by these products so it's always a great idea to be safe.

f you're purchasing federally legal CBD or hemp, you do not need a medical marijuana card or special license.

If you are purchasing medical cannabis products, then each state who offers those programs require a special a MMJ license, approved by a licensed physician. Qualifying conditions and laws vary from state to state.

If you travel to a state that allows adult use cannabis (or recreational) you only need a valid drivers license to visit a dispensary to purchase products. 

The pet owners that trust and love our products say that Hemp & CBD supplements and dog treats help maintain a strong foundation of overall health and wellness. We often hear that our furry friends are finding support from everyday:

  • Every day stresses
  • Hip and joint
  • Better quality of life

You can give CBD oil to your pet by just using the dropper located inside of one of our CBD pet tincture bottles. 1 – 2 drops a day should be a sufficient dose.

Need help getting started with CBD?

Happy Hemp Farmacy will be adding more resources to our website soon. If you have any questions about getting started with CBD, please reach out to us.

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