Frequently Asked Questions

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Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of 113 Cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD oil is extracted from the flowers, leaves and stalk of the cannabis plant. (Not to be confused with Hemp Seed Oil, which is extracted solely from hemp seeds and only carries trace amounts of CBD.) Please see our About CBD page for a more in-depth look at CBD.

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that are produced naturally in the human body (endocannabinoids) as well as in plants (phytocannabinoids).

endo = body
phyto = plants

Our bodies have an Endocannabinoid System (ECS), found in our central nervous system and immune system. Our ECS is responsible for regulating functions such as sleep pattern, appetite, pain tolerance, mood, memory, etc.

The 113+ phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant interact with our ECS receptors throughout our bodies and help stimulate the production of endocannabinoids.

Interestingly, phytocannabinoids are also known to occur in several other plant species besides cannabis, such as Echinacea. Researchers are continuing to discover new cannabinoids and testing them for potential medical benefits.

The two most well known phytocannabinoids are THC and CBD.

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is best-known for producing psychoactive qualities (getting you high), while CBD (Cannabidiol) appears to play the most significant role in the plant’s medicinal benefits, and does not produce psychoactive qualities.

All Tessera Naturals products are “broad spectrum CBD”, which means they are completely THC-free.

Most people use CBD to relieve muscle and joint discomfort, promote relaxation, and as a daily general health and wellness routine.

Cannabis has been used medicinally for centuries. As the popularity of CBD is increasing, research is continuing to show that CBD along with other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids found in the cannabis plant are beneficial for a growing list of ailments.

Many factors will determine the results each individual will experience when they introduce CBD (or any new compound) into their body. These factors can include genetics, diet, exercise, stress levels, environment, lifestyle choices, etc. For some, the effects will be immediate and dramatic, for others it may be more subtle.

That being said, our products do not contain THC, so they’re not really meant to cause an “effect”. CBD is more about what you don’t feel any longer, rather than what you do feel. People who suffer from various conditions take CBD to reduce symptoms and get back to a state of balance.

Lastly, CBD is not a magic pill or a cure-all drug, but more of a natural, holistic therapy to provide relief from ailments and to help achieve your goal of total wellness and optimal health. CBD may not necessarily cure your underlying condition, but it can definitely help ease symptoms to make them more bearable and improve your quality of life.

Visit our CBD Dosage Calculator for a recommended dose based on weight, condition and severity.

Several factors come into play when determining dosage including weight, diet, metabolism, sleep patterns, stress levels and genetics.  Read full blog post: How much CBD Oil Should I Take?

In general, we suggest starting with a low dose (10-15mg of CBD) and see how you react. You can slowly increase the dose over the next few days to find the most effective dose for you and your goals.

Most people stick to somewhere in the 10-80mg of CBD per day, with higher doses for sleep, therapeutic effects and “flare ups”.  Each individual is different, as well as the method of ingestion, so it will take a bit of trial and error to find the right dosage for you.

There is no reported lethal or dangerous dose of CBD, and higher doses of up to 1500 mg per day have been well tolerated by humans. As with any natural product, it is important to speak with your physician prior to beginning use.

Hemp is a strain of the cannabis plant which is naturally high in CBD and low in THC. CBD is desirable for those interested in taking advantage of the health and medicinal benefits of cannabis, but do not want to experience the psychoactive “high” that THC produces.

It’s important to note that hemp classified as “Industrial Hemp” is grown for its fibers and does not contain relevant amounts of cannabinoids, terpenes (smell) and flavonoids (flavor). Tessera Naturals products are made from a special phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) hemp strain of cannabis which contains a significantly higher concentration of CBD and other cannabinoids than generic industrial hemp.

Hemp and marijuana are both derived from the same cannabis plant species. While marijuana is cultivated for its high THC content, hemp contains low THC (0.3% or less) with a higher content of CBD.

Read our full blog article: What’s The Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana.

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Full spectrum refers to the whole plant hemp extract, including THC up to 0.3%.

CBD Isolate contains pure CBD only and none of the other cannabinoids, terpenes or other natural compounds found in the whole plant extract.

Broad-spectrum is the best of both worlds. Broad-spectrum CBD starts as full-spectrum CBD that undergoes an additional process to remove the trace amounts of THC. It offers all the entourage benefits associated with full-spectrum CBD, without any chances of THC being ingested into the body.

All Tessera Naturals products use broad spectrum CBD oil, which is an excellent choice for individuals that can’t have any traces of THC in their system whether for legal purposes, passing a drug test, or any other reason.  Read more about broad spectrum CBD and why we chose it.

NOTE: As the popularity of CBD is exploding, consumers must be aware that low-quality CBD isolate is often added to MCT oil or hemp seed oil and sold as a “full spectrum oil”. These products are inferior to quality extracted whole plant CBD oil. Be sure to review lab tests for product that you purchase to confirm the content, quality and safety.

Read out full blog post about the entourage effect here.

The cannabis plant contains over 113 active cannabinoids. It also contains terpenes, which have anti-inflammatory properties, and are regarded as increasing the efficacy of the cannabinoids. Besides CBD, some of the other cannabinoids such as CBN and CBG, have been found to have symptom alleviating qualities including anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and pain relief.

When consumed together, the many cannabinoids, as well as terpenes, flavonoids, amino acids and other natural compounds found in the cannabis plant produce what is known as an “entourage effect”. This is the synergistic relationship between cannabinoids and terpenes and has been shown to increase the healing properties of one another.

Under the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD derived from hemp that has less than 0.3% THC is federally legal. All Tessera Naturals products comply within these guidelines and are safe and legal to purchase and consume in all 50 states. 

All other cannabinoids produced in a manner not adhering to the farm bill regulations will remain a Schedule I substance under federal law and are thus illegal.

No, CBD is non-addictive and completely safe to consume and will not cause withdrawal effects for missed doses or ceasing usage.

No, all Tessera Naturals products are free of THC, therefore you will not get high.

Read our full blog about side effects of CBD here.

Side effects from CBD are not common, but some individuals who take high doses may experience lightheadedness, dry mouth, upset stomach, diarrhea and/or sedation.

If you experience any unpleasant side effects, try decreasing the dose, or try adding the CBD oil to your food or a beverage. (We add it to our smoothies!)

When introducing any new supplement, it’s always best to start with a low dose and gradually increase it until you find an optimal dose that is effective for your particular needs.

CBD does not negatively interact with any other medication directly.

However, our liver has a family of enzymes called cytochrome P450, which breaks down drugs into smaller bits that allow our cells to absorb them better and eliminate them properly. Although the effects have been shown to be minimal, CBD can inhibit the CYP450 system’s ability to metabolize certain pharmaceutical drugs.

Interestingly, CBD is not alone in CYP450 inhibition… Grapefruit, Watercress, St. John’s Wort, and Goldenseal all have a similar impact in terms of drug metabolism.

If you are taking any prescription medications, we advise that you speak with your doctor before consuming CBD.  Many conventional doctors do not know much about CBD since it’s not taught in medical school, so it may be best to ask them if any of the drugs you’re taking are affected by eating grapefruits.

The method for consuming CBD is really an individual preference and depends on the dosage and the condition you are treating.

There are also issues of practicality and convenience. For instance, we enjoy using our tinctures at home as a daily wellness routine, but when traveling, capsules are easier to pack and more convenient.

The choice also depends on a person’s lifestyle. Are you someone who regularly vapes? Then you may find vaping CBD more enjoyable. Do you have a localized muscle or joint discomfort? Then a topical salve or cream may be best to provide relief to the target area.

The different delivery methods also provide different levels of absorption rates and bioavailability.

Vaping offers the fastest delivery method for CBD and its effects can be felt within minutes.

Tinctures taken sublingually (the most popular method of consuming CBD) also has a fast absorption rate without the need for a vaping apparatus.

Topicals applied directly to the skin, can provide fast relief to the affected area but do not enter the bloodstream.

Edibles have a slow absorption rate as the oil must travel through the digestive system. Effects from edibles may take up to 1-2 hours, however the benefits will last a lot longer… up to 6-10 hours as opposed to lasting only 1-4 hours through vaping.

Note: Even though ingesting CBD orally has a slower absorption rate, Tessera Naturals softgels use a proprietary nano-emulsion technology process, breaking down the oil into water-soluble nano-sized droplets to provide for maximum bioavailability and a much more effective absorption rate.

Yes! Just like humans, all animals have an endocannabinoid system which regulates certain cognitive and physiological processes in the body. CBD has been used as a natural way for pet owners to help aging pets, those with physical, mental, or behavioral conditions, and as a way to promote good overall health.

You can give your pet Tessera Naturals Pet Treats, but for larger dogs, you can also use our CBD Tinctures and place the oil directly into their mouth, into their food or onto one of their favorite treats.

Please keep in mind that if you give your pet CBD oil using tinctures, it’s best to stick with “natural” flavor as peppermint oil may be toxic to some dogs.

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The short answer is no, you should not fail a drug test by consuming CBD from Tessera Naturals.  In order for a CBD product to be legal, it must contain no more than 0.3% THC. We go one step further and use a chromatographic purification process which is able to selectively remove the trace amounts of THC from our hemp oil extract, leading to what is known as “broad spectrum CBD”.

That being said, it depends on the testing methods and standards of the lab administering your drug test. Most labs only search for the cannabinoid THC, which is the main psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. Even though Tessera Naturals products do not contain THC, there are some testing facilities that check for a spectrum of cannabinoids and could trigger a false positive on a drug test. We suggest that you ask the lab what cannabinoids they test for.

Also, some people metabolize CBD differently. We have heard that some patients who consume upwards of 1,000 mg of CBD per day can trigger a false positive on a drug test

Simply put, Tessera Natural’s proprietary nano-emulsion manufacturing process breaks down CBD oil particles into water-soluble nano-sized droplets to provide for maximum bioavailability and the highest absorption rate in the industry.

As shown in the diagram below, our competitor’s standard micro-emulsion particles are anywhere between 100 and 1000 nanometers in size. In contrast, our particles have an average size of 25nm.

As with any supplement, it doesn’t matter how much you consume if your body only absorbs a small percentage of what is ingested. With standard micro-emulsion CBD products, 10% or less of the ingested product is actually absorbed by the body. Tessera Naturals nano-emulsion sized droplets generate up to 5X the bioavailability of our competition, which means that you can use smaller doses to achieve the same level of benefit as our competitors.

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These products are most likely made from hemp seed oil, which do not contain any significant amounts of CBD. They will not list CBD on the label, nor list any amount of actual CBD contents. Although CBD from Hemp is legal according to the 2014 and 2018 farm bill, Amazon’s policy does not allow any CBD products to be sold on their platform as of yet.

While both products come from the same plant, hemp seed oil (sometimes referred to simply as hemp oil) found in grocery stores or on Amazon is very different than full/broad spectrum CBD oil. Full/broad spectrum CBD oil is extracted from the flowers, leaves and stalk of select phytocannabinoid-rich hemp plants, while hemp seed oil is produced solely from the seeds, usually from marginal quality industrial hemp plants.

Hemp seed oil can be a great source of nutrition as it contains antioxidants and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, but it does not contain cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and amino acids found in full/broad spectrum CBD oil.

Cultivating organically grown phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) hemp in the US, as well as the process of extracting/distilling the CBD oil using CO2, is a complicated and multi-step process which requires costly equipment and a high level of expertise to be performed successfully.

If you are seeking premium quality CBD oil that has been methodologically extracted by a well-reputed manufacturing firm and has been 3rd party tested, then you should anticipate a higher priced but superior quality product.

We believe in the old adage that states “you get what you pay for”. We also believe in consuming only high quality, natural, healthy products and do not think it’s worth saving a few dollars to buy cheap, low quality products that may compromise your health and that of your loved ones.

Purchasing high quality CBD oil may not be cheap, but investing in your health and wellbeing far outweighs the expense of chronic illness and disease.

Product FAQs

All Tessera Naturals CBD products are:

  • Broad Spectrum profile…THC free
  • Made with premium grade whole plant hemp extract
  • Made from organically grown non-GMO hemp
  • Made in the USA from farm to bottle
  • Manufactured in a GMP certified FDA registered facility
  • 3rd party tested for content, quality and safety
  • Free of heavy metals, harsh chemicals, solvents or pesticides
  • Legal in all 50 states, 2014/2018 Farm Bill compliant
  • Free shipping in the US
  • 30 day 100% money back guarantee

Lastly, every product you buy from Tessera Naturals helps protect our planet through our partnership with!

See About Us page to read more about how and why we are the number one trusted resource for premium quality CBD products.

All Tessera Naturals products are made from organically grown non-GMO hemp plants grown in Colorado where strict sustainable farming practices are followed.

Our CBD oil is CO2 extracted from hemp resulting in a solvent free, pure extract. CO2 extraction is the gold standard method for creating CBD oil.

The “supercritical” and “subcritical” extraction method puts carbon dioxide under high pressure while maintaining a low temperature. The gas is transformed into a liquid due to the pressure and then passed through the plant material with up to a 90% extraction efficiency. The resulting extract is a highly concentrated, totally pure whole plant extract.

Organic certification is regulated by the USDA. Even though the 2018 Farm Bill has made hemp and hemp derived products federally legal, the USDA has not begun issuing organic certifications to any hemp farms yet.

That being said, hemp is a very hardy plant and many hemp farms use organic processes in growing hemp without the use of pesticides or harsh chemicals.

3rd party lab testing for heavy metals and other toxins is also important since not all hemp farms adhere to the same practices.

Yes, all of our products are gluten free.

All of our products are vegan friendly except our capsules, which are contained in a bovine derived gelatin shell. Also, some feel that beeswax is not vegan friendly, so our CBD salve may not be considered vegan for some consumers.

Note: We are currently in the process of sourcing alternate ingredients in order to provide a vegan based softgel capsule and free of artificial coloring… stay tuned!

Tessera Naturals tinctures are made from the extract of the hemp plant.  Our “Natural” flavor does not contain any external flavors or sweeteners so it has the distinct earthy/grassy flavor of cannabis.

Besides the medicinal effects, the terpenes within the plant are responsible for the unique recognizable aromatic scent of cannabis that many people find calming and enjoyable.

If properly stored, CBD products will remain effective for 24 months or longer.

CBD products should be stored in a cool dry place. Although not necessary, we recommend storing them in the refrigerator to extend shelf life. Always keep CBD products in airtight containers and store them away from direct sunlight and heat.

Purchasing FAQs

Tessera Naturals products are available online at and select retailers. Please use the Contact Us page to inquire about local retailers in your area who carry our products.

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