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Frequently Asked Questions

What is CBD?


Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the hemp (C. sativa) plant, and is primarily produced in the “bud” or flower. Cannabinoids are a class of secondary metabolites naturally produced in hemp plants, in addition to various other constituents including aromatic terpenes, fatty acids, flavonoids, minerals and so on. CBD is considered a non-intoxicating cannabinoid, meaning it does not cause the classic “stoned” feeling often associated with its cannabinoid relative, THC.




Is CBD legal?


Yes! Per the updated 2018 Farm Bill, CBD is federally legal in all 50 states provided it is hemp-derived and contains no more than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis. Our full spectrum extract is third party tested, which allows us to maintain compliance with federal and state regulations. That said, we do always advocate for consumers to do their own research to understand the nuances of the CBD and herbal wellness markets.




How much CBD should I take?


While we offer suggested uses for our products, it’s important to recognize that all bodies are different and may experience CBD and other herbs in varying ways. Further, the FDA has not yet described any dosing guidelines for CBD products. That said, we encourage you to start small, such as 5-10mg of our full spectrum oil or a pea-sized amount of our topicals, and be mindful of how you feel. You can always increase as needed.




Can I take CBD with medications or supplements?


We are not licensed medical professionals and cannot advise on potential pharmaceutical or supplement interactions with CBD. We recommend connecting with your prescribing physician or primary care provider to answer these questions. We are happy to provide them with information on our products and cultivation methods as needed.




Can I give CBD to my dog? What about my cat?


Sure can! Dogs and cats (as well as most other mammals) have an endocannabinoid system, just like us two-legged humans. Folks have found CBD supportive for anxious pets as well as those experiencing pain. Our full spectrum hemp seed oil is a wonderful way to administer CBD to your pets, either directly from the dropper or added to their favorite food. Again, it’s important to recognize that every body is different, which means giving smaller doses to our furry friends. Try starting with 5mg. If your pet is currently on other medications or supplements, we suggest touching base with the prescribing veterinarian.




What’s the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil?


Both hemp seed oil and CBD are derived from the hemp plant, but originate from different parts. Hemp seed oil is cold-pressed from seeds and is rich in essential fatty acids like LA, ALA, and GLA but does not contain CBD or other cannabinoids. CBD, along with other plant constituents like terpenes and flavonoids, is extracted from primarily the hemp flower.




What does "full-spectrum" mean?


Full spectrum refers to the least refined extraction of the hemp plant’s constituents. It not only includes CBD, but also a vast spectrum of other constituents including terpenes, flavonoids, fats, and chlorophyll, all of which work in concert with one another having an synergistic effect (aka 'The Entourage Effect'). We strongly believe in working with plants, like hemp, in their whole forms to achieve the greatest therapeutic potential- it’s nature’s design.




What is Regenerative Agriculture?


Regenerative Agriculture is a holistic approach to growing crops that improves the resources it utilizes, such as soil and water, rather than depleting them. It is a cultivation approach that encourages innovation and a deeper connection to the land. Some of the most noteworthy impacts of regenerative agriculture, when done with intention, is its ability to build robust soils, sequester atmospheric carbon, improve water quality, and encourage overall farm resiliency. Additional resources can be found at the following links: https://regenerationinternational.org/why-regenerative-agriculture/ https://rodaleinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/rodale-white-paper.pdf




Is Hillside Botanicals certified organic?


As of 2019 Hillside Botanicals is proud to offer certified organic hemp and medicinal herbs. We’re certified by Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF) and undergo inspections and audits annually to maintain compliance.




Where are Hillside Botanicals' products made?


We are proud to formulate our products in a local cGMP, USDA certified, and FDA inspected facility here in Randolph, VT. Keeping business local is important to us.




Do you offer non-CBD products or custom formulas?


Yes! We currently offer herbal teas, tinctures, and small-batch seasonal offerings using crops sourced from our organic fields and surrounding landscape. We also excited to offer white label services for any of our regular offerings as well as custom formulations for shops, cafes, and special events. Got a project in mind? Please contact us at info@hillsidebotancials.com to start creating with us!




Do you make your own products?


Our products are 100% formulated and handcrafted in house by our cofounder and certified Clinical Herbalist, Sarah. Sarah draws from her education in Western Herbal Traditions, phytochemistry, herbal formulation, and nutrition to develop our products. Many of our products have origins from formulations that were made for friends, family members, or clients that Sarah has worked with - each creation has it's own unique story to share!