Frequently Asked Questions 

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What is CBD?


One of our most frequently asked questions is also one of the most important: what exactly is CBD? CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, is one of the more than 100 compounds naturally produced by hemp plants and related species. 


These compounds are called cannabinoids, and can interact with our bodies’ endocannabinoid systems and fulfill a broad range of potential functions. Currently, extensive research is searching for how cannabinoids may be helpful for optimal wellness and their potential application for various medical conditions. 


CBD, in particular, is a highly-desirable cannabinoid for many consumers because it is non-psychoactive. This means that it does not produce the same intoxicating effects often associated with cannabis consumption.

Is CBD the same thing as marijuana?


A common area of confusion is how CBD is or is not related to cannabis and what that means for the CBD consumer. CBD is not the same thing as marijuana or cannabis; there are distinct differences that are very important to understand.


Cannabis is the name of a genus of plants, which includes the marijuana and hemp species. Marijuana and hemp are legally recognized as two different plants, due largely to the differences in their chemical makeup. Hemp, the source of all Carrie’s Essentials products, is rich in CBD and contains 0.3% or less THC (as required by law). In contrast, marijuana contains significantly higher concentrations of THC, the cannabinoid that produces psychoactive effects.

What makes Carrie’s Essentials the best CBD in the industry?


As the CBD industry grows by leaps and bounds, you will find many brands and retailers promising to provide you with the very best CBD-infused products. However, Carrie’s Essentials truly fulfills that promise by crafting products according to the highest standards of excellence.


Our products are made using 100% organic American-grown hemp, cultivated consciously with a focus on safety and quality. Carrie’s Essentials uses only broad-spectrum CBD oil, providing you with a complete profile of cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes for synergistic wellness.

Additionally, our THC-free CBD oils give you the peace of mind of knowing exactly what to expect from your CBD experience. We conduct professional-level lab testing to confirm that there is no detectable THC in our products. One of our unique aspects is you can match the batch number of the product you buy with the lab test. Absolute proof of the purity and level of active ingredients.


Carrie’s Essentials truly believes in the potential for CBD to enhance your sense of well-being, but we are just as passionate about ensuring that you can make informed decisions to suit your lifestyle. Therefore, you can always trust us to be completely transparent about the contents and quality of our products, as well as the extensive third-party testing we are committed to.

What is the story of Carrie's Essentials?


Named for a beloved mother and grandmother, Carrie’s Essentials is a family-owned and operated company. Every single decision we make for the brand and business seeks to carry on the legacy of Carrie, abiding by the same codes of character that she lived by every day. We take great pride in being a Black-owned business, paving our own path through a highly competitive and fast-moving industry.

How long will it take to receive my purchased item(s)?

Here at Carrie’s Essentials, we understand that receiving your products promptly is one of your top priorities. We use USPS Priority Shipping, so you can expect to see your item(s) arrive in about 2-3 business days. More information about shipping timelines can be found here, on our Shipping and Returns page.

Does Carrie’s Essentials ship to all 50 states?


Currently, we ship to 44 of the 50 United States. At this time, we are unable to ship products to Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, New Hampshire, or South Dakota.

Does Carrie’s Essentials accept returns?


Yes, we accept returns within 14 days. We will refund your original form of payment for the price paid, not including the cost of shipping. Additionally, we will also offer exchanges for defective or damaged items at no extra charge.


If you need to arrange a return or exchange, please click here for more details.

Get Answers to All Your CBD Questions Now


We take our role as educators, innovators, and advocates just as seriously as our role as a CBD provider. Therefore, helping you understand how CBD can serve you and enhance your sense of wellbeing is - and always will be - extremely important to us.


Carrie's follows the rigorous standards of pharmaceutical products and food. Carrie’s Corner wellness webinars are available for viewing on our YouTube channel.


If our CBD FAQs didn’t address a question you have in mind, the knowledgeable team at Carrie’s Essentials is more than happy to help. In addition to our experienced customer service team, we also have two medical partners available for telehealth consultations.

Contact us for more information about CBD, our products, and related topics, and let us guide you towards your best-fit CBD journey starting today! You can also call us at 844-762-2774 and one of our staff will be happy to help you.

A List of CBD Oil Products


To summarize, there are a variety of products which contain varying levels of CBD as well as other cannabinoids and terpenes.


Hemp seed oil — Oil produced from hemp seeds, does not contain CBD.


Raw industrial hemp extract — A low-quality source of CBD oil.


Raw PCR hemp extract — A high-quality, full or broad spectrum product which is rich in CBD and contains the naturally occurring compounds in hemp, including cannabinoids and terpenes.


CBD concentrate or distillate — A full spectrum or broad spectrum product from which unwanted compounds have been removed.


CBD isolate — Purified CBD that does not contain other beneficial terpenes and cannabinoids.


CBD-rich oil/Phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) — Either full spectrum or broad spectrum CBD concentrate or oil infused with CBD concentrate.


Broad spectrum oil — An oil rich in CBD and the beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes present in hemp EXCEPT for THC.


CBD-infused — Generally refers to a product infused with pure CBD, but is also used sometimes to refer to a full spectrum product.


Does CBD Oil Get You High?

No, it should not. Properly produced CBD oil from hemp does not contain THC in high enough concentrations to cause a high.


THC acts upon particular receptors in the brain, which changes brain chemistry and therefore alters consciousness. CBD does not trigger these receptors. In fact, it may actually prevent them from reacting to


THC and thus minimize its effects.

CBD oils produced by some manufacturers can contain trace amounts of THC. Carrie's Essentials products, however, are produced using a technology that extracts THC while leaving the other cannabinoids and terpenes intact.


It’s important to note that all human bodies are different and, if taking extremely large amounts of a product, CBD may cause drowsiness.


What Are the Side Effects of CBD Oil?

While pharmaceutical drugs are often developed to target particular bodily systems and provide particular effects, Mother Nature is not always so exacting.


The effects of organic compounds can be many and can vary from person to person. Oftentimes herbal compounds can have both desired effects and unwanted effects. We call these unwanted effects adverse side effects.


In order to determine if an effect is an adverse side effect, you need to know what the desired effects are. The effects which are desired by one user may not be desired by another user.


Let’s look at an example of how CBD might work differently for different people. Some people use CBD oil in order to support a good night of rest but may also feel drowsiness during the day. If you want to feel awake during the day, as most do, feeling sleepy would be an unwanted side effect.


Will CBD Make Me Drowsy?

CBD has what are called biphasic properties. We’ll discuss this more in chapter 4, but this just means that CBD oil may have different effects depending on the serving. Taken in nominal servings, CBD is unlikely to cause drowsiness. However, taken in higher servings, there is the potential that it could cause drowsiness.


Alcohol is a perfect example of a substance with biphasic properties. Below a certain blood level, alcohol provides a stimulating effect and can make its user more active and social, while larger amounts of alcohol can have a depressant effect resulting in unconsciousness.


Can I Give My Pet CBD Oil?

Yes, high-quality CBD is safe for pets. However, the size and activity level of your pet will determine the optimal serving size. Pets can range in weight from under a pound for rodents to many hundreds of pounds for animals such as horses. Some pets are pretty much sedentary and don’t get much exercise, while others are highly active and have a much higher metabolism. It’s a good idea to talk with a veterinarian who is familiar with CBD’s uses before you give your pet CBD in the form of CBD Dog TreatsCBD Oil Tincture for Pets, or CBD Oil for dogs.