CBD 101

What is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol.  It is a chemical compound, called a cannabinoid, that can be found in both the cannabis plant and the hemp plant. According to the 2018 Farm Bill, the federal government classifies the difference between hemp and cannabis by its THC content. THC is a cannabinoid like CBD, but, unlike THC, CBD does not get you high.  As long as a plant contains less than .3% THC, it is considered to be hemp and legal in all 50 states.

CBD is sold as a health supplement.  It is believed to give your immune system a boost and to be good for things like pain, anxiety, and inflammation.

So, CBD won’t get me high?!

Nope!  CBD does have psychoactive properties. But only a calming effect, and some will say that CBD can improve focus.  CBD does not have an intoxicating effect.  Meaning it will not get you high like THC.  We only sell products that have less than .3% THC at Chillum.  If you require a high THC for medical purposes, feel free to come into the store and we will be happy to recommend a cannabis doctor for you.

CBD affects the same system of the body that THC does, the endocannabinoid system, but it does so in a different way.  CBD actually blocks the receptors that THC binds to, which ultimately results in its medicinal benefits and the “high” affects.  That means that CBD not only doesn’t get you “high”, but it prevents you from getting you high.

What is Hemp?

As stated above, according to our federal government, hemp is a plant that contains less than .3% THC. There are 2 main types of hemp:

Industrial Hemp

As its name suggests, this hemp is grown for industrial purposes.  Although similar in genetics to cannabis, it grows quite different than the plant.  It is grown primarily for its long stalk and its seeds, rather than its flower.  The industrial purposes of this plant are vast. Including but not limited to: textiles, plastics, concrete, fuel, etc..

Phytocannabinoid Rich (PCR) Hemp

This is where hemp-based CBD comes from. PCR Hemp smells and looks just like cannabis.  The only difference is cannabinoid levels. Because PCR Hemp contains less than .3% THC it is considered to be a different plant by law. Every good CBD product on the market is derived from this type of hemp, and everything you can do with cannabis you can do with PCR Hemp.  Meaning you can smoke it, infuse it into edibles, process it into a concentrate, make a tincture of it, etc.. You can even make pet products out of it!

What is CBD Good For?

The only CBD medication that is currently FDA approved is Epidiolex.  It was approved for certain types of epilepsy.  But many people swear that CBD helps them for a number of other reasons.  CBD is believed to be good for pain, anxiety, and inflammation.  It is also believed to provide a bit of a boost to the immune system.

What are the Benefits of CBD?

The only CBD product that the FDA has approved for medical use is a product by GW Pharmaceuticals called Epidiolex. This product is used to treat certain types of epilepsy.

There is a large amount of anecdotal evidence that shows what CBD may be helpful for.

Here are some common uses for CBD:

  • Inflammation
  • Pain Relief
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Sleep Aid
  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Muscle Spasms/ Seizures/ Tremors

People with the following conditions have found CBD to be useful:

  • Inflammatory Disease
  • Parkinson’s
  • Crohn’s
  • Diabetes
  • PTSD
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart Disease
  • Autism/ ADHD

These products are not FDA approved and we are not claiming that CBD Can cure or treat any of the conditions mentioned on this website.

Federal Government Patent #6630507

Originally filled on 4/21/1998, Patent #6630507 is held by the US Federal Government and claims the use for “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants”. It specifically states CBD as a “non psychoactive cannabinoid” that is useful to “avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses”.

What does this mean? Not only does the Federal Government admit that CBD doesn’t get you high, but it is useful to protect your brain and cells, but they own the rights to it!

CBD Dosage: How Much Should You Take?

The amount of CBD you should take depends on a range of factors:

  • your body weight
  • what you are taking CBD for
  • your individual body chemistry
  • your tolerance to cannabinoids
  • the severity of the situation
  • the concentration of the CBD you are taking
  • full spectrum vs isolate

It is important to consult with your hemptender before trying CBD.

Self Titration

Since there are so many variables to consider when considering your dose of CBD, it normally ends up becoming a bit of an experimentation process. This process is called self titration. It is a general rule to start with a small dose of CBD and work your way up.

This could mean starting with a dose of 10-20 mg of CBD a day and, after a week, increasing the dose by 5 mg.

CBD is non-intoxicating (doesn’t get you stoned) and is a very safe and natural substance. The purpose of starting small and working your way up is important because the body can develop a tolerance to cannabinoids. In order to get the most out of CBD you should take as little as possible to get the desired effects.

Delivery Method

In order to self titrate, it is important to understand how the different delivery methods affect the body. For example, feeling the effects of CBD by smoking Hemp Flower kicks in very differently than eating a CBD edible.

  • Inhaling CBD
    • Smoking or Vaping
    • Normally “kicks in” right away or 2 – 3 min
    • Impossible to figure out how many mg taken. Some of the CBD burn up, some is exhalled, etc. Since the effects “kick in” right away people don’t normally “take too much”.
  • Edibles
    • “Kick in” anywhere from 45 min – 2 hours.
    • Absorption rate: about 60%
    • Easy to decipher how many mg consumed.
  • Sublingual Drops
    • Meant to be dropped under the tongue, held there for several min, and swallowed. If done correctly effects could “kick in” in about 20 -30 min.
    • Very easy to decipher how many mg consumed.
  • Topical
    • Normally a lotion, cream, or balm.
    • Does not enter blood stream.
    • Non-psychoactive / does not affect mood.
    • Normally used to help with pain or inflammation.
    • Effects “kick in” very quickly…. 1 to 2 min

Understanding these different methods of ingestion can help speed up the long and slow self titration process.

Is CBD Legal?

Legality of CBD Derived From Hemp

This can be a bit confusing. By law, CBD is legal if it is derived from the hemp plant.  According to federal law, hemp is defined as a cannabis plant that contains less than .3% Delta -9 THC. Delta-9 THC is the molecule that is responsible for the intoxicating effects of cannabis. On the contrary, CBD derived from cannabis, with high levels of THC, is illegal according to federal law and in many states.  Medical and adult use marijuana programs are set up in states allowing for high THC cannabis.

There are Two Types of Legal CBD

Medical Marijuana

If the plant in question contains more than .3% THC then it is cannabis and is only available in a State that allows for its sale and possession. Florida allows for cannabis to be purchased and possessed for medical purposes. There are strains of cannabis that are high in CBD. The medical uses of these strains are vast and useful. If you qualify for medical marijuana in Florida and are able to legally purchase cannabis for medical purposes, then these high CBD cannabis strains will be very useful for their medical purposes.

Phytocannabinoid Rich (PCR) Hemp

This is the most readily available way to purchase CBD. PCR Hemp is legally available for sale and possession in all 50 states. As long as the plant contains less than .3% THC it is legal.  However, it looks and smells just like cannabis.  The two are almost indistinguishable to the naked eye.  The only way to tell is to have the products cannabinoid ratios tested.

Legalization of Hemp

On February 7th, 2014 the federal government took the first step to making Hemp an agricultural commodity for the US. President Obama signed the Farm Bill into law, which made hemp legal in the US. In the Farm Bill’s Section 7606 of the act titled, “Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research”, defines hemp as a cannabis plant that contains less than .3% Delta-9 THC.

The bill was passed again in 2018, and this time it removed CBD from the hemp plant off the controlled substance list.  This removed any “gray area” from the legality of CBD derived from hemp. 

The only issue with hemp is where it is grown. For it to be grown legally it must be grown in a state that has legalized the growing of hemp.  These are called hemp pilot programs! Florida has recently passed a hemp pilot program and will be implementing it soon.

However, CBD that has been sourced from a state that has a pilot program is legal for sale and possession in Florida.

Will I Fail a Drug Test?

There are two main types of CBD Products.  That is Full Spectrum and Isolate products.  Full spectrum products contain .3% Delta-9 THC and Isolate products contain no Delta-9 THC. 

Full Spectrum

These products are made with the purely extracted oil from the hemp plant.  That means that they contain the “full spectrum” of the components of the hemp plant.  They not only are rich in CBD but are they contain other cannabinoids (including that .3% THC) and terpenes derived from the plant.  These products are the best CBD products available.  This is because you aren’t just using CBD to provide those medicinal benefits. All the components of the plant have something they are useful for and they all work together to provide the medicinal benefits.


However, some people just don’t want to consume THC.  It doesn’t matter why… your religion, your personal beliefs, etc..  Although the full spectrum products provide better medicinal benefits, it is impossible to enjoy the benefits of CBD with no THC.  If that is what you are looking for then Isolate products are for you.  Isolate products are made from deriving the CBD out of the full spectrum hemp oil. Isolate looks like a white powder after it is extracted.  This powder might be added to MCT oil to make a tincture or to a lotion formula to make a topical.

For Chillum CBD Dispensary to guarantee that these products won’t make you fail a drug test brings a lot of liability to the company.  Drug test test for THC in your bloodstream. Also, many drug tests are inaccurate. Because full spectrum products contain trace amounts of THC, we will not guarantee that these products will come up negative.  The way it works is the THC stores itself in your fat cells, and even though those trace amounts are next to nothing, they can build up over time.  If this buildup occurs, you can fail a test.

Isolate product should have no THC and would be safer for someone who has to take a drug test.

However, the customer has to take these products at their own risk.

Does CBD Get You High?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid found in both the cannabis and hemp plant. Cannabis gets you “high”. The reason cannabis gets you “high” is because it contains a high amount of the cannabinoid Delta-9 THC.  It is not our intention to downplay the medicinal benefits of THC.  Many states, including Florida, have legalized cannabis due to the medicinal benefits of THC.  However, the fact remains, it gets you stoned!

CBD does have psychoactive properties, but it is non intoxicating. Meaning, CBD doesn’t get you “high”. It does have calming properties, and many people claim it helps them focus. But it does this without producing any euphoric effects.

Although CBD doesn’t get you “high” it does have calming effects and it can help improve focus.

CBD and THC are both cannabinoids.  Meaning they affect the endocannabinoid system.  This is a system, in the body, that is responsible for the regulation of body function.  CBD and THC both interact with the endocannabinoid system but in different ways.

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

The ECS is a system in the body known for regulating bodily functions. There is still much to learn about the ECS, but we know that it is a system of receptors found throughout the body.  The system is composed of endocannabinoid receptors and endocannabinoids.  The body produces these endocannabinoids, when needed, to regulate the immune system, sleep, mood, appetite, and much more. Plants also produce cannabinoids, known as phytocannabinoids.  These phytocannabinoids can be primarily found in the cannabis and hemp plant.  It is possible to supplement the endocannabinoid system with phytocannabinoids, such as THC and CBD. So far, we know that the endocannabinoid system is primarily made up of CB1 and CB2 receptors.

THC binds to CB1 receptors, which are primarily found in the brain. CBD primarily interacts with CB2 receptors, which are primarily found in the immune system. CBD does have an affect on CB1 receptors, but not in the same way as THC does.  CBD will actually block other cannabinoids from binding to CB1 receptors.  Since THC causes the “high” associated with cannabis by binding to CB1 receptors, CBD actually prevents the “high” produced by THC by blocking it from binding to these receptors.

Why Choose CBD at Chillum?

The CBD craze has hit Florida hard. You can purchase CBD products almost anywhere. There are a number of reason why you should choose Chillum for all your CBD needs. Not only were we the first CBD Dispensary in the Tampa Bay area, see the video below, but we take great pride in what we do. We offer a vast selection of high quality CBD products and accessories. Our staff is highly trained and provides the best customer service around. That being said let’s get into it:

Full Spectrum and Isolate Products Available

The different between Full Spectrum CBD and Isolate CBD is simple.  Isolate products contain only CBD while Full Spectrum products contain the full extract hemp oil.  Full spectrum products are the products that contain less than .3% Delta 9 THC, while isolate products boast that they contain no THC. Full spectrum products provide more medicinal benefits than isolate products due to the presence of other cannabinoids.  These cannabinoids (CBN, CBG, THCV, etc.) not only provide their own medicinal benefits but work together with the CBD to provide more benefits.  We are very proud to provide our customers with Full Spectrum products.

Some people just don’t want to consume the trace amounts of THC. This could be for several reasons, but it doesn’t matter why, some people just don’t want the THC.  Although full spectrum products provide more benefits, we also provide isolate product (no THC) for people who can benefit from CBD and don’t want any of the THC.


Wide Selection

Some CBD stores provide only one brand of CBD.  That is because the store is owned by the CBD line.  This provides the customer a limited selection. We not only offer both isolate and full spectrum products at Chillum, but we also provide a number of different brands and delivery methods to make sure that no matter what the customer’s preference is, we have something for them. We offer everything from CBD Hemp flower, vapes, concentrates, edibles, capsules, sublingual drops, and topicals.  We even have CBD for pets!  Bear in mind, under each one of those categories we offer several different CBD brands to choose from.

We Research Our Products

CBD is not regulated by the FDA.  Many CBD brands can have harmful chemicals in them.  Some might not even have CBD in them.  Due to a lack of regulation in this business anyone can open a CBD company and do whatever they want with the brand.  Since we started doing this we’ve heard a number of horror stories of what many companies try to pass off as CBD. Not only do we only carry well known and reliable brands of CBD but we even go a step further, with our partnership with Canaveral Labs, and provide 3rd party Certificates of Analysis of our hemp flower.

Well Trained Staff

Here is our Hemptender Johana! She earned 100% on her 1st training test!

The people who work at Chillum are not just gas station attendants or head shop clerks.  They are certified Hemptenders.  That means, in order to work at Chillum CBD, they need to study and pass a certification program that ensures the staff is knowledgeable on CBD, other cannabinoids, terpenoids, dosing, methods of ingestion, and how all these things relate to the human body. Not to mention, they are kind, courteous, and provide the best customer service available.


We are one of the few CBD companies that provide CBD Dabs directly into the shop.  A CBD Dab is a quick and easy way to vaporize a large amount of CBD at one time.  We are very proud that we provide this profound service.  This may sound silly at first, but the truth is we help with people’s pain and anxiety right in the shop.  It is a common occurrence to visit Chillum and find relief right in the store.

Premium Phytocannabinoid Rich Hemp Flower

Here is the thing about Phytocannabinoid Rich (PCR) Hemp Flower.  It looks just like cannabis. But if the Delta-9 THC levels are below .3% it is 100% legal.  Many stores choose not to offer flower because they are afraid.  They don’t want their CBD business to be associated with marijuana culture.

We at Chillum CBD Dispensary believe in the medicinal benefits of both cannabis and hemp. We sell hemp but don’t want to downplay the medicinal benefit of cannabis.  Cannabis is a medicine by the constitution of the State of Florida, and we don’t want to judge how people medicate.  We also want to make sure we provide all methods of ingestion for CBD.  We not only provide High Quality PCR Hemp Flower but we also make sure to provide 3rd party Certificates of Analysis for each strain we carry, and it is sold in compliance with Florida regulations.

Premium Smoking Products and Accessories

In addition to our CBD products we also offer several high-quality accessories to consume these products.  We offer premium functional glass art, vaporizers, containers, smell proof bags, grinders, and apparel.  Not only can you get your CBD here, but you can also purchase everything you need to consume it.