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If you live with a chronic condition like anxiety, insomnia, or pain, then you may have come across CBD in your search for alternative care.

Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is a popular health and wellness remedy. CBD is one of over a hundred chemical compounds, called cannabinoids, that are naturally found in the cannabis plant.

Unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the most well-known psychoactive cannabinoid — CBD does not produce the “high” associated with cannabis consumption. If you want the health benefits of the cannabis plant without the mental effects of getting “stoned,” CBD may be a solution.

In addition to several evidence-backed benefits of CBD, in one study of 253 participants, 59% of people reported that CBD helped their pain.

Positive reviews about CBD motivate some people to explore over-the-counter (OTC) products, like those at Mission Farms, that claim to offer better alternatives to prescription medications to people living with chronic pain.

Some ingredients in Mission Farms CBD products may aid in relieving pain and stress, and improving sleep. Others are not recommended for ingestion.

CBD products available at Mission Farms are not FDA-regulated, and there’s a lack of evidence that the non-CBD ingredients are effective for treating health issues in humans.

Here’s what else you need to know before you try these CBD products.

Located in Bend, Oregon, Mission Farms was founded in 2018 and is a health product manufacturer that uses CBD. The company farms its plants in the “Napa Valley of Hemp.”

Mission Farms positions its CBD products to relieve issues like discomfort, inflammation, stress, insomnia, skin rashes, and more. According to their website, Mission Farms provides CBD solutions for “every member of your family.”

The company also donates its CBD products to Central Oregon Veterans Outreach.

There are several factors to consider before you decide to purchase and consume any CBD product.

To start, you might wonder if CBD is even legal in your state. The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the legal definition of cannabis. While hemp and cannabis are the same species of plant, hemp plants contain less than 0.3% THC. Cannabis plants containing more than 0.3% THC are still federally illegal.

Be sure to check your state’s laws. Some states have passed laws that enable cannabis use medically and/or recreation, while it is still illegal in others.

CBD may also affect your employment eligibility. While CBD does not typically show up on drug tests, one study shows that CBD products available online contain small amounts of THC.

If you choose to consume an undermarked product or a product tested in an unreliable manner, traces of THC can possibly show up in a drug test — resulting in a positive drug test.

According to the FDA, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not consume CBD.

All of the Mission Farms products contain CBD. But not all CBD products are created equal. Some products are pure isolated CBD, while others contain a mix of other cannabinoids, including THC.

Theories like the entourage effect claim that THC and CBD work best when taken together, along with other organic cannabis plant compounds called terpenes.

Mission Farms claims that combining CBD with other cannabinoids like CBC (Cannabichromene) and CBG (Cannabigerol) are better than CBD alone. There is insufficient medical evidence in humans to support these claims.

Many of the CBD products from Mission Farms have a COA (certificate of analysis), which means they are third-party tested by a lab not invested in the product.

However, Mission Farms does not include COA results for some products, while others do not specify results for heavy metals and molds.

Additionally, Mission Farms adds essential oils — like peppermint and rosemary — to its CBD products. Healthline does not recommend that you ingest essential oils. A chemical reaction can occur in the digestive system that can cause symptoms of poisoning such as diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and neurologic disturbances.

While a review of clinical studies shows that CBD is generally considered to be safe, other research shows that some people may experience side effects, including fatigue, diarrhea, changes in appetite, and changes in weight.

It’s a good idea to talk with your doctor before trying CBD, especially if you’re taking any medications. A review of studies shows that CBD may interact with some medications.

Use caution when consuming CBD products by mouth alongside high fat meals. According to one study, high fat meals can dramatically increase CBD blood concentrations, which can increase the risk of side effects.

You should not take CBD and drive. CBD can cause lethargy and sleepiness. These factors led the FDA to caution against the consumption of CBD before operating a motor vehicle.

Mission Farms offers a Full-spectrum CBD oil for pets, which does contain trace amounts of THC. Unfortunately, THC is toxic to dogs, cats, and horses.

Even though CBD products contain less than 0.3% THC, if your pet takes a high enough dose, they may take in enough THC for it to be toxic.

Talk with your veterinarian before giving your pet CBD, and keep any CBD products out of reach.

Whether or not it’s your first time using CBD, finding the right dosage is more difficult than it sounds. Since the FDA does not regulate OTC CBD products, there are not any evidence-based dosage guidelines. Always talk with your doctor before taking CBD.

If your doctor does not provide a recommended dosage, you can start with a small dose and gently increase it as needed.

The amount of CBD you should take depends on several factors like your body weight, the condition you’re treating, and the concentration of CBD in each product. CBD products vary significantly in concentration and type.

That means you can take CBD in different ways. Missions Farms offers CBD oils, topicals, gummies, mints, and bath products.

Gummies, oils, and mints tell you how much CBD is in a single serving. For example, the packaging on Mission Farms mints indicates that there is 20 milligrams (mg) of CBD per mint.

Topicals and bath products can be more difficult to dose if the packaging specifies the total amount of CBD in the entire product, but not the amount in a single dose.

For example, Mission Farms bath soak contains 175 mg of CBD in 3.5 ounces. That means you can expect an average of 50 mg of CBD per ounce of product.

A dry ounce is equivalent to 2 tablespoons. So, if you want 25 mg of CBD bath product, you should use 1 tablespoon.

The price depends on the type of product you buy, and the amount of it. For example, the smallest bottle of Mission Farms CBD oil costs $25.00. You can purchase a trial size package of the same size oils for $85.00. That means you can save $3.50 per bottle.

Here are the typical price ranges for standard Mission Farms CBD products:

  • Oils: $25.00–$109.00
  • Topicals: $20.00–$79.00
  • Mints: $15.00–$39.00
  • Gummies: $69.00–$115.00
  • Bath products: $20.00–$39.00

There do not appear to be any pending lawsuits against Mission Farms CBD. Mission Farms has not received a warning letter from the FDA.

While Mission Farms does use third-party testing, some products do not include COA results. Others do not specify results for heavy metals and molds.

Additionally, the COA for the THC-Free Pure CBD Oil is more than 1 year old (date sampled 2/17/20) and the company does not provide expiration dates.

Mission Farms CBD is not a Better Business Bureau accredited business.

There’s a 30-day, money-back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with your purchase for any reason, or you find a damaged product, Mission Farms will replace it or grant you a store credit.

If you’re unhappy with the product, simply return it for a full refund. If your product broke during shipping, you must email a photo of the damaged or broken product, inside the shipping box in which it was shipped.

The company offers free shipping on orders over $75 in the United States or military locations. Additionally, you can save 15% and get free shipping when you enroll in Subscribe and Save.

Reviews for Mission Farms are largely positive. Most of the ratings on the Mission Farms website and Google are five stars. There are some 1-star reviews, but they are over a year old. The bulk of recent customer comments are reassuring.

One user says, “I really like it! It helps me sleep pain-free.”

However, an independent review site shows a user review of 2.38 out of 5 stars, based on 13 customer reviews. Additionally, one consumer recently left a comment on Brand Reviews saying, “These mints left a bad ‘aftertaste’ in my mouth.”

Other CBD product options:

  • CBDfx sells a variety of CBD products. CBDfx is accredited with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A + BBB rating. Read our full review.
  • cbdMD offers a range of CBD products. cbdMD is not accredited with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and has a C + BBB rating. Read our full review.
  • CBDistillery sells CBD oil products. CBDistillery is not accredited with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). In 2019, CBDistillery’s parent company achieved self-affirmed generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status through an independent review by toxicologists. Read our full review.

Is CBD legal?

Hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3% THC) are legal at the federal level but are still illegal under some state laws.

Is CBD safe while breastfeeding?

The FDA does not recommend the use of CBD for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Can CBD products be sold as dietary supplements?

The FDA has concluded that CBD products do not fit the definition of a dietary supplement definition.

Will I fail a drug test if I take CBD?

While CBD alone will not cause you to fail a drug test, products that contain THC, like full-spectrum CBD, can result in a positive test for THC.

CBD seems to have a lot of promise, but a lack of federal regulation makes it difficult to locate vetted products. If you still decide to try it, here’s what to keep in mind.

It’s a good idea to talk with your doctor before trying CBD, especially if you’re taking any medications.

Be sure to check your state’s laws. Your local legislature will affect what CBD products you can legally access.

Is CBD legal?The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the legal definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. This made some hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3 percent THC federally legal. However, CBD products containing more than 0.3 percent THC still fall under the legal definition of marijuana, making them federally illegal but legal under some state laws. Be sure to check state laws, especially when traveling. Also, keep in mind that the FDA has not approved nonprescription CBD products, and some products may be inaccurately labeled.

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