Frequently
Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at Dr. Phillips.

General Questions

Hemp is part of the Genus Cannabis. Although there are many important substances within the Genus Cannabis, there are two cannabinoids that are the most recognized. They are THC and CBD. It is the TetraHydroCannabinol (THC) that will determine how the plant is classified. It is classified as Hemp if the THC (the psychoactive part) content is less than 0.3%. If it is over that, it is classified as Marijuana. This delineation is important not only clinically but also because it classifies the difference between what plant is considered legal and what plant is not. Under the Farm Bill Act of 2014 and 2018 Hemp is the legal of the two.

CBD oil has many potential benefits and had been shown in clinical trials outside of the United States and observationally within it that it may have a beneficial role in inflammation, anxiety, pain, seizure control, anti-bacterial effect, sleep and IBD.

Terpenes are the essential oils within the plant. They give the plant its notable smell, flavor, and taste but also are known to have certain effects. For example, relaxation and stress relief are typical in linalool rich strains. Linalool is known to carry anti-anxiety, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, linalool can also aid with insomnia due to its sedative nature. Some other notable characteristics is that it may have a calming effect on the body and mind.

A 2003 study suggests linalool contains powerful analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. In 2011, a study conducted on linalool as a potential anti-convulsant shows tremendous promise for seizure related disorders. CBD displays similar anticonvulsant traits, making linalool a vital contributor to the whole plant medicinal effects of cannabis. For more on terpenes please visit our Terpene article.

FECO stands for Full Extract Cannabis Oil. This is where the whole plant and all if its beneficial ingredients are captured within the oil. It is this process that gives the user the maximal health benefit which is referred to as the Entourage Effect. If the strain is not grown, cultivated, harvested, cured, nor the oil is not extracted optimally, the health benefits will be diminished or lost.

With a THC free product the answer would be no. With a Hemp Based CBD product containg up to 0.3% the answer still should be no but studies have shown the possibility if consuming 1000 or more milligrams per day. However, as we can not determine what level a drug test could be sensitive to we would not be able to 100% certainty be able to rule out this small possibility.

Our THC free line contains undetectable amounts of CBD. It would not show up on a drug test.

All mammals have an ECS system located throughout their Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord) and their Immune System. This plays a critical role in our homeostasis which is our equilibrium or body balance.

If the dropper comes into contact with your mouth or you set it on a surface, we would recommend cleaning with an alcohol swab.

Dr. Phillips Formulations products should last 24 months from the date of manufacture as noted in the batch report.

This is the independent lab results on every batch of product we carry. It can be found by looking on the bottle or by using the QR code

The batch report will contain the milligrams of cannabinoids and terpenes. It will also contain a section on residual solvents and pesticides. Additionally, it will also contain sections on mycotoxins, mold, fungus, and heavy metals. All of these reports list actual numbers and where indicated a score of pass or fail based upon safety limits.

The answer is that it may affect the metabolism of some medicines. We are not allowed to give medical advice and if you are seeing a physician who is prescribing you medicines it is important to let them know. There have been many reports of people requiring lowered doses of prescription medicines when starting CBD.

Product Questions: CBD

Each batch may vary slightly but our current tincture has 27.58 mg per dropper (1ml).

There are 30 full droppers per bottle.

This depends on your individual dose. Using one full dropper per day will last one month but it could be longer if you are using less. When starting with anything that may have a range of dosing, one should always try to use the lowest effective amount.

The answer to all of these is yes.

We use MCT oil. There are many health benefits of using MCT oil as the carrier oil.

Product Questions: Muscle and Joint Cream

No. Our blend is Broad Spectrum and THC free.

Our cream contains 5mg of CBD per pump.

Only a thin coat rubbed in well is all that is needed over the desired muscle(s) or joint(s).

The effects will last 4-6 hours and the common recommended schedule is 3-4 times daily.

These are used to create a numbing sensation and will have a quick onset of action. They are used not only for that reason, but also to increase the bioavailability of the other ingredients.

Product Questions: Triple Terpene CBD Gelcaps

Terpenes are GRAS and are known to enhance the effects of CBD. This product may enhance your bodies gut function and has a host of other purported benefits.

Generally Recognized as Safe for human consumption by the FDA.

Product Questions: Vitamins

My patients often ask if I could only choose one supplement to recommend and while I do not like to ignore a complete regimen, the answer is Vitamin D. It is necessary for bone health, brain health, your immune system and has a myriad of other beneficial effects in your body. Because most people do not have time to get out in the sun 30 minutes a day with 40% of their body exposed to sunlight, our society has become deficient. This is why they fortify foods with Vitamin D.

The recommended dose for Vitamin D can range from 800-4000IU per day. The dose may vary between patients but the functional medicine approach usually will recommend getting your blood level to 75. If you have availability of labs you can adjust your dose monthly to achieve this level. I have patients that take 10,000IU per day (5 drops) and some that only take 2. However, if you are not monitoring your labs then 2 drops a day should suffice.

Note many labs put the range of your vitamin D level at 20-50, however functional medicines doctors commonly aim for 75 and many labs are now reporting their normal ranges to be between 20-100.

Do not go over 100!

Don’t worry. It is a fat soluble vitamin which means it is stored in the body. Skipping a day won’t cause deficiency.

YES. This is 1-2 drops per day NOT one to two dropperfuls. If you are monitoring your labs 75 is a goal I aim for but over 100 is too high.

If you have health problems or are on prescription medicines or have liver problems, I would consult you doctor for his recommendation.

Natures anti-inflammatory. There are almost 100,000 studies on curcumin and the benefits of curcumin in inflammation and as an antioxidant.

Turmeric is the plant and the root is ground up to obtain the active extract curcumin.

BCM-95 Studies:

To date, BCM-95 is backed by more than 21 published studies and over 12 years of research conducted around the world. Unlike many commercially available curcumin formulas, the bioavailability, safety, and efficacy of BCM-95 curcumin has been demonstrated in numerous preclinical and human studies. The following areas illustrate the massive body of research behind BCM-95 in relation to common health concerns: colon health[13-17], mood and stress[5,18-20], cognitive health[6], joint health[2,21], urinary health[22], cytokine modulation[23,24], prostate health[25-27], breast health[28], and cardiovascular health.*[29]

As an example of the findings, in an eight-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial (n=56), ingestion of 500 mg BCM-95 twice daily resulted in significant improvements in mood-related parameters during weeks four to eight.[20] These findings are supported by related research into curcumin’s effect on mood.[18,19] In another study, the effects of BCM-95 on joints were evaluated. The BCM-95 group (500 mg for eight weeks) showed the highest percent of improvement in scoring related to joint health and comfort.*[2] In addition to the aforementioned published studies, eight human clinical trials using BCM-95 for periods of 21 days to one year are currently underway at prestigious institutions, including several at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.

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Probiotics are strains of live bacteria and yeast that help to populate your intestines in an effort to bring a balanced flora to your gut and benefit your overall immune system.

The methods of obtaining and delivering the probiotics is of utmost importance. One important way to insure quality is to make sure heat does not kill off the healthy bacteria. Our probiotics are created and stored in a refrigerated warehouse and then specially individually packaged to guarantee the full cfu count promised on the label.

Omega vitamins are helpful for its health benefits in your brain, eyes, heart, and joints.

IFOS stands for the International Fish Oil Society and is a certified to be of the highest quality. It is the standard for all worthwhile omega supplements in the world.

Aside from being IFOS certified. Our omega has three times greater absorption than the equivalent dose of ethyl ester fish oil.

This is the biologically active form of folate(B9) and is added to our methylcobalamin (B-12).

Methylation not only lowers your homocysteine level which has cardiovascular implications but it also produces Glutathione, the Mother of all Anti-Oxidants. It also is needed to produce all of you neurotransmitters (anxiety and depression can result if deficient) and Melatonin (your sleep hormone). In fact there is even a prescription medicine that is just Methyl B9 being used to treat depression.

MTHFR (MethylFolate Reductase) is the enzyme that adds the methyl group to folate to activate it. Some people are geneticallyt predisposed not to convert inactive folate to active or methylfolate.

Metformin and other diabetes medicines can block the absorption of B12.

Most people end up using or receiving the synthetic form of B12 called cyanocobalamin which is not only synthetic but is also not able to be converted to the active form of B12 in certain people. Additionally, taking the B9-B12 daily ensures a constant supply since this is a water soluble vitamin and can be excreted and may work better than shots. It is also less costly and less painful than a shot.

Yes. If you feel a shift from feeling great to feeling anxious, it could be too much B9-B12 which we refer to as overmethylation. A simple lab should give you the answer. Do not take the vitamin on the day of the test.

Adaptogens help promote energy production, stamina, and the management of everyday stressors.

Schisandra Chenensis & Rhodiola Rosea

These strains have shown to have neuro-protective and immune system protective benefits. Help reduce stress and aid in recovery. They also may help with energy production (anti-fatigue).

This can happen to some people but to reduce this make sure it is taken with food as is the recommendation.

Dosing Questions

There is no set does for the milligrams of CBD as each individual is unique.

As a standard we recommend using .50 – 1.0 mL as marked on the dropper.

You may increase by 6 – 7 drops as needed until desired effect.

You may use this once or twice a day and as needed.

Place the drops under your tongue and hold it there for 60 seconds to allow it to enter your body efficiently. (Swallowing the dose still may have an effect, but it has to go through the liver which may blunt that effect and require more use of the product.)

Our dropper is approximately 40 drops per 1 ml (one full dropper as marked). Therefore if you prefer to count drops the starting dose would be ~20 drops. This would equal 12-13mg.

The average daily use for many people is approximately 25mg per day and up to 50mg. However, the average dose for you will be individual to you. In certain conditions (like chronic muscle or joint pain), it may take up to three weeks to get the maximal effect.

In terms of safety there are studies showing 1500mg of CBD in one day (even for 30 days straight) has shown not to be toxic and was well tolerated. (although we do not expect or recommend this dosing).

Per WebMD and NIH: Cannabidiol is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth appropriately in adults. Cannabidiol doses of up to 300 mg daily have been used safely for up to 6 months. Higher doses of 1200-1500 mg daily have been used safely for up to 4 weeks.

Shipping Questions

Currently we ship to anywhere in the continental US. If you live outside of the United States please contact us at cs@DrPhillipsCBD.com and we will reply within one business day.

Your product will be shipped same day on all orders placed before 4:00pm Monday-Friday. Product orders placed after hours or on weekends will be shipped the following business day. Your order should be received within 2-3 business days.

For expedited shipping, please note the options at checkout.

Once placing an order, you should receive a confirmation email with your tracking information within 24 hours.

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