frequently asked questions

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 compounds found in the cannabis plant that belong to a class of compounds called cannabinoids.  

What makes Kōkua products different?

Kōkua products are locally crafted by Marie after years of research. Marie and her team utilize only CO2 for extractions, and the CO2 extracts are winterized to perfect the consistency of the final products. Her methods utilize low pressures and temperatures. More specifically, the temperature never exceeds 120F during the CO2 or winterization process. Kōkua products contain terpenes as well as traces of CBDa (the acid form of CBD that converts with heat), which are only preserved when utilizing low temperatures. Preservation of those compounds are not possible with many other popular processing methods (even those that also utilize CO2).

Marie gives her extracts tender love and care! …while some methods involve blasting the compounds with high heat and/or pressure purely for rapid production rates, she prefers a gentle extraction that can require substantially longer run times. She has complete control over her process, and therefore dictates her production speeds, quantities, methods, source for hemp, etc.

After experimenting with various methods, she spared no expense towards developing her preferred methods and final products for Kōkua since the products were originally made for her family and close friends.

What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?

Hemp and marijuana are from the same plant family, though their chemical composition is different. Specifically, the amount of tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC), which is responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana, is the main differentiator. Hemp plants contain 0.3% THC or less, while average marijuana can contain between 5-20% THC  and even more for premium buds. The level of THC is what differentiates the plants and dictates the regulations per region/country. 

Is CBD derived from marijuana the same as cbd derived from hemp?

Yes. The compound is the same whether derived from hemp or marijuana. The CBD in Kōkua products is derived from hemp that is grown specifically for high CBD content. The CBD content in marijuana is low relative to high CBD hemp varieties, as it is a producer of high levels of THC.

What is full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate?

A full spectrum product mimics the cannabinoid profile of the hemp plant that enters the extraction process and will, therefore, contain traces of terpenes and accessory cannabinoids (such as CBC, CBG, CBN,CBDV, etc.) in addition to CBD. Full spectrum products contain traces of THC less than 0.3%. Full spectrum products are responsible for the “entourage effect,” in which original compounds from the plant work together with your Endocannabinoid system (ECS) to amplify the therapeutic effects of CBD. 

Broad spectrum refers to the removal of one or more cannabinoids during the extraction process. Broad spectrum products can mimic but not closely replicate the cannabinoid profile of the input biomass. Typically, this process involves the removal of THC. Broad spectrum products contain traces of various cannabinoids, but not all. 

Isolate refers to a product that results from complete isolation of a compound, usually CBD. All other compounds (trace cannabinoids, terpenes, etc.) from the input biomass are removed during this extraction process. 

Marie focuses on bringing you the best full spectrum products she can make after years of extraction research. Her extraction methods were developed with the goal of replicating the input hemp biomass to stay as close to what nature intended as possible. While broad spectrum and isolate products have an important place in the industry, especially when it comes to studying the benefits of each individual compound, full spectrum is shown to provide the best results in the studies conducted thus far.

will cbd oil cause me to fail a drug test?

Full spectrum Kōkua products naturally contain the legal trace amount of THC, less than 0.3%. The THC traces may be detectable on a drug test. If drug testing is a concern, be sure to have a conversation with the one requesting the test. If you are drug tested by your employer, physician’s office, or another party, be sure to consult with them before taking this product.

Is cbd psychoactive?

No, CBD does not have psychoactive effects and will not cause the “high” associated with high levels of THC, such as those in marijuana. Studies examining the protective effects of CBD have shown that CBD can actually counteract adverse psychoactive effects of THC. [1]

Will cbd interact with prescription medication?

CBD interacts with your Endocannabinoid system (ECS), which works through receptors in your body in attempt to achieve homeostasis (natural,  healthy balance). Studies need to be carried out to determine how CBD interacts with specific medications. We urge you to consult with your physician before taking any CBD oil so they can work with you to monitor your physiology.

How Do you use cbd oil?

There are various types of CBD products on the market, and the suggested use can vary. Kōkua Drops should be taken sublingually for optimal absorption. Dosage may be unique to your body. Therefore, start at a low dose and slowly increase until you find your desired balance. Kōkua topical products are for external use and should be applied topically to the skin. Keep topical products away from the eyes and mouth. Do not use topical products on damaged or broken skin. 

What exactly is in each product?

The total amount of CBD is listed on the label of each Kōkua product, as well as all ingredients that make up the product formula. CBD packaging can vary in size, and the best way to compare concentration and dosage is to determine the mg/mL (tinctures) or mg/g (salve or balm). For example, take the total amount of CBD in the bottle (for example 1000mg) and divide it by the total volume of the bottle (30mL) to determine the strength (33.4mg/mL) of the Drops. A full dropper is approximately one milliliter (1 mL). Kōkua drops feature a graduated pipette dropper with indicators for precise dosing. To determine the accessory cannabinoid content and profile, view the third party potency test tied to the batch. The hemp in Kōkua products is grown using organic methods on Round Hill Farm in Crestwood KY. The hemp biomass is purity tested by a third party to verify it has not been exposed to pesticides prior to entering the extraction process.

Each batch of Kōkua products is third party tested to verify potency and purity. The Certificate of Analyses (COAs) for each batch are provided under the description on each product page. View the potency reports to see what traces of cannabinoids are present in the product. Third party purity analyses are assessed for the following: Pesticides, Heavy metals, Residual solvents, E. Coli, Salmonella, Bacteria, Yeast, Mold, and Mycotoxins. 

Is CBD legal?

Yes; with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, the agricultural growth and cultivation of hemp is now legal in all 50 states.


The information provided is what Kōkua can suggest and share with you based on current research and industry regulations. Kōkua cannot diagnose, cure, treat, or cure any conditions, nor can Kōkua make specific claims as to what the products may do for you. Consult with your doctor before trying CBD products. There is new, exciting information emerging everyday [2-4]! Therefore, we encourage you to conduct your own research as to how it may be beneficial for you specifically. 


1. Niesink, R.J.M. and M.W. van Laar, Does Cannnabidiol Protect Against Adverse  Psychological Effects of THC? Frontiers in Psychiarty, 2013. 4: p.130.

2. Satrum, A.G., F.S. Guimaraes, and S.R. Joca, Antidepressant-like effect of cannabidiol injection into the ventral medial prefrontal cortext-Possible involvement of 5-HT1A and CB1 receptors. Behav Brain Res, 2016. 303: p. 218-27.

3. Campos, A.C., et al., Multiple mechanisms involved in the large-spectrum therapeutic potential of cannabidiol in psychiatric disorders.. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2012. 367(1607): p. 3364-3378.

4. Iffland, Kerstin and Franjo Grotenhermen. “An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol: A Review of Clinical Data and Relevant Animal Studies”Cannabis and cannabinoid research vol. 2,1 139-154. 1 Jun. 2017, doi:10.1089/can.2016.0034