Hemp, CBD, & Infused Coffees and Teas:
Frequently Asked Questions
What is CBD (Cannabidiol)?
CBD is a naturally occurring phytocannabinoid (chemical compound of the Cannabis plant) found in hemp that has no psychoactive effects. Hemp is legal to grow domestically under the 2014 US Farm Bill and subsequent 2014 Colorado Industrial Hemp Act, and CBD is allowed as a food ingredient under the 2017 Colorado Hemp Foods Bill.
CBD has been shown anecdotally to help relieve many physical and mental ailments. People often treat CBD like a daily vitamin in their wellness regimen for homeostasis and balance. Or another tool for athletic training or injury recovery. As money for research becomes more available (with less risk and more comfort around working with hemp in labs), more and more peer reviewed studies report that CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anticonvulsant, and antiemetic.** Be aware that the Food and Drug Administration has not approved hemp or CBD products for any medical uses, and these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.** Check out ProjectCBD for a good list of sources and articles.
How is Hemp Different from Marijuana?
“Hemp” and “Marijuana” are scientifically both Cannabis sativa L. They are both of the Cannabis genus belonging to the Cannabaceae family. Over the last few thousand years they have been bred to be very different plants. Marijuana for its resinous buds more concentrated with the psychoactive compound, THC, and hemp for its fibers and seed oils. The US designates hemp to be no greater than 0.3% THC by weight. But hemp is still Cannabis, it’s just most certainly not Marijuana. In the US, hemp often now looks and smells like marijuana since it is being grown for CBD potency, and not typically for traditional industrial or commercial reasons like in Europe or Asia.
What Is The Difference Between Hemp Seed Oil And CO2 Hemp Extract?
Compared to CO2 hemp extracts (or any hemp extract using solvents like ethanol or hydrocarbons), hemp seed oil found in the health food section of grocery stores like Whole Foods is processed from different parts of the hemp plant using different extraction methods. Hemp seed oil is made by cold pressing the cleaned hemp seeds. This resulting oil is very rich in healthy, fatty acids, and many find it a great alternative to traditional oils on the market.
CO2 hemp extract uses all of the plant matter available. The most common CO2 extraction method is called supercritical extraction. This method heats and pressurizes CO2 to a state where it behaves as both a liquid and a gas. In this state it acts as a stable and environmentally safe solvent to then extract the full-spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp plant.
How Are Your Full-Spectrum Hemp Cannabinoids Extracted?
We currently source the full-spectrum extract from a supercritical CO2 extraction facility. The hemp is grown in Colorado, outdoors. The hemp flower itself is Certified Organic by One Cert.
What Is The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?
The endocannabinoid system is a group of cannabinoid receptors present in the brain and central and peripheral nervous systems. As far as we know, it is found in humans and many animals. The sole function of these receptors (CB1 and CB2) is to interact with cannabinoids in the body. The human body naturally produces endocannabinoids, but cannabinoids can also be created synthetically, or be found naturally in plants like cannabis. Research shows the endocannabinoid system may be involved in many physiological processes, and it is most commonly said to help maintain balance and homeostasis throughout the entire body.
What Are Cannabinoids And Terpenes?
There are three types of cannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds of the Cannabis sativa plant. Hundreds of natural compounds exist in Cannabis sativa, and at least 80 of these are classified as cannabinoids (both of these numbers are continuing to grow). Endocannabinoids are compounds our bodies naturally produce to interact with the endocannabinoid system. Lastly, synthetic cannabinoids have been developed for medical use. Terpenes are the aromatic hydrocarbons that give Cannabis sativa its wide spectrum of smells and tastes depending on the terpene ratios present in the strain.
The most well-known and researched cannabinoids are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBN (cannabinol), CBG (cannabigerol), and CBD (cannabidiol).
When phytocannabinoids and terpenes interact with the endocannabinoid system, the resulting perceived effects depend on the quantity and ratio of the introduced compounds.
How Should I Brew SteepFuze Coffee?
French press, Aeropress, espresso, mesh-filter or thin papered pour overs, thin-paper filtered drip machines. Refillable, metal-screened keurig cups. Really almost any method, as you would normally brew it at home or at the cafe, works. If there is a metal screen option as opposed to paper, it will allow more oils (and CBD) to pass through into your cup.
That's why we don't recommend Chemex filters. They are super thick and excel at removes oils - which is why the brewer is known for producing clean cups of coffee.
In a similar light, we don't suggest doing a cold brew since hot water helps to extract oils from the coffee grounds. Cold brews will leave most of the CBD oil in the coffee grounds that go to the trash or compost.
Check out our brew guide videos in our blog.
How Much Coffee Should I Use?
A great place to start brewing coffee is at a 16 gm of water to 1 gm of coffee ratio. This usually produces a delicious cup that isn't too strong or too weak. Adjusting is easy to do. For a standard 8 oz (225 gm), that would be 14 grams of coffee. Or roughly two tablespoons of whole coffee beans.
Many people use tablespoons as a measurement. Generally this is okay. But a tablespoon of our Origin, a medium-light roast, weighs about 7 grams. A tablespoon of our New Mountain is about 6. Dark roasts may be only 5 grams. Some very light roasted, high-elevation, specialty beans may weigh 8 gm for a tablespoon. The point is there is a lot of variability in coffee bean densities. If you use two tablespoons for one 8 oz cup, you could end up with anywhere from 10 to 16 grams of coffee for that cup. The scale takes density out of the equation and creates the ability to recreate cups, or make slight changes in strength or taste.
What is the Difference Between the 3 oz and 12 oz Bags?
Does Water Matter?
How Much Coffee Should I Drink?
A standard dose of CBD is 10 - 25 mg. Most people suggest starting to brew coffee with a 16:1 ratio of water to coffee. So for an 8 oz cup (227 gm), that would be about 15 gm of coffee. Since we infuse our coffee beans at a 1 mg CBD to 1 gm coffee ratio, that means there are 15 mg of CBD in those beans. Depending on your brew your coffee, you will get more or less CBD. Cold brews don't remove oils, and unfortunately that also means the CBD oil, so we don't suggest using our coffee that way. Although iced filter coffee sure is tasty. In the same light, we don't suggest using extra thick paper filters since they absorb many of the oils before passing through into your cup!
So... start with one cup and go from there. Some people use our products throughout the day if they would like or need more CBD in their systems, some get what they are looking for with a single cup to start the day comfortably at home.
Are Your CBD Coffees and Teas Lab Tested?
Yes. Our sourced extract is independently tested, and our beans are Third Party tested for accurate cannabinoid potency after infusion, and to ensure levels of THC within regulation (<0.3%, ours is usually < 0.01% THC before brewing). SteepFuze coffee falls well within Colorado and Federal regulations in regards to THC content and concentration. Feel free to ask about a recent Certificate of Analysis.
Is Your CBD "Activated"?
Yes. We report the potency of "active" CBD in our products. In nature, CBD exists as CBDa (cannabidiolic acid). This compound has different properties than CBD. With heat application, CBDa is converted (decarboxylated) to CBD. The same way non-psychoactive THCa (present in marijuana flower and minute quantities in hemp flower) is converted to the psychoactive THC when smoked, vaporized, or baked at great enough temperatures.
The extracts we source have gone through this decarboxylation process, and third party certificates of analyses verify the CBD potencies before infusing. We also test our final infused products to ensure no cannabinoids were lost in the our patent-pending process.
Will I Get "High" Drinking Your Infused Products?
No. Although hemp and marijuana are both bred from the same cannabis plant, hemp only contains trace amounts of the psychoactive cannabinoid, THC. The federal government determines cannabis to exist as hemp when it contains less than 0.3% THC. Our cannabinoid extract is derived from industrial hemp, and our product contains well under the federal regulations for THC. While some THC is present in the coffee, it certainly is not concentrated enough to experience any psychoactive effects. That being said, we believe its presence aids in synergizing and maximizing effects of other cannabinoids in the body’s endocannabinoid system.
Can I Serve Or Sell SteepFuze Coffee In My Cafe or Restaurant?
Absolutely! We are in compliance with federal law for both the sale and service of SteepFuze coffee and tea at cafes, wellness stores, spas, you name it. CBD coffees and teas are catching on quickly for the ease many consumers seem to experience, and your customers will surely enjoy CBD products being on your menu.
Please check with your appropriate local officials to ensure your jurisdiction is not an exception. Some states are passing legislature restricting sales of CBD products.
Where Can SteepFuze Coffee Be Found?
Aside from our website, our coffee is being served in coffee shops, wellness stores, and independent natural grocers in Colorado and around the United States. Try it in French press or espresso drinks, or buy a bag! We're now in Lucky's Market - Wheat Ridge, if you're local to Denver!
Will CBD Help Me With Condition XYZ?
We cannot offer medical advice. We understand CBD has a myriad potential benefits. We've seen in it ourselves, family, friends, and loyal customers. But we are not medical professionals, and therefore will not make any claims or specific recommendations. The FDA has only recently approved specific CBD pharmaceuticals, but generally speaking, the mass of CBD products on the market are not evaluated or approved by the FDA, and we don't attempt to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure disease through the use of our products.
Will I Pass A Drug Test?
Hemp does contain tiny amounts of THC, but it is usually undetectable in our infused products. We advise caution, but since 2015, no one has reported failing a test using our products.
How Long Will It Take For My Order To Arrive?
Our infused coffee and tea is made to order to ensure maximum freshness. Please allow 7 – 10 days from payment for your package to arrive.
Do You Ship Internationally?
We currently do not ship internationally, but send us a message for info on our international distributors.
What Payment Methods Are Accepted?
MasterCard and Visa.
Is Buying Online Safe?
Our website features a secure SSL certificate.
How Can I Cancel Or Change My Order?
If you have any specific order requests, please inform us right away at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I Need An Account To Place An Order?
An account will automatically be created for you when you check out. Don’t worry – we will not sell any of your information! Accounts help us with coupon and order management in order to provide better customer service.
How Do I Track My Order?
We send tracking info out once orders are processed and shipped. Nearly all orders are shipped Priority Mail with USPS.
Do You Offer Refunds?
If you are unsatisfied with your coffee or tea or have any other issues, please contact us directly so we can resolve the problem. Thank you.