FAQs: CBD Questions, Dosage, Expiration, Tincture Types | Upstate Aura




Why should we buy from you?

Our quest to know exactly what was is in our food, shopping local, and protecting mother nature in the pursuit of environmental sustainability began early growing up in Woodstock, NY. Our humble beginnings are paramount to how we harvested our crop on the northern outskirts of the Catskills. We were intimately involved in every aspect of making your oil, with the ultimate goal of creating a true organic product, sustainably made with love and for the masses. 


How much CBD oil should I take?

How much CBD you should take depends on an array of different factors, including age, sex, and weight. Individual body chemistry also plays a role. Finally, genetics also seem to play a part, with otherwise similar people reacting differently to CBD. Therefore, it is always advisable to consult with your doctor before taking CBD to make sure that it will not interact with any medication you might be taking and to determine the the right dosage for you.

Since there is no universal dosage that people can follow, the medical community suggests that you start with a low quantity and increase slowly every couple of weeks, until you reach the required benefits without experiencing any side-effects. The rule-of-thumb, then, is:

“Start low, go slow.”

Refer to the chart below for our recommendations for Upstate Aura dosages. Manufacturers usually report the CBD concentration of the whole container, which is then divided into servings. So, for best cost savings, purchasing the 1200 mg and taking smaller dropper amounts is the most economical way to slowly get to your individual optimal dose. The 300mg bottle size is ideal for pets and petite individuals.

Upstate Dose Infograph


Does CBD expire?

Our tinctures have a shelf-life of roughly 1 year, if stored in a cool, dark, dry place.


What extraction method do you use?

Super critical CO2 Extraction- Often considered the gold standard way to extract oil. It is a slower and more expensive process so is often the preferred method for smaller batches that is used by more reputable manufacturers. In the end, CO2 oil is a healthy-looking amber-colored oil which makes for beautiful full spectrum tincture. CO2 extraction is also much better for the environment. CO2 gas is natural, it will not do any harm and can also be recycled, making this method much more sustainable. Since the solvent is not toxic, people working with this extraction method do not face any health risks.


What type of tincture do you make?

One of the most important first steps in picking a CBD tincture is to understand the difference between the three major types of hemp-derived CBD products. Full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate. We only make a Full Spectrum tincture due to our belief it is the most effective.


What is full spectrum CBD oil?

Full spectrum CBD products contain all the naturally occurring compounds from the hemp plant. This includes a full array of cannabinoids in addition to terpenes. The natural combination of all the compounds is needed to achieve the full range of potential benefits from the oil. When the compounds are working together in their natural balance, the synergistic effect can produce more benefits than each would on its own. This is often referred to as the entourage effect.  Full spectrum products are by far the most popular choice of users. Based on user feedback, they are also considered the most effective.


How are we sure we are getting what is advertised?

If you choose to purchase a full spectrum CBD product, make sure that it is truly full spectrum. The only way to do this is to look at the third-party lab reports. These are posted for each product on or website here. If the cannabinoid profile of the lab report does not show the presence of multiple cannabinoids, including trace amounts of THC, then the product is not truly full spectrum.


Will this product show up on a drug test?

Those who are subject to drug testing should be cautious when it comes to full spectrum CBD products that are taken internally. The THC found in full spectrum hemp-derived products is minimal. THC levels must be less than 0.3% to be legally sold online or in local stores. Our product meets these standards, but we can’t guarantee our oil wont show up on a drug test.