Frequently Asked Questions
1. What types of medicines do you produce?
We produce full-strength cannabis extracts, cannabis infused olive oils, and cannabis-infused coconut topicals. The extracts are dispensed through oral syringes and are intended for patients requiring very high doses. The olive oils are dispensed through a glass dropper bottle with a graduated dropper. The cannabis-infused coconut topicals come in small metal jars and are intended for topical use only.
2. What is the potency of your medicines?
Our full-strength cannabis extracts are generally between 55-75% (550-750mg/g) THC or CBD. Most extracts also contain between .4-1.2% terpenes. Our infused cannabis olive oils are between 1-3% (10-30mg/mL) THC or CBD. Regular Strength infused oils are 10mg/mL THC or CBD, and Extra Strength infused oils are 30mg/mL THC or CBD. Nighttime and Daytime oils are 10mg/mL THC, derived from cultivars with sedating or stimulating terpenes respectively. Using different THC-rich and CBD-rich products allows for precise dosing of each major cannabinoid. Each oil contains a full-spectrum of other cannabinoids and terpenes. The ratio of THC to CBD, and vice versa, is generally 15:1 – 40:1, although some THC oils have no CBD present making the ratio not applicable. We also produce a single blended product, the Weed the People 1:1 infused oil which has 10mg/mL THC and 10mg/mL CBD, as this ratio seems to do well for many people.
The cannabis-infused coconut topical is standardized to 5mg/g. The topical also includes 10 added essential oils to provide constituents which enhance effectiveness, including penetration through the skin.
3. Are your medicines lab-tested?
Every batch of medicine we produce is lab-tested to identify cannabinoid and terpene levels as well as confirm absence of pesticides, mold, and heavy metals. Compliance tests show cannabinoid and safety results while our R&D testing shows terpene levels. Every medicine sold has a label showing THC and CBD potencies.
4. Are your medicines organic?
While cannabis itself cannot be formally certified as organic, all cannabis used for production is first tested to confirm absence of pesticides, mold, and heavy metals. For extracts, we use certified organic ethanol as the solvent. This solvent is evaporated out during the manufacturing process, leaving only pure cannabis extract behind. For infusions, we use certified organic olive oil. For topicals, we use certified organic coconut oil and either certified organic or wildcrafted essential oils.
5. How do I order Aunt Zelda’s medicines?
The list of where to get Aunt Zelda’s medicines is on the front page of this website. Also detailed are the products each retailer currently carries, their delivery areas, and if a 215 recommendation is required or not. If so, it can be acquired for only $39 and in 15-30 minutes at NuggMD.com. Products are only available for purchase or delivery within California and cannot be shipped out of state.
6. How do you determine how much oil to take to get a certain amount of THC or CBD?
With a known concentration level of any medicine, any amount of THC or CBD can be administered. The volume of medicine required to achieve any specific THC or CBD dose is calculated by this formula: Target Dose (mg) / Concentration (mg/mL) = Volume of Dose (mL). Infused oils tend to be measured in mg/mL because they are liquids while extracts are usually measured in mg/g because they have a more solid nature, but both measurements are equivalent for calculation purposes.
For example, if someone wants to take 200mg THC and has a 30mg/mL THC oil, the calculation is 200 (target) / 30 (concentration) = 6.67mL. Droppers are graduated at .25mL, .5mL, .75mL, and 1mL, so this could be administered by taking 6 back-to-back 1mL doses following by a dose between the .5mL and .75mL line. For maximum precision, you can take a specific number of drops to make up for any dose that’s not in .25mL increments, using the fact that there are 30 drops in 1mL. So in this case, 6.5mL could be taken, leaving .17mL remaining. .17mL x 30drops/mL = 5.1 drops, so taking 6.5mL + 5 drops in this example would provide 200mg THC.
The 30drops/mL conversion also determines how much THC or CBD is in a single drop of infused oil, which can be especially helpful when starting with very small amounts of THC for patients who have never used it before. A 10mg/mL has .33mg/drop (10/30), whereas a 30mg/mL has 1mg/drop (30/30).
For measuring doses of extracts, the same dosing formula applies. First, since most extracts are often reported in percentages, they first must be converted to mg/g by multiplying by 10 (ex. a 60% THC oil is 600mg/g THC). For example, if someone wants to take 200mg THC and has a 600mg/g THC extract, the calculation is 200/600 = .33g. This can be measured precisely by weighing the extract on rice paper or a small piece of food on a .001g scale (extract can’t be applied directly to scale surface). Doses can also be estimated from the .1g graduated lines on the syringe. Therefore, a .33g dose could be estimated by squeezing out about three graduations of the syringe. Many patients start with or switch over to estimating doses due to the hassle of weighing each dose, but starting with a scale can be a great way for new patients to get exact dosing and understand the size/weight relationship of the extract to help with estimating.
It’s especially important to be careful with THC Extract as using just a bit more than intended can often cause unpleasants side effects like dysphoria, nausea, and anxiety. It is usually best for most new patients to start with THC-rich infused oils because they are more precise and allow starting with lower doses than possible with extract. Since CBD lacks THC-like psychoactivity the consequences are not as bad if someone accidentally takes too much CBD Extract, but raising the CBD dose too quickly can still cause negative side effects such as anxiety and general discomfort.
7. How do I know which medicines to get?
Most people need some combination of THC and CBD for maximum results, so we recommend acquiring two medicines, one THC-rich and one CBD-rich, to be able to precisely dose each cannabinoid. Some patients do well taking the THC and CBD separately while others do better combining them. In either case, having two different oils is advantageous unless someone knows a specific ratio works well for them and prefers the convenience of using one product.
The examples that follow inherently make use of the target / concentration calculation explained in the previous question.
Many people take CBD during the day and THC at night. If someone wanted 30mg of CBD in the day and 10mg of THC at night, they could use our Regular or Extra Strength THC and CBD Oils. If using Regular Strength oils at 10mg/mL, it would require 3mL of CBD oil in the day and 1mL of THC oil at night to achieve those doses. If using higher-potency Extra Strength oils at 30mg/mL, it would require 1mL CBD oil in the day and .33mL THC oil at night to achieve the same 30mg CBD and 10mg THC doses. Medicines with higher potency require a lower volume to deliver any specific dose.
In many cases, small doses of THC must be combined with CBD for maximum results. For example, if a 2:1 CBD:THC ratio was desired using 10mg CBD and 5mg THC, that could be achieved by taking 1mL Regular Strength CBD Oil and .5mL Regular Strength THC Oil (Nighttime or Daytime). These examples demonstrate the versatility of using two oils. Doses can also be progressively increased at whatever pace desired until effective results are achieved.
For patients seeking high doses, the Extra Strength infused oils at 30mg/mL or Extracts 550-750mg/g are suitable. For example, getting 150mg CBD with the Extra Strength CBD Oil at 30mg/mL CBD would require 5mL. Alternatively, getting 150mg CBD with CBD Extract at 600mg/g would require .25g.
There are many cases where patients find a certain specific ratio of THC and CBD that sustainably works for them. Ratios between 1:1 and 8:1, both THC:CBD and CBD:THC, are the most popular ranges of blends. The one ratio-type product we produce is the Weed the People 1:1 oil, which provides the most equivalent balance between THC and CBD possible.
For more specific advice, we work with Calla Spring Wellness who provide consultations with a physician or nurse to determine the initial level of THC and CBD you should take and answer other questions related to cannabis treatment. Instructions for how to sign up are at the bottom of AuntZeldas.org.
8. What are terpenes?
Terpenes are a class of aromatic compounds produced by cannabis. Unlike cannabinoids, which are only found in cannabis, terpenes are found in thousands of other plants. Most of what you smell from flowers or as well as many plant foods are terpenes. For example, a terpene called limonene is found in lemons and has a reportedly energizing effect, and the primary terpene in lavender, linalool, reportedly has a calming effect.
9. What makes your medicines different from other producers?
We use only the highest-quality and purest ingredients in the production of our medicines. We use certified organic ethanol as the solvent for extracts and certified organic olive oil for infusions. All cannabis is tested to confirm absence of pesticides, mold, and heavy metals. The medicine is produced using a proprietary process that decarboxylates the cannabinoids while preserving the terpenes.
10. What is decarboxylation?
In the natural state of the cannabis plant, the cannabinoids are found in their acidic forms – THC acid (THCA) and CBD acid (CBDA). Heat is required to transform these acidic cannabinoids into their neutral counterparts, THC and CBD, a process known as decarboxylation. However, heat also results in terpene loss. We have been and continue to improve our methods of decarboxylating the cannabinoids while preserving terpenes.
11. Can you smoke or vaporize any of your medicines?
The extract can be vaporized or smoked. The infused olive oil and topical cannot. For those requiring the inhaled route of administration, we recommend vaporization as it produces less toxins than smoking.
12. How long has Aunt Zelda’s been in operation?
Aunt Zelda’s was launched in 2010 and has steadily grown ever since.