Some Misconceptions About Cannabidiol (CBD)
Know Your Facts: Some Misconceptions About Cannabidiol
The Cannabis industry has experienced explosive growth over the last few years, and it’s not because more people are trying to get high. In fact, much of the excitement is over a cannabis compound that doesn’t get you high.
Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, has become the center of what seems to be a period of enlightenment in America. While CBD is derived from the same plant as its mind-altering relative, Tetrahydrocannabinol, CBD is completely non-intoxicating, and along with a long list of natural benefits, CBD can even alleviate the euphoric effects of THC.
Because of this unique property, CBD has opened the door to a wide range of therapeutic applications and is changing the way people view natural medicine. Despite its profound capabilities, decades of Cannabis prohibition has created a shroud of confusion and misinformation amongst the general public, which has developed some misconceptions about Cannabidiol.
In this article, we’re going to debunk several of the most notorious misconceptions about Cannabidiol and provide a proper explanation so our readers can have a better understanding of CBD and Cannabis in general.
#1 “CBD can get you “high”
Because THC and CBD both yield from the marijuana plant, many assume that, like THC, using CBD will get you high. While this is a genuine concern, it is completely false. Within our body’s central nervous system is a group of receptors called the Endocannabinoid System, which researchers believe controls our appetite, mood, pain sensation, memory, and other important functions. Within the Endocannabinoid System are several different receptors, one of which is the CB1 receptor. When the CB1 receptor comes into contact with THC, it causes the psychoactive effects associated with “getting high;” however, when the CB1 receptor comes into contact with CBD, not only does it not cause psychoactive effects, it actually blocks THC from interacting with the CB1 receptor. This allows CBD to inhibit some of the negative effects caused by THC, such as anxiety and memory loss.
#2 “CBD is most effective without THC or the other cannabinoids”
As patients start to understand how CBD can be used to alleviate their symptoms, they are often faced with a choice between using products made from pure CBD isolate or from CBD including THC and the other cannabinoids. It was previously believed that CBD in its isolated form was more potent and concentrated than full spectrum CBD; however, in 2015, the theory was debunked by a study from the Lautenberg Center for General Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem. In the study, researchers administered full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate to two different groups of mice. When comparing the data of the two groups, the results proved that the group administered with full spectrum CBD were provided with higher levels of relief. Furthermore, the study demonstrated that full spectrum CBD continued to provide relief as the dose increased, while CBD Isolate did not provide the same effect when there was an increase in dosage.
#3. “CBD is legal in all 50 States”
If you’ve shopped for CBD online before, you’ve probably read that CBD is “legal in all 50 states in the US.” While this may sort of be true, it’s definitely not the whole answer.
Under the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp was reclassified as an illegal substance, which includes products that are derived from hemp, one of which is CBD oil. Now, there are two things that one must understand before jumping to conclusions: 1) CBD can be extracted from Hemp, or what the government classifies as “marijuana,” which is basically any Cannabis plant that contains over 0.3% of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). If CBD is extracted from a Cannabis plant that has over that amount, it’s technically not a hemp byproduct and is illegal. 2) The inaccurate terminology and muddied language of the law has created a very confusing legal mess that doesn’t account for many factors such as CBD in food products and CBD laws at the state level. With that being said, it is very important to understand the legalities of the state you are resident of.
#4 CBD didn’t work for me, so it must be a hoax
We’ve heard many stories when someone used Cannabidiol, and for whatever reason, they didn’t get the results they were looking for, so they automatically assumed that CBD was a hoax. The countless scientific studies and tens of thousands of people who have experienced life-changing results would beg to differ. Because the CBD industry is still in its early stages, there isn’t a whole lot of research in regards to what dosage should be used for various conditions, or what is the best method to intake CBD for a person’s unique situation. That being said, there are numerous reasons why CBD didn’t work out for you. For example:
- You took a very small amount, and it wasn’t enough to impact your body
- Your condition called for a higher amount of CBD than you took, so the impact was not enough for you to notice a difference
- You purchased a low-quality product that may have not contained CBD at all
- You expected some kind of euphoric feeling when CBD does not work that way
And the list goes on! In our business, we do a lot of testing; and from our experience, the case with the most evidence wins, and there is definitely a ton of evidence backing CBD.
#5 “CBD Can Cure Damn Well Anything”
While some view Cannabidiol as a huge health movement, others see it as an opportunity to make a ton of money. While the intentions of some are pure; others are not so pure and they’ll do whatever they can to take advantage of this opportunity including making bold claims about how CBD can pretty much cure anything. While CBD definitely offers a ton of medical benefits, it is not the end of all diseases as we know it. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. As with buying anything, don’t always be so trusting of what someone has to say, especially when they’re selling you something.
Always do your research.