9 Common Myths About CBD Debunked
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9 Common Myths About CBD Debunked
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Learn about the most common misconceptions about CBD, and find out what’s real.
CBD has gotten a lot of clout in recent years, but as the industry grows and progresses, it becomes susceptible to misinformation. Some rumors are more common than others, so we decided to set the record straight for anyone curious about this cannabinoid. Keep reading to find out what’s fact and what’s fiction when it comes to hemp CBD.
Myth #1: CBD and THC are the Same
It’s a common misconception that CBD and THC are the same since they are both found in hemp, but these two cannabinoids are worlds apart. First of all, CBD won’t give you the “high” feeling that comes from THC Delta 9. Secondly, industrial hemp that is legal to cultivate in the United States is different from cannabis plants that recreational and medical marijuana comes from. THC Delta 9 only shows up in trace amounts in hemp plants, making up less than .3% THC Delta 9 of its cannabinoid profile.
Myth #2 CBD is Illegal
Cannabidiol is not illegal. The Hemp Farmers Act of 2018 made this possible by allowing farmers to grow commercial hemp legally since hemp plants contain less than .3% THC Delta 9. That means that hemp-derived CBD products are legal to buy and take recreationally by anyone 18 and over throughout the U.S.
Myth #3 CBD Turns Into THC When Taken
A 2016 research paper was published that had many people questioning whether this is true. It suggested that cannabidiol would be converted into delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol by the gastric fluids in the stomach. Under very specific circumstances, it did undergo this change, but these tests were not performed in vivo, meaning they weren’t conducted on live patients. Other researchers argued that the conditions that were created in the lab do not naturally occur in humans. Please research CBD before taking any new supplements containing CBD and refer to your medical professional for advice.
Myth #4 It Doesn’t Matter Where You Get it From
The cannabidiol industry is still relatively new, which means all of the kinks haven’t worked out yet. Currently it is only regulated by state and local municipalities, even though 76 percent of Americans believe it is regulated by the FDA who regulate supplements and food products. This leaves the CBD industry open to fraudsters. Since it is now widely available, it can be tempting to buy whatever CBD product you can find for cheap, but you should always try and get it from a reputable brand. Signs of a trustworthy CBD company include providing transparent lab test results and having traceability from seed to sale.
Myth #5 CBD is Only for Adults
While you need to be 18 or older to legally purchase CBD products, that doesn’t mean that it’s only for adults. In fact, the only FDA approved drug that contains cannabidiol, Epidiolex, is intended for children who suffer from two very rare epilepsy conditions. There are even cannabidiol products that were created specifically for pets!
Myth #6 CBD Will Make You Sleepy
Since researchers have begun to understand the connection between the endocannabinoid system and CBD, a common misconception has come up. Many people believe that CBD will always make you sleepy since this molecular system also contributes to sleep. However a, 2014 study sought to dispel this myth and suggested that it could aid in alertness for those with certain sleep disorders.
Myth #7 CBD From Marijuana is Better Than CBD from Hemp
CBD can be extracted from both hemp and marijuana plants, and there’s a misconception that the latter is the better option. That’s not true, though. This myth comes from the belief that without high levels of THC in a plant (which hemp doesn’t have) that the other cannabinoids won’t be as effective. As long as the hemp plant that the cannabidiol is extracted from is female, there is no difference in potency. The “entourage effect” which includes THC Delta 9 can make the difference, read our article about full spectrum products that can explain the difference.
Myth #8 There’s No Research on CBD
Although it’s been said time and time again that CBD needs more research, that doesn’t mean that absolutely no research has been done. Cannabidiol is one cannabinoid with a decent amount of research, which is why it was approved to be used in Epidiolex by the FDA. While Epidiolex is the only FDA approved CBD based medicine on the market, many researchers are continuing to study this complex compound’s properties. If you want proof, take a look at this comprehensive list of 30 CBD studies that have been conducted over the last decade.
Myth #9 CBD is a Cure-all With No Side Effects
With all the good publicity that has come out about CBD, there has been a misconception that it should be treated as a supplement instead of a medication. No matter how you look at it, it’s important to know that CBD isn’t a cure-all, and it doesn’t respond to everyone’s body the same exact way. According to a recent report published by Harvard Medical School, cannabidiol can cause nausea, irritability, and fatigue in certain users.
It’s Time to Share Your Knowledge
Being able to tell the myths from the facts will make it easier to find the right CBD products. On top of that, you can educate others on your newfound expertise.