CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the most well-known compounds in cannabis. People have used cannabis to treat physical and mental health symptoms for thousands of years, but the use of CBD has become especially popular in recent years.
Like cannabis as a whole, there’s lots of misinformation about CBD. If you’re interested in using CBD, you should understand what’s fact and what’s fiction, so you have the right expectations. Here are some of the Common Myths About CBD:
1. CBD oil is the same as medical marijuana
Although both have medicinal benefits, CBD oil is not the same as medical marijuana. CBD oil often comes from hemp, which is a different variety of cannabis than marijuana. Some medical marijuana strains are high in CBD and low in THC, but most medical marijuana products do contain THC. CBD oil does not contain THC, so it has different mental and physical effects.
There are also different laws and restrictions on CBD and medical marijuana. CBD oil that’s derived from hemp is legal in all 50 states, but medical marijuana laws vary from state to state. Because it contains THC, medical marijuana is typically much more strictly regulated than CBD oil.
2. CBD gets you high like marijuana
You know that marijuana affects your brain and makes you feel “stoned.” This effect is the result of THC, a psychoactive molecule. THC can indeed provide bodily health benefits as well, but not everybody believes that the price of getting high is worth those benefits.
However, CBD is not intoxicating, so it can work wonders in your body without the effects of THC. Your body has its own endocannabinoid system that plays an integral role in regulating bodily functions like digestion, sleep, mood, pain, motor control, inflammation, your immune system, and more. Essentially, it helps you maintain homeostasis. Your body produces its own endocannabinoids (“endo” meaning “inside”), but sometimes, people like to give it some assistance with the phytocannabinoids (“phyto” meaning “plant”) found in cannabis—and one of those phytocannabinoids is cannabidiol (or CBD for short). CBD can help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, treat neural conditions, and much more.
3. CBD is a cure
CBD can have powerful health benefits, but it’s risky to refer to it as a “cure.” While it may help alleviate symptoms of a variety of physical and mental health issues, it doesn’t eliminate disorders or illnesses entirely. CBD is more of a therapy or a supplement than a cure, and calling it a cure may be misleading for people who are desperate for a solution to their illnesses.
4. CBD products are illegal
There are many misconceptions about the legality of cannabis, hemp, marijuana, and CBD. In some states, all forms of cannabis are legal for recreational and medicinal purposes. Other states have stricter regulations on cannabis. People often mix up cannabis, hemp, and marijuana, which creates confusion on which products are legal.
There are four states where CBD oil derived from marijuana is completely illegal: Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota. The other 46 states and Washington, D.C. allow CBD oil derived from marijuana, but many states require that the THC concentration be below a certain amount. This amount varies from state to state, so you should research your state’s regulations.
CBD products derived from marijuana may not be legal where you live, but CBD oil derived from hemp is legal everywhere. Hemp contains such a low concentration of THC that it cannot cause psychoactive effects, so there are no legal issues involved.
Only in recent years has research on CBD become more common and widespread, so many people have false beliefs about the compound. However, studies have proven that CBD is a safe and powerful treatment for many ailments as long as it’s used properly. If you’re considering using CBD, you should do your research carefully, so you avoid being misled by one of the many myths and misconceptions.
5. CBD works better in higher dose
The logic here is that if CBD is good for you, then taking more means reaping more benefits. However, this is not exactly the case—you should consult with a doctor to determine what dosage and concentration are appropriate for you. A lower dose might actually be more effective, and many studies show that CBD is more effective when combined with a bit of THC.
6. CBD doesn’t affect your brain
On the flip side, another misconception amongst people who know that CBD is not intoxicant is that it does not affect your brain whatsoever. This is not the case—some of CBD’s primary benefits are in the brain (so it’s a bit misleading to call it non-psychoactive). People use it to treat conditions like anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia, and more, so while it does not get you high, CBD does indeed work with the endocannabinoid receptors in your brain. In fact, the only FDA-approved cannabidiol product is Epidiolex, which is used to treat two kinds of epilepsy: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.