11 Misconceptions About CBD

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Cannabidiol, or CBD, has become one of the most popular compounds in the world. It is well-known for its healing properties and is widely being used to treat both mental and physical health symptoms, and the great thing is that it has been in use for thousands of years. Its popularity only picked up recently thanks to increasing public awareness and the general ineffectiveness of traditional opioids when it comes to treating illnesses.

When something becomes uber popular, it starts getting too much public attention and people start propagating false narratives for their own agendas. They will distort, misrepresent, and skew expectations, blurring the fine line between fact and fiction. It definitely helps to do your research about CBD and clear up any misconceptions before starting the treatment.  

1) CBD Gets You High

One of the most common myths about CBD is that it can get you high. This misconception arose because people started ascribing the psychoactive properties of marijuana with CBD. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The psychoactive component responsible for the high is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.

CBD does not have any psychoactive properties and no matter how much of it were to be consumed; it will not cause any high at all. In fact, research has found significant therapeutic properties in CBD including anti-oxidation, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties.

The only effects CBD has on the brain are actually helpful for people who are suffering from debilitating mental health problems. The consumption of CBD has been linked with decreased anxiety, PTSD, and a host of other negative psychological problems. In many cases, you can find hemp derived CBD oil that contains less than 0.3 percent THC. This is perfectly legal and does not cause any high.

There are several receptors in the endocannabinoid system, one of these is CB1. When THC comes in contact with the CB1 receptors, it results in psychoactive effects that are associated with the euphoric highs of marijuana. But when CB1 comes into contact with CBD, it does not create the psychoactive effects and actively blocks THC from making contact with the CB1 receptor.

If anything, consuming CBD has been shown to inhibit the euphoric effects caused by THC, including memory loss and anxiety.  

2) CBD Will Cure Anything

At this point, it would be naive to attribute sweeping statements to a compound that is being hailed as a medical marvel. It is true that CBD has potential uses in the healthcare industry, and it has been able to alleviate and mitigate symptoms of a variety of mental health issues. However, it does not eliminate illnesses and disorders completely.

Think of CBD as more of a supplement or therapy than a cure, and calling it a definitive cure will definitely mislead many patients who are desperate to find a cure for their illnesses. With that said, the healing properties of CBD definitely improve a person’s lifestyle by helping them mitigate the symptoms associated with their ailments.

For instance, people with who haven’t responded well to traditional medications for the treatment of epilepsy might find success by switching to CBD treatment.

3) Medical Marijuana and CBD Oil are the Same Thing

It is true that both compounds have profound therapeutic values, but medical marijuana and CBD oil are fundamentally different. CBD oil is derived from hemp plant, which is a completely different breed of cannabis than marijuana.  While it is true that many strains of marijuana contain a conveniently high amount of CBD, they also come packed with high levels of THC that can cause a high, which explains why it is illegal in some states.

CBD oil that has been extracted from hemp plant is completely legal to use for medical purposes. The high traces of THC mean that medical marijuana is more restricted and regulated than hemp derived CBD oil.

4) CBD Is Only for Adults

Many states have their own rules for recreational and medical use of marijuana, but hemp-derived CBD oil that is free of THC is completely safe for people of all ages.  Since it does not have a psychoactive component to it, CBD can treat a large number of health conditions in children. For instance, the most well-known and documented use of CBD is to minimize the frequency of seizures in kids with epilepsy.

In fact, some experts believe that cannabinoids like CBD (and even THC) are safer to consume than traditional drugs like aspirin. This is because CBD does not cause the same side effects as traditional opioids after long-term use. The great part is that the body does not develop tolerance to CBD after prolonged use, which isn’t the case with opioids. This means that you don’t have to increase the dosage requirements for CBD in fear that the body won’t respond well to it.

However, make sure to be on the safe side of things and always consult with your doctor before treating yourself or your children with CBD oil for medical conditions.

5) CBD Isolate Is Better Than Full-Spectrum CBD

CBD isolate contains no other cannabinoids or components except for very minute traces that have no effects on the body. This is because the extraction process for CBD from the cannabis plant results in the removal of everything else except for CBD. Full-spectrum CBD, as the name suggests, includes all of the phytocannabinoids of the plant, including extra cannabinoids, plant compounds, and terpenes.

Some people believe that since CBD isolate contains a high concentration of CBD, it is the more powerful option. Research however has found that CBD, when used in conjunction with other compounds, is more effective. A 2015 study by Israeli scientists found that CBD isolate results in a bell-shaped response curve.

When the patient ups their dosage of full-spectrum CBD, the ‘plateau’ or bell-shaped response curve is no longer observed. This means that the effects are directly proportional to the dosage, irrespective of the size of the dosage.

In fact, researchers have found that it takes more of CBD isolate to arrive at the same anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea effects than a lower dosage of full-spectrum CBD. This behavior can be explained best by factoring the presence of all the other components in full-spectrum CBD, including terpenes and flavonoids. All these interact with the body to complement the healing properties of CBD.

Scientists have labeled this term as the ‘entourage effect.’

6) THC Does Not Have Any Therapeutic Benefits

The federal government recognizes whole plant marijuana, the natural source of THC, as a Schedule I drug. This has stigmatized THC as the compound responsible for the ‘high,’ while CBD receives more public recognition and appreciation. In fact, some groups can be seen exploiting the health benefits of CBD to stigmatize the THC cannabis, a dichotomy that dismisses the therapeutic effects of whole plant cannabis.

The truth is that THC has some amazing health benefits such as reducing pain, anxiety, and PTSD and promoting the growth of brain cells. THC activates the CB1 receptor in the brain, enhancing the brain’s ability to learn.

Research from the 1970s found that oral doses of THC reduced insomnia. A 1998 study published in a European biochemistry journal found that THC effectively causes cell death in cancer cells, in particular the C6 glioma cells, a potentially deadly form of brain cancer.

7) CBD Is More Beneficial without the Use of THC

Both CBD and THC are most effective when their beneficial properties are combined to treat health conditions. For instance, a combination of THC and CBD can treat neuropathic pain. Research has shown that the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis are enhanced when THC is combined with CBD.

That said, if you don’t want the psychoactive effects of THC, you can always use CBD to benefit from its powerful medicinal effects.

Researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center found that a combination of THC and CBD has more profound anti-tumoral effects than either compound used alone. Tests were conducted on breast cancer and brain cancer lines.

8) CBD Converts to THC in Your Stomach

This absurd myth started circulating after paranoid researchers published a 2016 paper in the Cannabis and cannabinoid Research Journal. Researchers claimed that they saw the potential for CBD to convert into THC by reacting with artificial gastric fluid, raising concerns among physicians and patients alike that the same could occur in a real human stomach.

Research however doesn’t support this claim. Studies have shown that only less than 3 percent of CBD converts to THC in the body, which is not enough to cause adverse effects or even a psychoactive high. Even in studies that deliberately made use of high quantities of CBD in patient bodies, they were not able to find a significant amount of THC.

Researchers are agreeing that the artificial gastric fluid used in the 2016 paper was not a realistic representation of the actual human stomach, which means that the effects are not the same.

8) CBD has Sedative Effects

It is true that THC has sedative properties, CBD has none. CBD can improve sleep quality, prevent anxiety, and help with other mental health disorders, but it can’t sedate a person. In fact, CBD can promote wakefulness and alertness in a person. Studies have shown that CBD can reduce drowsiness in rats. Researchers believe that this happened because CBD activates the hypothalamus.

Low dose CBD might help with sleep. Early research involving rodents found that a 20 mg amount of CBD decreased the amount of time the animals spent sleeping. At the 40 mg mark, this resulted in an opposite effect, and the animals slept more.

Their wakefulness was reduced, although some tolerance developed after 15 days of consecutive CBD injections. Rodents and humans metabolize CBD different, which means humans won’t respond to these dosages in the same way. Admittedly, there is more need for research in this particular area.  

9) Psychoactivity Is Inherently a Bad Thing

Propagandists will argue that the high experienced by consuming marijuana is an unwanted side effect. Yet it is still unclear why mild euphoric feelings are considered so bad for sick people, or even healthy people for that matter. In fact, the Ancient Greeks referred to ‘high’ as a state that increases health, terming it euphoria which means ‘having health’.

The medicinal values of cannabis should be treated on their own merit, and not on their euphoric value. As of the time of this writing, political correctness is skewing the beneficial uses of what could have more beneficial properties on humans.

10) High Doses of CBD Are More Effective Than Low Doses

A common misconception is that since CBD is good for a person’s health, the more they take of it, the more it is beneficial. This is not necessarily true; in fact, lower doses of CBD can do the job, especially if you consume them alongside THC. In fact, as little as 2.5 milligrams of CBD combined with a similar amount of THC can result in a therapeutic effect.

11) CBD Oil Is Illegal

Many misconceptions are floating around about the legal status of hemp, cannabis, CBD, and marijuana. Some states legalize all forms of cannabis, including recreational purposes. Other states impose more strict regulations on cannabis. Since many people commonly mix up hemp, cannabis, and marijuana, they end up becoming more confused on the legality of their products.

As of now, there are four states where CBD oil derived from marijuana is completely illegal: including Kansas, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Idaho. Washington, D.C and 46 states allow CBD oil derived from marijuana to be used, but they still impose a THC concentration below a certain amount, which is typically 0.3 percent.

Hemp derived CBD oil is legal everywhere, this is because hemp contains very low concentrations of THC that cannot realistically cause psychoactive effects, which means there are no legal issues involved.  

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