2018 has been a particularly good year for marijuana and CBD in particular, due to its health effects without experiencing the high that cannabis is popularly known for. This has kick-started a campaign that has overseen the launch of several commercial retailers and internet start-ups, eager to jump the CBD bandwagon.
As is true with just about everything that becomes a media sensation, there are bound to be things people will get wrong about CBD.
1) THC Gets You High Only
While CBD has been praised for its therapeutic qualities, THC has been condemned for being an ‘active’ compound. The consumption of THC will undoubtedly result in people getting high, but not without basking in many of its amazing therapeutic properties. THC offers several positive effects such as relaxing the nervous system, minimizing pains related to muscle spasms, and helping with pain caused by inflammation, as is usually the case with medical conditions like cancer and arthritis.
A growing body of research has found that THC inhibits the formation of an enzyme that promotes the growth of beta-amyloid plaque, one of the telltale signs of dementia commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
2) CBD Is Good, THC Is Bad
While CBD continues to cover more ground as medical practitioners embrace its overarching therapeutic properties, the opposite is just as true for THC which continues to be seen under an antagonistic light. This can also be explained as a marketing ploy, where you pit one cannabinoid against the other and twist the debate into a battle of the ‘good’ cannabinoid against its evil twin.
It cleverly plays into people’s emotions as they root for the good guy and buy more of it. This is just a marketing gimmick that exploits the dichotomy between either of the cannabinoids, despite the fact that THC is equally, if not more, capable of interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid receptors, supplementing the therapeutic properties of CBD wherever it falls short. Here’s a research that proves it.
3) CBD Is Better off without THC
Research has shown that CBD and THC work best when their individual properties are used in conjunction. The California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco found the combination of THC and CBD has a more powerful effect on tumors than either compound on its own, and this was true for both breast cancer and brain cancer.
4) All 50 States Allow CBD
It is common for some people to assume that CBD is legal in all 50 states, so long as it contains less than 0.3 percent THC. Unfortunately, things are a little more complicated.
US Farmers are prohibited by Federal law to grow hemp as a commercial crop, but they can sell imported industrial hemp products low in THC, as long as they are derived from stalk or seed of the plant, not from its flowers and leaves.
The extraction method to derive appreciable quantities of CBD isn’t a walk in the park for many start-ups, and it isn’t uncommon for some commercial retailers to cut corners in their efforts to grow more CBD. So make sure to do your research and only purchase from reputable hemp retailers like Cruzan Farm.
5) CBD is Not Psychoactive
CBD does not get you stoned but it is shown to have some influence on the brain, but minute enough to help it earn its well-deserved classification as a ‘non-intoxicating’ compound. CBD’s influence on the endocannabinoid receptors allow it to be used for a large range of treatments such as anxiety, seizure disorders, depression, PTSD and other mental conditions. But technically, it would be naïve to classify it purely as ‘nonpsychoactive”.