CBD is creating quite the buzz, especially now that hemp is federally legal and CBD is coming more and more into the spotlight. However, because CBD is still fairly new to the modern world, and with the currently low number of studies about CBD, there are a lot of misconceptions floating around.
It’s time to clear the air.
Here are five common myths about CBD, and their actual answers:
1. High Doses of CBD Are Better Than Low Doses
Some people who try CBD oil or other CBD products find that they don’t experience the benefits they are expecting unless they take higher doses. From that mindset, many people claim that you have to take high doses of CBD in order to get the effects you are looking for. This is only partially true.
For those who use products with CBD isolates, you will require a higher dosage than if you use a product with whole-plant, natural CBD extract. This is because isolates only contain the CBD cannabinoid compound, whereas whole-plant CBD extract contains all of the other cannabinoids, terpenes, fatty acids, and other compounds that are naturally found in the cannabis plant. Having the extra compounds in your CBD oil and products can help you experience the result you want in lower doses.
It is also important to keep in mind that everyone has a “sweet spot” when it comes to CBD. Everyone is different and will respond differently to CBD. This means that some people may require only a small dosage while others may need more. For this reason, we suggest that you start with a lower dosage and work your way up until you find your own sweet spot. Not everyone will need a higher dose.
2. CBD Is Fully Legal In The United States
The 2018 Farm Bill changed a lot of things for CBD and hemp. Originally, hemp was listed as an illegal substance and was under the supervision of the Justice Department. CBD was a Schedule 1 drug and quite restricted. Now, both hemp and CBD are federally legal.
However, the statement that CBD is fully legal in the United States is not quite true. It is fully legal federally because it is no longer listed as a controlled substance. But, CBD that is derived from marijuana plants instead of hemp is still prohibited under federal law.
Also, each state still has their individual laws about whether or not CBD is legal. While CBD is federally legal, many states still say that CBD in any form is illegal within their state boundaries. Because of varying state laws, you still need to be careful about where you buy your CBD and where you transport it.
3. It Doesn’t Matter Where Your CBD Comes From – All CBD Is The Same
All CBD is the same in that the actual molecule is the same no matter where you get it from. However, not all CBD products are the same. CBD that is extracted from the plants will have greater effects because it is rich in other natural compounds, such as terpenes, other cannabinoids, and fatty acids. You can experience better results with pure extracted CBD because CBD works best when it works together with other phytochemicals and compounds, including THC, that come from the same plant.
CBD isolates, on the other hand, only contains the CBD molecule and may not have as much of an effect with the same dosage as pure CBD extract. So, if you are looking for something that will give you the results you want, it does matter whether your CBD comes straight from the plant with all of the extra compounds (like pure CBD extract), or from a lab that has separated and isolated the CBD molecules.
Also, it is important that your CBD comes from a trusted and transparent company. The CBD industry is largely unregulated at the moment, which means it is easy for people to mislabel products as high quality when they really aren’t.
With all of these points, it absolutely does matter where your CBD comes from. You should look for CBD that comes from locally and sustainably grown hemp, is not a CBD isolate, and comes from a company that has had a third-party lab test the final product and also makes the results available to you.
4. CBD Converts To THC In The Stomach
This is a myth you have either heard of or haven’t, and it comes from a study released in 2016 that was performed by scientists employed by a pharmaceutical company. The main claim was that CBD converts into THC in the stomach after it is ingested, which may result in THC-like effects. This study, however is misrepresented and inaccurate in many ways.
First, there have been an extensive amount of studies performed on the effects of CBD consumption. The results shows that there were not THC-like effects, even for those who took doses of 600mg or higher. The fact is: CBD actually works to neutralize any THC effects one may experience, so even if there were small amounts of THC in your CBD oil, or if some CBD did convert to THC in the stomach, the CBD would still help prevent any THC psychoactive effects.
Next, the studies that showed CBD converting to THC were performed in artificial gastric fluid. One study showed that less than 3% of the CBD converted into four different compounds over a period of 20 hours — which is significantly longer than CBD would actually be in your stomach. The other study said that 85% of ingested CBD will convert to THC in just one hour. That’s 200 times faster than the first study! Such significantly different results call the validity of these studies into question. In fact, there are no results that CBD converting to THC in actual biological studies.
All in all, the studies that set forth this myth are unreliable and raise the question of whether CBD actually does even convert to THC. If this were to happen to some degree, the converted amount of THC would be so minute that it would have no significance and would cause no THC psychoactive effects.
5. CBD Oil Cures…
Even though there are currently minimal studies done about the effects and benefits of CBD, many people have used CBD and experienced profound results. Because of this, many people are claiming that CBD oil cures a variety of chronic illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis.
While the benefits of CBD are promising and scientists can now do more studies, it is inaccurate to claim that CBD can cure anything. There is a huge difference between “treat” and “cure”, and there are several studies that show how CBD can be used as part of a treatment plan for a variety of conditions. In fact, the FDA has approved a CBD-based drug called Epidiolex to help treat seizures. But, CBD is not a cure-all.
CBD is a plant cannabinoid with works with your body’s cannabinoids to help your body function properly. CBD does now work on its own; instead, it works with your body’s inner systems and pushes them along to properly rid the body of toxins and establish balance, or homeostasis. Many diseases or conditions come as a result of systemic imbalances or toxins, so CBD’s ability to aid your body in its natural responses can help relieve symptoms of certain conditions.
When it comes to CBD, we know that there are a lot of claims out there and only a handful of studies to support claims one way or the other. It is so important that you take time to research any concerns or questions you may have before using CBD. But don’t worry — we will be here to help you find the information you are looking for.
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