With the 2018 Farm Bill enacted, there has been a huge boom in the CBD industry.
Internet retailers and traditional brick-and-mortar stores have begun carrying this hemp-based oil and touting its many health benefits. Scientists and researchers continue to study this intriguing plant compound and all that it has to offer. Even the media has turned the spotlight on it through stories of the positive changes that it has incurred in the lives of those who have taken it.
But unfortunately, for every bit of accurate knowledge that’s being put out there about CBD there is a misconception or myth thrown out there as well, and it’s confusing the heck out of a lot of people.
So we want to dispel some of those myths about CBD today.
5 MYTHS ABOUT CBD
#1 — “CBD is Not Psychoactive”
While this is more of case of words being used incorrectly, it’s still something that needs to be addressed.
A claim that you will see on many sites either educating the public on or selling the product is that it isn’t psychoactive like it’s counterpart THC. What they are trying to convey by saying this is that CBD is “non-intoxicating” or “non-impairing”.
CBD does has a psychoactive effect of its own, which is what makes it able to relieve things like anxiety. Project CBD puts it this way,
“When a clinically depressed patient takes a low dose of a CBD-rich sublingual spray or tincture and has a great day for the first time in a long time, it’s apparent that CBD is a powerful mood-altering compound. Better to say, ‘CBD is not psychoactive like THC,’ than to simply assert that CBD is not psychoactive. CBD won’t make a person feel stoned, but it can impact a person’s psyche in positive ways.”
#2 — “CBD Causes Sedation”
Some early studies thought that CBD possessed a sedating effect; but it has now been found that CBD doesn’t have a sedating effects, but rather an effect that can make one more alert. CBD has also been shown to counteract the sedative effects of THC.
But on the other hand, CBD oil has been found to be a great help to those who suffer from sleep disorders like insomnia by promoting good, healthy sleep. So what’s the deal?
CBD isn’t actually the plant element that helps promote sleep, but rather a terpene that accompanies it called myrcene. Myrcene is a terpene that has been found to have sedative and painkilling properties.
High levels of CBD are often accompanied by high levels of myrcene, and while CBD doesn’t have sedating properties in and of itself, it has been shown to be able to help restore better sleeping patterns because of the myrcene that accompanies it.
And while CBD isn’t sedating, its ability to help relieve anxiety is another way that CBD can help promote sleep.
#3 — “High Doses of CBD Are Better Than Low Doses”
The dosage of CBD that each person needs is unique and individual, not universal.
To say that higher doses of CBD are better than lower doses of CBD doesn’t really mean anything–a person’s dosage has to be tailored to their state of health and what they are taking the CBD for.
A person choosing to take CBD for overall general health will need a much smaller dose to find the results they are looking for other than the person choosing to take CBD to help relieve a seizure disorder. Dosage is a very personal thing that needs to be calculated for every individual.
And as far as general health goes, some research is showing that micro-dosing–taking the very minimum amount of CBD to achieve the desired effect–can be more effective sometimes than larger doses, even doses as small as 2.5mg.
While research on micro-dosing is still young, it is an interesting concept.
#4 — “CBD Turns Into THC in Your Stomach”
This is one of the myths about CBD that was planted as misinformation with the intent of making money off of it. Several scientists employed by Zynerba Pharmaceuticals in Devin, Pennsylvania coauthored a paper trying to discredit taking CBD orally and made it seem like it was dangerous by claiming that “CBD turns into THC in your stomach”.
You can read the whole story here, but the counter evidence to their point knocks this claim on its head. Multiple studies were done to test this theory and found that CBD does not turn into THC in the stomach, but rather remains the plant compound it was at the time it was ingested.
Later on in a press release on April 12, 2016, Zynerba Pharmaceuticals–the company that funded this research–disclosed that it was developing a transdermal delivery system that “avoids the gastrointestinal tract and potential stomach acid degradation of CBD into THC (associated with psychoactive effects).” In short, Zynerba has a vested financial interest in making oral CBD, which is well-tolerated in clinical research, look potentially harmful.
The unbiased research, however, shows that CBD just stays CBD in your stomach.
#5 — “CBD is CBD, And It Doesn’t Matter What the Source Is”
You may be able to extract CBD from low-resin industrial hemp cultivars, but this doesn’t mean that it is an optimal source for CBD oil or that you are getting quality CBD oil.
CBD-rich oil is extracted from cannabis flowers. This means that–while you can extract CBD oil from other parts of industrial hemp–it isn’t going to be CBD-rich or be as abundant as when you extract it from the right place. You also need a whole lot more industrial hemp just to get a small amount of oil which is most likely contaminated from toxins it has drawn from the soil.
The part of the plant that you extract CBD oil from matters a great deal in the quality and therefore effectiveness of the oil.
And while it might seem obvious, it also makes a difference whether the hemp the CBD came from was naturally grown or if the oil was synthetically made in a lab.
There are companies out there today who are trying to create in a lab what God’s already put on his good, green earth. Taking CBD oil that is 100% pure and natural from plants will be much more effective because of all of the present, natural medicinal components already found in the plant.
Sythetic CBD lacks critical medicinal terpenes and other plant compounds that interact with CBD to enhance its therapeutic benefits.
The source of your CBD is extremely important, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT. FIVE MYTHS ABOUT CBD THAT HAVE BEEN DEBUNKED FOR YOU.
Hopefully this helps you be able to see clearer through some of the misinformation out there.
And remember, don’t assume the information that you found about CBD is true just because you found it online, even in the case of some “scientific” studies. Make sure to check your sources against others so you are ensuring that what you are learning is fact and not myth.
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