Cannabis was prohibited for 100 years, demonized as a dangerous drug and even classified as a gateway drug to more dangerous substances. Due to this prohibition and demonization, cannabis wasn’t researched for a long time. As a consequence, we are starting to understand its positive health effects and to learn more about cannabinoids and their properties.
There are, however, many misconceptions about CBD, THC and cannabis in general. It’s often difficult to discern myths, facts and fake information about CBD. CBD has great properties but it’s not the panacea that some sources claim. This article addresses common CBD facts and myths.
1. CBD is Psychoactive, and You Will Get High
Many consumers ask if CBD will get them high. As a matter of fact, this is one of the most common misconceptions. However, CBD is not psychoactive and therefore, you will not get high if you use CBD.
The psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. In the US, the plants used for CBD products are hemp plants, which contain very low levels of THC. In addition, the law only allows a THC content of less than 0.3%. In other words, there’s not enough THC in your CBD oil to get you high. At most, CBD will make feel sleepy.
2. CBD is not Safe for Children
CBD isn’t harmful for children and, moreover, there are many ways to use CBD. However, we are completely against children or teens vaping as it’s not meant to be used for underage users.
There are medicines such as epidiolex that contains highly purified CBD to treat epilepsy in children. Epidiolex is an effective medicine to treat rare epileptic conditions in children. It’s mainly used for the treatment of Dravet syndrome and Lennox–Gastaut syndrome (LGS).
3. CBD and Fail Drug Test
This is also some a common question that we usually get and that worries many CBD users. They are afraid that they will test positive in a drug test. However, most of drug tests trace THC and not CBD. Moreover, CBD oils have very low THC levels (below 0.3%) and therefore you won’t test positive for THC.
4. CBD is a Panacea
There are many posts and misleading information about CBD. For example, some websites claim that CBD has powerful anti-cancer properties. Although there are promising studies about CBD and cancer, we cannot state that CBD is an effective cure for cancer.
It helps people with insomnia, anxiety and pain, but there’s still a lot of research to be done to determine how CBD works.
Moreover, not all CBD products are high quality ones. Some products have almost no CBD or the quality is so low that they won’t do anything to you. In other words, it’s important to buy good CBD products that can positively contribute to health improvements.
5. CBD is Addictive
This is one of the most common myths and misconceptions about CBD or THC. CBD is not addictive. In addition, cannabis has a very low toxicity. In other words, it’s impossible to overdose by taking THC or CBD.
Nonetheless, users who take large amounts of CBD might experience some side effects if they quit suddenly. For example, changes in sleep patterns, increased of anxiety levels or inflammation.
Furthermore, it seems as CBD helps to deal with THC withdrawal symptoms in some cannabis users.
6. Hemp Based CBD vs Cannabis CBD
There are two varieties: industrial hemp and cannabis. Generally, hemp or industrial hemp contain lower amounts of CBD than cannabis. However, in many states cannabis isn’t legal and hemp is the only variety legal in all 50 states.
However, at a molecular level, hemp-derived CBD and cannabis-derived CBD are the same and hence, both have the same health effects.
7. CBD is not Legal in all the states
CBD is legal all over the US. Hemp-derived CBD with a THC content lower than 0.3% is completely legal in the US. On the other hand, cannabis isn’t legal in all US states. Therefore, some CBD users are a bit confused whether CBD is legal or not. The fact is, hemp-derived CBD is completely legal, and you don’t need to worry about consuming an illegal substance.
8. There’s Insufficient Scientific Data to prove CBD’s efficiency
There is insufficient scientific data to prove its efficiency in cancer and other ailments. However, CBD has been tested and researched as an effective treatment for epilepsy and anxiety. It’s true, though, that we need more scientific data to determine to what extent CBD is useful in the treatment of many other diseases.
In addition, CBD has been researched for its possible use as a substitute for opiates. Additionally, there are promising studies to prove its efficiency in the treatment of arthritis. Moreover, according to Harvard Medical School, CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain.
However, we should take most of the information with a grain of salt. Especially, many CBD blogs that generally exaggerate the positive effects of CBD.
In conclusion, CBD has great properties, but we still need more research on humans. Until now, almost all studies have been performed on animals.
9. CBD comes from Hemp and THC from Cannabis
This is not entirely right. CBD is present both in hemp or industrial hemp and cannabis. Nonetheless, industrial hemp has very low THC content (less than 0.3%) and that’s why CBD is generally associated with hemp and THC with cannabis.
Both THC and CBD are cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant (both Sativa and Indica). The proportion depends greatly on the cannabis strain. For instance, some strains are rich in CBD while some other have more THC content.