6 CBD Myths...And Why They Are Harmful
6 CBD Myths...And Why They Are Harmful
As CBD continues to gain traction in the United States and more and more Americans have started incorporating CBD into their wellness routine, it’s important to stay informed. There are numerous quality resources out there… but there is also a lot of misinformation circulating.
Not to worry. We’re here to tackle the confusion and set the facts straight. Here are six common myths about CBD and the truths to replace them.
Myth: CBD Will Make You High
Let’s start with the most persistent of CBD myths.
Contrary to what you might have heard, not all cannabis plants will make you high.
You’re probably thinking of THC. Although THC (known as marijuana) and CBD (known as hemp) both come from cannabis plants, THC is the one that contains psychoactive properties (meaning it will give you that euphoric, intoxicating buzz).
To ensure that CBD does not impair your brain in the same way marijuana does, CBD is required to contain .3% or less THC. So no, hemp is not the same as marijuana.
Myth: The Larger The Dose The Better
Just like taking large quantities of Advil or Tylenol isn’t a good idea, taking too much hemp isn’t wise either. While it’s nearly impossible to fatally overdose from taking too much CBD, you could lessen its effectiveness.
Each individual should figure out the right dosage per serving for their specific needs. There are a number of factors that come into play including frequency and length of use, metabolism, weight, and health status. It’s suggested to start with the lowest possible dose before working your way up. Checking with a doctor can also be helpful.
Myth: There’s Very Little Science Backing Up CBD’s Benefits
Because CBD has only recently been federally legalized in the United States, there are still many studies just starting to be conducted on its benefits. That doesn’t mean there isn’t quality research out there. The biomedical and genomic information resource National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has over a thousand articles on CBD findings. Respected peer-reviewed journals like Neurology and BMJOpen also have shared research on the subject.
Across the country, prestigious colleges like UC Davis, University of Denver, and University of Miami are seeking to explore hemp’s benefits. In fact, researchers at Stanford University’s School of Medicine have undertaken extensive research on the effectiveness of CBD for therapy in treating inflammatory diseases with positive results.
There are also a number of studies conducted outside the United States. Care for some more examples? One study in Israel found that 80% of children with autism saw improvement with CBD treatment while another in Italy indicated that CBD could inhibit the growth of cancerous cells in patients suffering from colon cancer. These are only two of countless studies.
Myth: CBD is a sedative
Although people have found CBD to treat their insomnia, hemp is not a sedative.
However, medical communities are increasingly accepting CBD’s antidepressant, antipsychotic, and anti-anxiety properties. Why? Scientists have reason to believe that CBD activates the part of the body’s endocannabinoids system (ECS) which supports the limbic system. Because insomnia often goes hand-in-hand with sleep anxiety, it isn’t too much of a jump to claim that CBD could very well help with a better night’s sleep.
Myth: All Businesses Associated with Cannabis Are “Sketchy”
Yes, because what is legal in one state, might not be legal in the next state over, there are certainly legal gray areas around cannabis.
And yes, there are CBD-labeled products out there on the internet that contain little to no CBD in them—so it’s crucial for consumers to do their homework.
However, just like you can find both effective pain medications and unreliable, off-brand bottles on the shelves, there is also quality CBD and questionable CBD. Quality CBD does exist. In fact, there’s even an FDA-approved product called Epidiolex used to treat seizures.
We suggest that you check to make sure the CBD you buy is being grown, extracted, and manufactured responsibly. If you do your research, you can buy from a trusted source with confidence.
Myth: Hemp Is Only Used As A Health Product
Hemp can be used for far more than an oral or topical health product. Because this plant’s stem happens to be one of the strongest natural fibers in the world, it has served many purposes. Hemp has found its way into everything from carpeting to cardboard, purses to printer inks, clothing to canvases, shoes to shampoos. And the list keeps going! Hemp is said to have 50,000 different uses. Talk about versatile.
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