The use of CBD to treat a variety of different health conditions has risen dramatically in recent years.
With regulations around CBD loosening in many states, it has also become far more popular across the US. Many companies around the country have also developed effective, well-branded CBD products that have also helped to make the substance more high-profile.
Amidst this sharp rise in popularity, many misconceptions have circulated about CBD and its effects. Below are some of the most common misconceptions about CBD so that you can make sure your facts are straight regarding this exciting new substance with many promising health benefits.
- Thinking That CBD Gets You High
Understandably, many people associate CBD with Marijuana. Because of the special place that Marijuana has carved out for itself in pop culture, some people still associate substances like CBD that are related to Marijuana with all the stoner movies they grew up binging. The truth is that CBD produces very different effects on the body than Marijuana.
CBD does not contain THC, the psychoactive compound found in Marijuana. That is to say, taking CBD will not get you high. It also means that CBD won’t give you the munchies.
That is not to say, however, that a person will feel exactly the same before and after taking CBD. Most CBD users do report noticeable effects upon consuming the substance. These effects can vary but are generally described by many users as increased relaxation, reduced anxiety, and relief from insomnia.
These effects are different, both subjectively and chemically than the effects produced from THC when smoking Marijuana.
In one profile by the New York Times, entrepreneur and CBD proponent Gabe Kennedy portrayed the sensation after taking CBD as “like taking a warm bath, melting the tension away.” He described it as “a balancing; a leveling, soothing sensation in the body mostly, and an evenness of attention in the mind.”
Different users would, no doubt, use different words to describe CBD’s effects, but they’re certainly different than the effects of THC-containing Marijuana.
- Thinking That CBD Cures Cancer
The internet has led to the circulation of many theories about how CBD is a Cancer-curing substance. In truth, the little medical research that has been done thus far on CBD does not provide enough evidence to support this claim. In fact, taking these theories as gospel could have tragic consequences for Cancer sufferers that forgo other treatments under the assumption that CBD will cure them.
It is, however, somewhat understandable that these theories have developed and circulated. While CBD can’t claim to be a cure for cancer, there is evidence to suggest that it can be helpful in treating many of the symptoms of cancer.
These symptoms can range from nausea, vomiting, anorexia, neuropathy, depression, and insomnia. CBD has been widely reported to help alleviate many of these harmful symptoms of Cancer in many patients and in doing so put them on a path towards recovery.
Indeed, as Kyro reports, many CBD users are experiencing relief from insomnia and many other troubling symptoms after using CBD.
- Thinking That Buying CBD Products Is Against Federal Law
The legal regulations surrounding CBD products have always been tenuous and somewhat confusing. Given its close relationship with Marijuana, it has often been looped into the same legal classifications and treated similarly, despite the fact that it is quite a different substance that contains no psychoactive qualities.
Still, over recent years, regulations around CBD have loosened notably. While still a bit of a grey area when digging into specifics, it is federally legal to purchase CBD products today. The brunt of CBD-focused regulations lean towards vendors of CBD products and not towards individual users.
The situation gets even more complicated when considering that many of the laws on the books that regulate the sale of CBD by vendors have not been enforced by federal agencies. Some speculate that this could change in the future, but most believe regulations are likely to loosen further.
Despite the legal grey areas, individuals purchasing CBD products, by and large, should not fear government prosecution. The fact that this is not more widely known speaks to the need for more legal clarity regarding the sale and purchase of CBD products, as detailed by this piece by the Washington Post.
- Thinking That CBD Is A “Miracle Drug”
Since the rise of CBD, many conspiracies have circulated around how CBD is some kind of miracle drug that pharmaceutical companies have gone to great lengths to cover up. While the case can certainly be made that CBD has been unfairly criticized and prosecuted in the past, these theories go a step further by claiming that CBD is a cure for not just Cancer but a host of other ailments.
It is certainly true that CBD has shown promise in treating a wide range of symptoms, but to assume that it is a miracle drug or cure-all for any condition is a grave error. It is a claim that isn’t backed up by proper medical research and circulating it is irresponsible as many believers could mistakenly rely on it to replace important medications.
- Thinking That All CBD Products Are More Or Less the Same
Many people who are just starting to learn about CBD make the assumption that most CBD products, although they contain slight differences, are more or less the same. This is actually not the case.
In fact, the mechanism by which CBD is absorbed by the body can substantially influence its effects. Different CBD products also contain different qualities of CBD oil. The quality of a CBD oil will also greatly influence its effects on the body.
One example of a popular CBD product is the CBD tincture. According to Daily CBD Mag, tinctures are comprised of a CBD solution of extracted CBD in an oil solution. The composure of the oil solution can vary, but it’s often made up of either coconut or hemp oil.
One of the benefits of tinctures is the ethanol extraction method used to make them. Many producers prefer this method of extraction because it maintains the purity of the CBD oil. It also limits any toxicity in the manufacturing process
Finally, the ethanol extraction method used to make CBD tinctures is also extremely cost-effective. Outside of tinctures, CBD has been manufactured into all sorts of different products, so it’s important to do your homework before buying any CBD product to make sure it upholds the quality of the CBD oil used in producing it.
If you need help researching, many media outlets, and publications, such as this list from Cool Things Chicago, curate the best CBD products in the market.
We recommend doing your homework before introducing CBD into your fitness routine and consulting a physician, especially before taking it in conjunction with any medications. Despite some common misconceptions, CDB stands out as a helpful aid to one’s health and wellbeing.