Never before has a plant sparked as much debate as Cannabis sativa. Years of prohibition and a plethora of false information have resulted in many widely held misconceptions about hemp and marijuana. There are still some myths about the popular cannabinoid floating around, even though CBD has proved to be beneficial to millions of patients.
We're here to dispel some of the CBD myths and separate myth from fact. Let's dispel some of the CBD myths once and for all so you can have a better understanding of this beneficial cannabinoid.
Myth No. 1: CBD is a new health craze.
CBD was unheard of ten years ago. Today, you can find it on the shelves of your local health food store. This implies that CBD is a new product, correct?
No, not exactly.
The term CBD, short for cannabidiol, first appeared in 1940, when the compound was isolated in a laboratory. CBD has been studied independently of the cannabis plant as a whole for about 80 years. And over the last decade, it has grown in popularity due to its numerous mental and physical health benefits.
Having said that, CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid in cannabis, right after its intoxicating relative, THC), and cannabis has been used for centuries in almost every continent for its health benefits.
In fact, around 2900 B.C.E., Chinese Emperor Fu Hsi wrote about the medicinal properties of cannabis.
Needless to say, CBD is far from a new and passing fad, with nearly a 5,000-year history.
Myth No. 2: CBD Will Not Show Up in a Drug Test.
As previously stated, there is a great deal of misinformation about CBD circulating. One myth we'd like to bust once and for all is that CBD won't show up in a drug test because it doesn't get you high.
For starters, many at-home drug tests and those not processed in a lab are not sophisticated enough to distinguish between cannabinoids. CBD and THC may appear identical to these tests, resulting in a positive result for THC, despite only consuming CBD.
Second, if you use a full spectrum CBD product that contains some THC (less than 0.3 percent), you may test positive for marijuana. You'd have to take a lot to get a positive test result, but if you're worried about failing a drug test, it's not worth the risk.
Instead, take a broad-spectrum product with no detectable (0.0 percent) THC and third-party lab results to back it up. However, reputable companies, including Bloom Express, avoid making guarantees about drug testing because there are simply too many tests and variables to make such a claim.
Myth #3: It is better to take more CBD to achieve the desired effects.
There are numerous instances where bigger is better. Taking CBD, on the other hand, isn't one of them. It's a common misconception that taking a larger dose of CBD is the best way to achieve the desired effects.
Everyone is different when it comes to CBD use. CBD works to restore the balance to the individual imbalance each person is experiencing—each person will have a unique experience with this. It is best to take smaller amounts of CBD until you find the sweet spot is the best way to determine what individual serving size works best for you.
Here's the deal. There is no "magic" CBD serving size that works for everyone. The amount of CBD you should take is determined by several factors, including your age, gender, weight, and the reason you're taking it. More isn't always better.
Myth #4: CBD causes euphoria.
Because CBD is derived from cannabis, a common assumption is that it produces an intoxicating effect when consumed. However, there is a significant difference between CBD and THC. While CBD and THC are derived from the cannabis plant, CBD is typically derived from hemp, whereas THC is generally derived from marijuana. THC produces the high; CBD does not.
But why not?
Everything boils down to how each cannabinoid interacts with the body. THC produces a "high" by binding to the CB1 cannabinoid receptors, which are abundant in several brain regions and in lower amounts in many other parts of the body. Many of the psychoactive effects of cannabinoids are mediated by CB1 receptors.
CBD, on the other hand, is unique. Yes, it is a cannabinoid found in cannabis that is active. However, unlike THC, it has a low affinity for the CB1 receptor. CBD does not get you high because it does not bind to the receptor that causes a high.
Myth #5: All CBD is the Same.
CBD is CBD, regardless of where it comes from...right? Wrong.
Cheaper products are most likely less expensive for a reason.
CBD has been a relatively unregulated industry which means that almost anyone can sell CBD oil and claim theirs is the best, even if it's far from it.
Another interesting fact: hemp is one of several plants that use a technique known as phytoremediation. This means that it absorbs whatever is present in the soil in which it is planted, including toxins and contaminants.
When purchasing CBD products, make sure the hemp used to make the oil is grown in clean, nutrient-rich soil, preferably in the United States. It's also critical to ensure that any products you buy have been quality-tested by a third party.
Without third-party testing, you have no idea what you're eating. Check to see if the CBD manufacturer publishes independent lab results for each batch of products on their website.
Transparency is essential in this industry. Companies that claim to have the highest quality products will have lab results to back up their claims.
Myth #6: CBD is a panacea.
There are a lot of shady companies out there claiming that CBD can treat just about anything. Be wary of these businesses.
CBD has several mental and physical benefits, but it should not be used to replace your entire medicine cabinet.
CBD can promote a sense of calm, a balanced inflammatory response, and various other benefits for the mind and body by supporting the endocannabinoid system—a system in the human body responsible for the balance.
These advantages are supported by research. However, CBD is not a panacea and should not be marketed as such.
Dispelling the Most Common CBD Myths
When it comes to CBD, we believe that everyone should have access to accurate information. If you had any doubts about the truth about this wildly popular and highly beneficial cannabinoid, we hope this article cleared them up.
We're not just here to provide some of the highest-quality CBD products available—we're also here to educate, and inform the public about cannabidiol. Power comes from knowledge and when you have the correct information, you can decide which CBD products are best for you. If you have any further questions about CBD or what product or dosage is best for you, do your own research! Try our starter box to sample our range of products.