CBD has been everywhere lately – starting from CBD beauty products, through CBD concentrates and ending on clothes. However, since it is quite a new thing, there is still a lot of confusion surrounding it. And the media buzz around the topic of hemp doesn’t help in making out what is actually the truth and what is just fake news.
So to help you a little in understanding it, here are some of the most common myths about CBD debunked.
Myth 1 – Marijuana And Hemp Are The Same Thing
A lot of people use the terms ‘hemp; and ‘marijuana interchangeably thinking they are the same thing. Even though it’s not true, it’s understandable where the confusion comes from. Both marijuana and hemp belong to the cannabis family. However, hemp plants contain no more than 0.3% THC, while the term marijuana refers to plants in which the amount of THC exceeds 0.3%.
Another difference between hemp and marijuana is that hemp is grown for many purposes, such as CBD products, clothes, fiber and others. Marijuana, on the other hand, is mainly grown for its medical and recreational use.
Myth 2 – CBD Can Get You High
This myth is closely connected with the first one. In contrast to THC, which comes from marijuana, CBD cannot get you high, as it is not an intoxicating substance. However, the belief that CBD is not a psychoactive substance is also wrong.
A psychoactive substance is a substance that has the ability to change a person’s mental state. It was proven that CBD makes you feel calmer, and it’s a perfect cure for anxiety, which means that in some way, it does affect our brain.
Myth 3 – CBD Hasn’t Been Scientifically Proven To Help Any Health Conditions
The assumption that CBD hasn’t been proven to help any medical conditions is wrong. WHO approved the use of CBD-based medicine in Alzheimer, Parkinson, inflammatory diseases and many other illnesses. One of CBD’s strengths is pain management, and it’s also the reason why it is so useful in the treatment of so many diseases.
In 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex, which is a CBD-based medication for seizure disorders that are difficult to treat. It was the first cannabis-based medication to be approved since cannabis became a Schedule 1 (‘of no medical value’) drug in 1970.
Myth 4 – CBD is Illegal To Possess Or Use
The legality of CBD is still fuzzy for many people. As a consequence of the 2018 Farm Bill, the hemp-derived CBS is legal everywhere, as it is considered as an agricultural commodity – you can grow and sell it. However, remember that it cannot contain more than 0.3% THC.
Marijuana-derived CBD remains illegal due to the Controlled Substances Act, which considers marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug. However, in places where recreational use of marijuana is legal, marijuana-derived CBD is legal as well.
Myth 5 – CBD Is Only Safe For Adults
Nothing could be further from the truth. CBD is actually well-tolerated and safe for people of all ages. However, before giving your child anything containing CBD, you should consult a doctor, so that he will be able to help you choose the best option.
Furthermore, CBD oil is used in the treatment of children who are diagnosed with epilepsy, as well as autism, ADHD, sleep disorders, depression and anxiety.
Myth 6 – CBD Changes Into THC In The Body
Most myths have a logical explanation regarding where they come from. However, there are some that even if you tried really hard, you still wouldn’t know how they even came to life or how they sustained.
This is one of them.
According to this myth, once CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream, it turns into THC. It probably emerged from a study which showed that it is possible but in a controlled environment and experimental circumstances. No report proved that it could happen in normal conditions, especially once CBD has been absorbed into the blood.
The myths above are just a few of the hundreds that exist. While some of them are ridiculous, some are quite serious and are the reason why people decide not to use CBD. That’s why it’s important to debunk myths surrounding CBD and make sure that people know the truth behind it.