Demystifying CBD: Debunking the common myths about CBD
CBD is one of the most in-demand health and wellness products. Research has shown that CBD can help people with a host of different medical conditions. But, there are still a lot of myths about CBD.
Many people worry about getting high, failing a drug test, or being arrested for having CBD. This guide will answer your questions and help dispel the most common CBD myths.
MYTH 1: Will I get high from using CBD based products?
You cannot get high from CBD.
CBD comes from hemp, a different cannabis plant. The ingredient that gets you high when you use marijuana is known as THC. Its actual name is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Legally grown hemp only has trace amounts of THC, less than 0.3%. CBD is a completely different compound.
CBD is one of many different cannabinoids in cannabis plants. Marijuana has both CBD and THC. Legally grown hemp is the source of all CBD sold in the U.S. Hemp has significantly lower THC levels, less than 0.3%. This is just a trace amount.
Marijuana may have levels of THC ranging from a low of 4% to a high of more than 12%. Even on the low end, marijuana levels are at least twelve times higher than hemp. Most marijuana has THC levels that are more than 40 times that of hemp.
Furthermore, you don’t get the sensation of being high when using CBD is due to the endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD doesn’t directly interfere with your ECS like THC does. But, if you are using anything with high levels of THC, you will get high, no matter how you ingest the THC.
MYTH 2: Can I Fail a Drug Test If I Use CBD?
Generally speaking, drug tests do not screen for CBD. Instead, they try and detect marijuana by detecting THC. If you are subject to drug testing, you do not want to use full spectrum CBD, as the trace amounts of THC can lead to a false positive in some circumstances.
The safest way to use CBD if you are worried about drug test results, or for health reasons you cannot have any THC, is to use CBD isolate.
CBD is one of the best natural health supplements. It has been shrouded in mystery and myth because of its association with marijuana. But, it is a legal, naturally occurring compound that can have a profound health impact for people suffering from a variety of chronic conditions.
MYTH 3: Will be arrested for having CBD products?
CBD is not regulated like a prescription drug or even an over-the-counter drug. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) treats CBD as a health supplement. In December 2018, the United States made it clear that hemp-derived CBD was legal to sell and transport across state lines when in pure form, or as an ingredient in cosmetics like creams, lotions, oils, and balms.
To better understand this question it is important understand where CBD is sourced from.
CBD is distilled from cannabis plants. It is not the same thing as marijuana. Marijuana is one type of cannabis plant, but it is not the only one. Marijuana is still listed as a controlled substance by the U.S. federal government, and most other governments. Even though marijuana is being legalized and decriminalized in many cities and states, it is still illegal at the federal level.
Myth 4: Is CBD a fad? Is there any scientific evidence on its claims?
CBD works to help make your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) more effective. It helps by enhancing the way your body handles the cannabinoids your body naturally produces.
CBD is also an anti-inflammatory agent¹ . It reduces swelling and inflammation throughout the body, but especially in the nervous system. This makes CBD effective in variety of conditons.
Researchers are still discovering new medical uses for CBD.
The current core medical benefits of CBD are:
• Pain control²
• Natural sleep aid³
• Reduce symptoms of anxiety³ and depression⁴
• Act as an appetite suppressant, helping with weight loss⁵
• Boosting immune system reactions to illness⁶
How Does CBD Work?
Your body’s endocannabinoid system is a support system that helps other systems regulate a variety of critical functions, including:
• Immune system response
The ECS produces its own cannabinoids to control other compounds in the body. CBD makes those other cannabinoids more effective⁷ .
One example of this process is the way CBD helps with pain management. Your body creates a compound called anandamide. This compound controls how much pain you feel. But, your body is always trying to absorb the anandamide from the bloodstream.
If you suffer from chronic pain, your blood likely has very little anandamide. CBD blocks the absorption of the compound⁸ and keeps it in your bloodstream. This leads to better pain regulation.
CBD also goes directly to different parts of the nervous system and reduces inflammation. This is how it helps with variety of conditions.
THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FDA AND ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT OR CURE ANY DISEASE. ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE STARTING A NEW DIETARY SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM
¹ Retreived from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3371734/
² Retreived from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2503660/
³ Retreived from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6326553/
⁴ Retreived from: https://cbd-b.be/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/2014-Antidepressant-Like-and-Anxiolytic-Like-Effects-of-Cannabidiol.pdf
⁵ Retreived from: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324733.php
⁶ Retreived from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2748879/
⁷ Retreived from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5412000/
⁸ Retreived from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3316151/