Available in a variety of different products and applications, CBD is still a fairly new offering to U.S. markets on a widespread availability basis. Couple that with a lack of full regulation and approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yet, and there is, understandably, room for assumptions about CBD that aren’t necessarily based on total fact.
Because of a lack of understanding regarding exactly where CBD is derived from sometimes, as well as how it is made, and how it affects our bodies, some common half-truths and misinformation exist. Unfortunately, some of these myths can paint CBD in a negative light, causing hesitation among new adopters, when that shouldn’t be the case at all.
In this article, we’ll break down five of these common myths that should be busted now and get down to the actual truth behind the beneficial cannabinoid CBD.
Unfortunately, many people believe that CBD is theoretically the same thing at marijuana so it is bad and illegal. This is often because of CBD’s closeness to THC. There is still somewhat of a stigma surrounding marijuana and anything related to it. But, the fact is, CBD and marijuana are not the same thing.
Hemp and marijuana are the two specific types of cannabis plants. CBD is an individual cannabinoid, one of over 400, that is derived from cannabis plants. In the 2018 Agricultural Improvement Act, also known as The Farm Bill, CBD that is derived solely from hemp and contains less than 0.3% THC was legalized on a federal level. So, marijuana is still illegal on a federal level but CBD is legal. (It is important to note that you should still check your state’s laws on CBD as full legalization of CBD still differs slightly in several states.) Even though CBD can technically be made from both the hemp and marijuana plants, most often in today’s markets CBD is derived solely from hemp plants.
It is still very important to take the time to research the CBD manufacturers or companies that you are interested in. You want to determine exactly where their CBD is derived from and look for products derived solely from hemp and third-party lab tested and approved.
This is definitely one of the most frequently heard myths about CBD. To piggyback off of the first myth above, as reported byThe National Institute on Drug Abuse, CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and completely different from the “high”-inducing cannabinoids derived from the marijuana plant. The main one being THC.
THC and CBD have two different molecular structures. THC is the cannabinoid that binds to the receptors of our bodies’ built-in Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and produces the intoxicating effects that are associated with marijuana. CBD has its own unique benefits in the way it reacts with our bodies. None of which will make you “high”. CBD reacts with our ECS in a completely different manner, does not bind to our cannabinoid receptors, and does not produce any type of intoxicating effect.
Often based on no factual evidence, this myth revolves around CBD sometimes being lumped in with marijuana. Then, the next statement to follow that is usually along the lines of marijuana being referred to as a “gateway drug”. Which that statement in itself is not 100% factual either.
Scientific research has shown that CBD is not addictive in any manner. It reacts in our body more as a supplement rather than a drug. For example, many people commonly use a B12 supplement daily. If you like to use it daily because you like the energy-inducing properties it provides, that doesn’t mean you are addicted to it. CBD acts in much the same way.
There is no part of CBD’s structure that contains any kind of addictive properties. According toThe World Health Organization (WHO), CBD, in research tests looking for potential for abuse, exhibited results that were similar to placebos.
This myth involves several different factors. Even though CBD has shown to potentially have very beneficial properties for a wide variety of long-term conditions and illnesses, it is far from being proven as a cure-all. It also reacts a little differently for every person and different dosages provide better results for some compared to others.
For something to be approved as a drug, there are many policies and regulations that have to be met. In June 2018, the FDA did approve a drug that is CBD-based, known as Epidiolex, that is very successful in treating rare seizure disorders including Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut.
Still somewhat in its infancy in regards to widespread-use, more time is needed before CBD possibly becomes an FDA-approved drug in itself. Until that time, it should not be considered a cure-all.
Research that has been done on CBD so far has shown very promising results in helping to possibly reduce and alleviate symptoms associated with several long-term conditions. But, it should not be considered the only remedy in treating these conditions. At least not yet.
That is why it is always recommended to consult with your doctor before starting daily use of CBD. This will help to determine what products and dosages may provide the best benefit in combination with any current medications you might be taking.
Unfortunately, many people are not familiar with the significant amount of scientific and medical research that has been done on CBD worldwide so far. This results in the assumption that there hasn’t beenANYsignificant research done to start proving the benefits of regular CBD use. This is far from the truth. More and more research is being done every day.
There have been government-funded studies done by the medical research departments of several U.S. universities, including Columbia University, Cornell University, Oregon State University and more. The results of these studies are all available for public review.
The Columbia University study looked specifically at the effects of CBD on glioblastoma, the most common type of brain cancer in adults. The study found that CBD helped weaken and kill the cancer cells without harming any normal, healthy cells as radiation and chemotherapy does.
Even more significant research on the effects of CBD usage has been done outside of the U.S. Some of which was funded by the U.S. government. There have now been studies conducted in Israel, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Brazil. These studies tested for things from using CBD for the treatment of ulcerative colitis to helping alleviate anxiety. In a study conducted in 2017 in Brazil,researchers found less presence of anxiety in public speaking for a group of people who took CBD compared to the control group who took a placebo.
So, the fact is, there has been a significant amount of double-blind and well-researched studies done on the effects of regular CBD use and the amount of research continues to grow. Much of this wealth of information gained in these studies is available to the public through the National Institutes of Health’s research archive known as PubMed.
As you can see, a lot of the myths that exist surrounding CBD, its uses, and possible benefits are based on a lack of factual information or misunderstanding. Many CBD companies, like us here at Crush CBD, have made it a point to spread education and awareness to the world about the truths regarding this extremely beneficial cannabinoid known as CBD.
It’s important, like with any nutritional supplement or wellness product, to take the time to do diligent research on CBD in general as well as the specific company whose products you may be interested in. As not all CBD products are the same. Then you can be confident that you are armed with factual information needed to determine how you can use CBD to your benefit.
To determine if the information or article you are looking at regarding CBD is actually factual and reliable, you can look for several things:
Have you heard any other so-called “facts” about CBD that you know are myths that we left out? Did you recently discover something new about CBD in your life or how it works for you? Drop us a line, we want to hear from you!
Here at Crush CBD, we pride ourselves on offering products that are made with the highest quality in mind. Our products are all-natural, non-GMO, 100% hemp-derived, and made right here in the USA. Third-party lab approved, you can be confident in knowing that our CBD products contain no detectable levels of the “high-inducing” cannabinoid THC.
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