Cannabidiol or the term CBD is becoming more ubiquitous and we realize the necessity to educate our users and any curiosities that are out there about the real truth of CBD. While CBD is an incredibly safe and therapeutic component of cannabis, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding its uses.
Myth #1: CBD is used for medicinal purposes to treat serious medical issues.
CBD offers many beneficial uses and one thing that people generally think is that CBD is only needed when treating a serious medical condition. Unlike it’s counterpart THC which has been labeled as a psychoactive drug, CBD has been classified as a “non-psychoactive” substance. Though both each have amazing medicinal benefits, the separation from THC and the classification of CBD have had many people question its impact on our psyche if it’s considered a non-psychoactive.
When we refer to non-psychoactive versus psychoactive we first need to look at the definition of psychoactive. The term psychoactive is used when a chemical substance has the ability to alter a person’s mental state by affective ones brain and nervous system workings. Studies have shown the health benefits in patients that have Autism, Epilepsy, Depression, Sleep Disorders and so forth that can be associated with both CBD and THC. The main separating difference between CBD and THC is that CBD is not impairing or intoxicating even in high doses. If anything CBD will more likely have you more relaxed and focused so one does not necessarily need CBD for only serious medical purposes.
Myth #2: CBD is a sedative.
In some earlier studies CBD was thought to have some sort of sedative quality to it but in fact CBD has more of an alerting quality to it. So why would there be this sort of assumption? It may be due to the fact there are a varieties of cannabis strains and some may have significant higher amounts of myrcene which is a terpene. Terpenes are fragrant essential oils that are found alongside of the various cannabinoids like CBD and THC. Also, the dosage will influence the effects of CBD on your body. The higher the dosage, the higher potential effect to your mind and body.
Myth #3: All CBD is created equally.
Another misconception is that CBD is CBD no matter who the manufacture is. While it’s true that the structure of CBD is the same, the beginnings and end result of manufacturing the final product varies greatly so being educated on the differences will help you make a more informative decision in purchasing CBD.
CBD can be derived from either a Full Spectrum whole-plant cannabis or a hemp. A hemp-derived process requires more starting material since CBD is found in lower levels than that which is derived from a Full Spectrum whole-plant cannabis. So both methods depending on what other ingredients are added to it will cause varying effects and strengths. According to a study by Penn Medicine and published by the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), nearly 70 percent of CBD products sold online are mislabeled in which most products over or understate CBD content.
Myth #4: THC is more effective than CBD because it’s more potent.
Some users believe that the more potent the cannabis is the more efficient the results will be. When we talk about the therapeutic uses not recreational the most effective dosage is really determined by a number of variables such as a person’s situation and the physiology of that individual.
Myth #5: Higher doses are more effective.
Higher doses don’t necessarily equate to better results. Higher doses might actually cause a negative effect as with anything that we add to our body’s system. The key is to find the right dose that works for any individual.
Generally when we speak with individual who are interested in using CBD we determine the best course of action based on their needs and their lifestyle. For those that are hesitant, we advise our customers to start out using our topical remedies at lower doses to better understand what course of action should follow. Once you a better understanding of how CBD reacts with your body’s system then move forward in using other delivery methods of CBD.
In closing, we hope that the more education surrounding both CBD and THC the more we debunk the stigmas surrounding both. It is very important to understand that the case studies and research of CBD and THC is forever evolving as well as the innovation of delivery methods and uses are expanding.
We are living in exciting times and because CBD is becoming more ubiquitous it is our responsibility that we ensure our customers are making educated decisions. When it comes to health and wellness let us not fall in line with what is trending; we as a company look the science and the potential benefits that both CBD and THC can offer.