In a world that is inundated with falsehoods and fallacies about CBD, we’re here to help you out with some much needed CBD myth-busting. Here’s what you should or shouldn’t believe!
You’ve heard the name, you’ve heard the claims, but what’s the truth surrounding cannabidiol (CBD)? After all, rumours have been swirling around this natural compound for decades – from its benefits, its perceived hallucinogenic and medicinal properties, the best way to ingest it, you name it! This general lack of understanding has led to many prospective users being uncertain of what to expect. To encourage more clarity, we’ve compiled our top 5 myths about CBD debunked.
Myth #1: CBD Will Make You High
It’s not surprising that many people assume CBD can cause the same effects as THC because these chemical compounds are both found in cannabis plants. However, CBD and THC are worlds apart in many regards. CBD is nonintoxicating, whereas THC produces an altered state characterised by euphoria, pleasure or heightened sensory perception. CBD can be isolated from the cannabis plant (and the THC compound) in order to be used in tinctures, oils, edibles and other products. Usually, these will not contain more than 0.2% of the high-inducing THC compound, so you will absolutely not feel any psychoactive effects when supplementing with these.
Myth #2: You Can’t Overdose on CBD
While there are no known reports of fatal overdoses from CBD it’s important to keep in mind that it is still possible to have too much. At the end of the day, all chemical substances are potentially lethal if taken in a high enough dose. Even water can be fatal to humans if we consume too much within too short a time. Usually, CBD oil is well tolerated by most users and is considered non-toxic. However, should you ingest far more than the average person would need, you may experience severe symptoms. This is why dosing should always start low and gradually increase until optimal relief is experienced.
Myth #3: CBD Derived from Marijuana is Better
The idea that CBD derived from marijuana is more pure or effective than CBD extracted from hemp is certainly another bewildering allegation. The truth is that CBD is CBD. Hemp is simply the legal term for cannabis that contains less than 0.3% THC and marijuana is the legal term for cannabis that contains 0.3% and more THC. Cannabidiol is the exact same plant compound and remains unaffected regardless of whether it’s found in a low-THC or high-THC plant.
Myth #4: CBD Requires THC To Be Effective
Sure, cannabinoids work synergistically with each other, maintaining a balance and assisting with the endocannabinoid system in your body. However, it is not always necessary for THC (or any other cannabinoid) to be present in order for you to experience the benefits of CBD. When you do consume CBD with a small percentage of THC in it, the CBD effects may be enhanced within your system – but it’s certainly not always required for the medical benefits to manifest. If you’re considering using CBD please remember to also discuss introducing this to your diet with your doctor first.
Myth #5: Stronger Doses of CBD Are Better
From supplements to cosmetics, countless products now contain CBD and it’s important to always read the label in terms of specific content. However, this isn’t so that you can find the strongest possible potency. Each person is different and you need to consult with a medical professional about the ideal amount for you. Some people respond better to high levels of CBD and others respond perfectly fine to lower amounts.
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