Nowadays, it is hard to separate fake news from fact. Without a doubt, there are a lot of CBD myths floating around. In this article, we will tackle the five biggest CBD misconceptions.
Myth 1: CBD Will Get You ‘High’
Even though CBD is perfectly legal in all 50 states, there is still a lot of stigma that surrounds cannabinoids because they are derived from cannabis. Some people mistakenly believe CBD is the wicked little brother of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and must have some sort of a negative impact on your mind or emotions. However, CBD is perfectly benign and, unlike THC, has no psychoactive qualities. CBD products are extracted from hemp plants and processed, formulated and packaged into the end products available today. Because CBD is a natural product captured from a hemp cannabis plant, in states where marijuana is legal for adult or medical use, CBD can also be found in those products but still present no impact on your mental functions.
Myth 2: CBD Has No Proven Health Benefits
CBD brands and health sites are required to walk a very thin line when it comes to promoting the possible health benefits of CBD. In fact, the FDA forbids companies from making any specific health claims surrounding cannabinoids. Sadly, this gives consumers the idea CBD has no proven health benefits. However, this is a misnomer. CBD is actually widely studied around the world by researchers who have found great promise in using it for a therapeutic aid for a variety of conditions such as certain forms of epilepsy.
In 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the prescription drug Epidiolex for the treatment of Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. CBD, the active ingredient in the medication, appears to control and treat the severe seizures associated with the epileptic conditions in patients who are two years old and above. Clearly, with the legalization of Epidiolex and its acceptance by mainstream medicine, it shows that CBD does, in fact, have proven health benefits. The prescription drug is just the tip of the iceberg as researchers around the globe continue to study cannabinoids and their untapped potential.
Myth 3: CBD Acts as a Sedative
Historically, marijuana users have referred to CBD as THC’s ‘downer cousin.’ Perhaps, the moniker is the reason why so many people believe that CBD acts as a sedative. CBD counters the psychoactive responses caused by THC so it ‘kills the buzz’ in marijuana users. Therefore, those who use marijuana do not want a strain that is higher in CBD because it has an impact on THC‘s effectiveness.
Many believe that THC has all the pick-me-up qualities and CBD acts as a sedative. However, moderate doses of CBD are very energizing and many marijuana users now claim that CBD actually enhances the high they seek from THC. Higher doses of CBD can in fact promote sleep. Overall, CBD is not a sedative, but it might help restore your sleep habits, so you obtain a better night’s rest when you use the cannabinoid.
Myth 4: All CBD is the Same
Not all CBD is the same. You want to purchase the product from a reputable brand that is transparent about their sourcing and extraction methods. CBD is extracted from the hemp plant using a variety of extraction processes. With CO2 extraction and alcohol extraction methods, solvents are not left behind. However, the use of butane can leave behind a harmful residue that persists in the CBD oil after extraction.
When grown, all cannabis plants act as soil remediators which means that the plants absorb toxins from the surrounding area and clean the environment. However, if the hemp crop is grown in a contaminated location or if harmful pesticides or chemicals are used on or around the plants during the time of growth then the plant will absorb all of the toxins and they can possibly leech into the CBD during extraction. Ideally, you should only buy CBD that is obtained from organic hemp that has been cultivated free of chemicals and pesticides on virgin soil. That’s why, at Also Organics, we source our products from USDA-certified organic hemp that’s grown in a valley in Oregon where growing conditions are optimal.
Myth 5: CBD is the Most Potent Medicinal Cannabinoid
Yes, CBD is proving to be an amazing medicinal cannabinoid, but it is not the only one found in the cannabis plant. In fact, many researchers believe in the ‘whole’ plant experience. It appears that CBD often works best when partnered with all the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. There are more than 100 cannabinoids in hemp and each one appears to play a crucial role. In addition, the flavonoids and terpenes of the plant also seem to complement CBD to create an entourage effect in the body of mammals.
People seeking a full-body experience with CBD will want to explore using full-spectrum CBD products which contain more of the plant’s cannabinoids, including THC at less than 0.3 percent according to law. However, if you have to avoid THC because of the possibility of failing a drug test even with such a low and legal dose, then you should consider a broad spectrum CBD product that contains more of the plant’s cannabinoids but is free of THC. Our Also Organics product collection is specially formulated with the finest, full-spectrum, whole-plant CBD.
If you still are not sold on the other medicinal benefits of the many cannabinoids, then you can opt for a CBD isolate product which is 99 percent pure CBD without the many other plant cannabinoids. A CBD isolate delivers a high dose of almost pure CBD.
These are just a few of the top CBD myths circulating. If you have any questions about CBD, please contact us today. At Also Organics, we believe we work with a team of researchers and medical providers to stay tuned in to all the lastest CBD developments. We believe in the potential of our CBD products and are here to answer your questions.