CBD is still widely unknown and misunderstood by many. This article aims to dispel a few of the most common myths surrounding it.
You’ll get an overview of what CBD is, and we’ll go over the top misconceptions about it, too. Read until the end to get a special offer on CBD in the EU and UK from Canna Union.
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol which is the primary active compound in hemp and cannabis plants. It has 120+ known active compounds, but the primary components, such as CBD, are called cannabinoids.
THC, another well-known cannabinoid, is the primary active ingredient in cannabis or marijuana. It’s responsible for most of cannabis’ psychoactive effects.
THC is found in minimal amounts in hemp (less than 0.3%) which is why CBD oil is non-intoxicating. Hemp is cultivated for its resinous, cannabinoid-rich flowers, identical to those found on marijuana plants.
Hemp and marijuana are nearly identical plants, with the only distinction between them being an arbitrary legal restriction on THC content.
Marijuana, on the other hand, contains very little CBD content and hemp contains very little THC content.
Now let’s get onto the most common myths about CBD!
Myth #1: CBD Becomes THC in Your Stomach
In a process known as isomerization, the acids in your stomach could convert CBD to THC.
However, there has never been a documented clinical case of CBD converting to THC in the stomach.
New research suggests that because CBD binds with certain enzymes, it may protect the cannabinoid from the isomerization process.
Regardless, consuming CBD orally isn’t associated with any of the psychoactive side effects known to THC, so this myth is partially accurate but mostly irrelevant.
Myth #2: High Doses of CBD Are More Effective
Each person responds uniquely to CBD and will need a different dose. CBD’s properties can also change depending on how much you ingest.
The body can only absorb so much CBD at once, so at a certain point, increasing the dosage becomes unnecessary as it won’t produce more significant benefits or effects.
Research suggests that the appropriate dose, and the presence of naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes are the best way to get the optimal benefits from CBD oil.
The secondary phytocannabinoids and terpenes help to activate a synergistic phenomenon known as the entourage effect in which the beneficial properties of CBD oil are exponentially amplified.
In small amounts, CBD exerts a stimulating effect that boosts focus and alertness. In larger doses, CBD has more of a sedative-like effect, promoting a deep sense of calmness.
THC acts similarly, with small amounts triggering energetic activation and larger amounts exerting relaxing, sleep-promoting effects.
Myth #3: CBD Makes You Sleepy
Promoting sleep and rest is by far one of CBD’s most cherished benefits. However, taking CBD in small amounts may promote an alert focus which is ideal for daytime use.
Studies on CBD in mice and humans show that its effects differ depending on the dosage. In small amounts (<10mg), CBD exerts a stimulating effect that provides a calm, alert feeling.
This effect isn’t strong like caffeine, but it’s enough to help with issues related to pain, mood, tension, and stress during the day without making you feel overly tired or drowsy.
Myth #4: CBD Is Used Only for Medical Purposes
CBD has a broad range of applications because it supports the healthy functioning of the endocannabinoid system, intimately related to nearly every aspect of health and wellness.
It is, however, a great healthy alternative for relaxing the mind and body and enhancing experiences.
CBD alters mood and brain chemistry, so technically, it is psychoactive, but it isn’t intoxicating like marijuana. Enjoying CBD can help spark conversation, help you relax after a long day on your feet, and even liven up any dinner party.
Myth #5: CBD Shows Up on Drug Tests
Marijuana drug tests aren’t designed to test for CBD or cannabidiol. They are designed to detect THC and THC metabolites.
Therefore, CBD itself won’t show up on a drug test or cause you to fail one. However, CBD oil, even those marketed as “THC-free,” typically contain trace amounts of THC.
It is unlikely, but not impossible that CBD oil with trace amounts of THC will show up on a drug test. If you aren’t a cannabis user and you drink lots of water, though, any trace amounts of THC will likely leave your system within a week or two.
Myth #6: You Can Get High from CBD
“High” is a relative term, so let’s switch it to intoxicating. CBD isn’t intoxicating because it contains only trace amounts of THC. However, whether or not CBD oil is psychoactive may be up for debate.
That’s because CBD alters brain chemistry by activating brain receptors related to mood and behavior such as:
● Dopamine receptors
● Serotonin receptors
● Opioid receptors
● Vanilloid receptors
● GRP55 receptors
● CB1 and CB2 receptors
● And others
Although CBD exerts a naturally calming effect that may promote changes to the mood that may be considered psychoactive, it doesn’t have a high affinity to bind with CB1 receptors responsible for meditating psychoactive responses. It also isn’t molecularly structured in a way that exerts psychotropic properties on the brain.
Myth #7: CBD is Another Type of Marijuana
CBD doesn’t make you feel high or stoned like marijuana, so it can’t really be considered another type of marijuana. The difference between marijuana and CBD-rich hemp is understandably confusing at first.
Hemp and marijuana are from the same species of plant: cannabis. The cannabis plant has many different variants or strains, each with its own chemical profile and properties.
When cannabis is very low in THC and high in CBD, we call it hemp. So technically, you could say that CBD oil is another type of “non-intoxicating cannabis.”
Cannabis was once a main staple in the American Pharmacopoeia before becoming outlawed in all of its forms in the mid-twentieth century.
Now, CBD-rich hemp is making a comeback to holistic health and wellness, one person at a time.
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