When you look at the history of cannabinol (CBD), you quickly realize nothing is new about this natural compound. CBD has been around for thousands of years, and during that time, it was regularly considered a potential medicinal tool. The newness of CBD lies in its introduction to the western world in the form of different products. CBD-infused products come in many ways, from oil tinctures to edibles, vape liquids, skincare products, balms, candles, and so much more.
Often a trending product on social media, this natural compound’s popularity is undoubtedly on the rise, but with more fans comes the scrutiny by the critics who want us to see CBD's dark side. The question is, is there a dark side to CBD, or are these only myths? The following are five CBD myths busted to clear the area around this natural compound.
1. CBD and marijuana are the same things.
The simple answer is no. Derivation of CBD from the marijuana plant is possible, but so is a derivation from the hemp plant. Hemp-derived CBD is the safest option because hemp contains a low percentage of THC. Indeed, hemp-derived CBD has less than 0.3 percent THC.
On the other hand, marijuana-derived CBD can contain a higher THC level because the marijuana plant has a high THC percentage. The question is, why does THC mark a critical difference? You can learn more about that in the next myth-busting point.
2. You can get high from CBD.
CBD derived from hemp has a low THC content and cannot make users experience mind-altering effects associated with marijuana. A CBD product has a lower THC content than marijuana, which can have up to 30 percent THC. When CBD products contain less than 0.3 percent THC, there is no risk of getting high nor a risk of overdosing. Users prefer CBD because a lack of THC means there is no risk of getting paranoid or more anxious.
So when it comes to purchasing CBD products, be sure to check the THC content to ensure it has the percentage you prefer. CBD and marijuana come in similar forms, including edibles, vape liquids, and creams. Some cannabis farmers even sell marijuana seeds in 2020.
3. The CBD industry is sketchy.
The CBD industry is booming, but it is relatively young, and only time will tell us how it will evolve. Since it is new, there are no standard guidelines or regulations on proper cultivation, production, and manufacturing. As a result, some CBD brands are selling low-quality products to make money fast.
Nevertheless, there are professional brands that are taking care to provide users with high-quality products. They are doing so by being transparent about their production process and providing users the answers to their questions.
A reliable way of determining the quality of a product is through the Certificate of Analysis. A quality product will have a document accredited by a lab that will show the full composition.
4. There's barely any research on CBD.
The research on CBD is limited because most researchers are only permitted to experiment on rodents rather than humans. However, there is a growing body of research, where PubMed alone holds over 20,000 citations regarding CBD and the endocannabinoid system.
The one exception of CBD research is when it comes to children with a rare form of epilepsy known as Dravet's syndrome. In this case, the studies resulted in the FDA approving the first-ever CBD-based drug that children as young as two years old can take.
5. CBD Products Are Illegal.
Because of the 2018 US Farm Bill, this statement is now a myth. CBD products are legal in all the US states and some other countries, as long as their THC content is below 0.3 percent. You can travel with CBD products without getting into trouble as you would with marijuana. However, it is essential to prove your products contain less than 0.3 percent THC.
Now that you know more about CBD, this could be the time to explore this natural compound. CBD is considered safer than marijuana due to its lack of psychoactive effects. However, it is best to consult a medical professional before using it to take the right dose and choose the best brand.