Ready for Some CBD Oil Myth Debunking?
Along with the global growth of the Cannabidiol market, there is growth in CBD myths as well. The buzz around this topic makes it difficult to tell which information is true—is CBD oil psychoactive? Is it addictive? Will it show up on a drug test? We’ll go through some of the most common myths about medical CBD in order to help you understand this medicinal component of the Hemp plant. Let’s get started.
Here are the 7 Most Common Myths of CBD Oil:
- CBD Oil Can Make You High
- CBD Oil is Addictive
- CBD Will Make You Feel Sleepy All the Time
- CBD Oil Always Comes from Hemp
- CBD is Only Safe for Adults
- CBD Will Show Up in a Drug Test
- CBD Oil Products are Illegal
What is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is the liquid extract from the Hemp plant—the oil became popular because of its medicinal properties, helping with various kinds of pain and discomfort such as anxiety and stress. Take it from the Harvard Medical School: Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most prevailing active component of the hundreds of elements in Cannabis or Marijuana. However, while CBD may be a necessary component of medicinal Marijuana, CBD oil is extracted directly from the Hemp plant which lacks the causation of addiction or getting “high”. Also, even the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that CBD oil had no effects indicating dependence or abuse of the substance among humans. So, let’s get the myths, listed above, debunked one by one.
Myth #1: CBD Oil Can Make You High
The element that can get you “high”, in most Cannabis or Marijuana products, is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and given that CBD oil contains less than 0.3% of THC, you definitely won’t get high. Also, one of the similar myths you’ll most likely encounter is that CBD is not psychoactive—this is probably a lack of understanding of how the herb extract helps your mind. CBD oil will make you feel a bit calmer, and it can also help you combat anxiety and get some good sleep. So, we cannot say that it doesn't entirely affect your mind... but it’s surely non-intoxicating and you can take it without worrying about getting “stoned.”
Myth #2: CBD Oil is Addictive
Studies have shown the opposite: CBD can be used to treat addiction. These studies, done both on humans and animals, have revealed that cannabidiol can be a potential treatment for cocaine, heroin, and cigarette addiction. Through the interaction with the endocannabinoid system (responsible for regulating balance in the human body), CBD activates CB1 receptors in our bodies, bringing the “feel good” factor which makes it a good supplement for treating depression or pain.
Myth #3: CBD Will Make You Feel Sleepy All the Time
Thanks to the way that it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, CBD can relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety, and it can also help you with your sleep. However, relaxation is not the same as sedation and it’s important to underline that CBD oil won’t make you feel sleepy or tired. This can only come as a side effect when the taken dosage is higher than it should have been. Therefore, it’s important that you should always consult a doctor to determine the right dose for yourself, depending on your issue and personal tolerance.
Myth #4: CBD Oil Always Comes from Hemp
CBD oil can be extracted from both Hemp and Marijuana but it will work the same. In both cases, when isolated, Cannabidiol will contain less than 0.3% of THC and its capacity will stay unchanged. But this is exactly what makes the importance of choosing the right brand. There are three options out there: full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate. While CBD isolate is the only pure CBD that doesn’t contain additional compounds from the herb, the most popular CBD on the market is the full-spectrum one. To help you decide which type of CBD oil you should get, here’s a brief description of each CBD type:
Full-Spectrum CBD OilThis is the most usual type of Cannabis used for medical purposes—it is extracted from Cannabis plants that have THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the hallucinogenic component in Marijuana plants. Also, full-spectrum CBD is composed of hundreds of Cannabinoids found in Cannabis plants.
Broad-Spectrum CBD OilThis type of CBD oil is simply a full-spectrum CBD oil BUT without any THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). This is for people who do not want any traces of THC in their bloodstream—mostly due to legalization reasons.
This CBD type is an unblended crystalline powder that holds 99% pure CBD. Nothing more. It does not have any odor or taste, and it can be used in a variety of ways.
Myth #5: CBD is Only Safe for Adults
False! CBD products are also safe for children and even animals. Besides from a large CBD oil benefits list and its non-toxic nature, there are no long-term damage or side effects Cannabidiol products have caused to the public’s health. Also, CBD oil gained its popularity as an aid for the treatment of children with epilepsy. However, remember that it’s important to have the right dosage and consult a health professional when letting children consume CBD oil or Cannabidiol in any form.
Myth #6: CBD Will Show Up in a Drug Test
Pure Cannabidiol or CBD isolate would never show up in a drug test, but there are some reasons as to why the test can have a false positivity such as the strength and composition of the CBD components, brand labeling or secondhand exposure to THC. To minimize these risks, you should always do thorough research about where you’re getting your CBD oil... and what kind of CBD products you are getting.
Myth #7: CBD Oil Products are Illegal
There is no need to worry about Ireland's laws when it comes to CBD oil because cannabis-based products are fully legal here. On the other hand, cannabidiol regulations are different around the world. In the United States, you are allowed to bring CBD products with you, only if they were extracted from the Hemp plant.
Final Thoughts & Final TipsConsidering these debunked myths and a few grey areas around Cannabidiol, if you want to buy CBD oil or any cannabidiol-infused products, here are some final tips that we think you’ll need:
- Check the laws of your area or state
- Lookup for reliable brands
- Find trustworthy CBD products and consult a doctor for the right dosage.