6 Misconceptions About CBD – Do You Know Them All?
Once ignored and irrelevant, CBD is now attracting more interest among scientists and doctors. Cannabidiol, in short CBD, which is an active component of the cannabis plant, continues to gain popularity for its abundance of potential medical uses.
However, with the growing awareness of the cannabinoid as a potential treatment for a wide range of diseases and conditions, there is also a lot of misconceptions about CBD and its uses.
You’ve probably heard that this cannabinoid is derived from the cannabis plant and, contrary to THC, it’s non-psychoactive.
But are you sure that everything you’ve heard about CBD is true?
As with many popular trends, various myths have grown around cannabidiol. Below you’ll find most popular misconceptions about cannabidiol so that you can be more aware of all the benefits that come with CBD.
#1 CBD is non-psychoactive and non-psychotropic
You may be surprised to learn that CBD is usually mischaracterized in a range of sources as a non-psychotropic or non-psychoactive ingredient of the cannabis plant. However, this term is inaccurate, given the specific conditions and diseases CBD can help with. Cannabidiol is reported by many patients to have pharmacological benefits when it comes to treating addiction, anxiety, schizophrenia and even depression. Thus, CBD actually has an effect on the person’s mental state which means it is psychoactive. A more accurate way to name CBD is “non-intoxicating” because the cannabinoid won’t make you high, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol.
#2 CBD is sedating
Many people spread the misconception about CBD being sedating. However, for most users, the cannabinoid has shown to be altering and counteracting to the sedative effects of psychoactive THC. Moreover, it turns out that cannabidiol delays the time of sleep and reduces the “hangover” associated with THC. Why do people believe that CBD is sedating? Although pure cannabidiol itself may not have such properties, many CBD-infused drugs and products do induce sedating effects.
But it’s not associated with CBD, rather with the presence of myrcene, which is a terpene of cannabis usually responsible for the “couch-lock” effect.
#3 CBD is medicinal, THC is recreational
This one is probably the biggest misconception of all. Many people believe that cannabidiol is a medical part of the cannabis plant, while THC is its recreational component, the one that gets you high. However, tetrahydrocannabinol may actually come with as many medical benefits as CBD. And yes, cannabidiol has a huge potential of bringing life-changing effects for a specific group of patients, but most medical consumers using cannabis for major medical cases profit from a mix of both CBD and THC. Actually, those with serious conditions and diseases tend to lean more on THC. It turns out that the compound that gets you high may also help you manage certain symptoms of serious conditions.
#4 All CBD is the same, no matter the source
According to many cannabis opponents, the source of CBD doesn’t matter, as it’s all equal. They claim that whether you’re consuming hemp derived CBD oil, or smoking weed, your body won’t see the difference.
Nonetheless, the source of your cannabidiol is important. You can derive CBD from hemp, but it’s definitely not the best source of this active compound of the cannabis plant. When compared to cannabis strains that have both THC and CBD, industrial hemp seems to provide less powerful CBD. This is why such great amounts of industrial hemp are needed for deriving even small amounts of cannabidiol oil. Moreover, CBD creates synergy with THC, which is why breeders and some researchers believe in the advantage of the so-called whole plant medicine over single-substance extracts.
#5 CBD will make you high
Yes, you would be surprised to learn how many people still live in the fear of getting high from cannabidiol. As I’ve mentioned before, despite being psychoactive, CBD doesn’t get you high the way THC does.
However, the cannabinoid induces relaxation and may be helpful when it comes to treating depression or anxiety. You may find CBD extremely handy after a stressful day at work when all you want to do is unwind and spend a calm evening at home. It turns out that cannabidiol positively affects both our emotions and mood while improving sleep.
This active compound in cannabis is capable of relieving tension and anxiety, helping to relax during stressful moments. Those who regularly use CBD report a noticeable, positive change in their emotions. They seem to be more relaxed, have the better mood and have more energy.
#6 CBD is not safe for children
Once you’ve learned that CBD is actually psychoactive, you’re probably thinking it’s not safe for children.
But you couldn’t be more wrong.
Although CBD may be derived from the same cannabis plant as THC, it impacts our body in a slightly different way. With a number of studies, many researchers have come to the conclusion that cannabidiol is not only safe but also comes with a range of benefits for both adults and children.
Moreover, there is a growing number of children using cannabidiol to treat a myriad of pediatric diseases. CBD is not only completely safe for children, but also comes with no serious side effects whatsoever.
The sad truth is, cannabidiol isn’t usually the first choice when it comes to doctors treatment recommendation for children. Typically, CBD is used later on, only when the traditional treatment has failed.
Now that we’ve separated the facts and myths, and you’re aware of these misconceptions about CBD, you no longer need to believe everything you hear about this cannabinoid.
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