Ever since the passage of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 in the United States and similar hemp-friendly legislation in European nations, the popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) has exploded. Large-scale media, small-scale blogs, and neighbours all discuss the benefits and uses of CBD products.
However, with the proliferation of cannabidiol comes information and misinformation. As a judicious consumer, it’s important you can discern the difference. Here are five of the most popular myths that surround CBD and cannabis.
1. All Cannabis Makes You Feel High
When people hear the word cannabis, they often imagine one of the high-inducing illicit drugs. Yet, they’re actually just thinking of one strain of the cannabis plant family. To set the record straight, these strains are not all created equal. The effects of cannabis are much different than the effects of CBD.
Botanically, cannabis refers to species like indica, sativa, and ruderalis and includes countless strains. Some strains are rich in the high-inducing compound, THC, but many contain little or no THC and a lot of CBD. These non-psychotropic strains are cultivated as industrial hemp and contain less than 0.2% THC.
Industrial hemp is used for many health-promoting and environmentally-friendly purposes, from crafting sustainable textiles and making compostable plastic substitutes to making CBD-rich healthcare and wellness products.
In pharmaceutical drugs like Epidiolex, hemp is used to produce a THC-free, cannabidiol remedy for Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
Medical cannabis, which does get users high, is currently being used to address medical issues such as glaucoma, pain associated with cancer, and anxiety. While medical cannabis is not yet legal in all EU countries, hemp and CBD are legal in every EU country except Slovakia.
Hemp is not a gateway drug, nor can it get you high. It is one of the most important strains of cannabis sativa that may have exponential benefits for health and renewable resources. CBD is quickly becoming an important part of our efforts to produce a healthier and more sustainable society.
2. CBD Is Addictive
Because CBD does not induce a high, it is not an addictive substance. CBD-users experience only the beneficial effects of hemp and none of the negative effects. Many enthusiasts of CBD state that they experience improvements in markers of mental health and say that CBD helps relax the nervous system.
While more substantial clinical trials are currently underway, studies show that CBD has the potential to ease symptoms of mental health ailments due to its ability to promote calm, focus, and concentration.
Far from being a substance that promotes long-term addictive behaviour or heavy users, CBD can improve your sense of well-being and help you feel more balanced.
3. All CBD Suppliers Are the Same
If you obtain your CBD from a reputable supplier, these products are safe and effective. However, some manufacturers sell CBD which is tainted, ineffective, or produced from the wrong strains of cannabis sativa.
A certificate of analysis can reassure you that your CBD contains little or no THC, all the beneficial cannabinoids, no heavy metals, and no harmful chemicals. Look for this when you’re purchasing your CBD products.
4. CBD Is Snake Oil
There is scientific evidence to support that CBD interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system, which is said to regulate the body’s homeostasis, mood, immunity, and pain perception. CBD communicates with the endocannabinoid system’s CB1 and CB2 receptors. This produces the calming, focusing, soreness-relieving effects that many users discuss.
However, many people give up on CBD after trying just one product, saying that it just didn’t do the trick for them. Others say that it’s snake oil and utterly ineffective. There are many logical reasons that these individuals didn’t experience the benefits of CBD as quickly as they would have liked.
For example, they might have purchased CBD from an unreliable manufacturer. Check Trustpilot ratings, reviews, and lab test results before you buy.
In addition, they may have not taken the proper dosage, which differs according to your age, weight, and height. As the endocannabinoid system is unique from person to person, each individual will feel different effects at different dosages.
One person may require more CBD while their neighbour needs less. This does not mean CBD is ineffective; it just means you may have to experiment with dosages to find your optimal CBD experience.
5. All CBD Products Have The Same Effects
Another mistake new CBD users commonly make is to only try one type of CBD product or to not try CBD for long enough. CBD products can also be used in different ways. If you take CBD oil sublingually, it will take longer to reach your ECS than if you vape an e-liquid. Here are some of the most popular CBD products on the market today.
- Full-Spectrum CBD Oil
Full-Spectrum CBD oil includes all the cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp plant, including non-psychotropic, trace amounts of THC. You’ll experience the entourage effect, which is where other cannabinoids and terpenes boost the wellness advantages of CBD. This may take 30-60 minutes to fully take effect.
- CBD E-Liquid
CBD e-liquid can be used in vapes, allowing you to enjoy your CBD on-the-go. Set your herbal vaporizer to 200 degrees Celsius and add your e-liquid to the cartridge. This is the fastest delivery system for CBD to your body. With the right dose, users report an almost immediate boost to their well-being.
- CBD Balms and Creams
Recommended for athletes or for individuals who struggle with activity-induced soreness, CBD balm allows you to apply cannabidiol onto the skin to target muscles and ligaments that may be tight or inflamed from exercise and overuse. CBD balms and creams may not provide the whole-body wellness effect that you get from an oil or e-liquid, but it may help relax sore muscles.
- CBD Isolate
CBD isolate crystals are pure cannabidiol. Tasteless and easy to mix with favourite cooking fats like coconut oil or organic butter, it’s also a great option for CBD-infused recipes. Much like CBD oil, it can provide whole-body benefits in 30-60 minutes, but it does not harness the entourage effect. For some people, this may work as well, but if you are regularly drug tested in your occupation, CBD isolate is preferable.
The sheer novelty of CBD means that many people have many questions about what it is and how it works. This is normal, and this is also why the Canzon team is here to help. If you have any questions about CBD, the latest studies, or CBD products, contact us. We want to help you feel educated and empowered when it comes to your health.