Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the products derived from cannabis that is currently in the news. Recently legalized in several countries, it is attracting a lot of interest from consumers looking for new natural products to treat themselves or simply to lead a healthy life. But what is it exactly? To find out, let’s take a look at what the experts say about the various myths associated with CBD, and what is true and false.
What is cannabidiol (CBD)?
CBD is one of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis. It is often extracted from the cannabis plant from male flowers, stems and leaves. The main difference between CBD and THC (another psychotropic cannabinoid) is that it does not cause psychoactive effects, i.e. it does not make you “high”. Aside from its lack of psychoactive effect, CBD can be used to relieve certain symptoms such as chronic pain, muscle spasms, anxiety and depression. It is also used to promote better sleep quality and a stronger immune system.
Myth 1: CBD is illegal
False! In most countries, including the United States, CBD is completely legal if found in food products. According to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp-based products must have a THC concentration of less than 0.3% to be considered legal. Additionally, CBD from non-legal sources (like cannabis) is still considered illegal.
Myth 2: People who take CBD end up abusing it
False! CBD is generally well tolerated by most people, with no harm done. It also has no addictive effects, so it’s not addictive. While you may experience some form of physical or psychological dependence, you don’t have to worry about becoming addicted to CBD.
Myth 3: All CBD products are the same
False! CBD products are very diverse and can vary in quality and concentration. Some CBD products contain significant amounts of THC, which can cause psychoactive effects. Therefore, you should purchase high-quality CBD products from reputable brands.
Myth 4: CBD oils and tinctures are the same thing
False! Even though they are both made from cannabis plants, CBD oils and tinctures are very different. CBD-based oils are made from hemp seed oil extracts, while tinctures are made from cannabis flower, leaf, and stem extracts. CBD oils are more concentrated and have a longer shelf life, while tinctures are less concentrated and have a short shelf life.
Myth 5: CBD is a miracle drug
False! While CBD can be helpful for certain medical conditions, it cannot be considered a miracle cure. It’s important to remember that results can vary from person to person and your doctor is the best judge of what’s right for you. Therefore, you should consult with a medical professional before you start taking CBD-based supplements.
Even though CBD is legal in many countries and has promising medical applications, it’s important to keep in mind that some popular myths surrounding CBD are not based on scientifically proven information. We hope this article has helped you differentiate between the myths and facts about CBD so you can make informed decisions.