It’s interesting to see how much the public’s perception about cannabis has changed over the course of a few years. It went from totally illegal to a multi-billion-dollar industry overnight, and certain derivative products like CBD are being more and more legitimized.

CBD is a totally different product than marijuana, however, and one with many promising properties. Still, a lot of people may be apprehensive and have reservations about it. Most of it is because of lingering prejudice about the plant in general. However, once these myths are dispelled, you can really start seeing how great CBD can be as a product. Let’s take a look at some of the myths and misconceptions about CBD oil.

CBD and Marijuana are One and the Same

This is probably one of the most pervasive and damaging misconceptions about CBD. CBD and marijuana do not act on the body the same way and don’t even act on the same set of receptors. THC, the compound that is responsible for the “high” feeling people get from marijuana is almost totally absent when using CBD, which is why you won’t get high at all taking it.

However, it will have an effect on other receptors that might regulate inflammation and pain in the body, which is one of its many benefits. This is why it is so powerful in the treatment of migraines and joint pain/arthritis. You can check this article if you want to learn more about the benefits of CBD.

Furthermore, legal CBD products aren’t even extracted from plants with psychoactive properties. CBD products in America are sourced from hemp, which is the non-active version of the plant, so there’s absolutely no chance that you’ll ever get a high from CBD.

All CBD Products are the Same

A lot of companies will advertise their products as CBD oil when in reality, there will be little to no CBD in them. Some will only use a fraction and will use a variety of other components to mimic the effects.

That’s why it’s very important that you learn how to read the labels and see how much CBD there actually is in the product. One of the main things you should be looking for when buying CBD products from any company is if you can see a lab test result. If you can’t find it anywhere or they’re reluctant to give it to you, then this should be an automatic red flag. Good companies will be proud of their results and won’t hesitate to make them available.

CBD is Dangerous for People of Certain Ages

This is again not true and largely attached to the stigma of the marijuana smoker. CBD has been declared by the World Health Organization as totally safe and it was stated in a report that CBD produced under the right conditions had absolutely no adverse effects on animals or humans.

Various studies have been conducted on CBD, sometimes at a very high dosage, in both infants and older adults. None have reported any adverse effects. As a matter of fact, CBD has been shown to reduce the amount of seizures in a group of children suffering with epilepsy.

The whole hysteria is very ironic when considering the amount of prescription drugs that are administered to children with ADD and ADHD, some which have been proven to be habit forming and potentially dangerous. As a matter of fact, many parents have reported giving CBD to their children to treat anxiety and ADHD symptoms with great results.

CBD is Still Illegal in Some States

This probably stems from the confusion about recreational marijuana federal laws across the country. But in reality, CBD and derived products are now perfectly legal in all states. It all depends on how the product was extracted and its source. As stated earlier, as long as the CBD is derived from the hemp plant and is under the legal THC threshold, which is 0.3%, the product is legal. This is why it’s very important that you know where you get your products from, how they were made, and what’s actually in them.

You Have to Take Huge Doses to Get the Effects

Once again, not true. While the size of the dose will make a difference, it isn’t true that you will get the best result if you take huge quantities of it. As a matter of fact, you could get less results if you go overboard.

There’s actually a sweet spot where you’ll get the best results over which any more will be useless. This sweet spot will depend on the individual. This is why you will need to get familiar with the product and know how much is the perfect dosage for you.

CBD Won’t be Visible on a Drug Test

However, while CBD shouldn’t affect you in your functions, you should still know that it could pop up in drug tests. The minute trace amounts of THC in the product might still show, so you have to be aware of that. If you need to be continually tested in your line of work, you should know that CBD could actually be a problem in your case.

One of the ways that you can reduce the chances of getting flagged is if you avoid full spectrum products. Full spectrum products use the whole plant in the extraction process. What you want is a product that comes from an isolate, which is a crystalline powder that contains almost nothing but CBD. This is done by extracting the CBD after the plant matter has been completely removed through a special purification process. This will reduce the amount of THC to almost zero and make sure that it won’t be flagged in a test.

Conclusion

CBD shouldn’t be feared and could have many benefits that shouldn’t be ignored. Furthermore, it is totally natural, and could decrease your dependence on sometimes very harmful medication. Before you make a judgement on CBD, make sure that you check as much data as possible on it, and see if you could possibly benefit from CBD in your everyday life.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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