Common Myths About CBD and THC
(BOLD: Link to the article that is educational on CBD) Cannabidiol (CBD) has been an exciting new focus for many different reasons. Not only can it be found in all of the marketplace and on social media, but it also is an exciting new topic for the medical field. Just a few years back, CBD was pretty much unknown. Now, there is a whole industry surrounding CBD, THC, and marijuana. However, there is not a ton of education circulating directly to the consumer. With that in mind, it’s important to acknowledge that there are many myths circulating in the air about CBD, THC, and marijuana.
Some of these myths may sound like a dream come true and can be easy to believe. However, it is important to know that not all of these myths are true. In fact, many of them will be false. As you begin to educate yourself about CBD, you should be cautious about the things you hear and do your research before believing any claims that are made.
With the goal of busting some of these well-developed myths, we want to ensure that you can understand what some of these myths are, what the facts are and how you can understand how you can spot these myths in the future. In this article, we aim to educate the public on some of the most common myths, which you can learn more about below.
Myth #1: CBD is only medical; THC is only recreational.
CBD has been classified as a “non-psychoactive” substance, meaning that it does not alter one’s consciousness or state of mind. But, even though CBD does not offer mind-altering effects as THC does, there is no way it could fail to impact one’s consciousness when it has been implied that CBD is a relaxant and may help with one’s symptoms such as cravings, anxiety or chronic pain.
CBD clearly impacts us, often in beneficial ways. It does not, however, offer mental or physical effects as THC does with most, even in high doses. CBD can be considered psycho-active due to this, but is it non-intoxicating. This is where the myth comes into play, as THC does offer symptoms that offer mental or physical effects. These effects have otherwise been explained as feeling “high”.
It’s important to note that not all consumers have realized that CBD is not the only medicinal part of the plant. Some people do believe this is leading to develop and grow this myth. In saying that, many believe that THC is purely for recreation and not used for medicinal purposes. THC is both medicinal and recreational. The similarity between the two is that they both are medicinal. CBD, unlike THC, is typically not considered recreational because it does not give off the same effect that makes you feel ‘high’. CBD is a relaxant, but you will not get those psychoactive effects that you might get from having THC.
Myth #2: CBD is very addictive.
This is one of the most popular myths about CBD. It is said that CBD is addictive. However, this reasoning is primarily because of the talk around marijuana or THC being addictive. Because of this, you may find that many people are hesitant to try CBD-infused products because some strains are extracted from marijuana and marijuana can be said by some to be a ‘gateway drug.’
Now, let’s take some time to bust this myth! Studies have shown that CBD is not addictive. In fact, marijuana and CBD are very different even though CBD can be originated from marijuana. Many people do not understand that one of the biggest cautions around marijuana is the aspect of THC, which is what causes one to feel ‘high’. However, CBD can also be extracted from hemp, which has very little THC (less than .03%). If you are concerned about CBD being extracted from marijuana, you can also look into finding CBD hemp oil. Additionally, CBD oil should not contain more than .03% THC and you should always do your research regarding the product you are considering using.
Myth #3 CBD is sedating.
Many people have the belief that CBD is sedating and therefore, they avoid using it altogether. This, of course, is a common myth that we think we need to bust. CBD is not sedating; it is only alerting. While CBD is a relaxant, it has been shown to actually counteract the sedative effects of THC. As mentioned in myth #1, CBD should not give off that ‘high’ feeling like THC or marijuana does. A big part of this myth is that some think that a higher dose will produce a more sedating effect. However, CBD has not been known to do this. CBD is not a sedation tool, but a relaxant. You don’t want to get the two definitions confused. A relaxant may help with some of your symptoms such as anxiety or chronic pain, depending on how your body responds to the product. However, a sedation tool is a whole different ball game. Depending on how your body responds, CBD should not offer a feeling of sedation and it should not offer mind-altering effects.
Myth #4: You only need a small dose of CBD.
While using very low doses of cannabis may help relieve any physical or mental symptoms, it may enhance your ESC (link to article explaining this), help you to avoid experiencing any side effects from the cannabis and prevent you from developing a high tolerance to cannabis, using high doses of CBD can be beneficial depending on how you body reacts to the product. This is especially important to acknowledge when you are using the product without a high quantity of THC. Every person reacts differently, which means that the dosage that works for you will probably not be the same for me. With that in mind, it is always important to note that we do recommend reaching out to your physician to see what dosage would be best for you.
Now, to compare the two. First off, it’s important to acknowledge and understand that CBD is much less reactive than THC at relieving any symptoms due to the way they work with your body. For example, if you are experiencing pain or anxiety, THC may provide you with some relief with a very small dosage. On the other hand, CBD may work better in a larger dose. However, once again, we do recommend reaching out to your physician to see what dosage would be best for you because the way you respond to each product is dependent on you, your symptoms and your body.
Myth #5: All CBD is the same.
This is a common myth and has come about due to the lack of education surrounding CBD, THC, and marijuana. Many bundle CBD and THC together and believe they are the same thing. Even more, THC has marijuana attached to it and many people believe CBD is only from marijuana. While CBD is the same regardless of its origin, that doesn’t mean the effects will be the same. This is important to note if the strain of CBD you are consuming came from marijuana rather than from hemp. It’s also important to note this due to the THC content of the cannabis plant that it is derived from. The reason for this is marijuana contains up to 30% of THC while hemp has a very limited amount of it. CBD can enhance the therapeutic effects of THC while reducing adverse effects. Even very low levels of THC, plus additional components of the cannabis plant, seem to enhance the benefits of CBD. Having knowledge of the origin will help you further understand how your body might feel after using your CBD products.
Myth #6: CBD will make you high.
This is one of the biggest myths out there, which is a big part of why there is a large stigma attached to CBD. The truth is, CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. This means that it does not have mind-altering effects, unlike THC. THC is psychoactive and does have mind-altering effects, which gives you that ‘high’ feeling. When you understand the difference between the two substances, you are able to really see how this one is a common myth that many people believe! CBD, as is THC, is a relaxant. But, just because it is a relaxant doesn’t mean it offers mind-altering effects. This can even be true in high dosages, depending on your body’s response!
Myth #7: CBD is only extracted from marijuana.
This might be one of the main aspects of the stigma around CBD. Many people choose to believe that CBD is only extracted from marijuana prior to doing their research, which is why many people have caution around CBD-infused products. In fact, Marijuana is one of the varieties of the cannabis plant. Marijuana is known for its high tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. Another variety of cannabis is hemp. Hemp is rich with CBD and is another source where it can be extracted. Hemp has low THC levels, around less than 0.3% and actually contains high amounts of fiber, making this variety great for medicinal purposes.
Myth #8: Cannabis is completely Illegal.
While there has been some buzz around the legalization of cannabis, many people still think that it is illegal to possess. Furthermore, some believe that there is no regulation surrounding this plant.
All in all, the legality of using CBD will depend on where you live. The majority of the states have now legalized medical cannabis or medical marijuana. In fact, 33 US states permit the use of medical cannabis or medical marijuana and 10 of those also allow you to actually use it for recreational purposes. On the downside, three US states have completely banned cannabis and cannabinoids such as CBD and marijuana.
Myth #9: Cannabidiol works by activating cannabinoid receptors.
We all have an ESC, which helps us respond to illness and injury, and it is always functioning with all of our organs and tissues to keep us healthy. The therapeutic effects of CBD are similar in many ways to those of THC. Both are said to possibly offer some relief to chronic pain, nausea, anxiety, insomnia and mood change. In addition, it is said that both may decrease inflammation. We know that THC works like our bodies’ endocannabinoids (link to an article explaining how this works) and it can be said that CBD works the same with your ESC, but this is a myth. CBD does not directly stimulate the CB1 or CB2 receptors, as does THC. Instead, it actually turns down their activity level, causing a mild to moderate decrease in the effects of THC.
How to Get Your Hands on CBD
Now that we have gone over some of the most common myths surrounding cannabidiol, we know that you might now be interested in actually giving it a try. Some CBD-infused products that you might enjoy may include CBD-infused balms or lotions, CBD-infused drops or even CBD-capsules.
If you decide that you do want to try some CBD-infused products, you want to make sure you:
Check your state’s laws: Checking your state’s laws is one of the most important tips we can give you before you purchase any CBD products. You want to make sure that purchasing, possessing, and consuming these items are legal. If you do discover that using these products is allowed in the state you currently reside in, you are going to want to know how much you are allowed to have on you at all times and in your place of residence. This is very important to look into and acknowledge before doing anything such as purchasing or consuming these products!
Look for a reputable source: To ensure your safety, make sure that you source your CBD products from a reputable source – (assuming you sell CBD products? If so, maybe link to your all product pages here?) With that in mind, you want to make sure you do your research before purchasing your products. Before purchasing, there are a few key questions to note as you do your research:
- You want to ask if it is organic.
This is important in ensuring the safety of the CBD products before consuming. If the product is not organic, you want to ensure that it does not contain any pesticides, fungicides or solvents. High-quality CBD oils could most likely be made from organically-grown hemp so they are free of any toxins!
- You want to understand how the CBD oil has been processed.
When you are searching for CBD products, you will want to figure out what extraction method was used. Some examples of safe extraction methods include CO2 and cold press extraction.
- You want to make sure there has been testing or analysis.
You might want to consider searching for companies who have tested their product and are willing to provide you with a certificate of analysis, otherwise known as COA. This can include data on pesticides, heavy metals and more in their product.
- You want to check for the THC level.
You will want to check every product for its THC potency! Some products contain higher levels of THC. When you are searching for your product, you want to ensure there is less than .03% THC.
- You want to measure the quality.
How fair is the pricing for the product? Are you paying for quality? CBD products that have higher quality and purity will often have higher prices. Be mindful, but also don’t be afraid to pay for quality products.
Lastly, you want to get products that you are comfortable using. If you are not into smoking, perhaps you might want to try some other alternatives! Some products you might enjoy are topical applications such as CBD-infused balms or lotions or by ingesting CBD in the form of CBD-drops or raw hemp oil or CBD-capsules.
All in all, it’s extremely important that you educate yourself on all the facts of CBD so you are knowledgable about the products you consume. Know that there are many theories circulating in the air about CBD, THC, and marijuana and many of them will be myths. As you begin to educate yourself about CBD, you should be cautious about the things you hear and do your research before believing any claims that are made.
With the goal of busting some of these well-developed myths, we hope we offered you the education you need so that you now understand what some of these circulating myths are and what the actual facts are so you understand how you can spot out these myths in the future.
If you have any questions about whether CBD is right for you, we recommend consulting your doctor. Additionally, if you have any questions about the many myths about CBD, feel free to reach out to us!