CBD’s recent rise in popularity has prompted everyone, laypeople and scientists alike, to take a closer look at the health properties of this astounding compound. But, while the scientific community is busy taking the long route to test CBD’s medicinal properties - via rigorous testing and replication studies - the Internet is teeming with CBD myths. Some of these myths about CBD are simple misunderstandings but others are dangerous since they might discourage people from trying a medicine that can reduce the symptoms they’re experiencing.
In this post, we at The Kind Kart decided to take a look at the 8 most common CBD myths and explain just why they do not pass muster. And, we’ll back it all up with science so you can double-check our claims yourself!
Like with everything else on the Internet, it’s important to keep track of CBD myths for one reason - so you’re not duped by unsubstantiated claims, whether they are pro CBD or against it.
There’s a lot we don’t know yet about this particular cannabinoid but, the truth is, it’s still the one that’s been most heavily researched, which means that there’s a lot that we do know about it.
Allow us to clear up that which we do know so you can get on with figuring out if CBD is the course of treatment that will work for you.
Let’s put this in no uncertain terms - CBD does not have the same psychoactive effects as THC and does not create a similar “high”. While it is psychoactive - in a sense that it does alter the biochemistry of the brain after use - CBD does not cause euphoria, paranoia, or similar effects that are attributed to THC.
Research has already determined that CBD binds to CB receptors in a different way than THC. That’s the main reason why its effects are more subdued, at least those that have mind-altering consequences. If you’re thinking about using pure CBD - the kind that we sell here at The Kind Kart - you can rest easy knowing that your judgment, critical thinking, and motor skills will not be affected.
While it’s true that most people who use CBD use it to treat a certain symptom, the claim that it just has a medical use is yet another CBD myth.
Or, to put it in other terms, it’s an over-exaggeration.
CBD has calming properties that are beneficial for people fighting anxiety attacks and depression. However, these particular properties work wonders even if you suffer from mild work-related stress and just need to unwind a bit. To do that, you don’t have to smoke a blunt or touch anything with any amount of THC you’re not comfortable with. A nice CBD oil or a tincture will do wonders for you if your aim is to occasionally de-stress and find your center.
CBD usage is not associated with any heavy side-effects, that is true. However, claiming that it doesn’t have any side-effects at all is a gross misrepresentation of the facts. Depending on the dosage and how you use CBD, common side-effects can include:
As with any other substance, including the most basic things such as water and vitamins, too much of a good thing holds true for CBD as well. Depending on your metabolism, you might experience some of these side-effects if you unnecessarily up your dosage. The important thing to do is to increase the dosage slightly over time and to test the effect the new dosage has on you. If you notice sleepiness or lack of concentration, it’s time to cut back, especially if you’re used to doing things like driving while under the influence of CBD.
It’s understandable that you might worry about anything showing up in your drug test, particularly if mandated by the state or your employer. That’s one test you want to come out off squeaky clean, right?
We have some good news for you!
CBD will never show up in a drug test for the simple reason that no drug test looks for it. Drug tests have been specifically calibrated to look for THC and THC metabolites (compounds THC turns into in the body) but there’s no test that takes into account CBD or its metabolites. If you’re using pure CBD, this means that you have nothing at all to worry about!
However, it’s important to point out that not all CBD products are THC-free. Some oils incorporate THC, other cannabinoids, and terpenes into their formula because they want to take advantage of the entourage effect (more on that below). If you’re looking for a completely pure CBD oil, we recommend The Kind Kart’s vape pens - they are full spectrum CBD with a guaranteed level of THC below 0.3% - you get the benefits of the entourage effects without triggering drug tests!
Out more than 100 cannabinoids, it would be foolish to think that CBD is the only one with any worthwhile medicinal properties. In fact, research suggests that CBD works best when accompanied with other cannabinoids, such as THC, CBV, CBCV, CBDV, and others, as well as the plant’s natural terpenes.
This is called the entourage effect and what it actually does is enhance and refine the effect of each cannabinoid through the mere presence of other cannabinoids and terpenes in the mix.
Another pervasive myth about CBD is that you need to take it in large amounts for it to be beneficial. That’s not true at all. In fact, taking increased doses continuously can cause significant side-effects to appear, as we have mentioned above. The key in CBD treatment is taking a dose that works for you, and that depends on what you’re trying to treat.
Since CBD, like THC, is highly biphasic, which means that you need to dose it just right. Take too little, and you won’t feel any effects at all, or you will become more alert. Take too much, and you will be groggy and sleepy which, again, is maybe not the effect that you want to go for. The sweet spot is somewhere in the middle - taking just enough to feel the sedative effects if you’re treating pain but not so much that interferes with your regular day.
It’s important to note that using CBD for its anti-inflammatory properties requires especially careful dosing. At one point, over-medication starts to mess with these properties, which means that you’re taking higher doses to no effect.
You will often hear that hemp CBD is not as effective as marijuana CBD, simply because the marijuana plant is richer in cannabinoids. That might have been true in the past but it’s no longer viable since hemp farming has made great progress in recent years.
Basically, if we’re talking about pure CBD, there’s no difference between the compound produced by the hemp plant and the one produced by the marijuana plant. Both are chemically identical and have the same effect on the human body. The difference lies in the fact that hemp CBD will generally have a lot less THC and other cannabinoids in it, which means that the entourage effect is not as pronounced with it. This should not deter you from using it - many manufacturers add exact percentages of other cannabinoids and terpenes to their CBD oils, taking great care not to exceed the allowed THC limit. This makes the hemp oils just as effective as marijuana oils, with the added benefit of knowing just how much THC is in every milliliter.
Surprisingly, there’s still a lot of confusion about this one so let’s clear it up. Hemp-derived CBD is perfectly legal in most states in the US (bar Kansas, South Dakota, and Idaho), and almost everywhere around the world. True, it became legal in the US just last year (2018) but that’s definitely progress. On the other hand, only a handful of US states allow the use of marijuana-derived CBD. Since marijuana is still a Class I drug, every byproduct made from it, including CBD (which is not mind-altering) is classified the same. We’re hoping that this will change in the coming years. Until then, make sure to use only hemp-derived CBD to be on the right side of the law.
Next time you read about any of these CBD myths online, make a point to correct them by commenting and leaving your opinion. It’s important to fight this kind of misinformation if we want CBD to be judged fairly in the coming years and if we want it to take its rightful place among numerous plant-derived compounds that have enormous health benefits!