In the community of alternative medicine users, CBD may have gained the most fan-base. In a relatively short span, CBD has worn the hearts of many, including one-time cannabis antagonists.Currently, even across no-cannabis zones, you may still find CBD adverts flooding every street and corner – offline and online.
Globally, more and more people are becoming more open-minded, particularly to CBD – thanks to the increasing [good] knowledge about the relatively new compound.
However, there are still plentiful lists of misconceptions trailing the product. Many have built opinions on the compound based on the old age-long baseless political and ethnic propaganda and not necessarily facts.
This article discusses and debunks some common fast-selling myths about CBD that have gained ground over the years.Here are some wrong perceptions about CBD you should know:
1. All CBD products are the same
While this looks true, it isn’t entirely right.
Many think all CBD products are the same, but there are several ethical concerns and varying ingredients in the CBD community that makes almost all products unique.First, CBD comes in three types, with quality which differs across extraction processes and manufacturer’s individual practices.
Generally, the three CBD types include full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate.
Full-spectrum contains all the plant matter in cannabis, including the therapeutic and psychoactive compounds like (CBD and THC) as well as the flavor-causing terpenes, flavonoids – and everything else.While this extract is widely celebrated for its most-potent delivery (called the entourage effect) the THC’s content is a scare for those who dread cannabis’ psychoactive effect.
Broad-spectrum is extracted to deliver a high potent CBD but without causing a head high. Almost similar to the full-spectrum, broad-spectrum CBD contains all the compounds in cannabis, except the psychoactive THC.
As the name suggests, CBD isolate means CBD in its isolated form. CBD isolate is produced through a process that aims to obtain CBD in its purest form. CBD isolate may contain as high as 99 percent CBD – no additional cannabinoids, terpenes and whatnot.
2. CBD is marijuana
CBD is not marijuana, but can be extracted from marijuana – and hemp. Note that both marijuana and hemp are both variants of the cannabis plant.
And although CBD comes from the same plant notable for its ‘stoney’ effect, the compound, in itself, doesn’t cause a head bang – like marijuana, its parent plant.Although there are CBD-rich herbs, CBD isn’t commonly smoked. Typical CBD products include capsules, gummies, oil, and topical applications.
3. CBD is addictive
Unlike weed, you won’t get addicted to CBD.
In fact, the compound is infused in some addiction-recovery therapies to help addicts drop their habit-forming substances like opiates and tobacco dependence.
4. There is no scientific evidence as to CBD therapeutic content.
You probably have heard or read articles that say CBD’s health claims lack scientific evidence.While this claim would be considered true in time past – due to legal restrictions on research – with the increasing legalisation across regions, the narrative has changed.
Lately, more institutions have explored the benefits of CBD and found very promising results.Without scientific back-ups, there would be no increasing legalisation and approved products like Epidiolex, a CBD-infused pharmaceutical for epileptic seizure in children, wouldn’t be a thing.
5. CBD is only sold in black markets
CBD can be bought legally across legal CBD jurisdictions. Even in some territories with cannabis restrictions, CBD can be sold in both offline and online platforms.However, be careful about the source of your CBD. Being a relatively new niche, CBD is still widely under regulated even in territories where CBD is legal.
Without thorough homework, you may end up in the hands of phoney manufacturers who promote their chemical-laden products as quality CBD. These products are not only ineffective, they can make you sick.
6. CBD cures everything
To promote their products, many brands refer to CBD as a cure-call drug. While research has shown a surprising list of health concerns CBD manages, some of these claims on products are without any substantial scientific evidence.
However, a pile of scientific findings, backed by anecdotal reports, say CBD can help manage a range of health concerns, including:
- Insomnia and inflammation
- Pain caused by fibromyalgia, arthritis, etc
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
7. How much CBD you dose doesn’t count
Of course CBD is considered mild and wildly tolerated – even the World Health Organisation reaffirms this.However, CBD is known for its biphasic properties. That is, CBD may deliver the best effect at lower doses than higher doses. In fact, the compound may cause a range of undesirable effects at too high levels.
While there are no hard rules to dosing, but moderation is advised. The rule of thumb says to start with low doses and work your way to higher amounts, taking journals of the effects at every dosage level.
8. CBD may not work for you
This may not be entirely wrong, but the typical interpretation may be taken too far. CBD works differently across users and may not deliver the desired effect at a single dose.CBD binds with a body system called endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for boosting immunity, regulating hormones and, generally, ensures the normal functioning of the body system.
While CBD may not deliver instant effects, regular consumption helps you build healthy endocannabinoid system overtime, hence reducing the likely associated problems.So, the wide spreading CBD-doesn’t-work-for-all concept may be partly wrong. Instead, a single dose may be inadequate to deliver users’ full desire.
Besides, if you’re not getting the desired effect, one or two things might have gone wrong. The chances could be a too-low or too-high dosage, or the condition you’re trying to manage is not in the list of cases CBD manages.
Here are only a handful of the many CBD-based myths about CBD. However, in recent times, research results and increasing awareness seems to be putting most of these ‘lies’ to rest.As the CBD niche continues to burgeon, the right info automatically spreads, based on personal experiences and research results.
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