Despite the growing popularity and the beneficial effects of CBD, there are still a lot of misconceptions and myths about its use.
Here are 9 misconceptions about CBD/CBD Oil.
1. Cannabidiol is Non-Psychoactive and Non-Psychotropic
From the simplest to the most extensive level of research level you hear CBD being called the non-psychoactive cannabinoid. The reason why this is a misconception is because CBD have an effect on your mental state – it can make a lot of people less anxious or a little more relaxed. So to say that it’s non psychoactive is mischaracterizing because it does have an effect on the mental state but it is not intoxicating in the way that alcohol or THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is. So it is better to say CBD is non-intoxicating rather than non-psychoactive. That is why it has been found to be very effective in treating mental illness, anxiety, and depression.
2. CBD is Most Effective Without THC
Patients are often faced with the option of either using products made from pure CBD isolate or those that include THC and other cannabinoids. Previously, it was believed that CBD in its isolated form was more concentrated and potent than full spectrum CBD. However, a new study has debunked this. The study concluded that full spectrum CBD provided higher levels of relief when compared to CBD isolate.
3. CBD is Sedating
For some people, CBD might be sedating while for others even in high doses it is only alerting or mildly energizing. Very high CBD doses can trigger a biphasic effect and it can promote sleep. We can attribute the sedating effect of certain CBD products to sedating terpenes such as myrcene which can be found in full plant extracts product. Myrcene is a terpene with painkilling and sedative properties.
4. CBD is a CB1 Inverse Agonist Like Rimonabant
Rimonabant is a synthetic cannabinoid and it’s also called SR141617. It is a little bit of a controversial cannabinoid because it caused a lot of adverse effects and got taken off the market right away. Rimonabant is an inverse agonist at the CB1 cannabinoid receptor which basically means it acts as an agonist but produces an opposite effect. So it wasn’t actually used for its effect on the CB1 receptor, it was used as an appetite suppressant.
Rimonabant is used to treat obesity as it works as an appetite suppressant. This is because when THC interacts with the CB1 receptors you get very hungry as an agonist but this was an inverse agonist so it attached to the receptor but produced the opposite effect. CBD on the other hand is not an agonist at the CB1 or CB2 receptor. At the CB1 receptor however it is an antagonist but what it does is it interferes with the binding of THC. So it doesn’t work like Rimonabant rather what it does is it works as an antagonist and it attaches as a negative allosteric modulator (it attaches to a different site) rather than the main site on the cannabinoid receptor.
CBD doesn’t cause the negative effects as Rimonabant and what it does is actually interfere with the attaching of THC to the cannabinoid receptor. That is part of the reason why THC and CBD work well together. There is a less of psycho activity and other effects from THC largely due to the CBD.
5. CBD Turns into THC in the Body
There was a study that led people to believe this however new evidence has refuted this misconception. There is no evidence that CBD turns into THC in the body and this was checked on multiple factors. Extensive clinical trials have demonstrated that ingesting CBD, even in high doses doesn’t cause THC-like psychoactive effects. In contrast, CBD in sufficient amounts can neutralize or even lesson the THC effects. In conclusion, CBD does not turn into THC in the body; it is its own cannabinoid with its own metabolites.
6. CBD Can Get You High
Because CBD and THC are both from the cannabis plant, many assume that using CBD can get you high similar to ingesting THC. Although this is a genuine concern, it is also a misconception. There is a group of receptors known as the Endocannabinoid System within the central nervous system in our body. Researchers believe these receptors controls our mood, appetite, memory, pain sensation, and other important functions.
One of the receptors within the Endocannabinoid System is the CB1 receptor. When the CB1 receptor attaches to THC, it can cause psychoactive effects but when CB1 receptor attaches to CBD it doesn’t cause psychoactive effects.
7. CBD is Legal in all 50 US States
The legal status of CBD is still a gray issue. According to many lawyers working in the cannabis space, CBD from hemp is legal as long as they source it from a compliant Farm Bill state. There is still need for clarity on the legal status of CBD especially at the federal level. CBD is legal in 44 states at the moment; however, the law varies from state to state. While a lot of progress has been of legalizing CBD the laws are yet to be well-defined. Since cannabis legalization in Canada, it has become more accessible to patients and CBD can easily be purchased online.
8. All CBD Products are Created Equal
In order to have a quality CBD yield, very high standards must be followed when growing, manufacturing, extracting, and forming it into the final product. Just like in any industry, CBD manufacturers can also cut corners which can result in a low quality products. So it’s important to always research the company before making your purchase to ensure you buy from companies with a good track record.
9. High CBD Doses Work Better than Low Doses
Although it is true that CBD isolates require higher doses to be effective, it does not mean a single molecule CBD is better than CBD-rich cannabis. According to reports from patients and clinicians, a synergistic combination of THC, CBD, terpenes, and other cannabis components are effective in low doses. It is important to note that THC and CBD have biphasic properties which mean that low and high dosage can produce opposite effects. An excessive dose of CBD can actually be less effective than a moderate one.