As the world moves closer to decriminalizing and removing stigma from cannabis (specifically CBD) consumption, there are a lot of important myths to debunk in order for people to understand exactly what they are consuming. Often, the confusion that arises is from people’s inability to differentiate between the effects of CBD and THC. Either, people think they are the same, or they replace one function with another until they have a jumbled understanding. People are choosing to consume CBD for a number of reasons, including health-related reasons, as well as recreationally. Regardless of the intention, though, it is important to be able to tell the difference between fact and myth – an informed consumer is a happier, healthier one.
1. CBD is Non-Psychoactive
People are often quick to label CBD consumption as medical and non-psychoactive, and label THC as the opposite when used recreationally. Not only is this untrue, but it also implies a lot about recreational and medical consumers that is not necessarily the case.
Non-psychoactive implies that CBD does not alter the brain – this is untrue, which is clearly discernible from the effects it has on its consumers. Yes, it is true that CBD does not damage the brain but this does not mean that it does not affect it. This is an important clarification to understand.
2. You Do Not Need a Lot of CBD
There is a common misconception that CBD versus THC is on a one-for-one basis, but this is really inaccurate. CBD is around ten times less potent than THC, meaning that pain relief that is soothed with 4 milligrams of THC is likely to require about 40 milligrams of CBD to have the same effect. This means that people with more serious medical conditions can be taking up to 200 milligrams of CBD to keep on top of it – an amount that would likely poison a consumer of THC.
However, this is on a medical basis. If you are consuming CBD for recreational purposes, then it is true that you do not need a lot of CBD to relax or wind down – it is just important not to allow this to confuse your understanding of using it for a neurological or psychological prescription.
3. CBD puts you to sleep
There is this idea of a sleepy cannabis user that has become so engrained in people’s minds and understanding of consumption that it can be hard to get the truth out. CBD does not sedate you – this is a myth. It does quite the opposite, actually, even with an increased amount. It increases your alertness.
The myth likely arose from the fact that often, strains that are high in CBD are often also high in mycerne, a sleep-inducing terpene.
4. CBD from Hemp, Isolate and Medical Cannabis is Equal
CBD can originate from a number of sources, and some people seem to think that in spite of this, they are all the same. This is not the case. For instance, CBD from hemp has less cannabinoids than a cannabis plant. On the other hand, CBD Isolate is an isolated source of CBD and therefore pure, without other things condensing the product. As a result, CBD Isolate is the best alternative to THC.
5. CBD Activates Cannabinoid Receptors
This is not the kind of myth that can be likened to the perception that CBD makes you sedated. Those kinds of myths are quite commonly misunderstood and held amongst people, both who consume cannabis as well as those who do not. However, the myth that CBD activates cannabinoid receptors is one that is of a slightly more scientific nature and therefore not one commonly felt by the average citizen. It exists, though, and needs to be debunked.
The misconception is that CBD activates cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system in the same way THC does. THC is alike our body’s natural endocannabinoids, meaning it switches on cannabinoid receptors and increases neurotransmitter production and work as an anti-inflammatory. CBD, on the other hand, does not engage endocannabinoids. Instead, it turns off their functions and as a result, the endocannabinoid signals in the brain. They do, however, increase anandamide – otherwise known as “the bliss molecule”. Thus, it fills the gaps rather than simply replicating actions, making for a more wholesome, active and stimulated experience.
The myths such as these usually exist for the simple reason that nobody really bothers to get to the bottom of them. People just say or repeat things they have heard without giving any scientific or researched backup to enhance the information. So, instead of learning, people start to perpetuate miscommunications and misunderstandings. This does not need to be the case – it all starts places like this, where you read and understand. Hopefully, the more we debunk myths such as these, the less likely they are to continually be passed around as if they were fact rather than fiction.
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