CBD Myths: 5 Common CBD MythsLintonCBD
CBD Myths: medicinal cannabis is by no means a new phenomenon. On the contrary, the cannabis plant has been used as a form of pain relief for thousands of years. However, it has only been within the past decade that modern consumers, and indeed some medical professionals, have begun to recognise its possible benefits – particularly in the form of CBD. From shampoos to lollipops, from coffee to dietary supplements and oils, UK consumers have an abundance of choice when it comes to CBD products.
Yet, despite their enthusiasm, many consumers remain in the dark about what CBD is, how it is related to cannabis, or what it actually does. Medical cannabis products contain various compounds and abbreviations, which can create confusion as to what goes into medicinal cannabis products. With such jargon overwhelming many consumers, it’s no wonder that there are certain misconceptions surrounding the market, particularly when it comes to CBD products.
CBD Myths: Myth 1 – CBD is illegal
CBD is not illegal. The Cannabis plant (also known as Cannabis Sativa) produces over 140 different organic compounds (called cannabinoids). However only two are currently generally considered to be the primary active ingredients: Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Many people tend to get these abbreviations mixed up, which has resulted in the misconception that CBD is illegal.
To make it clear, THC is the only psychoactive component within the cannabis plant, which creates the ‘high’ that comes with recreational cannabis. It is for this reason that the UK government sets a volume limit of 0.2% for THC in medical cannabis products – anything over this percentage is illegal. CBD on the other hand, is non-psychoactive, and once it has been processed properly, can be used in various consumer products.
CBD Myths: Myth 2 – CBD gets you high
CBD is a non-psychoactive compound and so cannot get you ‘high’.
The reality here is that one of the effects of CBD, which has many hailing its curative properties for anxiety and depression, is how it effects the serotonin receptors in your brain. Generally speaking, one’s levels of serotonin are likely linked to your mood & possible mental unhealth and, although this is an area of active study, multiple animal studies have shown definite evidence of CBD’s stress-relieving effects, most likely due to it serotonin-receptor-augmenting effects. This is most likely the reason behind the positive effects after taking CBD, through more research is needed.
CBD Myths: Myth 3 – CBD has to be smoked
There are a myriad of ways to utilize CBD oil. It can be swallowed or held under your tongue. It can be eaten via edibles or mixed in food and drinks. Topical products for the skin are also an option, as well as washing and conditioning hair with CBD oil. A wide range of infused products are on the market today including balms, oils, tinctures, edibles to name a few. CBD can also be vaped, with a range of flavours available.
CBD Myths: Myth 4 – CBD takes a long time to work
The effects and timeframe are dependent on the method of consumption and the individual consuming the CBD. For example, a water soluble CBD oil added to a coffee or smoothie can take up to 30 minutes before any effect is felt, while CBD used as a dietary supplement and can take up to four to six weeks to realize its full benefits. Topical applications will usually result in much more localised effects.
CBD Myths: Myth 5 – CBD is dangerous and unregulated
Several studies have found CBD to be well tolerated in most people and the World Health Organisation has said that “to date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” Additionally, when shopping for CBD products, you can check if the product has been checked and analysed by a 3rd party lab. CBD Myths