CBD is becoming more and more popular, and so are the myths surrounding it. Today, the cannabis industry is growing with new CBD brands and new CBD-based products coming to the market daily.
CBD is becoming more popular and more widely accepted. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of misleading, inaccurate, and false information around it. With time and more studies, many of these myths and misinformation will dissipate.
MYTH 1: CBD Dosage Shows Up on A Drug Test
As legal cannabis products swamped the conventional time due to the 2018 Farm Bill, several misconceptions budded. Quite possibly, the most common apprehension among several botanical users is the myth that CBD generates a positive on a drug test. First, it is not CBD that drug tests investigate. It is THC. Because marijuana (cannabis products with higher than 0.3% THC content) is classified as a Schedule I drug, the core component of marijuana – THC – is the problem. Second, it binds inversely to the endocannabinoid receptors (called CB1 and CB2 receptors) to which THC primarily binds.
Effectively, once CBD connects to CB1 receptors (predominantly located within the central nervous system), it prevents THC from binding to the same receptors. Indeed, some end-users who are suffering a ‘bad trip’ will take CBD to help them recover quicker. That said, some full-spectrum CBD products contain cannabidiol along with many other cannabinoids, including trace amounts of THC. To better mitigate any concerns, end-users can elect either CBD to isolate products (CBD and nothing but CBD) or broad-spectrum (CBD and other cannabinoids except THC).
MYTH 2: CBD Makes You High
The mother of all misconceptions! To put your mind at ease, let’s set the record straight: cannabidiol does not get you high. But why do people insist that CBD causes a negative psychoactive inspiration? It is very likely due to many full-spectrum CBD products featuring a trace amount of THC. Supposedly, as you consume such products over a long time, you may build THC in your bloodstream, possibly leaving you disposed to a high. However, the amount of THC to consume to create a high from legal CBD products would be almost impossible – and unadvised. Therefore, under real-world, real-time conditions, you cannot get high from legal CBD – even from the most potent deviation.
MYTH 3: CBD Makes You Sleepy
Cannabidiol, in its pure, native state, will not make you sleepy. However, like most misconceptions, the origination of this misguided idea has some loose basis in truth. The keyword here is pure CBD, such as CBD isolate, which contains no other cannabinoids, nor does it offer terpenes (or essential oils). Since it is not an intoxicating agent, as we discussed earlier, cannabidiol does not impose symptoms of sleepiness or tiredness. Quite the opposite, as many users report feelings of invigoration. Where the majority of the confusion lies is in the countless CBD products available to the market.
Some of them may indeed cause some drowsiness because their purpose is to provide relaxation or anxiety relief. Here is the deal: with modern botanical technology, CBD manufacturers optimize cannabidiol-infused solutions to promote specific responses. That occurs via the terpenes (essential oils) found in full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD products. Terpenes are the aromatic compounds in cannabis and other plant life responsible for giving the target botanical its signature scent. That weedy smell associated with marijuana? There are specific terpenes that give off this ‘fragrance’. But terpenes are not just for the aromatic effect.
With individual balances and compositions, CBD manufacturers can tweak their therapeutic solutions for specific responses. For instance, cannabidiol products infused with linalool – a naturally occurring terpene found in flowers like lavender – are often deployed to promote relaxation and stress relief. However, not all cannabis-based solutions feature terpenes. Therefore, CBD making you sleep is only a half-truth at best (because it is the terpenes, not cannabidiol, that can facilitate this effect).
MYTH 4: High Doses of CBD Are Better Than Low Doses
Some people who try CBD oil or other related products find that they do not encounter the CBD benefits they imagine except if they take higher doses. From that mindset, many people claim that you have to take high doses of CBD to get the special effects you are seeking. That is only partially true. For those who use products with CBD isolates, you will require a higher dosage than if you use a product with whole-plant, natural CBD extract. Isolates only contain the CBD cannabinoid compound, whereas whole-plant CBD extract includes all of the other cannabinoids, terpenes, fatty acids, and other compounds found in the cannabis plant. Having the additional compounds in your CBD oil and products can help you experience the result you want in lower doses. It is also imperative to keep in mind that everyone has a sweet spot when it comes to CBD.
Everyone is different and will respond another way to CBD. Some people may require only a small dosage, while others may need more. For this reason, we suggest that you start with a lower dosage and work your way up until you find your sweet spot. Not everyone will need a higher dose.