CBD AND THE MISCONCEPTIONS THAT
REVOLVE AROUND IT
CBD has been popular for its medicinal properties and the benefits it offers. It has become the talk of the town after legalization in almost 50 states of the US. It doesn’t get you high and helps you maintain your health. Many people have started showing interest in the research of cannabis. CBD is known as the ‘miracle oil’ because it is known to cure tumors, seizures, chronic pain, etc., without making you feel ‘stoned.’ Everything has their own facts and myths around it. These myths often end up becoming misconceptions.
Similarly, CBD has a few misconceptions that revolve around it. Some of them are:
1:“THC is the bad cannabinoid. CBD is the good cannabinoid:”
Marijuana prohibitionists are exploring the good qualities of CBD (the good cannabinoid) and lowering the importance of THC (the bad cannabinoid). CBD does not make you ‘high,’ whereas THC does.
2:“CBD is most effective without THC:”
THC and CBD are like buddies. They both function together. Scientific studies have discovered that CBD and THC interact in sync to enhance each other’s therapeutic benefits. British researchers have shown that CBD potentiates THC’s anti-inflammatory properties in an animal model of colitis. Scientists at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco determined that a combination of CBD and THC has a more potent anti-tumoral effect than either compound alone when tested on brain cancer and breast cancer cell lines. And extensive clinical research has demonstrated that CBD combined with THC is more beneficial for neuropathic pain than either compound as a single molecule.
3: “CBD is sedating:”
Taking mild doses of CBD can be mildly energizing. But, if taken in huge proportions, it triggers sleep. CBD is not intrinsically sedating, but it may help to restore better sleeping patterns by reducing anxiety.
4:“High doses of CBD work better than low doses:”
CBD Isolates require higher doses to be effective, when compared to whole plant CBD rich oil extracts. But that doesn’t mean single-molecule CBD is a better therapeutic option than CBD-rich cannabis, which has a wider therapeutic window than a CBD isolate. Reports from clinicians and patients suggest that a synergistic combination of CBD, THC, and other cannabis components can be effective at low doses – as little as 2.5 mg CBD and/or 2.5 mg THC. The dosage for CBD differs from patient to patient. CBD, THC and Cannabis have biphasic properties, which mean low and high doses can produce opposite effects. A higher dose of CBD will be less effective therapeutically than a lower dose.
5:“CBD converts to THC in a person’s stomach:”
If you ingest CBD orally, it is well tolerated by the body. But misleading reports arose questions in people’s minds regarding the side effects of CBD. CBD would convert in to THC in the stomach – this is what the misleading reports claimed. Scientifically, it does not. Researchers saw that even after consuming high amounts of CBD, there was no psychoactive effect on the people during a trial. THC caused a psychoactive effect on the humans. On the contrary, CBD in sufficient amounts can lessen or neutralize the THC high. The World Health Organization studied the issue and gave CBD a clean bill of health in a 2017 report that asserted: “Simulated gastric fluid does not exactly replicate physiological conditions in the stomach [and] spontaneous conversation of CBD to delta-9-THC has not been demonstrated in humans undergoing CBD treatment.”
6: “CBD is fully legal in the United States because it’s no longer a controlled substance:”
The 2018 Farm Bill made cultivation of hemp legal in the U.S. since it contained less than 0.03% of THC in it. But the FDA treats CBD as a pharmaceutical drug. And since CBD is used to treat 2 forms of epilepsy in the form of Epidiolex, the FDA maintains that it is illegal to sell hemp-derived CBD as a dietary supplement.
7: “CBD is CBD—It doesn’t matter where it comes from:”
It is quite possible to extract CBD oil from low-resin industrial hemp, but fiber hemp is not an optimal source of CBD. Industrial hemp contains lesser CBD than high-resin CBD-rich cannabis flower tops.You require lots of industrial hemp to extract a small amount of CBD, which raises the risk of contaminants. Hemp is a bioaccumulator that accumulates toxins from the soil. “Pure” CBD extracted and refined from industrial hemp or synthesized in a lab lacks critical medicinal terpenes and other plant compounds that interact with CBD and THC to enhance their therapeutic benefits.