If you feel you’re continually hearing about CBD…you’re not alone! CBD is getting A LOT of attention everywhere, from natural food stores to weird and wacky CBD myths to the political arena. People drink it in tea, take it in capsules, or put it under their tongues by the dropperful.
What exactly is CBD oil? Cannabidiol, which is what CBD stands for, is a compound derived from the hemp plant. It is one of more than 100 different cannabinoids that can be found in hemp.
Cannabinoids help people stay healthy and more resilient to environmental changes. CBD is a safe and beneficial part of the hemp plant, but as its popularity grows, so do the number of misconceptions about it. Here are some common misconceptions about CBD.
10 Common myths about CBD
No doubt you’ve heard a couple of these:
Myth #1: CBD makes you high
CBD is non-intoxicating and incredibly safe. In fact, CBD can thwart THC, (the compound that induces a “high,”) from making you feel that way.
Myth #2: All CBD comes from marijuana
CBD can be found in marijuana, but it is obtained from industrial hemp when used as a legal health supplement. People have been growing hemp for more than 10,000 years. It is produced in many places around the world and has many uses. It is also an environmentally beneficial plant that is sustainable and renewable.
Myth #3: Hemp is the same thing as marijuana
Hemp and marijuana are members of the same plant family but have distinct functions, production, and applications. Marijuana usually has a lot of THC and is often used recreationally. It is used to make dietary supplements, skin care products, clothes, and paper. Hemp contains negligible amounts of THC but is high in CBD.
Myth #4: CBD oil and hemp seed oil are the same thing.
Although hemp seed oil and CBD oil are derived from hemp, they are not the same.
CBD oil may be produced from hemp’s leaves, stalks, and flowers. Hemp seed oil is produced solely from hemp plant seeds. While the seeds include important elements such as omega fatty acids and a variety of vitamins and minerals, they contain almost no CBD.
Myth #5: The more, the better
In the case of CBD, more isn’t always better. Clinicians and patients have said that the amount of therapeutic CBD per serving varies. In fact, the synergistic effect of full-spectrum CBD can be effective at low doses. How much CBD is right for you can depend on several things, like how often and for how long you use it, as well as your body’s metabolism, weight, and health.
Myth #6: CBD will not show up on a drug test
This is another tricky answer. But even though CBD doesn’t get you high like THC, full-spectrum CBD products have tiny amounts of THC. Because of this, there is a chance that using CBD could cause you to fail a drug test, depending on the products you use, how often you use them, and the test itself.
Myth #7: CBD is addictive
The most common concern among CBD critics is that using CBD will lead to addiction. While this is a reasonable concern before trying something new, it’s always a good idea to conduct the relevant research. According to a World Health Organization report, “In humans, CBD demonstrates no effects suggestive of any misuse or dependency potential….” So far, there’s been no solid evidence that pure CBD is unsafe or addictive.
Myth #8: CBD products aren’t regulated by the FDA
Is CBD quackery? Another myth about CBD is that it is not regulated by the FDA and can be sold like olive oil made in the basement.
Since the medical community has explored CBD for a long time, the FDA has taken a keen interest in the compound. The FDA knows that many shady companies have cropped up and started making crazy claims about their products, so it has introduced several regulations to protect consumers.
If you want to find out more, the FDA website has a whole section about cannabidiol and products made from cannabis.
Myth #9: CBD turns into THC in the stomach
People used to think that the hydrochloric acid in your stomach could change CBD into THC. The worry was that as the CBD turned into THC, it would start to have a different effect on the person taking it.
Since then, this idea has been refuted because there is no evidence that CBD turns into THC in the stomach. Even when large amounts of CBD are administered, no THC is traced in users’ systems.
Myth #10: All CBD is the same
If you’ve used CBD before and it worked well, you might think that a different CBD product will have the same effects—but that’s not always the case! High standards must be used to grow, extract, and make CBD for it to be of good quality. It is imperative to do extensive research and buy products from a reputable company with a good reputation for meeting the highest quality standards. So, don’t give up if you’ve tried a low-quality CBD product that didn’t work for you before. Instead, look for a CBD product made by a company you can trust.
At Golden Goat, we stake our reputation on generating innovative ideas and making the high-quality products that our customers have come to expect from us. And, just like all of our other products, our CBD products are always of the highest quality.
Always DYOR (do your own research)
These are just a few of the MANY misconceptions about CBD. As you try to ward off misinformation, keep in mind that there’s still a lot to learn about CBD, and we’re only getting started!
So, before you hop aboard the CBD train, always double-check the facts and investigate where these CBD myths originated.