The Myths About CBD

1. CBD Can Get You ``High``

The reason why CBD does not make you “high” has to do with the way it binds to your endocannabinoid system. CBD doesn’t attach itself to brain receptors that effect euphoria, anxiety, and memory impairment like THC. Instead, it’s been said to help treat things like anxiety, chronic pain, even seizures. Yes, CBD extracted from hemp may have a trace amount of THC less than 0.3%, but it’s not nearly enough to get you “high”.

2. CBD is Illegal

Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD derived from hemp with less than 0.3 percent is considered legal in all 50 states. As of now, the FDA has only approved one CBD-powered drug called Epidiolex, for treating seizures in children with epilepsy.

However, there’s still a lot to decide. Under the FD&C Act, cosmetic products and ingredients don’t need premarket approval by the FDA, but food and drugs. So this means that it’s too early to publicly claim that CBD “cures” any specific ailment – there’s still more research to do.

3. CBD is Addictive

Non-addictive and all natural, preliminary studies show that CBD actually has therapeutic effects for several medical conditions and may help with treating addiction. For example:

  • A study published in Addictive Behaviors found that smokers who used inhalers containing CBD smoked 40 percent fewer cigarettes than usual and had no further cravings for nicotine2.
  • A review, published in Neurotherapeutics, found that CBD may be a promising treatment for people with opioid addiction disorders3.

Researchers noted that CBD reduced symptoms associated with substance use including anxiety, mood, pain, and insomnia. There’s more research coming as CBD grows in popularity, but studies like these show that this naturally occurring compound can reduce withdrawal symptoms.

All CBD Is the Same

CBD can be sourced from many different providers and it’s important to know where your CBD comes from. A 2017 Penn Medicine study found that nearly 7 of 10 CBD products didn’t contain the amount of marijuana extract promised on the label. Make sure that your CBD product comes from hemp and contains less than 0.3 percent of THC. This information should be made readily available by every CBD company. There is still a lot to learn about CBD and, while it is legal, there are not a ton of regulations in place.