Fun fact: 90% of all statistics are made up on the spot, this one included. Of course, I’m joking, but if I didn’t fully clarify that, there may be some people out there who would take that fun(ny) fact literally. They might tell it to their friends. This is how some rumors and misperceptions start and spread.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is not immune to the spread of misinformation. Let’s clear the air on a few common CBD misperceptions.
1. Does CBD Get You High?
CBD comes from cannabis, right? Cannabis gets you high, right? Well, not exactly. There is a cannabinoid found in cannabis that gets you high, THC. THC is psychoactive, meaning it has mind-altering effects. CBD is non-psychoactive. CBD alone does not get you high.1 If you are consuming a CBD product that contains a high level of THC, it will get you high. However, products such as CBD isolate, containing no THC, will not get you high. Make sure you know the contents of anything you ingest.
2. CBD Has Not Been Approved by the FDA
While a lot of the possible CBD benefits haven’t yet been acknowledged by the FDA, a drug called Epidiolex has been approved by the FDA. Epidiolex is used for treating two severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. Its active ingredient is CBD.2
3. CBD Is Addictive
Many people take CBD oil daily, almost religiously. It’s not surprising that some people believe it is possible to become addicted. A report from the World Health Organization found that CBD was no more addictive than placebo.3 Those who take CBD hemp oil daily do so just because of the potential hemp benefits.
4. All CBD Extract Products Provide Essentially the Same Effect
If you’re looking to get a CBD supplement, you may want to care about more than just the amount of CBD. There are other components found in CBD oils and products such as other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. Pure CBD isolate contains only CBD, allowing you to receive just the potential CBD benefits. However, extracts and products containing more of the spectrum, like broad-spectrum CBD oil or full-spectrum CBD oil, contain compounds that could allow for more potential hemp benefits.
The “entourage effect” has been hypothesized for many years to provide the greatest potential cannabis benefits. It is a synergistic effect from all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids found in cannabis where the benefits received total more than the sum of the benefits from each component.4 This can be achieved from full-spectrum hemp extract products.
5.CBD Is Federally Illegal
All forms of cannabis used to be Schedule 1 drugs. The 2018 Farm Bill paved the way for a legal future for CBD and hemp. It created a distinction between hemp and marijuana. Hemp is any cannabis plant containing less than 0.3% THC. Marijuana contains greater than 0.3% THC. Hemp and hemp products are now federally legal. CBD products containing less than 0.3% THC are federally legal.5
6.CBD Affects Everybody the Same
While CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, and the endocannabinoid system is found in everybody, CBD does not affect everybody the same way. We are each as biologically unique as one snowflake is geometrically unique to any other. Some people may require a larger or smaller dose than others to receive similar effects. Some people may not notice the effect they were hoping to achieve, at least to the degree they were hoping.
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4Ben-Shabat S, Fride E, Sheskin T, Tamiri T, Rhee MH, Vogel Z, Bisogno T, De Petrocellis L, Di Marzo V, Mechoulam R. An entourage effect: inactive endogenous fatty acid glycerol esters enhance 2-arachidonoyl-glycerol cannabinoid activity. Eur J Pharmacol. 1998 Jul 17;353(1):23-31. doi: 10.1016/s0014-2999(98)00392-6. PMID: 9721036.