CBD fact or fiction?
Debunking the myths and misconceptions of CBD.
The popularity of CBD has exploded over the past few years – and with it a whole lot of misinformation about what it is, where it comes from, and whether it’s safe to use. Let’s take a closer look and distinguish fact from fiction.
Fact – CBD is a cannabinoid
CBD stands for Cannabidiol, which is a bit of a giveaway. It’s one of about a hundred cannabinoids found in cannabis plants – both marijuana and hemp – and is believed to have powerful antioxidant and neuroprotectant properties.
Fiction – CBD gets you high
Unlike its cousin THC, CBD doesn’t have intoxicating or psychoactive effects. That’s because while THC binds well with CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors, creating a sense of euphoria and relaxation, CBD has low binding affinity. The upshot? Taking CBD won’t get you high.
Fact – CBD manages the effects of THC
CBD may have a protective role in countering the psychoactive effects of THC. This is because where THC binds with CB1 and CB2 receptors, CBD has an antagonist effect on them, mitigating THC’s sedative, occasionally anxiety-inducing impact. CBD also slows the breakdown of THC in the liver.
Fiction – CBD is only extracted from marijuana plants
CBD can be extracted from marijuana plants, but these tend to be high in THC and low in CBD. Most commercial CBD is actually extracted from low-THC industrial hemp.
Fact – Hemp plants are bioaccumulators
What does this mean? Basically, hemp plants absorb toxins, heavy metals and chemical waste from the soil. This is good news for the environment, but means that consumers should be mindful about where their CBD products come from and choose a brand like CBD Drip that thoroughly tests for toxins, heavy metals and much more.
Fiction – CBD oil is just hemp seed oil
Hemp seed oil is made from crushing the seeds of the hemp plants. It’s a good source of protein and is rich in Omega 3 and 6, but it doesn’t contain cannabinoids. CBD oil is extracted from a mature hemp plant’s stalks and stems – which are high in cannabinoids.
Fact – You can’t overdose on CBD
There’s no established lethal dose for CBD. That’s because cannabinoid receptors are housed outside in the brain stem areas responsible for respiration. While sleepiness may result from high doses, overdose concerns are virtually non-existent.
Fiction – all CBD oils are created equal
Full-spectrum hemp oil that is rich with CBD is thought to provide more powerful relief outcomes than CBD alone, also referred to as isolates.
Fact – CBD is the subject of clinical research
After widespread anecdotal claims around the efficacy of CBD, the medical community has started to take note. Long-term clinical trials are still needed, but pre-clinical research indicates that CBD has potential as treatment for inflammation, anxiety and other disorders.
Fiction – CBD oil is illegal in the US without a prescription
CBD products extracted from the mature stalks and stems of imported hemp are exempt from the Controlled Substances Act. It is federally legal to purchase and use these products across all 50 US states even if you don’t have a prescription or a medical marijuana card. However, some states now have language in their medical marijuana and CBD oil laws that prevent the sale of our products without prescriptions. We recommend that you check with your local authorities first.