Dispelling The Top 10 CBD Myths

Hailey Patterson
September 15, 2019

Knowledge is power, so we want to make sure that our Foggers have all of the facts when it comes to the products they’re buying. 

Unfortunately, the association between CBD and cannabis has given way to many misconceptions around CBD and the products containing the ingredient. These myths often put people off, denying them the chance to try a plant-based product that has an array of positive benefits to their health and wellness.

With that in mind, we’ve decided to bust the top ten most common myths about CBD so that you can choose a product that’s perfect for you, your body and your lifestyle.

1. It helps with every type of epilepsy

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a CBD-based drug called Epidiolex as a treatment for epilepsy, but this doesn’t mean that it helps all types of epilepsy.

CBD has only shown improvements in Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LSG) and Dravet syndrome, two pretty rare forms of the disease.

2. CBD helps you sleep

The belief that CBD will help you sleep isn’t strictly true. CBD can fix your circadian rhythm, but not necessarily help you sleep.

A circadian rhythm is a cycle that your body goes through over a 24 hour period. It affects your wake/sleep cycles significantly. It also affects when you go into REM sleep and how long you stay there for.

Our body has a system of receptors called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system has more receptors than any other system in our body, and regulates important functions like sleep, pain perception, oil production, and anxiety and stress.

So, if you struggle to get to sleep at night, it could be an issue with your circadian rhythms, which in turn is regulated by the ECS. If so, CBD could be help according to this study. But it isn’t the instant sleep solution that many people think, unfortunately.

3. It can turn into THC

This myth can be traced back to a study done in 2016, which concluded that CBD could be transformed into THC when it comes in contact with simulated gastric fluids found in the stomach. But digging into this research uncovers a gaping hole in the argument—the gastric fluid used for the experiment was simulated, not within a living human, and this changes things big time.

Though CBD may turn into THC in labs, it doesn’t turn into THC in the human body. Simple.

4. CBD can cure things

Let’s make one thing perfectly clear - CBD can’t cure anything. There’s no evidence to suggest otherwise, yet.

What it can do is make many of the symptoms of common conditions less severe, making the condition easier to live with. This is why CBD is recommended for use alongside any medical treatment that you’ve been prescribed by your doctor. It shouldn’t be used as a replacement drug or therapy. Please, don’t do that!

5. CBD can make you high

Because CBD comes from the cannabis sativa family of plants, we understand why people assume that it will cause a high. But we’re happy to report that THC is the only compound in these plants that causes psychoactive effects, not CBD.

Full spectrum CBD products do contain trace amounts of THC, but at less than 0.3 percent these amounts aren’t enough to have any psychoactive effects or cause you to get high. There is a growing demand for THC products, though, and they’re becoming more common in the wellness industry. So, it’s always best to check the label and ensure that you know what you’re buying.

6. CBD can have short-term side effects

Before using a CBD product, it’s important to know that in rare cases CBD can cause some minor side effects. These include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Changes in appetite

7. It only comes from hemp plants

CBD actually comes from all plants in the cannabis sativa plant family, which includes “marijuana” plants. Although both plants contain the same cannabinoids, they have different amounts of them.

Hemp plants contain significantly less CBD than marijuana plants. And hemp seeds contain absolutely none. This means that more hemp than marijuana is needed to produce the same amount of CBD, but has no implications for the quality of the oil once processed.

8. You can't overdose on CBD

With any medicine, whether it’s pharmaceutical or natural, an overdose simply refers to taking more than your recommended dosage. When it comes to CBD, there aren’t any proven negative side effects to this. But it also hasn’t been proven that overdosing on CBD doesn’t cause side effects in the long term.

According to this article, scientists are worried about how CBD interacts with certain pharmaceutical drugs. This means that if you overdose on CBD, it could compromise the effectiveness of any pharmaceutical drugs you’re taking, and have potential serious effects on your health.

They’re also concerned about how taking too much CBD could affect the liver. A recent study carried out on mice found that overdoses of CBD caused unusual enzyme activity in the liver, which could lead to liver damage.

The CBD industry is still in its infancy and scientists just don’t have a deep enough understanding of how it affects the body in the long term to make any hard and fast claims about its safety. So, as beneficial as CBD could be to your health and wellness, it’s better to be safe than sorry and stick to your dosage!

9. CBD can cause you to fail a drug test

This is sort of true and sort of false, depending on what kind of CBD product you’re using and how much THC it contains.

CBD isolate doesn’t have any THC, so these products are a safe bet if you’re subject to regular drug tests. On the other hand, full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD products do contain trace amounts of CBD, so they should be avoided to ensure that you’ve got a THC-free system when you need to.

10. CBD is illegal in Canada

This became a myth on October 17, 2018, when CBD was legalized in Canada. Of course, CBD remains illegal in the vast majority of the world, but Canadians are safe to use CBD. Hooray!

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