The buzz about CBD has been all over these days. From positive feedback, to full blown skepticism. People are eating it, smoking it, putting it under their tongues, and in their drinks. Today, we’re going to shine the light on the 5 biggest misconceptions about CBD, and breaking them down to share more knowledge on the truth on these products.
First, let me start by giving you a quick and simple explanation of what CBD actually is. CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a component extracted from a hemp plant. It is a naturally occurring substance that may reduce inflammation and bring about feelings of calmness and relaxation.
Myth #1 - CBD is sedating.
While some people find CBD to bring a wave of relaxation, CBD is not a sedative. CBD is being researched for its effects on downgrading active anxiety attacks. But relief from anxiety and sedation are not one in the same. Be cautious of a product that is making you overly tired, you could be working with something with higher levels of THC or melatonin.
Myth #2 - Hemp and Marijuana are the same thing.
They are indeed from the same plant family, but they have 2 completely different functions, cultivation and applications. Marijuana contains high levels of THC (which is the psychoactive compound that makes you feel “high”). This is what you’ll find is being used for medicinal purposes for high pain levels, and more severe medical disorders such as epilepsy, cancer, tumors, dementia and more.
Hemp is high in CBD and typically carries a very low amount of THC (must contain 0.3% or less to comply with the 2018 Farm Bill). This is what CBD products are extracted from, as well as being a catalyst for hemp products like paper, clothing and skin care products.
Myth #3 - More is better.
CBD is not a one-size-fits-all. Everybody is going to react differently to the amount taken. The effect of a full spectrum CBD oil may be very beneficial at lower doses. There are many factors that come into play here, such as your body's metabolism, length of use, weight, height and tolerance. We like to say “start low and go slow”.
Myth #4 - CBD is only for sick people.
Although we do always recommend consulting a physician before adding CBD on top of any medications, CBD doesn’t JUST help sick people. CBD has shown to aid with anxiety, depression, overall stress levels, mental clarity, migraines, and average muscle tension. Although, there has also been studies to show potential benefits with cancer, degenerative disorders, autoimmune disorders and so much more. You don’t need to be ill to potentially benefit from the use of CBD.
Myth #5 - CBD takes a long time to work.
The effects as well as timeframe all depend on the method of delivery. Most oil based products like under the tongue tinctures or capsules are going to take upwards of 1-2 hours to start working. However, using a water soluble product may only take 15-30 mins to begin feeling the effects, and is easily administered through your drink of choice.
Now that we’ve broken down the most common skeptical issues about CBD, and shed some light on the truth, I want to encourage you to try using CBD for 30 days, every day. Be mindful of the effects it has on your mood, your body, your mental clarity and how easy it is to work it into your everyday life.