6 Common Myths and Controversies About CBD
It seems like cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is constantly appearing in more and more products. Lotions, dog food, gummy bears, the limits are endless. I have been at the grocery store and seen CBD chocolate bars staring back at me in the checkout line.
The first time I saw this, I remember thinking to myself “is that what we are doing nowadays? You can just buy weed at the grocery store?” Even living in a state where recreational marijuana has been legalized, I was still surprised to see any form of cannabis at the supermarket.
CBD is a phytocannabinoid closely related to tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC. The cannabis plant actually produces over one hundred compounds, CBD and THC are just the most notable. Although the two compounds are derived from the same plant, they have extremely different effects and uses.
In order to better understand CBD and how to use it, it is important to understand some of the common misconceptions around the substance.
Misconception: CBD gets you high.
The Truth: I think this myth can be busted with a quote from Stuart W. Titus, a bigwig at Medical Marijuana Inc.
“CBD became known as the hippie’s disappointment.”
CBD does not give users the feeling of being high like it’s well-known cousin, THC. Although CBD products are often wrapped in labels dubbing it a “psychoactive” substance, it is crucial to know the difference between psychoactive and intoxicating. A psychoactive substance can be defined as any substance that has effects on the central nervous system. CBD has been proven to reduce brain inflammation and regenerate tissue in the nervous system.
Misconception: Medical CBD is not backed by scientific research.
The Truth: Au contraire! CBD has been proven to reduce symptoms of epilepsy, anxiety and is also used topically as a pain reliever. Due to the recent changing legality of recreational and medical marijuana on a state by state basis, it has been more complicated to conduct extensive research on the compound. In the past five years, several families have been able to gain access to medical CBD and have noticed tremendous increase in quality of life as a result.
Misconception: You should not use THC when using CBD.
The Truth: Studies show that using THC in unison with CBD can produce more significant health benefits than using an isolated CBD compound. Users are often apprehensive to this idea because of the high associated with using THC. However, when used in unison, CBD has been noted to reduce the traditional side effects of THC, such as the high.
Misconception: Like THC, children should not use CBD.
The Truth: It seems outlandish to think there is a situation where a child should use marijuana in any form. Well believe it! Due to its neuroprotective qualities, CBD has been shown to ease symptoms of childhood epilepsy and autism.
A study conducted at Shaare Zedek Medical Center provided CBD concentrate to 60 children with autism for a seven-month period. After the seven months, 80% of parents reported a decline in problematic behavior.
Misconception: CBD will make you tired.
The Truth: People have been using marijuana to fall asleep since marijuana has been around. That’s the oldest story in the book, really. CBD has even been found to alleviate insomnia.
Here’s the thing –CBD does not have the sedative qualities associated with some forms of THC. So how does it help with insomnia? CBD is known to combat stress, the number one cause of insomnia in adults.
Misconception: CBD will make you anxious and or paranoid
The Truth: It is not uncommon for people to report feeling anxiety or paranoia when using THC. Because of this, there is often a fear that CBD will evoke the same symptoms. CBD is often used to reduce stress and anxiety. The study that measured the effects of medical CBD on autistic children largely attributes the success rate to reduced anxiety in the autistic patients.
Our understanding CBD is expanding rapidly. CBD has gained momentum over the last few years, allowing for more studies surrounding the compound to receive funding and attention.
So far, it seems that all the research agrees that no matter who you are, there is a good chance CBD could help you in some way, and if it does not help you, it will probably be an anticlimactic experience with no real downside. If you need me, I’ll be at the grocery store buying gluten-free-no-MSG-CBD dog food.
By: Laura Groshans