Busting Top Health Myths About CBD
The CBD market is a multi-billion dollar industry that is all the rage right now. According to a research study, the worldwide industry for CBD is expected to reach 1251.8 million USD in 2024.
So what is CBD? Short for Cannabidiol, it is one of the many naturally occurring chemical compounds known as phytocannabinoids that is derived from the cannabis sativa plant. As one of the top health trends currently in vogue, there is a swarm of misinformation floating around it, regarding its safety and efficacy.
In this article we clear out some of the top misconceptions regarding CBD and dispel any and all myths regarding its safety. So if you are considering purchasing a CBD product, investing in the industry, or just trying to seek out answers to some burning questions, you are in the right place.
CBD Is Backed By Scientific Research
One of the most common myths about CBD is that it is a marketing scam and that it lacks robust scientific research. However, this is far from the truth.
CBD oil has numerous health benefits with a vast body of research detailing how it impacts the endocannabinoid system. In fact, using CBD oil for anxiety including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety disorder is nothing new. It has also been widely appreciated for its therapeutic properties and as a natural method of alleviating both anxiety and depression.
CBD is known to help relieve pain caused by arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), and chronic pain. Research has also pointed towards its use in reducing inflammation caused by neurodegenerative illnesses such as Parkinson's, while other studies point towards CBDs effectiveness as a possible treatment for epilepsy and seizures. Even the skincare and cosmetic industry is adopting CBD to help with issues such as acne, wrinkles, and fine lines.
Currently, numerous clinical studies are researching additional benefits of CBD for medical purposes. So you are likely to hear much more about CBD for its vast-ranging medicinal and healing properties for your physical and mental health.
It Does Not Get You High
Some people assume that CBD and marijuana are one and the same thing. So first things first, CBD cannot get you high. The chemical compound responsible for intoxication is known as THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol. For legal purposes, the THC content in commercially sold CBD products is less than 0.3% and is therefore unlikely to cause the “high” commonly associated with cannabis.
In fact, the 2018 Farm Bill in the United States legalized CBD products that are derived from industrial hemp, which is a specific strain of the cannabis sativa plant. On the other hand, CBD products that come from specific cannabis plants such as indica or ruderalis, which contain a higher THC content, are not legal in most cases. In this regard, it is important that you are aware of the federal and state laws in your country before selling, buying, or consuming CBD products. You also need to have knowledge of whether the CBD product is derived from hemp or cannabis.
Therefore, CBD products that are manufactured using the hemp plant will contain more CBD and less THC, and CBD products that are derived from the cannabis plant are likely to contain a higher THC content with lower CBD levels.
There Are Different Kinds Of CBD
A common misconception is to believe that all CBD products are homogeneous in nature. In fact, there are three main kinds of CBD products on the market.
1. Full-Spectrum CBD
The cannabis plant contains many compounds other than cannabinoids; these include terpenes and flavonoids among others. A CBD product is referred to as full spectrum when it contains all these naturally occurring compounds, including THC and essential oils. Some claims suggest that the presence of these different compounds may help to strengthen the overall health effectiveness of the CBD product. This is commonly referred to as the entourage effect.
2. Broad-Spectrum CBD
Similar to full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD also contains many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant but it doesn't contain any THC. This is the ideal choice for someone who wants to gain the benefit of the entourage effect minus the THC content.
3. CBD Isolates
This represents the purest form of CBD, containing no other compounds. It is also sometimes called CBD crystal because it may be sold as a powder. You can use it directly in your food or smoothies because it doesn't have a distinct taste or smell. Additionally, it doesn't contain any trace of THC.
When shopping for CBD, you have a range of options on the market. From oils and tinctures to gummies and other edibles, you can choose whatever suits your personal preferences.
CBD Products May Have A Few Minor Side Effects
While CBD products are often a great alternative to allopathic medicines such as antidepressants or painkillers, which may have a host of very serious side effects, CBD does carry minor risks. These include nausea, dry mouth, drowsiness, and fatigue. It can also interact with any other medication you are taking, such as blood thinners, to cause unintended effects.
CBD's side effects may also be potentially related to the fact that the industry has little to no regulation at present. This means that before buying a CBD product, you have to do your part in researching and ensuring that the company sources its ingredients organically and uses the best practices to deliver high quality, effective products.
When choosing a CBD product, the first thing to do is to ascertain its legality in your city or country. We also suggest ensuring that the company you buy from has proof of third party testing and is transparent about its manufacturing process, the THC content, and other ingredients in the CBD products.
Moreover, follow the recommended dosage according to your weight and intended purpose. Lastly, beware of any possible interactions of your CBD products with other medication. When in doubt, always consult a medical professional.