CBD has been the newest craze since its legal sale was approved and made available nationwide. However, this sudden popularity has caused a lot of misinformation and confusion. We want to set the record straight and help distinguish facts from fiction.
CBD is derived from a cannabis plant.
FACT. Both CBD and THC are derived from cannabis plants. Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants, and there are several species in this genus. Cannabis plants produce naturally occurring compounds called cannabinoids such as CBD and THC.
You will know exactly what you are paying for when you buy CBD.
FICTION. According to a 2017 survey, 70% of online CBD products are mislabeled and contain significantly more or less CBD than advertised. However, products manufactured in FDA-regulated facilities are tested for the chemical composition of the product using accredited laboratories and profiles for all complete cannabinoid products, terpenes, and contaminants.
The manufacturer must be able to provide a certificate of authenticity for each product that proves that the content of the purchased product matches the advertisement and that the product can be consumed safely. So before you buy, check the COA on their testing page or request to review it if you are in store.
So, CBD gets me high?
FICTION. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound mostly found in hemp-based cannabis plants. It is non-intoxicating, as the hemp plant naturally grows with low amounts of THC, the cannabinoid of the hashish plant that is intoxicating. In 2017, CBD was classified by the World Health Organization as having “no public health risks or potential abuse.” THC, on the other hand, found in marijuana-based cannabis plants is a psychoactive ingredient that can get you high and has addiction potential. By law, CBD products sold in the United States can’t contain more than 0.3% THC by dry weight.
Hemp based CBD is legal.
FACT. Hemp plants that look and smell like marijuana plants grow completely legally, with only legal traces of THC or no THC at all. Hemp-based Cannabis cultivation requires the appropriate licenses and tests required in individual states where cannabis cultivation is legal. However, marijuana plants can grow with trace amounts of CBD. Marijuana-based plants and CBD derived from marijuana plants are illegal in the United States.
CBD derived from the hemp plant with less than 0.3% THC is legal in all 50 states of the United States.
CBD is an artificial substance.
FICTION. CBD, which stands for “cannabidiol,” is one of the cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. Cannabinoids are active compounds in the cannabis plant that interact with our body’s endocannabinoid receptors to produce effects, mimicking the body’s own neurotransmitters.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex cell signaling system that plays a role in regulating a wide range of functions and processes, including sleep, mood, appetite, memory, reproduction, and fertility. Endocannabinoids are molecules made by your body. They are similar to cannabinoids, except that they are produced by your body rather than cannabis plants. Endogenous cannabinoid receptors are found systemically. Endogenous cannabinoids bind to them, signaling that the ECS needs to act. Cannabinoids also bind to these specific receptors and trigger similar actions.
CBD Will Cure All Diseases & Ailments
FICTION. CBD can help many health conditions, but it’s not a panacea. Additional research and research is needed to fully understand all the benefits that CBD can offer.