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Debunking Popular CBD Industry Myths: How to Separate Cannabidiol Fact from Fiction

Jennifer Povey

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The CBD industry is currently on trend and growing at such a rapid pace that it is hard to keep up with all of the different products as well as their uses. With so much exposure in the media and with any trend that explodes so quickly, there is often a lot of misinformation. In terms of CBD, there are some obvious myths that need to be challenged. The first and most common myth is that CBD contains THC as marijuana does. In fact, it contains no THC and therefore no psychoactive ingredient that some are concerned about. It is used medicinally and therapeutically to treat various health conditions including anxiety, depression, insomnia, pain, and inflammation. There are also a huge number of testimonials for its success in treating epilepsy, Parkinson’s, and relieving chemotherapy symptoms.

There are various forms of CBD and even though it has been around for quite some time, it is more common now commercially and we are starting to see more applications than ever before. For example, skincare and beauty products are on the rise as well as a variety of CBD-infused foods and beverages. There certainly needs to be more research done to better understand the benefits and effects of CBD, but some statements can be easily disproven already. For instance, many believe that CBD is addictive because it is derived from the cannabis plant. The truth is that neither CBD nor cannabis are considered addictive substances.

The World Health Organization made a statement based on studies and research that “An orally administered dose of 600mg of CBD did not differ from placebo on the scale of the Addiction Research Centre Inventory”.

Further, CBD is actually a naturally occurring substance in our body to maintain balance when we experience stress. Because it is already present in our system, we cannot become addicted to it. Furthermore, we would not experience any high or intoxication from CBD – another common myth. While cannabis is the umbrella term for both marijuana and hemp, CBD is most often derived from hemp and it contains no more than 0.3% THC – the psychoactive ingredient. CBD is also specially cultivated and designed to contain no THC. It can, however, be mood altering in the sense of positivity, pain relief, and relaxation. There are also some claims out there that CBD does not work or improve symptoms, but the truth is that not all CBD is created equal.

It is important to research and find a CBD product of high quality and made by a reputable company. CBD also has different effects on different people and comes with a variety of factors including dosage, application, and quality. Another thing to consider is that CBD can take up to a week to show any change or results. Because effects may not be experienced immediately, some people equate this with not working, but that argument is misplaced. What we do know is that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in our bodies which regulates sleep, appetite, and mood. If there is an imbalance in the system, CBD can work to correct this. Along with other benefits to a wide range of health conditions, it is safe to dismiss the common myths and stay tuned for further research to prove its benefits.

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