Cannabis plants contain something other than THC, it’s medicinal potential could be endless, and it doesn’t get you high. Yet, this substance, Cannabidiol (CBD), could be a part of many people’s medicine cabinet very soon. Let’s make sure you’re equipped with the real truths about this promising supplement.
CBD has been eclipsed by weed (aka THC and its products), but this is changing as we speak. Due to the success of CBD, various commercial start-ups and internet retailers promote CBD derived from industrial hemp as the next big thing, hailing it’s potentials and therapeutic properties. But does it really shrink tumors, quell seizures, and easing chronic pain without getting the patient high or “stoned”?
Despite all these probable medical benefits, the FDA and US Federal government has not yet fully put their stamp on CBD. THC and CBD products feel they have to snake their way around state and Federal laws, just to keep their medicine legally on the shelves. Thus, there is a lack of legitimate info and inquiring minds are left confused about CBD. To clear the air once and for all, we will clarify the top CBD misconceptions!
1 CBD is the Good Cannabinoid while THC is the Bad One
While CBD is being medically praised, THC is being put in a corner, and deemed “just recreational”. THC, the compound most known for getting people high, has (always had) some fantastic therapeutic properties. Besides relaxing and calming the user, which can allow them much space to heal mentally and physically, many find that pain, anxiety and tension can be reduced drastically from medical marijuana consumption.
2 CBD From Hemp Is Not as Beneficial as CBD from Other Cannabis Plants
CBD is CBD no matter where it was derived from.The percentage of CBD in hemp plants by dry weight is relatively lower than in some other specially-bred cannabis plants but once the oil is extracted, those differences become unnecessary and irrelevant. Our body and its endocannabinoid system can’t tell where CBD originates anyways! The important thing is that CBD and the plant’s other cannabinoids and natural constituents work with cohesion together with the endocannabinoid system to help maintain various vital functions and encourage homeostasis.
3 CBD Hemp Oil is For Adult Use Only
CBD is safe for all people, for all ages and even for our pets! While some research is still in the works, the research that has been done so far states that CBD hemp oil is hazard-free and well tolerated for kids. In addition, some studies have even found out that CBD reduces the frequency of seizures of children with epilepsy. Indeed, Charlotte’s Web was a specially made strain for a child named Charlotte in 2015. CBD reduced her round the clock seizures drastically and the event really put CBD on the map for the condition, but also opened our collective medical eye to the possibilities of the substance.
4 CBD is most effective without THC
On the contrary, CBD and THC work really well together, enhancing each other’s therapeutic effects. In what is known as the entourage effect, the combination of CBD and THC compounds, according to scientists at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, is a more potent anti-tumoral effect than either compound alone when tested on brain cancer and breast cancer cells. The compounds, in a general way, help to offset each other’s sometimes negative effects. For example, THC alone will normally cause excessive paranoia and anxiety, but CBD counteracts its effects.
5 CBD is Legal in All 50 states
Although some CBD merchants claims that their products are 100% legal, federal law prohibits U.S. farmers from cultivating hemp as a commercial crop. The case is different for the sale of imported, low-THC, industrial hemp products, which is permitted in the United States as long as these products are derived from the seed or stalk of the plant, not from the leaves and flowers. The catch-22 is that cannabidiol can’t be pressed or extracted from hemp seed. CBD can only be extracted from the flower, leaves and a little from the stalk of hemp plants. This leaves CBD producers with bruised credibility when they say that their CBD comes from hemp seed and stalk.