Common Myths About Cannabidiol Oil, Frequently Known As CBD Oil
Due to it’s powerful healing properties and various forms of use, Cannabidiol (CBD) has become a very popular option for people seeking a natural alternative to treat conditions such as athletic induced joint pain, insomnia at 3 a.m. and the occasional social anxiety.
As with any health product gaining recognition fast due to its list of therapeutic effects, you’re bound to learn very different facts from various different sources. And the more you hear, the more confused you may become — because the CBD industry is full of myths. To help clear up some of the confusion, we put together 5 of the most outdated misconceptions about CBD. From CBD’s effect on your body to which CBD product is best for you, we’ve got you covered:
Myth #1: CBD is CBD; all CBD oil is the same
When it comes to herbal medicine, sometimes the strength of a plant is in its many little variations. And in the case of cannabis and other complex botanicals, the collective activity of all these varied molecules contributes to the plant’s unique effects on people’s unique bodies. Approaching the choice between what type of CBD is the right choice for you, is different for each person and their desired outcome.
Although it is true that only one molecule is called Cannabidiol (CBD), CBD oil is typically a natural complex product – similar to tea – that contains a wide spectrum of beneficial plant molecules in addition to Cannabidiol. This can include terpenes and other cannabinoids that come from the hemp plant like THC. Some of those other molecules (CBN, CBG, CBC — just to name a few), could be even more powerful than CBD itself changing the strength of the product.
When discovering which CBD is best suited for you and your desired needs, pay attention to the CBD’s source (ie. organic hemp derived vs marijuana derived) and stick to products that provide additional testing of all the active molecules. Trust us, nature knew what she was doing when she created cannabis!
Myth #2: CBD hasn’t been scientifically proven to help any health conditions
Many who are out of the loop with this rising wellness hack haven’t been clued in that Cannabidiol is now an FDA-approved drug used to treat several childhood seizure disorders. With dozens of clinical trials coming down the pipeline, CBD will likely be approved to treat more side effects of chronic alignments and other health concerns soon.
Along with a FDA-approved stamp, hemp oil is regulated under the food and drug administration thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. This law allows companies to sell CBD oil under a dietary supplement, making it available for those that are wanting to naturally enhance their overall well-being.
Myth #3 CBD isn’t psychoactive
When people say this, they really mean to say that CBD will not get you “high” or make you feel intoxicated the way THC does. However, a psychoactive substance is technically any molecule that alters our brains and the ways we perceive our world — whether that’s a positive, negative, or neutral change.
Caffeine falls into the psychoactive category. And so does cannabidiol. Hemp products have a broad range of targets, and some of them — like 5-HT1A serotonin receptors — are associated with our central nervous systems.
The misconception that CBD is not psychoactive is everywhere. However, be warned that correcting it is akin to correcting someone’s grammar. Not everyone will appreciate your insightful knowledge. Perhaps, the term one might be looking for is non-psychotropic, which CBD does fit the bill for!
Myth #4: CBD activates your cannabinoid receptors
If you’re unfamiliar with it, the endocannabinoid system is a natural collection of receptors (messenger molecules) and their associated molecules. These receptors affect your health and mental state by achieving specialized message-receivers, called cannabinoid receptors.
Unlike its cousin THC, CBD does not directly affect these cannabinoids receptors! Instead, CBD impacts the endocannabinoid system in two known ways: by encouraging your body’s natural production of Endocannabinoid compounds, and by regulating the activity of some cannabinoid receptors — not activating them. (This regulating effect is why some people use CBD to counterbalance the anxiety and psychoactive side effects of THC).
Myth #5: More CBD is better
Unfortunately, we live in a society that believes “bigger the better, and more is a must”, this can be reflected from supersize cola, venti coffee, and mega sizes snacks — however, this couldn’t be far from true for CBD.
High quality, isolated hemp products with higher levels of CBD might be less beneficial than Full Spectrum products that contain less CBD but more terpenes and other cannabinoids can be taken in small doses — yet provide a more impactful result.
However, it is true how you take CBD affects how much of it actually is absorbed by your body. For example, if you just swallow CBD oil, most of the CBD molecules will just pass through your digestive tract without ever entering your bloodstream. That is why we suggest taking your high quality hemp product, Full Spectrum to be exact, sublingually to enhance the bioavailability.
If you have questions about the truth regarding CBD, we hope this article cleared a few things up for you. We’re here to educate and empower the people to make the most informed decision they can when it comes to purchasing high-quality CBD.
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