Learning about CBD oil from the web can be frustrating due to the sufficient amount of contradictory information. Sometimes it is more than confusing to separate facts and myths.
But struggle no more as we are here to debunk top 5 most common myths about CBD oil and help put you at ease.
Will it make me hallucinate? Is it safe for my kids to use? Is it really legal? Those could be the questions occupying your head as you scroll endlessly in search of answers…
- MYTH: CBD oil makes you “high”
This is one of the most persistent myths out there, as CBD oil comes from cannabis plant and is often wrongfully associated with THC – a psychoactive compound of marijuana. Let’s get one thing straight right away.
CBD oil does not contain THC and thus isn’t a psychoactive drug and cannot make you hallucinate or experience any other behavior associated with THC consumption.
CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant, not marijuana; and even though these two both come from Cannabis family, hemp only contains 0.3% or less of the THC compound in its anatomy.
- MYTH: CBD oil is illegal
This myth relies heavily on the previous one, as marijuana is illegal in many countries. With the enormous growth in popularity of CBD oil in recent years each country has had to figure out how to lawfully organize the use of this oil. If having face that challenge wasn’t enough CBD oil’s status is still in flux when it comes to fully answering weather it is a food supplement or medicine.
But let’s try to simplify. In the UK CBD oil is completely legal, but there are heavy restrictions over its THC content, currently it must be under 0.2%. In the US however it varies from state to state. CBD oil derived from imported hemp is excluded from the federal Controlled Substances Act, the law that makes other cannabis plants and extracts illegal.
CBD oil from hemp is therefore legal to purchase and use under federal law. It is still important to check individual state laws.
- MYTH: CBD oil is not suitable for children
Well-informed parents are using CBD oil for their kids to treat child epilepsy, seizures, pain and autism. CBD oil positively affects endocannabinoid system (ECS) helping to create homeostasis of ones organism. Results of a recent study indicate use of CBD oil reduced adverse events and seizure severity, in addition to a reduction in overall seizure frequency.
What separates this myth from fact is again the notorious THC, but as explained above CBD oil does not contain this compound, which makes it safe for kids to use.
- MYTH: CBD oil is only good for pain management
In most cases CBD oil is still classified as food supplement which doesn’t allow the manufacturer to make any medication related claims, but CBD oil benefits far exceed just a pain relief aid. Its effects are linked to anxiety and depression management, epilepsy seizures reduction and even fighting cancer. Many more studies are needed on a larger scale to explain all the benefits of CBD oil on a human body but the existing ones support many of these claims.
The truth is that CBD oil is of great help in chronic pain conditions as well as other stubborn pains and aches. It works on pain receptors in your brain to reduce the feelings of discomfort and what stands out the most is how quickly it works. CBD oil taken under the tongue in forms of drops can take only few minutes to work its pain relieving properties.
- MYTH: is perfectly safe to use
There are certainly some risks to taking CBD oil on your own. Although CBD is derived form plant and is a natural remedy, side effects are possible in some cases. They can include nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, and changes in appetite among some others. There is also a factor of CBD oil reacting to other medications and their correlation. Taking the right dosage can also interfere with the severity of side affects.
Another safety hazard are loose market regulation when it comes to CBD oil products. Make sure before purchasing the CBD oil to check the certification, pureness and quality or the product. You can also read our Buyer’s guide for more in depth information on what’s currently available on the market.
Material provided above is for educational purposes only. It does not replace advice or counsel of a doctor or health care professional. Before trying any new medication or supplementation you should consult your doctor or health care professional.