From neighbors, family, and acquaintances to medical professionals – everyone now seems to be a self-proclaimed CBD expert. Everyone thinks they know everything there is to know. The effect and application of CBD, like everything that has to do with health, is not a simple matter.
The fact is, the human body is a complex and, above all, sensitive system. Every day there are more complicated processes in us than we can imagine.
Besides, no two bodies are the same. Allergies are a good example. For example, peanuts are a healthy source of nutrients for most people. Although they are considered healthy, some people still react negatively to them. However, that doesn’t mean that peanuts are unhealthy.
Those who view health as black and white will often be disappointed. Still, some facts are true for most of us. We usually find this out with the help of scientific studies and experience.
It is the same with CBD. If you also want to distinguish myths from facts confidently, then read on!
MYTH: “CBD IS MARIJUANA”
CBD (cannabidiol) may have some similar benefits to marijuana, but it doesn’t get you high. Legal CBD products do not contain enough THC to be intoxicating. On the contrary: according to some studies, CBD could even counteract the intoxicating effects of THC.
Also, it is obtained exclusively from hemp plants that have high CBD and low THC content.
As far as the THC content is concerned, we differentiate between THC-containing cannabis oil and CBD oil.
MYTH: “ALL OILS ARE THE SAME”
We often hear that. Many CBD users are surprised to find that one oil is not really suitable for them, while another works perfectly. How can that be possible?
As already illustrated in the example with peanuts, different bodies can react differently to the same natural or artificial substance. It is even more complex with CBD because the hemp plant contains more than 100 different active ingredients (called cannabinoids).
Depending on what kind of hemp the oil was obtained from and produced and the manufacturing process itself, these cannabinoids are contained in different proportions in the CBD oil.
When we talk about CBD oil, we mainly differentiate between 3 different product types. These are CBD isolates, full-spectrum products, and “ broad-spectrum” products.
CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD. Other active ingredients such as THC, terpenes, and flavonoids are removed during production.
This pure CBD is usually available in crystal or powder form. Isolates are not necessarily the most natural option, but they have a particularly high CBD content.
“Broad-spectrum” CBD oils (full spectrum without THC)
Oils in which the CBD is extracted from the hemp plant without THC, but which contains all terpenes, flavonoids, and other hemp active ingredients, are sometimes also referred to as “broad spectrum.”
As a rule, they should have the same effect as natural full-spectrum products, since they also only contain THC in a very small amount. The legally permitted THC content is so low that it can hardly be said to have a significant effect.
Full-spectrum CBD oils (with THC)
Full-spectrum oils differ only in the view of broad-spectrum oils that they can contain up to 0.2% THC.
This form of CBD contains all the active ingredients in hemp. In the US, such products are legal, and you can even buy CBD oil in pharmacies and ordinary shops.
Many people are still worried because it contains THC. Even if it is legally unobjectionable, the concern remains in the back of your mind.
Please note that these terms are not used equally by all manufacturers. Therefore, it can be a good idea to check with the after-sales service and the product description first about the properties of the product.
MYTH: “MORE IS ALWAYS BETTER”
We, humans, tend to perceive more as better. When CBD works, more CBD works even better. Sounds logical, doesn’t it?
It is a common mistake that experienced CBD users warn of. On the one hand, one should not start with too high a dose, since the body has to get used to the remedy first, and on the other, other factors influence how strongly the oil works.
The way you take CBD also affects how much actually gets into your body. For example, if you just swallow the oil, most of the CBD molecules will travel through your digestive tract without ever getting into your bloodstream.
So try to keep the CBD oil in your mouth for a minute before swallowing – this will help your body absorb more active ingredients.
Clinical studies have also shown that very high doses (1000+ mg/day for an average adult) could be associated with increased side effects. A corresponding reduction in the dose usually alleviates these side effects.
For most users, however, this is not a risk, since 1000 mg CBD corresponds to a whole 10 ml bottle of 10% CBD oil.
MYTH: “IT HAS NO SIDE EFFECTS”
Since CBD could rarely have mild side effects, many claim that it doesn’t have any. In reality, CBD can have side effects if you dose it too high.
It should also be noted that CBD could affect the way the body metabolizes certain prescription drugs.
It applies particularly to medications that warn against the consumption of grapefruit, such as antiepileptics, antiviral HIV medications, calcium channel blockers, and immunosuppressants.
If you are taking medication that could affect CBD, you should, therefore, discuss the intake of CBD with the doctor treating you beforehand.
MYTH: “IT IS ENOUGH IF YOU ONLY TAKE IT EVERY NOW AND THEN”
In order to really feel the possible effects of CBD, it is essential to take it daily and in sufficient doses.
Many beginners take it lightly and are surprised that it does not work after several weeks.
It is recommended to take the oil at least twice a day. Most take it in the morning and evening, some even three times a day.
MYTH: “CANNABIDIOL CAN TREAT EVERYTHING AND EVEN CURE IT”
If you’re new to the world of CBD, it’s important to be skeptical of such claims.
For instance, a site can claim that CBD can ultimately beat insomnia, while another website may say that CBD works as a natural stimulant and help you stay up at night. What is true now?
It should be noted that these possible effects can vary from person to person. There are countless reasons to take CBD, but they are not the same for everyone.
CBD is often used for many ailments, such as sleep problems, depression, migraines, and pain. However, that does not mean that it works exactly the same for everyone.
Realistically, one cannot hope for a permanent cure. It is not a panacea and should not be misunderstood as something like this.
But that doesn’t mean that it has no use. Most conventional medicines do not cure; they only relieve the symptoms of an illness. Still, we use them more than ever before.
Many of these drugs (e.g. sleeping pills and pain relievers) can even have strong side effects and are not suitable for long-term use.
CBD oil has the advantage of being a natural remedy that could help the body help itself. It is also not addictive and can be discontinued at any time. If it is dosed correctly, it is very well suited for long-term use.
MYTH: “CBD OIL IS ONLY FOR THE SICK”
While it is true that most people use CBD to treat a specific symptom of the disease, claiming that it has only medical benefits is another myth. CBD interacts with a body’s own system, which could be beneficial for people struggling with anxiety attacks and depression. If you experience a relaxing effect, the oil could also do a lot in the case of ordinary work or everyday stress. It could be used for prevention because stress permanently damages mental and physical health. A 2011 study also suggests that it could reduce social anxiety, particularly in public speaking.
If you want to be more confident and relaxed in everyday life, CBD could help you too.