5 things you have wrong about CBD
You might have heard the letters CBD before but don’t really know what it means. Cannabidiol, CBD, is one of primary natural cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Another cannabinoid you might have heard of is THC – and that’s just 2 of over 113 known cannabinoids found in hemp.
People have lots of misconceptions about CBD like getting HIGH off it, it’s illegal, CBD is equal to marijuana, CBD is contraband, only hippies use CBD, etc… I’m going to clear up the 5 things you might have wrong about CBD.
The first thing you need to know is that the Hemp Plant and the Marijuana Plant are different. They are both members of the genus Cannabis but are different varieties. People often get confused because hemp and marijuana are not even different species of cannabis, scientifically speaking. Let’s not get too much into the weeds on this one, just know that they ARE DIFFERENT PLANTS.
CBD = marijuana = weed, which is an illegal drug. This is FALSE.
Marijuana and weed are generally illegal in the US unless prescribed for medical use by a physician. The compounds in medical marijuana/weed are numerous – up to 113 cannabinoid compounds can be found in these. CBD is just ONE of the 113 cannabinoid compounds found in the marijuana plant and the hemp plant as well.
CBD is illegal. This is FALSE.
CBD is LEGAL in all 50 states of the US as long as it is derived from the HEMP plant and not the MARIJUANA plant. The Hemp plant must have less than 0.3% THC (THC is the compound that makes a person feel high), must adhere to state and federal regulations, and must be grown by a licensed grower. You can find out more about the new regulations passed in the recent farm bill.
CBD can make you HIGH. This is FALSE.
Since legal CBD must be extracted from plants with a THC content of less than 0.3%, there is no chance that enough THC is present in even a full spectrum CBD products to make a person feel high. Medical and recreational marijuana generally contains upwards of 25% THC.
Only hippies use THC. This is FALSE.
Where do you even find hippies in 2021? I don’t know. But I assure you that normal people like you and me use CBD as part of everyday wellness.
CBD is gaining acceptance as an OTC medication (over-the-counter, non-prescription medication) and is making its way into normal US households. In 2018, the US CBD market was 0.5 billion USD and it grew to an incredible 1.8 billion USD by 2020. This is a trend that is not going away especially now that the recent farm bill made it 100% legal to produce in every state in the US.
CBD is addictive. This is FALSE.
Studies have shown that pure CBD products are non-habit forming. In fact, they are being studied for their ability to help with withdrawal symptoms from cocaine and methamphetamine addictions.
Can I use CBD?
I am not a medical doctor and I could never tell you to start using it or not. You know your body, your goals, the medications you take, etc… you should always speak with a trusted physician about adding anything to your wellness routine that might interact with the medications you currently take. Want to know more about CBD and drug interactions? Check in with this post to read more.
There is much more to learn about CBD – benefits, current uses, and different types of product offerings. How do you know if you should try CBD gummies, CBD lotion, CBD oral drops, or some other form?
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