Myths and Facts about Cbd
True or False?
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Lets talk about Myths and Facts about cbd. Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, is the “it” health trend of the moment. The chemical compound found in cannabis plants made its way into people’s hearts over the last few years thanks to all its purported benefits, including the potential to help people get a better night’s sleep and stave off anxiety, as well as with even more serious matters like fighting nausea in cancer patients and assisting children suffering from epilepsy disorders.
However, despite CBD being everywhere and in everything—infused in popular snack brands, used in every day products, like soaps or perfumes —people seem more confused than ever about what exactly CBD does.
But fear not. You are about to find out all you need to know, as we reveal the Myths and Facts about cbd.
1. CBD is Addictive
In a comprehensive report on CBD, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported on its potential for addiction.
The report concluded:
“In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.”
2. Hemp seed oil and CBD oil are the same
Although CBD oil and hemp seed oil both come from hemp, their by no means the same.
CBD oil can be extracted from the leaves, stalks and flowers of hemp.
Hemp seed oil is made exclusively from the seeds of hemp plants. Whilst these contain beneficial nutrients like omega fatty acids and many vitamins and minerals, the seeds contain almost no CBD.
3. CBD works the same for everyone
How CBD works for you depends on your state of health, your genetics and how your own endocannabinoid system interacts with CBD. It also depends what you’re using it for.
Some people use CBD to bring a little bit of happiness and ease back into their day, and others to manage symptoms of disease. It may not necessarily have any meaningful effects for others, who may otherwise be happy and healthy.
Certain people’s endocannabinoid system may need more support than others, and it depends on what environmental, lifestyle and genetic factors are at play in someones life.
CBD supports everyones ECS differently.
4. CBD is totally non-psychoactive
Although CBD doesn’t get you high, like THC does; a lot of people say it boosts their mood and lessens anxiety.
These effects have been well documented in animal studies showing that CBD enhances serotonin signalling in the brain, which is a chemical which makes us feel happy, connected and lessens anxiety.
There’s also good preliminary evidence in humans which demonstrates CBD’s ability to ease anxiety.
CBD also boosts our natural feel good endocannabinoid called Anandamide, the very same feel good chemical that gets released after we exercise.
If CBD has these effects in the brain, then there’s clearly some sort of psychoactive element to it.
5. CBD won’t affect other medications
CBD works really well for a lot of people, but those taking certain medications may find CBD alters the way their drug(s) work. This may impact the effectiveness of their current medication, which may affect the management of their medical condition.
There’s not a lot of (clinical) research on drug interactions, and a lot is based on animal experiments and theoretical science. However, in some cases CBD has been found to alter the way some drugs work, in much the same way grapefruits do.
Anyone on prescription medication(s) should consult with their GP before using CBD because:
- CBD can lower blood pressure.
- CBD may cause additive effects with sedative drugs like Valium, which target the central nervous system.
- High dose CBD may increase the potency and toxicity of other drugs, by inhibiting P450 enzymes in the liver which break them down.
1. CBD is found in both Hemp and Cannabis plant
CBD is not exclusively found in hemp. Its 1 of over 100 similar compounds called cannabinoids that are also found in Cannabis plants.
Although they both contain CBD, Cannabis tends to be a more plentiful source than hemp. The amount of hemp relative to Cannabis needed to extract CBD tends to be greater, making Cannabis the more economical (but not legal in most places) option.
2. CBD isn’t a cure all
Whilst CBD may lend a helping hand in supporting health, its another thing to suggest it can be a cure all.
To say that CBD cures anything is scientifically inaccurate, because the evidence is only just starting to come in, and its from preliminary studies that are short in duration. Longer studies focusing on specific diseases are needed to suggest otherwise.
There’s also root causes that are driving disease in the first place. Although CBD may help people manage symptoms, it often doesn’t address the root cause of why the body becomes imbalanced in the first place. You could think of using CBD as a bandaid approach to supporting health.
These kinds of claims can be misleading, because it also implies that just because one thing works for someone, it’ll work for others too.
3. CBD is non-intoxicating, but you may still feel great
Although CBD isn’t fully non-psychoactive, it still wont get you high. Its all to do with the mechanism of action of CBD.
CBD doesn’t activate the CB1 receptor in the brain, like THC does. This means that CBD cannot produce the alterations in consciousness and awareness characteristic of the high from THC.
CBD can make people feel good though, in much the same way a box of chocolates, a hug or a warm bath can.
Thats because CBD boosts a natural feel good chemical called, Anandamide. Anandamide is an endocannabinoid which also activates CB1 in the brain, but to a much lesser degree than THC. This alternative mechanism is what is thought to provide a sense of wellbeing from CBD, without the high.
4. CBD has been used in traditional medicine
CBD is one of the key constituents of hemp. Its been around for thousands of years, and has a documented use across India, Egypt, Europe, China and Japan.
Traditionally, hemp has been used for many of the ailments people use CBD for today; anxiety, insomnia, pain and menstrual cramps being just a few.
5. CBD from hemp is legal
Most strains of hemp naturally contain no more than 0.2% THC. In the UK and EU, so long as CBD extracts from hemp don’t surpass this level of THC, its legal.
Cannabis plant on the other hand contains much higher amounts of THC (5 – 30%) which makes it less desirable to extract given that the THC has to be removed, otherwise it would be illegal. In the US, CBD extracted from Cannabis is federally illegal, even if the THC is removed.
Now that you’ve got a little more clarity regarding Myths and Facts about cbd CBD facts vs. CBD myths, you can start thinking about the types of products you want to try. Whatever you decide, it’s always best if you introduce CBD oil into your routine carefully. Figuring out your optimal serving and the best products for your lifestyle can take time, so be sure to use CBD responsibly.