Written By: Sam Milam
There are plenty of myths and misinformation circulating about CBD oil, what it is, and how it affects the body and mind, especially with how popular it has become since the passage of the 2018 US Farm Bill. Sometimes this information is the result of a society and a government that has spent a few decades perpetuating the myth that CBD, hemp, and cannabis are a dangerous drug, when, in fact, they aren’t.
Today we are going to look at 5 of the most common CBD myths and set the record straight so that you can make informed choices about how you take care of your health and wellness.
Myth #1: Cannabidiol is not psychoactive.
Many people often falsely claim that CBD isn’t psychoactive. This statement isn’t really fair to the therapeutic work that CBD oil is doing when interacting with the body. What people really need to be saying is that CBD isn’t psychoactive like THC is. THC is definitely a mind-altering substance, but couldn’t we argue that CBD is too? CBD has been shown to have positive effects on anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other issues.
When people are trying to get newbies to try CBD for the first time, they sometimes assure them that CBD isn’t psychoactive. They assume “psychoactive” is the equivalent of smoking a THC joint that allows you to float up into the clouds (or sink down into the Earth). CBD might not provide that euphoric feeling that we associate with getting high, but it is still psychoactive in the sense that it changes the way our brains function. CBD oil being psychoactive is different than intoxication, and psychoactive isn’t a bad thing.
Myth #2: CBD gets you high.
It doesn’t, actually. Although CBD is technically psychoactive in the sense that CBD interacts with the CB1 receptor in the central nervous system, altering cognition and mood, it does not get you high. That might sound confusing, so let me explain a little more.
As we touched on in myth #1, psychoactive is different than intoxication. CBD and THC are powerful cannabinoids when used together, but if you are just going straight for the CBD, it typically doesn’t have any THC in it or very minimal amounts. CBD, when taken in higher quantities, can sometimes make a person feel a little more relaxed, almost like softening the rough edges around anxiety to make it more manageable, but it doesn’t get you high. It shouldn’t make you incapable of operating a vehicle or going about your day.
Myth #3: All CBD oil is created equally.
All CBD oils are not created equally. Just like the majority of products and medicines available to consumers, you typically get what you pay for. That’s not always true though, either, as some companies are really good at marketing a sub-par product. As far as CBD myths go, this one is tricky because CBD from industrial hemp is the same molecule as CBD from cannabis.
When looking for the best, highest quality CBD oil, it’s important to know the brand who is manufacturing it. Transparency is important in the CBD world, as well as testing products. Does your bottle of CBD have a testing label on it? If it doesn’t, there’s really no way to determine the quality of the product. Is the CBD oil full or broad-spectrum, or is it an isolate that doesn’t have all the plant matter and terpenes in it? When it comes to a high-quality CBD oil product, testing matters, sourcing matters, whether pesticides were used matters, and labeling matters.
Myth #4: CBD will make you fail a drug test.
If you are purchasing high-quality CBD oil, you shouldn’t fail a drug test, given that the CBD product is either a CBD isolate (contains 0% THC) or a broad spectrum CBD product (also contains 0% THC). This is where testing and labeling is important.
Now, if you are consuming a product with some THC, even the legally allowed amount of less than 0.3% THC, there is a possibility that you will test positive for THC due to the compounding effect and half-life of the cannabinoid. So if this is a concern of yours, again go with a CBD isolate or Broad Spectrum CBD product.
CBD oil on its own isn’t what is being tested, it’s THC. If you smoke a CBD joint, there is a good chance that there is THC, although even then, there are some with minimal amounts.
If you are in a position where drug testing is a requirement, it’s important to purchase CBD from a reputable brand. Testing and labeling will give you peace of mind because you’ll know the purity of the product that you’re buying. As always, use your own discretion.
Myth #5: CBD is for medicinal use while its friend THC is recreational.
This myth kind of throws both CBD and THC under the bus for different reasons. It makes CBD out to be the good guy, and THC to be the bad guy, which is what the government has used to continue classifying THC as a Schedule 1 drug. Both CBD and THC have many health benefits, and both can be used for recreation.
THC and CBD have synergistic powers when used together. Although studies are limited due to the federal illegality of THC, it is believed that, when combined, THC and CBD create something called The Entourage Effect. This theory suggests that when cannabinoids are used together, they provide more health benefits overall. CBD also has the power to curb some of the side effects of THC, while still gaining the many therapeutic benefits of THC - a win-win situation.
With the popularity of CBD oil continuing to rise, it’s important to make informed choices and to do our own research before making judgments about CBD, and CBD products. CBD definitely has some magical powers that greatly improve the quality of life for many people. It’s up to us to ensure that we are doing our due diligence with the product itself and how it may benefit our lives, as well as with the brands that we support.