While CBD and cannabinoids are incredibly safe and therapeutic components of hemp, as their popularity grows, so do the misconceptions. Here, a few of the top myths about hemp and CBD, debunked.
1. Misconception: hemp and marijuana are the same
The truth: Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant family, but are completely different in function, growing methods and application. Marijuana generally has a high level of THC (an intoxicating compound that makes you feel "high" and is used for medicinal or recreational purposes). Hemp, on the other hand, contains a negligible amount of THC (but is high in CBD) and is used in dietary supplements, skin products, building materials, clothing, paper, among many other things.
2. Misconception: CBD will make you feel euphoric or “high”
The truth: Hemp and CBD are considered extremely safe and are known to actually counteract the intoxicating properties of THC, the component of marijuana that makes you feel “high.” CBD isn’t used to get high, but to support mood, balance and wellness.
3. Misconception: CBD is sedating and ultra calming
The truth: Technically, CBD is not a sedative. And while some people find CBD relaxing, the misconception that CBD is a sedative may have come about due to the fact that some products containing CBD also include high concentrations of THC, which have a sedating effect. In addition, CBD is currently being researched for its ability to lessen disordered thinking.
4. Misconception: more is better
The truth: When it comes to CBD, less is sometimes more. Reports from clinicians and patients suggest that the therapeutic amount of CBD per serving varies for each individual, and in fact, the synergistic effect of broad-spectrum CBD can be effective at low doses. As we like to say, start low and go slow. Several factors, including frequency and length of use, as well as your body’s metabolism, weight and health status, can play a part in how much CBD is right for you.