Have you heard conflicting statements about cannabidiol (CBD) derived from the hemp plant? Statements such as CBD and THC (short for tetrahydrocannabinol) are the same, versus CBD and THC are not the same? Or that hemp and marijuana are the same, versus hemp and marijuana are not the same? Hemp-derived CBD is covered extensively by the media and on social media channels and networks, as is both THC and marijuana.  However, the internet and social media are not known for being accurate and that applies equally to information on CBD and THC, and hemp and marijuana. Some CBD users even tend to get some of the facts wrong.  The overwhelming mixed information causes consumer confusion and, in some cases, so much confusion that some people are reluctant to try any type of hemp based CBD rich product at all.

Let’s dive into 21 facts and myths about CBD that everyone should know.

1. CBD and THC Are The Same

FalseCBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are not the same. While both CBD and THC are naturally occurring cannabinoids in the Cannabis sativa plant, CBD has no intoxicating side effects like those produced by THC.  Also, CBD unlike THC has no addictive properties, has no potential for abuse and has no withdrawal symptoms.

⇒  Learn more:  58% Don’t Know the Difference Between CBD and THC

2. Hemp and Marijuana Are Not the Same

True.  Hemp and marijuana are not the same. It is true that hemp and marijuana are both a Cannabis sativa plant, but the two differ in how they are cultivated as well as their chemical composition. Marijuana is cultivated to produce a high amount of THC and produces that “high” feeling. Hemp, on the other hand, is a different variety of the Cannabis sativa plant that is cultivated for a high amount of CBD, contains a trace amount of delta-9 THC of no more than 0.3 percent, and does not produce a “high” feeling or any other intoxicating effects.

3. All Hemp-Derived CBD Products Are The Same

False.  Not all hemp-derived CBD products are the same. This would be similar to saying that all cars are the same, all sparkling waters are the same, all mascaras are the same, and so forth.  From farm to final product, hemp-derived CBD products can widely vary based on how the hemp plant is cultivated, the extraction method used, the manufacturing process, and the CBD product’s appearance, taste, composition, quality and safety.

4. More CBD is Always Better

False.  Taking more CBD than you need is a waste of the product and your money. Using too much CBD may also produce an unintended result.  For example, let’s say you want to use a CBD oil drop tincture to help you de-stress while you’re working during the day. If you take too much CBD, you may end up feeling sleepy, lose focus and be unproductive. The amount of CBD that works best for your intended use is unique to you.  No two people are alike. As CBD works behind the scenes with your body’s endocannabinoid system to promote a state of balance, your body’s state of balance is also unique to you.  We all have different needs when it comes to balance of our mind and body, so it makes sense that individual experiences and results will vary.

Some CBD users report feeling the benefit they sought from using a small amount of CBD, starting as low as 10 mg of CBD daily, and other CBD users report taking higher amounts of CBD to reach their desired effect or effects. Some consumers use CBD for multiple purposes and may micro-dose throughout the day. Micro-dosing CBD means splitting up the total amount of your CBD dosage and taking the small amounts at different times throughout your day. Micro-dosing is typically used when the effect of the CBD product wears off and the user wants to keep that effect going by taking multiple doses at various times in a day, which may also include evenings.

If you’re new to CBD, start with the suggested serving size on the product’s label to see if that amount works for you for the reason you are taking it.  If that amount is not effective, you can try increasing that amount by a serving size or two and gradually keep doing so until you reach your desired effect.

5. Hemp CBD Oil and Hemp Seed Oil Are Not The Same

True.  Hemp-derived CBD oil and hemp seed oil are not the same. Hemp CBD oil is extracted from the stalks, leaves and/or flowers of the hemp plant and contains a high concentration of CBD and may also contain other cannabinoids including 0.3 percent or less THC and terpenes and flavonoids naturally existing in the hemp plant. Conversely, hemp seed oil comes from only the seeds of the hemp plant and primarily consists of amino acids and omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9.

6. CBD Has An Immediate Effect

It dependsWhether CBD has an immediate effect depends on a number of factors such as::

  • your gender
  • your body weight
  • your body chemistry
  • your diet
  • the benefit you are seeking (i.e., relaxation, calmness, relief, sleep, etc.)
  • the concentration of CBD in the product
  • the spectrum of the CBD product (i.e., full spectrum, broad spectrum, CBD isolate)
  • the type of CBD product (i.e., oil drop tincture, capsules, soft gels, gummies, etc.)
  • the frequency of your usage (i.e., daily, weekly, once in a while, etc.)
  • the amount you are using

Think of it this way, the amount of a particular vitamin needed to resolve a deficiency is not necessarily the same for all people. CBD is no different in this regard.  Individuals respond to CBD differently because each of us are different.

7. CBD Will Get You “High”

False.  Many mistakenly believe that because CBD comes from a cannabis plant, CBD will produce a “high” feeling like THC.  While it’s true that CBD comes from the Cannabis sativa plant, CBD itself does not produce any intoxicating effects. In fact, one study reported that CBD actually reduces the intoxicating effects of THC.

8. A Full Spectrum CBD Product Has THC

True.  A full spectrum CBD product contains 0.3 percent or less delta-9 THC, a dominant amount of CBD, and varying detectable and non-detectable cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids naturally occurring in the hemp plant. The amount of other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids can vary from hemp plant to hemp plant and, as such, may not always appear in the same amounts across batches. However, the amount of delta-9 THC must always be no more than 0.3% delta-9 THC to be legal.

9. A Broad Spectrum CBD Product Has THC

False.  A broad spectrum CBD product is basically the same as a full spectrum CBD product minus the delta-9 THC.  A broad spectrum CBD product is manufactured to remove all THC (including delta-8 THC and delta-10 THC) so that the final CBD product is truly THC free.  Typically, broad spectrum CBD products are labeled and advertised as “THC Free”, “100% THC free”, “Zero THC”, and “0.00mg THC.”

10. A CBD Isolate Product Has Only CBD

True.  A CBD isolate product contains only CBD and no THC (no delta-9 THC, no delta-8 THC, no delta-10 THC). It does not contain any other cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids naturally occurring in the hemp plant.  A CBD isolate, also known as a Hemp Extract Isolate, is manufactured to contain a high amount of only CBD and is ideal for those who do not want their CBD product to have any THC whatsoever.

11. CBD Has Side Effects

True.  For some users, CBD can produce some mild side effects such as dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, dizziness, drowsiness and fatigue. CBD oil can also increase liver enzymes. If you suffer from liver disease or any liver related medical condition and are interested in trying CBD oil, consult your doctor before use so that your doctor can guide you and monitor your blood liver enzyme levels.

12. CBD Is Tested On a Drug Test

False.  CBD is not tested on a drug test because CBD has no intoxicating side effects like those produced by THC.

13. Using CBD Will Cause You to Fail a Drug Test

It depends.  Whether CBD usage will cause an individual to fail a drug test depends on various factors. If you use a full spectrum CBD product, which includes a trace amount of delta-9 THC of no more than 0.3 percent, it is possible that daily use overtime may trigger a positive result for THC on a drug test.  The same is true for any CBD product that contains delta-8 THC and delta-10 THC and any other isomer of THC.  The possibility of this occurring depends on variables like the frequency of CBD use, your body’s fat cells, and your body’s metabolism.  As THC is fat soluble, your body doesn’t instantly dispose of it. How quickly an individual’s body metabolizes THC varies so there is no one-size fits all answer.

14. Dr. Oz Has Endorsed CBD Oil Products

False.  Dr. Oz has not endorsed any CBD products. The same is true for Dr. Phil. Unfortunately, both Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil have been victims of false and misleading advertising by some purported, and probably fake, CBD brands. Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil have voiced their anger and frustration with the use of their names as endorsement without their knowledge or consent, and their concerns that their following may be misled into purchasing a CBD product because they believed it was endorsed by them.  Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil have even produced a series of YouTube videos to address these CBD scams.

15. You Can Fly With CBD Products Domestically in the USA

True.  TSA (the Transportation Security Administration) issued a Medical Marijuana Policy back in May 2019 that covers hemp-derived products including those that contain CBD.  Per this policy, hemp-derived CBD products that contain no more than 0.3% delta-9 THC are permitted.

⇒ Learn more: Can I fly with CBD domestically in the USA? 

16. You Can Fly With CBD Products to Canada

False.  You cannot fly with CBD Oil or any type of CBD product when traveling to Canada. The Canada Border Services Agency issued a statement warning travelers that transporting cannabis across the border in any form, including oils containing THC and CBD, remains a serious criminal offense.

⇒ Learn more:  Can I fly with CBD to Canada?

17. You Can Fly With CBD Products to Mexico

False.  You cannot fly with CBD Oil or any type of product containing CBD into to Mexico. The U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Mexico issued a statement warning travelers that it is illegal to bring into Mexico cannabis, cannabis extracts and tinctures, cannabis oil and cannabis resin.  As the hemp plant is a cannabis plant, this includes all types of hemp-derived CBD products.

⇒ Learn more:  Can I fly with CBD Oil to Mexico? 

18. CBD Has No Benefits

False.  Based on studies and consumer self-reporting, CBD has been reported to have a variety of benefits. Some of these benefits include:

  • stress and anxiety relief
  • relaxation and calmness
  • pain relief (chronic pain, back pain, muscle pain, joint pain, migraine pain)
  • reduction or elimination of pain medication use (opioids, NASIDs, gabapentanoids, benzodiazepines)
  • menstrual relief
  • fatigue relief
  • mood support
  • improving sleep
  • improving sex
  • improving focus

19. Your Body Naturally Produces CBD

False.  Your body does not technically produce CBD. CBD is technically a phytocannabinoid. “Phytocannabinoid” simply means a cannabinoid that is produced externally (outside of your body), such as from the hemp plant.  The human body does however produce its own endocannabinoids. Basically, endocannabinoids are neurotransmitters that can either bind or influence receptors throughout your body to take action.

CBD, while not naturally produced in the body, works with cannabinoid and other receptors located throughout the body to  influence the body’s endocannabinoid system to regulate an imbalanced system or function. The primary duty of your body’s endocannabinoid system is homeostasis. Homeostasis means a state of balance.

Essentially, the endocannabinoid system is a balance regulator that is responsible for maintaining a state of balance of other systems and functions in the body. For example, the central nervous system, the immune system, memory, mood, energy, responses to stress, how we experience pain and hunger, pleasure and reward, motivation, and appetite, among others. In essence, if there is too much activity or too little activity, there is imbalance.  In this case, the endocannabinoid system would need to decrease or increase the activity to a state of balance.

20. CBD Is Psychoactive

True.  CBD is psychoactive. Many incorrectly claim that CBD is “non-psychoactive.” What they probably mean to say is that CBD is  not intoxicating, which are two very different things. Non-intoxicating means that CBD does not produce that “high” feeling that is produced by THC.  This is one major difference between CBD and THC.  The term “psychoactive’ means an affect on the mind. CBD is indeed psychoactive because it is capable of influencing the body’s endocannabinoid system to promote balance of an imbalanced system or function.

21. You Can Buy CBD on Amazon

False.  Many people mistakenly believe that you can buy CBD products on Amazon. Not so. Amazon does not allow hemp-derived CBD products to be sold on amazon.com. Under Amazon’s seller policy, hemp-derived CBD products are deemed restricted products, including products that contain even trace amounts of THC. Amazon does allow hemp seed oil products because hemp seed oil doesn’t contain CBD or any other cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids naturally occurring in the hemp plant.

It is true that if you type “CBD” in the search bar on amazon.com you’ll get a long list of hemp products being sold, but, and this is key, you will not see any of those hemp products listing the abbreviation “CBD”, the word “cannabidiol” or the phrase “full spectrum hemp oil” or “rich hemp oil” anywhere on the product’s label, in the product’s ingredients, or in the product’s description.  A “full spectrum hemp oil” and “rich hemp oil” means that the product has CBD.

Also, and as equally important, none of the alleged CBD products on Amazon include the lab report for the CBD product.  Why is this important? Because a lab report reveals the amount of CBD in the product, the amount of any other cannabinoids in the product, including delta-9 THC, and whether the CBD product has been tested for contaminants and is safe to use.

So, all those “hemp oil” and “hemp extract” products being sold on Amazon are actually hemp seed oil or something else and not hemp-derived CBD products.

If you want to buy a real CBD product online, the best place to buy it is from the CBD brand itself.  Just make sure you have access to the CBD product’s lab report so you can verify the composition, potency and that the product has been tested for contaminants and is safe to use.  Reputable CBD brands will provide access to their lab reports for their CBD products.

The statements made in this article are for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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