21 CBD FACTS & MYTHS
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?
CBD is covered extensively by the media and on social media channels and networks, as is both THC and marijuana. However, these media channels do not always provide accurate information when it comes to CBD, THC, hemp, and marijuana.
The overwhelming mixed information causes confusion. This confusion then causes people to avoid trying any type of CBD product.
Here, we dive into 21 common facts and myths about CBD that everyone should know.
1. CBD and THC Are The Same
False. CBD and THC are not the same.
It is true that CBD and THC both come from the Cannabis sativa plant. However, CBD is very different from THC in these four main ways:
- CBD has no intoxicating side effects. It does cause a high feeling.
- CBD is not addictive.
- CBD is not tested on a drug test.
- When you stop using CBD there are no withdrawal symptoms.
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2. Hemp and Marijuana Are Not the Same
True. Hemp and marijuana are not the same.
While hemp and marijuana are both a Cannabis sativa plant, the two differ in how they are farmed and in their chemical composition.
Marijuana is cultivated to produce a high amount of THC. THC causes a “high” feeling.
Hemp, on the other hand, is farmed to have a high amount of CBD and 0.3% or less delta-9 THC. This trace amount of THC is so tiny that it is incapable of causing a high feeling or any other intoxicating side 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, 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.
For instance, some users report feeling a benefit from using a small amount of CBD, starting as low as 10 mg of CBD. Others report taking higher amounts of CBD to reach their desired effect. As we all have different needs when it comes to the balance of our mind and body it makes sense that individual experiences and results will vary.
Separately, some consumers report taking micro-doses throughout the day. Micro-dosing means splitting up the total amount of your CBD dosage into small amounts to take at different times throughout the day. This method is typically used when the effect of the CBD product wears off and a consumer wants to keep that effect going by taking multiple doses at various times in a day.
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. If the initial amount is ineffective, try increasing the 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. It can also have other cannabinoids, including 0.3 percent or less THC, along with terpenes and flavonoids that naturally existed in the hemp plant from which the CBD oil was extracted.
Conversely, hemp seed oil comes from only the seeds of the hemp plant. Hemp seed oil primarily consists of amino acids and omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9, and not CBD.
6. CBD Has An Immediate Effect
It depends. Whether 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. CBD will not get you high.
Many mistakenly believe that because CBD comes from a cannabis plant, CBD will produce a “high” feeling like THC.
While CBD comes from the Cannabis sativa plant, this plant is hemp plant and not a marijuana plant. Unlike hemp, marijuana is farmed to have a high amount of THC. This is why marijuana causes a high feeling.
In addition, regardless of whether CBD is derived from the hemp plant or marijuana 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.
While the amount of other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids can vary among hemp plants, the amount of delta-9 THC must always be 0.3% or less for a CBD product 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 product is truly THC free.
Typically, broad spectrum 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) or any other cannabinoids. CBD isolate products are ideal for people who want to avoid THC altogether.
11. CBD Has Side Effects
It depends. CBD can produce some mild side effects, such as dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, dizziness, drowsiness and fatigue. However, not all users experience these side effects or any at all. Therefore, it varies by person and by product type and quality.
Also, CBD oil may increase liver enzymes. As such, if you suffer from a liver disease or liver related condition, consult a doctor about using a CBD product before you use it for appropriate medical advice and guidance.
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. CBD alone will not a cause positive drug test result. If the CBD product has THC then the presence of THC along with some other factors may trigger a positive test result for THC on a drug test.
For example, if you use a full spectrum CBD product, which includes 0.3% or less delta-9 THC, it is possible that daily use overtime may trigger a positive result for THC on a drug test. The same is true for a CBD product with delta-8 THC, delta-10 THC, or any other isomer of THC. The possibility of this occurring depends on variables like:
- the frequency of 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 and there is no one-size fits all answer.
To avoid failing a drug test use a CBD isolate (which only has CBD), or a CBD broad spectrum (which is the same as a CBD full spectrum but without any THC).
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 scrupulous brands.
Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil have openly voiced their anger with the unauthorized use of their names as endorsements. They have warned their audience about these scams, including publishing a series of YouTube videos on these types of 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 a phytocannabinoid. “Phytocannabinoid” 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 influence the body’s endocannabinoid system to take action. The primary duty of the endocannabinoid system is homeostasis. Homeostasis means a state of balance.
Essentially, the endocannabinoid system is a balance regulator responsible for maintaining a state of balance of other systems and functions in the body. Such systems and functions include 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 theory, 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.
As such, because our bodies are made to work with cannabinoids, both endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids, CBD may enhance the body’s endocannabinoid system by working with the body’s receptors to influence the endocannabinoid system to take action by bringing an imbalanced system/function 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 calmness, relaxation, and the 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 doesn’t allow CBD products to be sold on amazon.com. It has a seller policy that specifically prohibits sellers from listing products that have CBD or THC. As such, the hemp oils, hemp gummies, hemp creams, and hemp pet products Amazon shows you when you type CBD in the search bar are actually made of hemp seeds and not CBD.
You can verify this by looking at the product’s label, ingredients and description. When you do, you will not see CBD or cannabidiol listed on the label, in the ingredients, or included in the hemp product’s description.
In addition, none of the hemp products sold on amazon.com offer a lab report that shows the product’s content and that is it safe to use. It is industry standard to make a CBD product’s lab report accessible for viewing. In fact, some states have laws that require brands to make their lab report accessible to consumers. As such, when you buy from Amazon you really have no idea what you’re buying including whether the product is safe to use.
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If you want to buy a real CBD product online, the best place to buy it is from a CBD brand that makes their lab reports accessible so you can view the product’s cannabinoid content, cannabinoid potency, and test results for contaminants.