CBD is everywhere and in everything. You can find the popular plant extract in yummy gummy candies, cocktails, and skincare products. The hemp compound is safe, effective, and easy to use. Here are a few of the myths about CBD and why they’re wrong.
Myth 1: CBD Oil Will Get You High
Many people confuse CBD and THC. CBD or cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive compound found in the hemp plant. THC is a cannabinoid primarily in cannabis that causes some users to experience a “high” from the psychoactive properties.
Hemp contains less than 0.3% of THC, which isn’t enough to produce a “high.” Instead, CBD oils offer a slight calming effect that may reduce stress levels naturally and help consumers sleep better. Hemp extracts are also available in a broad-spectrum formula that removes the small amount of THC.
Myth 2: Science Doesn’t Support CBD Claims
The science supports CBD claims. There are hundreds of studies that involve animals and lab testing. A quick search of research through the National Institute of Health returns thousands of results. Since 2018, when the U.S. legalized hemp production and CBD, studies have more than doubled. Also, human clinical trials are expanding fast. These are being conducted to verify earlier results with animals and lab studies. In early 2020, the DEA rescheduled CBD to allow more patients access to Epidiolex, the only approved cannabidiol treatment. This change is also fueling more studies for people without seizures.
Myth 3: All CBD Oil Brands are the Same
This might be the second biggest myth regarding CBD and one that isn’t discussed enough. Hemp extracts aren’t strictly regulated in the U.S. The FDA won’t begin testing individual brands and products until early 2021, over two years after Congress legalized hemp and CBD. In the meantime, brands oversee their own in-house and third-party testing without any oversight.
While hemp is a natural botanical, there’s a lot that can go wrong between the cultivation, culling, processing, and storing of items infused with CBD oil. The plant absorbs any compounds in the soil, good or bad. Cultivators that try to improve their crop with pesticides, insecticides, and other chemicals may not realize the plants absorb the dangerous compounds.
Additionally, if the soil is full of heavy metals, that can also taint the final product. Flowers that aren’t properly dried can develop mold that can end up in the oil and more problems can arise during the extraction process. For example, some methods can leave behind solvents in the oil. All of these situations can produce dangerous products.
Responsible brands send their hemp-infused sales items to a third-party lab to check for dangerous chemicals, heavy metals, and other contaminants. The independent location provides a certificate of analysis (COA) that verifies the safety of the brand’s items.
CBD products, including oils, vapes, topicals, and edibles, are safe for regular use and have many potential benefits. The naturally occurring plant chemical is widely studied, and there are several clinical research trials in progress. Clinicians are working to verify how CBD oil and similar compounds found in the hemp plant help people and how to use them to improve overall wellness.