Let’s talk about CBD (cannabidiol).
Some call it the most misunderstood compound in the world today – and yet, the billion-dollar industry is sparking such an explosion of interest in the United States that by 2024, the sale of CBD products is expected to touch $ 20 billion.
From anxiety and inflammation to MS, heart health and even cancer, CBD is showing its promise as a curative support for a variety of mental and physical diseases.
Some scientists even believe that CBD oil will prove as life-changing as penicillin in the 1940s.
So, what’s the delay?
In the technology-driven environment we live in today, why can’t CBD simply time-travel into the future and establish itself as the wonder drug it is slated to be right now?
The answer is two-fold: a) pending further research and b) existing fear in the minds of people that CBD is actually a drug.
We’ll set aside the need for more scientific findings for the purpose of this article. We’ll focus on the fear factor instead. Because lack of knowledge engenders fear, and that fear in turn create myths and misinterpretations among consumers that take years sometimes to clear up.
Below, we have listed 7 of the most common misconceptions about CBD, to get the ball rolling on this conversation at Hydralive.
CBD Myth # 1: It’s Related To Marijuana, So It Must Be An Intoxicating Substance
No. CBD is not intoxicating. The compound that produces a stoner’s high when using marijuana is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). It is the notoriety of THC that has caused so much confusion and overshadowed the potential benefits of CBD as a naturally occurring, therapeutic product.
Sure, CBD and THC are both compounds (cannabinoids) extracted from the cannabis plant. But they impact different receptors in the brain. Simply put, THC affects what is known as CB1 receptors, which produces a feeling of intoxication. CBD does not.
In fact, CBD helps to counteract the anxious, paranoid feelings that THC sometimes creates and works as an anti-psychotic.
CBD Myth # 2: It’s Illegal In The United States
You can legally buy CBD online across the US, as long as it is derived from industrial hemp (containing THC below 0.3% by weight). But some states are a bit more friendly than others when it comes to CBD. Find out more, if you’re interested in the current position of your own state, by clicking HERE.
CBD Myth # 3: It’s Addictive
CBD in any form is not addictive. In fact, CBD may actually help treat certain substance addictions and minimize the unwanted side effects of pain management medications without being an addictive agent itself.
CBD Myth # 4: It’s Nothing More Than A Lifestyle Fad
We’d say this. Incorporating any natural wellness product into everyday lifestyle is a fad. Social media has changed the world irrevocably, and thanks to tastemakers, influencers and trendsetters in the social space commanding millions in followership, it is easier than ever to reach and bandwagon people in new and imaginative ways.
True, that CBD is being enjoyed today in everything from chocolate, lollipops and lattes to bath bombs, face masks and body lotions. But look back just a year or so, and you’ll remember how turmeric for example, with its endless healing properties, became trendy as a popcorn topper, cheesy dip and smoothie ingredient.
CBD Myth # 5: It’s Biggest Fans Are Millennials
CBD consumers are an average age of 40 and over. Moreover, they have higher education, holding college degrees, and are more likely than non-consumers to be responsibly employed full time.
CBD Myth # 6: I Tried CBD, And I Felt Nothing
Unlike THC, which impacts the way you feel almost immediately, CBD does not work that way. You don’t experience a high. And depending on why you’re taking it, you might not notice any significant changes until you’ve been supplementing daily for a few weeks.
The best way to know if CBD oil is “working” is to know why you’re taking it before you start. Maintain a record of your symptoms as time goes on, and you’ll find it easier to understand if the supplement is a good fit for you.
CBD Myth # 7: All CBD Products Are Equally Effective
In an unregulated market, it is important to do your research well, and choose products from the most reputable suppliers. No matter what it says on the label.
Check for full disclosure on the COA (Certificate of Analysis) that all reputable CBD companies use. The COA tells you everything you want to know about the quality of the CBD and the information is verifiable. Also be skeptical of international manufacturers. Tests have proven that some of them contain trace amounts of CBD – or none at all!