The explosive growth of the cannabis industry can easily be credited to the emerging popularity of cannabidiol or CBD products. CBD is a non-intoxicant that is gaining traction for its many health benefits. With this growing awareness, the proliferation of misconceptions in this community is inevitable. Here are 5 of such examples:
1. CBD IS MEDICAL. THC IS RECREATIONAL
Since THC is often associated with the recreational “high” of cannabis, it is often misrepresented as the “bad” cannabinoid. People interested in CBD often think that they should consume CBD in its purest form. In fact, CBD isolate is far less beneficial than “full spectrum” products with 0.3% THC content. This is because a little bit of THC has many awesome therapeutic benefits. The federal government even recognizes that single-molecule THC has the potential to help alleviate nausea and boost appetite. What’s more, scientific studies have established that CBD and THC work synergistically to enhance each other’s effects.
2. CBD MAKES YOU SLEEPY
Some people are weary to take CBD oil because they think it will make them drowsy. Although it’s true that CBD oil can serve as a sleep aid, it’s not ambien. CBD only boosts your endocannabinoid system, which inherently regulates your sleep-wake cycles. This means you start feeling more tired at night and more awake during the day. This is what makes CBD so magical! It’s a sedative and an energy booster all in one! One study has found a link between the time of the dose and whether it would make us feel either sleepy or alert. Insomniacs have also benefited from CBD’s credited anti-anxiety, anti-depression, and pain-management activities.
3. CBD WILL GET YOU “HIGH”
Many newcomers to the CBD/cannabis scene misunderstand CBD’s link with Cannabis. Cannabis has a plethora of cannabinoids, including CBD and another popular compound, THC. It’s THC that is commonly credited for the psychoactive experience. CBD, on the other hand, has no part in this traditional “high.” In fact, CBD counteracts this effect. For that reason, we don’t recommend you take CBD after smoking marijuana. It will sober you up!
4. CBD IS NOT PSYCHOACTIVE.
While it is true that CBD won’t get you high, it is in fact “psychoactive.” Doses of CBD do affect your brain- it may alleviate headaches, protect neurons, and even alter mood.
A more accurate description of CBD is “non-euphoric.” CBD does not directly bind to CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors. On the other hand, THC binds to CB1, the most abundant protein receptor in the brain, This is the key to a psychoactive high.
5. CBD WILL TURN ME INTO A DRUG ADDICT
CBD is not only non-euphoric, but also non-addictive. This means that you won’t get high from it and you won’t start craving doses. There are actually very few side effects from the consumption of CBD. You won’t ever have to worry about withdrawal symptoms or other adverse health effects.
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