The topic of CBD can be very frustrating, and many people find themselves confused about its legality, effects, and even what it truly is. This is understandable, as there is a lot of disinformation and myths out there about CBD, and it can be hard to figure out what’s true and what’s not. Fear not, because today we are talking about what CBD is, and some of the facts and fictions that surround it.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the many substances found in cannabis plants. Obviously, marijuana is a form of the cannabis plant, which is why many people incorrectly believe that CBD and marijuana essentially mean the same thing. While CBD is in fact found in marijuana, it is just one of over 100 components, collectively known as cannabinoids, found within cannabis plants. One of these cannabinoids is tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC. THC, not CBD, is what causes those who use marijuana to experience a high. This difference between CBD and THC is where our first myth about CBD comes from: that CBD will get you high.
Facts and Myths
Myth: You can get high from CBD.
While CBD is considered to be “psychoactive” because of its ability to improve cognitive abilities and help alleviate stress and anxiety, it is not “intoxicating,” which means it does not cause the mind-altering high that THC is known for. This unfortunately means you can’t blame CBD for your decision to eat an entire bag of chips in one sitting.
Myth: CBD comes from marijuana
Yes, I did say above that CBD is found in marijuana, and that remains true, but the CBD found in legal consumer products actually comes from another form of cannabis called hemp. While marijuana contains much more THC than it does CBD, hemp is the opposite. Hemp contains very small amounts of THC, and is often bred to contain as little as possible.
Fact: It’s federally legal
The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 made hemp and its products federally legal. This includes hemp derived CBD, so long as it contains no more than .3% THC. The regulations on CBD do differ in some states and localities, so it is always best to check your local laws to ensure you stay above board.
Fact: CBD alone will not cause a failed drug test
Most drug tests don’t even actually test for CBD itself. The belief that that CBD can cause a failed drug test stems from the fact that some CBD products do contain substances, such as THC, that can cause a failed test. It’s always a smart move to make sure you know what is in the products that you consume.
Myth: Science doesn’t support the use of CBD
Many studies have indicated that CBD can be and is beneficial for a wide range of uses, and the FDA has even approved CBD based drugs for epilepsy. Unfortunately, due to the various legal issues and grey areas that surrounded CBD for so long, we aren’t as far along as we could be with research, but that is quickly changing.
Fact: CBD has many benefits
CBD can have many benefits, both physical and mental. It has been shown to help with pain and inflammation, and can even benefit the skin. Mentally, CBD is often used for its relaxing properties that can help with stress, anxiety, and depression. Research is even being conducted to test the effects that CBD can have on things like cancer, heart health, and diabetes.
What We Do With CBD
You can find all kinds of CBD products these days, from creams and oils to coffees and beers. So what do we do with our CBD? First, we have Cryogel, a cold therapy gel that helps relieve pain and soreness in the joints and muscles, and is perfect for those that ache after workouts, have minor injuries, or are recovering from surgery. It’s also very easy to use, and contains 0 THC.
We also offer CBD Sleep, a blend of melatonin, CBD, and natural sleep supplements that can help you get to sleep easier, and then stay asleep once you do. It helps reduce the effects of the over stimulus and stress that we often experience in the world around us, and also make us less susceptible to the sleep disruptions that can creep up on us during the night. Being able to get more sleep, and especially higher quality sleep will most likely positively impact every part of your day, from your mood to your overall health.
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