Separating the terminology, legality, and benefits between CBD and cannabis is no small task. Storefronts and online ads advertise constantly and yet questions formulate and evolve without resolution. To further the gap, there is often a disconnect between those in the industry and the curious public. Below are five common misconceptions about CBD and some facts to help you in your CBD education.
Misconception #1: CBD is illegal.
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which was signed into law on Dec. 20, 2018, changed the definition of marijuana to exclude “hemp” – plant material that contains 0.3 percent or less delta-9 THC on a dry weight basis. Accordingly, hemp, including hemp plants and cannabidiol (CBD) preparations at or below the 0.3 percent delta-9 THC threshold, is not considered a controlled substance, and a DEA registration is not required to grow or research it.Although the above was recently released by the Drug Enforcement Administration, not all states have clear rulings on CBD. In some states, there are explicit laws allowing the retail sale of industrial hemp-derived products. Other places are without obvious prohibitions against the retail sale of industrial hemp-derived CBD products but do have exemptions in the law for the argument that hemp-derived CBD products are legal. Further still, another group of states has no explicit prohibitions against the sale of industrial hemp-derived CBD products.
Misconception #2: CBD makes you high and will result in failed drug tests.
CBD is not psychotropic, and either does not contain THC or enough THC to cause psychoactive feelings or experiences. CBD was first isolated in 1963, a year before THC. It was discovered not long afterward that CBD does not get users high. Isolate CBD contains 0% THC and will not cause a failed drug test. Full Spectrum CBD contains THC levels within legal limits.
Misconception #3: CBD has to be smoked.
There are a myriad of ways to utilize CBD oil. It can be swallowed or held under your tongue. It can be eaten via edibles or mixed in food and drinks. Rubbing it into your skin is also an option, as well as washing and conditioning hair with CBD oil. A wide range of infused products are on the market today including lip balms, candy, bath bombs, under-eye serum, mascara, tea, honey, and even sparkling water. CBD can also be vaped, with a range of flavors added.
Misconception #4: CBD is only for sick people.
Consumption of CBD does not need to be accompanied by a prescription, although discussion with a doctor before use is encouraged. While CBD has medical studies backing its use for ailments such as cancer (as in hindering spread and inducing death of cancer cells), heart disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), glaucoma, chronic pain, acne, seizures and epilepsy, it can also be useful for treating sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and stress.
In addition to historically helping humans, dogs and cats also benefit from the popularity growth of CBD. Food, oils, and treats for dogs and cats are customized to reduce joint pain and anxiety.
Misconception #5: CBD takes a long time to work.
The effects and timeframe are dependent on the method of consumption and the individual consuming the CBD. Generally, CBD oil added to a coffee or smoothie will probably take around 30 minutes before any effect is felt, as opposed to putting a few drops under your tongue, which will allow the CBD to enter your system faster. While CBD is ideally used as a dietary supplement and can take up to four to six weeks to realize its full benefits, other styles of consumption will allow for quicker results.