Misconceptions around CBD
While a lot of people understand what CBD is and the benefits it offers, there are still many out there that think CBD is something that it isn’t. Below are the five biggest misconceptions around CBD.
- Can CBD make you high?
This is 100% not true. While CBD does come from the cannabis plant, CBD contains no THC – the compound that gets you high. CBD does not alter your state of mind, however it can boost your mood in a positive way.
- Is CBD only for humans?
While CBD is popular among adults and even children (yes, it is safe for children to take), CBD can also be given to dogs. The American Kennel Club’s chief veterinary officer, Dr Jerry Klein says that CBD oil can benefit dogs. “It is used because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety impact and for possible anti-cancer benefits”.
- Can CBD make you sleep?
Fact: CBD may make you sleep more soundly at night, as well as make you feel more relaxed and more at ease, but it doesn’t make you feel sleepy during the day. If anything, CBD sharpens your focus and heightens your concentration levels.
- I took CBD for a week and i don’t feel much different, is it working?
Many people take CBD when it isn’t needed and are surprised when they can’t feel any ‘effects’. If you don’t have a condition or symptom that needs treatment, it is unlikely you will feel any big effects from CBD. For example, if you weren’t in pain in the first place but then you took a paracetamol, you wouldn’t feel much. CBD works in a similar way.
- Is CBD addictive?
This particular misconception couldn’t be further away from the truth. CBD is simply not addictive. It is a fantastic way of managing chronic pain without any of the potential side-effects that can come from pharmaceutical pain killers.
- CBD can only be smoked?
Again, not true. There are many ways in which CBD can be consumed these days. The most popular form of CBD comes as an oil which can be taken using a tincture under the tongue. CBD also comes in body lotions, rubs, shower gels, sprays, foods and more. CBD can also be vaped – the possibilities are fairly endless!
- Little is known about CBD
A lot of research and many studies have been carried out on CBD over the years and there is a lot of information available out there about CBD. Furthermore, various tribes and cultures have been using CBD for many years already.
- CBD can be converted into THC in your stomach
It was once thought that the hydrochloric acid in your stomach had the ability to convert CBD to THC once inside your stomach. This is not true as there is no evidence that suggests otherwise.
Cannacon, 2019, ‘5 common misconceptions about CBD’. Accessed online at: https://cannacon.org/5-common-misconceptions-about-cbd/
Fusion CBD Products, 2020, ‘5 common myths about CBD’. Accessed online at: https://fusioncbdproducts.com/pages/5-common-myths-about-cbd
The Brothers Apothacery, 2018, ‘7 common misconceptions about CBD’. Accessed online at: https://www.thebrothersapothecary.com/7-common-misconceptions-cbd/