CBD, a compound called a cannabinoid that’s found in hemp and marijuana plants, is all over the place these days. After the 2018 farm bill officially legalized hemp at the federal level, more and more companies have been incorporating CBD into their products. You’ve probably seen your local drug store carrying CBD oils and balms or seen adverts for CBD-infused moisturizers or skin serums.
Despite these products’ undeniable mainstream success, there’s still plenty of debate about CBD, with both sides often making outrageous claims. All that misinformation can make finding the truth about CBD difficult, so we’re going to debunk a few of the biggest myths floating out there.
Myth #1: There's no Scientific Research into the Medicinal Benefits of CBD
One claim that detractors will often make is that there’s no real scientific evidence that points to CBD being useful as a medicinal or therapeutic compound.
While it’s true that the United States designation of cannabis as a schedule 1 drug has historically made CBD challenging to research, there have still been plenty of studies into the benefits of CBD conducted across the globe. For example, in 2014, Italian researchers conducted a study that suggests CBD can inhibit the growth of colon cancers.
Even in the United States, there has been meaningful research into cannabinoids, especially since 2018, when hemp was federally legalized. In fact, even the Food And Drug Administration approved the use of Epidiolex, a medicine that uses CBD as an active ingredient, for managing seizures in certain epilepsy patients.
Myth #2: CBD Can Cure Cancer
On the other side of the coin, some activists have over-exaggerated some of the CBD benefits without having the necessary evidence to support such claims.
Take the example of the Italian colon cancer study we referenced in Myth #1. While studies like this are incredibly exciting because they point to the healing potential of cannabinoids, it’s not accurate to interpret those results as an indication that cannabinoids are a cancer cure. These results are definitely promising, but we need even more research. Hopefully, now that hemp has been made federally legal in the United States, there will be even more studies into the CBD’s medicinal benefits.
Myth #3: CBD Isolate Works Better than Other Forms of CBD
CBD isolate is what you get once you’ve refined everything else out of the plant. It’s a common misconception that because CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD, it must be the most effective. It’s not entirely illogical, but in this case, it isn’t true.
There’s an interesting interaction that happens when different cannabinoids and terpenes enter the human body at the same time, called the entourage effect. Basically, the entourage effect is a shorthand for describing a phenomenon where the effects of a cannabinoid, such as CBD, are made even more effective by the presence of other cannabinoids and terpenes.
Because CBD isolate does not produce the entourage effect, many consumers prefer CBD in the form of natural hemp flower or in broad-spectrum or full-spectrum extracts that still contain these curative compounds.
One instance where the purity of CBD isolate may be preferred is among consumers who don’t want even a negligible amount of the intoxicating cannabinoid THC.
Myth #4: CBD Can Make a Person Feel High
Many people still strongly associate CBD with its close relative THC. Others just assume that anything that comes from the cannabis plant must get you high. Let’s finally answer the age-old question, does CBD get you high?
The truth is that CBD on its own won’t make a consumer feel intoxicated or “high.” Full-spectrum CBD products do contain small amounts of THC, but usually less than .3%, which isn’t enough to create intoxicating sensations.
Myth #5: CBD Oil is Better than CBD Hemp Flower
CBD oil or CBD extract is often thought to be a more potent alternative to natural CBD-rich hemp flower, but these concentrates actually come with a lot of downsides.
For one, when using a cbd vape containing extracts you miss out on all the naturally occurring therapeutic compounds that are found in hemp flower. Think about it like taking a vitamin-c tablet vs eating an orange.
Another issue with oils is their extremely low bioavailability. When CBD is consumed orally or sublingually, only an incredibly small amount of the compound is actually absorbed by the body. The rest just goes to waste.
However, when CBD flower is inhaled, like with our revolutionary CBD delivery system, the Elon, substantially more of the CBD is absorbed. The Elon pairs with two proprietary blends of all-natural hemp flower that come in a disposable eco-friendly Stem, which makes it incredibly simple to use.
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