With great popularity comes great misinformation
In recent years, especially after the passage of the 2018 US Farm Bill, CBD has seen a massive rise in popularity. I was shocked the first time I walked through a New Seasons grocery store here in Portland and saw CBD-laced chocolates right there at the checkout. “This can’t be real, can it?” I checked the package. There wasn’t any testing information, so I put it back, assuming it wasn’t real. But it was real! With that surge in popularity, especially with companies making huge and sometimes unfounded claims about the magical powers of CBD (I won’t deny that it has SOME magical powers), it has inevitably been an easy target for all kinds of misinformation and CBD myths.
Let’s demystify 6 of the most common CBD myths circulating around the internet.
CBD Myth #1: CBD Gets You High
No, it doesn’t.
That was easy.
But really, CBD doesn’t get you high like THC does. CBD runs with a crowd that causes some real mind altering effects (marijuana), but that’s just a matter of guilty by association. You know those intoxicating effects that make everything feel reeeaally sloooow or really fast? CBD doesn’t have those effects at all. In fact, CBD itself actually limits some of those effects from THC! How crazy is that!
For more, check out this beginner’s guide to CBD.
CBD Myth #2: CBD Isn’t Psychoactive
People assume that, because CBD doesn’t get you high, it isn’t psychoactive. This is often used as a selling point when encouraging newbies to give it a try. But I beg to differ, as do other CBD scientists and experts out there. It can get pretty science-y when talking about CBD, THC, and how they interact with the CB1 and CB2 protein receptors in the central nervous system and the brain. But when it comes down to it, CBD, not completely unlike THC, interacts with the CB1 receptor, altering cognition and mood.
No, it doesn’t provide that euphoric feeling where you float up off of the Earth (or maybe flatten down into it depending on what you consume), but it does change the way your brain is functioning. It’s ok to say that CBD is psychoactive (because it’s true), and then explain that psychoactive is different than intoxicating (see myth #1!)
CBD Myth #3: CBD Will Cause You to Fail A Drug Test
Consuming CBD alone shouldn’t cause you to fail a drug test. Obviously, if you are smoking a hybrid pre-roll with THC and CBD in it, you will most likely fail a drug test. If you consume just CBD, even a broad or full spectrum oil that has been adequately tested and labeled, you should be fine. If you are consuming only CBD oil, without all of the plant matter, terpenes, and other “stuff,” (that is also properly tested and labeled), like you find at Grön, you won’t fail a drug test, 100% scout’s honor, or rather 100% test results honor. All in all, CBD alone will not make you fail a drug test.
CBD Myth #4: CBD Oil Is Completely Legal in The U.S.
We’re entering murky waters here. Marijuana versus hemp. State laws versus Federal laws. The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) versus USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill made Industrial Hemp legal by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act list. Industrial Hemp is defined as any part of the cannabis sativa plant that contains less than 0.3% THC.
Where it gets tricky is that even though the Farm Bill made industrial hemp legal, there are still a lot of questions regarding CBD, what you can put it in, and where and how you can sell it. I’ll admit it: it’s confusing. In a nutshell, industrial hemp is legal, which means the stuff that comes from it (CBD) is technically legal, but there are currently no real regulations about what you can do with that CBD, so it’s a big grey area!
Here is the take-home: CBD is more legal than it ever has been, but it might be a good idea to check in with your local laws before, say, taking it to Disney Land. Just sayin’.
CBD Myth #5: CBD Is Used for Medical Purposes While THC Is Recreational
Yes, CBD is frequently referred to and used as a “medicine.” But that implies there are no health benefits to THC. THC and CBD are a power couple who work together in their CB1 and CB2 receptor interactions to provide the most optimal benefits to a person’s health. Of course, there are the potential drawbacks of getting high and possibly failing a drug test if you’re consuming THC, so always be aware of that. But one can hope that THC-based products will be removed from the Controlled Substances Act list sometime in the distant future.
Until then, let go of assumptions and misinformation that say that THC is purely recreational, therefore not beneficial in any way to a person’s health because both THC and CBD both can offer health benefits to those consuming them.
CBD Myth #6: CBD is CBD is CBD
As CBD myths go, this one is tricky and two-fold. All CBD isn’t the same. You have CBD that is just CBD, without all of the plant matter and extra stuff. You have full and broad spectrum CBD that contain a variety of other components. There is CBD that is tested for quality, and CBD that is not. You also have people creating synthetic CBD or marketing CBD oil that is actually hemp-seed oil.
Yes, CBD taken from Industrial hemp and marijuana are both the same molecule, so in that case, maybe CBD is CBD is CBD. But when it comes to quality and the health benefits of what you are consuming, CBD is not the same across the board. Testing matters. Labeling matters. Sourcing matters. Pesticides used matters.
When you consume CBD, it’s important to purchase a product that has been tested and a product that you know the source of. This is important for more than just your health. This is important because it pours money into brands who care. They care about giving you the highest quality product that also cares for the environment and cares about supporting other sustainable businesses.