CBD market is booming, and the consumers are getting aware of CBD as a potential health aid. At the same time, some of the myths about CBD are spread, especially when people misunderstand its usage and benefits. Here we’ll try to demystify CBD and clear up the confusion.
CBD is not a psychoactive cannabinoid, and it does not produce any mind-altering effects because it does not directly bind to the CB1 receptors located in the brain. Instead, CBD regulates various non-cannabinoid receptors throughout the body1. It means neither hemp-derived CBD oil products nor CBD itself makes you high.
Not all CBD is created equal. It may be possible to extract CBD oil from industrial hemp cultivars that contain far less cannabidiol than high-resin CBD-rich cannabis flower tops. A small amount of CBD extract needs huge amounts of industrial hemp2. It usually causes that CBD products have more contaminants and therefore offer less therapeutic effects.
Anti-cannabis groups continue to demonize THC because it gets you high. Also, many people praise CBD and call it good cannabinoid. But the thing is that both cannabinoids have their own unique medicinal properties, and they are used to treat different illnesses. One more important fact is that when THC and CBD are combined, they work best together. This process is called the entourage effect3.
CBD isolates require higher doses to be effective in comparison with whole plant CBD-rich oil extracts. But it does not mean single-molecule CBD is more beneficial than CBD-rich products. Yes, some studies show that few patients may need different doses to obtain satisfactory results. But at the same time, taking too much CBD may lessen its effectiveness. Thus, when it comes to CBD, a user should find his/her own precise dose that will work personally.
In November 2017, the World Health Organization released a report showing CBD is well-tolerated in humans. And it is considered to be safe enough for people of all ages, including children. Currently, it is used to help reduce severe epilepsy in children4. The main requirement is that CBD oil should be extracted from high-quality hemp cultivated in fertile soil under favorable growing conditions. This kind of plant is safe and non-toxic.
The popularity of CBD over recent years led to a significant number of researches on its benefits. There are several preclinical research studies that support the therapeutic effects of CBD. Thus, CBD has shown to be effective in treating a severe form of epilepsy, and its synthetic version was approved by FDA5. The finding show CBD is a potent treatment for anxiety disorders6. Also, it can be used as an anti-cancer agent7. Currently, other studies are being done to support CBD benefits in other areas.