Ever played the game telephone? When you round people up starting at the beginning you whisper a phrase into the first persons ear, and they whisper it to the next person. But the time the phrase gets back to you it’s completely changed from what you said. That’s kind of how information on CBD gets passed around sometimes. Given it’s growing popularity people are naturally curious about it. With the small amount of studies that have been done on it, most people are forced to get information from a friend who knows a friend, who tried it and this is what happened. We are going to dispel some of these common CBD misconceptions. Hopefully this can help you understand what we know about CBD, how it works, and what it can work for. 

CBD and THC are the same.

Even though CBD and THC come from the same species of cannabis plants, but they are not the same. CBD is usually derived from hemp, whereas THC is usually derived from marijuanna. The two also don’t interact with the body in that same way. CBD does not get you high like THC does. 

CBD is non-psychoactive.

This is a very common misconception as the word psychoactive is commonly misunderstood. Psychoactive means something that has a profound or significant effect on mental processes. Research done on CBD shows that it has antipsychotic, anxiolytic, and anti-depressant effects. So it does cause a significant effect on the brain, showing that it is a mood-altering substance.Some brands and bloggers use the phrase “non-psychoactive” because most people understand that to mean that it does not produce the high like THC. The better way to describe it would be that it is not intoxicating. 

CBD is CBD.

The common misconception we are referring to here is that all CBD oils and brands are the same. This is not the case. As there are three different types of CBD, isolate, full spectrum, and broad spectrum. CBD isolate is pure CBD, broad spectrum is CBD with some other compounds found in the plants mixed in without THC, and full spectrum contains a wide range of cannabinoids including THC. 

Knowing which of these is used in creating your CBD product is important for many reasons. First because the 2018 Farm Bill states that CBD is only legal if it contains no more than 0.3% THC. If your CBD is made from isolate or broad spectrum it should be legal as those don’t contain CBD. But if it’s made from full spectrum the is does contain THC and may not be considered legal. This is also important depending on what you are using it for. While CBD works great for most things, sometimes the combination of cannabinoids working together is exceptionally helpful. 

Different products are also created differently based on the brand. For example No Borders Naturals gummies are infused with CBD, whereas other brands coat their gummies.

CBD gets converted to THC in your stomach.

This was actually a new misconception we came across when writing this. But apparently some people are saying that CBD will convert to THC in your stomach after ingestion. There was a study posted about this showing that it does. However the national institute of health has posted an article pointing some errors in the experiment. Mainly that the CBD used was synthetic and not natural CBD, among other things. For the science behind it you can check out their article. But their findings were that CBD doesn’t convert to THC in the stomach. 

These are just a few of the CBD common misconceptions. There are many more out there, and we will continue to dispel these rumors to bring you up to date information on CBD. So whether you’re looking to use a CBD tincture for anxiety, or topicals like balms and lotions for a more targeted affect we hope this helped clear some things up for you.

Sources

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5510776/

https://www.bestcbdoils.org/misconceptions/

https://www.guidetocbd.org/cbd-myths-misconceptions/

https://thecannabisindustry.org/member-blog-five-common-misconceptions-about-cbd/