Cannabidiol—better known as CBD—is at the center of many conversations concerning alternative medicine and hemp legislation in the United States. As a naturally-occurring compound found in the flower of the cannabis plant, CBD has an identical chemical makeup to THC (C21H30O2). But it has a slight structural difference that sets it apart from THC in both anatomy and effect. Because of its relation to THC, however, CBD and its research have been frequently mischaracterized, making it almost impossible to decipher CBD facts from myths. That’s why it’s important to take the time to educate yourself on which claims are fact and which are fiction.
Myth #1: CBD Is Only Derived from Hemp
Since most CBD products found in the U.S. are derived from hemp plants, this must be true for all CBD products, right?
Fact: While it’s true that most CBD products in the U.S. come from hemp, this is simply because of legality. CBD can be extracted from marijuana plants, too. However, because of the higher level of THC found in marijuana-derived CBD, these products are only available in states where marijuana use is legal.
Myth #2: CBD Only Impacts the Body
Because CBD doesn’t directly bind to CB1 receptors, many people think it doesn’t have any impact on your brain.
Fact: CBD helps CB1 receptors receive your body’s own endocannabinoids. Though it may not interact with the CB1 receptors in the same way as THC (i.e., providing a “high” feeling), CBD can affect the brain. Cannabidiol is not considered an intoxicant like THC is, meaning it’s less likely to alter the psychological state. But that doesn’t mean it’s non-psychoactive. CBD can reduce over-stimulation, help manage serotonin levels, and even provide anti-anxiety benefits.
Myth #3: CBD Is Fully Legal in the U.S.
Because CBD is becoming more of a household name, many Americans are under the impression that CBD products are legal in the U.S.
Fact: Although the cultivation of industrial hemp (i.e., products containing less than 0.3% THC) was legalized in the 2018 Farm Bill, the FDA still considers hemp-derived CBD as a pharmaceutical. This means CBD can’t be sold as a dietary supplement. Additionally, the DEA still prohibits marijuana-derived CBD with more than 0.3% THC under federal law. While the fight to fully legalize CBD has been long, medical experts, activists, and farmers alike continue to push for a wider understanding and acceptance of CBD. It’s a good idea to check your state’s individual CBD laws before making a purchase.
Myth #4: All CBD Is the Same
CBD is CBD, no matter who produces it, right? You can trust that a product bought from one company will be the same as a product bought from another?
Fact: Not all CBD is created equal. Because CBD does not have FDA approval, there are few regulations and standards in place for CBD products. This means that almost anyone can claim that their CBD products are legitimate without having to prove anything. Transparency is key when it comes to making decisions about which CBD products to buy. That’s why Frontier Jackson offers comprehensive guides to our products’ ingredients and intended use purposes.
Myth #5: CBD Is a Sedative
Since CBD is derived from cannabis and has similar properties to THC, it’s possible to experience sedation when using a CBD product.
Fact: While CBD products can have calming properties, that doesn’t mean CBD can be used for sedation. Due to the way that it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, CBD can increase a person’s relaxation by relieving symptoms of anxiety, nausea, and pain, which indirectly aids healthy sleeping habits. However, relaxation is not the same as sedation.
We know this is a lot of information to soak in; however, it’s important to be fully aware of any misperceptions associated with CBD before trying products yourself. Keep in mind that a considerable amount of CBD research is still in the works, and experts are discovering new restorative properties of CBD every day.
If learning about how CBD naturally works with your body sparked an interest for you, check out Frontier Jackson’s CBD starter pack, which is filled with flavored CBD tinctures and CBD gummy drops and is the perfect way to begin exploring the path toward an all-natural, balanced lifestyle.