Cannabidiol (CBD) often gets a bad reputation because of its close relation to marijuana—which is still illegal in most of the United States. It is because of this close relation that some people have a preconceived idea about what CBD actually is. Not everyone takes the time to research the facts and form their opinions based on myths. Going off that, some who do try research don’t really understand all the science talk. Here are some common myths and their truths without all the confusion.
CBD Will Get You High
Cannabis, whether it is the marijuana plant or the hemp plant, has two main compounds; THC and CBD. THC mimics the body’s receptors and produces a sense of euphoria; the high feeling. CBD is the non-psychoactive compound of the two and does not get those who choose to use it high. What it does do, especially when taken from the hemp plant, is provide some powerful health benefits for both physical and mental symptoms.
CBD is Illegal
This is completely dependent on where the CBD comes from. CBD taken from the marijuana plant is still illegal in most states because it can contain small amounts of THC. However, CBD derived from the hemp plant is legal in all 50 states. Hemp also produces a product with very, very little to no levels of THC.
CBD is Only Safe for Adults
This couldn’t be farther from the truth. CBD is a natural substance that has no psychoactive effects on adults or children. Several studies have been done to research the effects of CBD in children. The University of California: San Diego received the largest grant for medical cannabis research in history. They got $4.7 million to determine if and how medical cannabinoid treatments like CBD oil can lessen the symptoms of children with autism.
CBD is Addictive
Again, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that does not impair the user in any way. This is further guaranteed if it is extracted from the hemp plant. There has been no scientific evidence that points towards CBD being addictive. Being non-addictive is part of what makes CBD such an appealing treatment option—an all-natural, non-pharmaceutical choice.