To the average person, CBD oil is something of an enigma. Some websites tout CBD as the end of all suffering, while others proclaim it to be all hype and nonsense. So, which is it? How are we supposed to know what to believe and what not to believe about CBD? Is it just snake oil? Is it actually a miracle drug? Or is the truth somewhere in the middle?
This handy checklist should help you make sense of what myths are out there about CBD and how much truth there is to them.
Top 5 CBD Oil Myths:
- CBD Is an Illegal Substance: Nope. Well, not exactly. According to the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD is not illegal in any state in the U.S.A., if it is produced from hemp that contains 0.3% THC or less and is grown with the approval of the individual state laws and regulations where it is grown. Under Federal law it is 100% legal to grow hemp, manufacture CBD and other hemp products, and ship them across state lines. Where is gets tricky is that state laws and regulations are still being put in place. Also, the FDA has not yet approved CBD for human or pet consumption as a supplement or food.
- CBD Will Get You High: This one is a true no. Pure CBD oil contains no THC [or miniscule amounts] and since THC is the psychoactive substance found in cannabis that gets you high, CBD will not trip you out. However, there are some brands of CBD oil on the market that do contain THC and these, of course, will most definitely give you a high. So, be careful what you buy and which brand of CBD oil you put into your body.
- CBD Is Safe For Everyone: Not always. Some concerns may be whether CBD interferes with your existing prescriptions, or if you have any medical conditions that may be worsened by ingesting CBD oil. Additionally, not all CBD oils are created equal. Some contain additional compounds which may be unhealthy for you, depending on your health. Some CBD oils have stronger potencies which may also be dangerous. As with anything, it’s best to consult your doctor before using CBD oil.
- CBD Cures Everything: If we know anything about CBD, it’s that we don’t know exactly what CBD oil cures – yet. Until more scientific and medical research is done, all we know about CBD is that many people have reported positive results from using it to treat everything from insomnia, inflammation, and migraines to cancer, epilepsy, and autism. Anecdotally, people find the most success in using CBD oil to help alleviate anxiety and to help them get longer, deeper, more restful sleep.
- CBD Hasn’t Been Proven to Cure Anything: This may seem like a slight contradiction to the point made above, but actually it’s a clarification: Last year (2018), the FDA approved a CBD-based medication called “Epidiolex” for the first time in U.S. history. While we may not know whether CBD can cure anxiety, insomnia, or Parkinson’s disease yet, we do know that there has been enough medical research to conclude that CBD-based drugs can significantly reduce seizures in certain forms of epilepsy.
There you have it. CBD may not be the miracle drug some believe – or wish – it to be. But knowing what is true and what is not about CBD can help you make your own informed, thoughtful decisions about how, when, and if to use it.
Keith Giles is an author, blogger and podcaster who posts regularly at www.KeithGiles.com. He currently lives with his wife in Boise, Idaho.
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