5 Common Misconceptions about CBD

Five confused people, each question mark sticker on their foreheads.

I have conversations about CBD almost every day. I am often amazed by the misconceptions and misunderstanding surrounding the subject.  In just a few short years, CBD has grown into a big business, generating $20 Billion by the year 2024, according to Forbes Magazine. It’s only been 2 years since CBD became widely available.  While a lot of research has been on its effect on humans,  a lot more research needs to be done.  We don’t fully understand its therapeutic effects to treat illnesses or diseases. We do know that CBD is safe to use but it’s still confusing to many.  So I took a look at recent notes taken from discussions with clients and pulled out the top 5 common misconceptions about CBD.

CBD Misconception #1:  CBD will Get You High

Marijuana plants growing in a natural setting.
Marijuana or hemp? There is a difference.

Some people think CBD is a type of marijuana and will get you high.  This is simply not true.  THC is the compound found in marijuana that causes intoxication by stimulating a specific receptor in the brain.  CBD, on the other hand, typically comes from the hemp plant and does not effectively stimulate that receptor.  According to Analytical Cannabis, both hemp and marijuana plants come from the same species of plant.  But they are separate and different.

After extraction, CBD is infused into products only with trace elements of THC.   Additionally, they do not produce the same intoxifying feeling. Products containing hemp-based CBD are legal in all 50 states as long as they don’t contain more than 0.3% THC. 

CBD Misconception #2:  CBD is Addictive

You will never get addicted to CBD. One reason why it’s so popular is because of its lack of addictive properties.  It doesn’t overstimulate the brain’s reward system when you take it.  CBD actually blocks the addictive effects of morphine and other highly addictive painkillers by reducing the pleasure the body feels upon taking it.  It can actually reduce cravings you have that are addictive like processed foods, cigarettes, and opiates. 

CBD Misconception #3: The Higher the Dose, The Better!

A pill bottle with three gel caps scattered nearby, symbolizing the one of the 5 common misconceptions about CBD.

Higher doses of CBD do not equate to more pain relief.  In fact, it can have the opposite effect.  The higher the dose the better is another one of the five common misconceptions about CBD. The truth is, it’s best to start off low and slow.  Taking more CBD than needed will waste the product and waste your money.  After a few weeks, if you don’t see results, then it’s time to bump up the dosage.  Use the lowest, most effective dose for you, and that is different for everyone. 

CBD Misconception #4:  All CBD is the Same

This is completely untrue. While the molecule of CBD is the same no matter its origin, the final product can be quite different.  Look for higher quality CBD extracted safely from a trusted plant source.  In addition, make sure labels contain ingredients and dose recommendations clearly on the label.  Don’t trust inexpensive products. Identify a reputable company, research their processes and other manufacturing aspects.  Then purchase your CBD products only when you are satisfied with your findings. States are starting to regulate CBD and many will have different standards and requirements.  So it’s more important than ever to do your diligence when sourcing CBD products. 

For 6 tips on what to look for when buying CBD products, check out my recent article Feel Great Naturally with the Power of CBD.

CBD Misconception #5:  CBD is the Cure for Everything

A young woman who suffers from insomnia, in bed but awake at 3am.
CBD is known to relieve the symptoms of insomnia.

CBD is not a cure for anything.  At this time, there is no proof that CBD is curing any illnesses.  Please be wary of people that tell you it’s going to cure your cancer or any other illness.   Having said that, CBD has been effective for many people to help with anxiety, pain management, sleep problems, stress, headaches, digestive issues, and more.  So while there is anecdotal evidence to support claims of symptom relief, there is no scientific evidence to support claims of cure.  This is true for any supplement that you may take as well.  Do your research and ask questions.

The CBD industry will grow, improving products and increasing government regulation along the way. While the future of the industry is uncertain, one thing is clear, CBD can be an effective treatment for some types of health related conditions. These 5 common misconceptions about CBD are just a starting point for more understanding. Knowledge is the key to successfully using it.  Know the different types of products available, how they work, the right application and the right dose for you.  Then know the source and quality of the products you use.  At Naturally. . . You, we offer the finest quality CBD products.  We have the knowledge and experience from hundreds of clients to help you on your wellness path.  Visit our website to learn more about our CBD products and feel free to chat with me live on this or any health related topic. I look forward to chatting with you soon! 

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