4 CBD Myths That Need to Go
This is a collaborative post
While there is a lot to love about CBD, the substance and its benefits are both often misrepresented online and on the media. These CBD myths and misconceptions can lead to confusion at best, and serious damage at worst. To help clarify what CBD is and what its effects really are, let’s take a look into the CBD myths that are often presented as fact.
Myth #1 – CBD is not extracted from cannabis
Many CBD manufacturers, in a rush to distance their product from the stigma associated with Marijuana, end up claiming that CBD isn’t extracted from cannabis. They say that CBD is extracted from hemp instead.
The problem with that is that “hemp” isn’t really a plant. Hemp is the legal term we use to describe all strains of cannabis that contain less than 0.2% of THC. And indeed, all commercially available CBD in the UK is extracted from hemp, as it’s illegal to grow and sell cannabis plants with more than 0.2% of THC. But that doesn’t change the fact that CBD is ultimately extracted from a type of cannabis.
Myth #2 – CBD has no side effects
Considering that even water can make you sick if you drink too much of it, the fact that CBD offers no potential side-effects sounds too good to be true. And it sounds that way because it is not actually true. CBD does have potential side effects, plenty of them.
Using CBD can cause constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, fatigue, reduced appetite, and drowsiness. However, the data we have today indicates that very few users ever experience any of those potential side effects. Except, that is, for the drowsiness, which is something that always happens if you take too much CBD. That’s one of the reasons why CBD sleep-aids are effective, as large doses of CBD make you sleepy.
CBD can also interact with other medications, leading to serious negative effects.
Myth #3 – CBD is not psychoactive
This myth is often perpetuated due to manufacturers and reporters choosing the wrong word to express their ideas. It’s often claimed that CBD is not a psychoactive substance, but the term “psychoactive” simply refers to any substance that affects your state of mind. And since CBD is a known anxiolytic with various calming properties, it of course fits the definition of psychoactive.
The correct statement is to say that CBD is not an intoxicating substance. As no matter how much CBD you take, the substance will not impair your judgment or impact your views of reality. It only affects your emotional state.
Myth #4 – CBD products will never make you fail a drug test
This should not be a myth, but it is. One quick online search will show you dozens of cases of people who claim they failed drug tests due to contaminated CBD products. The truth is, while high-quality and legitimate CBD products will never contain enough THC to make you fail a drug test, those are not the only types of products in the market.
Manufacturers who cut corners, source their hemp from sketchy sources, and use less-than-optimal extraction methods may end up delivering a CBD product that can make you fail a drug test. This can also lead to other types of contamination, such as CBD products containing heavy methods, or toxic chemical solvents.
The best way to avoid this is to only buy from manufacturers who have their products tested by third-party laboratories like Cibdol does. These test results, which most trustworthy manufactures make public, will show whether or not a given CBD product is contaminated, and whether or not it contains the amount of CBD advertised on the bottle.