Chances are good that you have heard of CBD, short for cannabidiol, which is a non-psychoactive derivative of cannabis. In fact, it’s likely that you have even tried CBD oil, given that Forbes estimates that the CBD market will be worth $3 billion within a few years. Clearly, many consumers are buying and using this substance. But there is a fair amount of confusion around the oil, particularly surrounding the its relationship to cannabis. You might find the evidence surprising as we start our list of debunking CBD oil myths, in collaboration with SmokeSmith Gear. Here are the top 4 myths.
Myth #1: CBD Oil is Psychoactive
Assuming that the CBD oil you use is from a hemp plant, it is not psychoactive; that is to say it will not make you feel high. Hemp plants contain only tiny trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound found in other cannabis plants that causes the effect of feeling high.
For a cannabis plant to be considered hemp, it must contain no more than 0.3% THC. This number is 33 times less than the least potent euphoric-causing cannabis strain. While hemp and cannabis come from the same plant, they are different parts of that plant, with very different effects.
Myth #2: CBD Oil is a Miracle Cure
While CBD oil has many therapeutic benefits – and many more continue to be studied – the fact of the matter is that it is not a cure for cancer or diabetes or epilepsy. What CBD oil is useful for is providing a form of treatment of many different ailments, from chronic pain to sleeplessness to, yes, cancer.
But that is very different from saying that is offers a cure. Still, many consumers find it useful as part of a health and wellness routine to treat these conditions. But it is not a miracle cure. Nothing is.
Myth #3: You Must Ingest CBD Oil for Therapeutic Benefits
While ingestible oils and other forms of edibles, such as gummies, are one of the more popular forms for consuming CBD oil, they are not the only forms. In addition there is a form of CBD oil that is meant to be used in a portable vaporizer or vape pen. This form of CBD vaping oil is usually not as thick as the variety that is orally ingested. And it is often mixed with propylene glycol, which allows it to be used with a vaporizer.
If you plan on vaping CBD oil just be sure you realize that you should not simply place the orally ingested version into a vape pen. That’s one more surprising fact as we continue debunking CBD oil myths.
Debunking CBD Oil Myths #4: CBD Oil is Illegal
Most of the CBD oil sold in the United States is manufactured using industrial hemp, which is legal to farm, harvest and sell. Any CBD oil made from hemp is legal, no matter what state you live in. For this reason CBD oil is readily available at many local health stores and wellness centers. It can be legally purchased online too. CDB oil, no matter if from hemp or Cannabis, is legal in all 30 states where recreational and medical cannabis is sold. And another 17 states have CBD-specific laws on the books.
Were you surprised by any of these CBD facts? Debunking CBD oil myths has been on our to-do list for a while. We’re happy to help separate fact from fiction.