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 its relationship to cannabis. You might find the evidence surprising as we start our list of debunking CBD oil myths. Here are the top 4 myths.
CBD Oil Myths #1. It’s Psychoactive
Assuming that the CBD oil you use is from a hemp plant, it is not psychoactive. In other words, it will not make you feel high.
That’s because hemp plants contain only tiny amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. It’s THC the psychoactive compound 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 series, they have very different effects.
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. CBD oil is useful for is providing a form of treatment for many different ailments, from chronic pain to sleeplessness to, yes, cancer.
But that is very different from saying that it 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.
3. You Must Ingest CBD Oil for Therapeutic Benefits
Sure, ingestible oils and other edibles, such as gummies, are among the most popular ways to consume CBD oil. But they’re 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 orally ingestible kind. And it often comes in mixed form with propylene glycol, which allows its use with a vaporizer.
If you plan on vaping CBD oil, it’s important that you realize you cannot simply place the orally ingestible version into a vape pen. There are special e-liquids (or vape juices) that are made so they work effectively in vapes. The base of them is either VG (vegetable glycerin) or PG (propylene glycol) and they often contain terpenes to add a nice flavor – you can read more about mixing terpene blends to your vape juice here. That’s one more surprising fact as we continue 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, including convenient doses with turmeric. CDB oil, whether from hemp or Cannabis, is legal in all 30 states selling recreational and medical cannabis. And another 17 states have CBD-specific laws on the books.
Debunking CBD Oil Myths: Over to You
Hopefully, the tips above will help you, along with our guide about avoiding getting ripped off when CBD oil shopping.
Did any of these CBD facts surprise you? Debunking CBD oil myths has been on our to-do list for a while. We’re happy to help separate fact from fiction.