1. Of course, the front running misconception is the belief ‘CBD will get you high.’ It is true that CBD comes from the same plant as the compound that does get you high (THC) but CBD products (in the UK) contain little to no THC. CBD does not get you ‘high’ or have any psychoactive effect on your body or your mind. It's funny to see how many people are actually disappointed about this when I tell them. (Extra fact: research shows that CBD actually counteracts the psychoactive feelings of THC, as they both fight for the same receptors!)
2. Following on from number one… the belief you will ‘fail a drugs test.’ Drug testing screens for THC, the intoxicating compound in cannabis. So, if you are worried about drug tests, when consuming CBD make sure you are using an Isolate or Broad Spectrum extract, as these contain zero THC, and so there is no chance of failing. We now use an extract with zero THC for this very reason, as it is more accessible for most people to use.
3. ‘CBD works miracles’. Of course, there is lots of research on CBD’s amazing benefits and it's ability to help symptoms of an array of illnesses and diseases. This is due to CBD supplementing the Endocannabinoid System, which is present within every human being and has an important contribution to most other physiological systems in the body, e.g. the Cardiovascular System. With that being said, always seek medical advice if your goal is to combat an illness or a disease. At a conference, I once heard that Cannabis is not a curative medicine, but a palliative medicine, so don't think that CBD is the key to all your problems.
4. ‘Higher doses will ‘help’ more’. When choosing a dosage of CBD you should take a very personal approach, which everyone should experiment with to find what is best for you as an individual. Furthermore, there are many different ways to take CBD, whether that be through a beverage, an oil dropper or a vaping product. These will all have different levels of bio-availability (how much is absorbed), and each product will serve a different purpose.
5. ‘CBD is medical, THC is recreational.’ Not true! CBD is a great addition to everyday life, and not just for medical purposes! Every human has an Endocannabinoid System, and supplementing this system has well-being benefits which everyone can benefit from. THC, on the other hand, also has great therapeutic and medicinal benefits, that differ from CBD. However, when the two are combined there can be greater medicinal benefit delivered through the Entourage Effect, as the different Cannabinoids work together in synergy. This is the form that some pharmaceutical products take, like Sativex, for example.
6. ‘CBD is addictive.’ CBD in all forms are not addictive. In some cases, it’s actually used to help treat other addictions. According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
7. ‘CBD is illegal.’ Not true! As long as it contains less than 0.3% THC it is totally legal in the UK and Europe.
8. ‘CBD is sedating’ is another common misconception. In fact, many people actually experience an energy kick or feel more alert. While it can be used as a relaxant or to ease pains, it is in no way sedating. People often think they can't drive after they have taken CBD for this reason, or because they think it will get them high and unable to function, however this is just untrue.
The CBD market, as well as the Cannabis market, is a new field of business and medicine which is only just becoming mainstream, so obviously there will be many misconceptions and misinformation amongst the public. However, the key turning point with this is the education that the public must undertake to really gain an understanding of this new and exciting compound. It's a new era, and CBD is here to stay, so get educated and the world can be a better place all round.
Disclaimer: Hamilton Street are not suggesting our products do the following this is a generalised informational blog relating to CBD as a whole, NOT our products. Please do further research into CBD and the Endocannabinoid System as education is key!