We’re neck deep in CBD everyday. No, not literally (although we do love starting the day with a few soothing swipes of our CBD Roll-On Oil on the back of our neck). We live, breathe and eat this stuff—24/7. And while part of our job is to educate people and spread the good word about CBD, we also know how important it is to dispel the myths around it so you can make informed decisions.
We hear and see a lot of false statements about CBD. As one of the leading brands in our industry, not to mention one of the first, we’re a trusted source for separating CBD fact from fiction. Here are four CBD myths you need to know.
MYTH #1: CBD CAN GET YOU HIGH
CBD will not get you high. It is one of over 100 naturally occurring cannabinoids in the hemp plant (where your CBD should be extracted from) and has no intoxicating effects. Part of the confusion is most likely because CBD comes in various forms—isolate, broad spectrum and full spectrum—the latter of which does contain THC (the cannabinoid that induces a “high”). Isolate is the crystalline powder form of CBD, where all other plant matter is removed, leaving only CBD. Broad spectrum contains all of the naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids found in the hemp plant, except THC (the cannabinoid that induces a “high”). Full spectrum, similar to broad, also contains the full run of naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids found in hemp, but also includes THC. The legal amount of THC in full spectrum (0.3%) is not enough to induce an intoxicating effect.
MYTH #2: HEMP AND MARIJUANA ARE THE SAME THING
We can see where the confusion comes from, especially since both plants are in the Cannabis family and the leaves can look similar. But as our moms like to remind us, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. And these two plants have very different “personalities,”starting with the chemical compounds within each. In a nutshell, hemp typically yields a higher amount of CBD and lower THC, whereas marijuana is much more abundant in THC.
MYTH #3: ALL CBD IS CREATED EQUAL
The reality is there are a lot of CBD brands out there today, and there will be even more tomorrow. The industry is growing like, well, weed. So how do you separate the good from the bad? The decent from the deceptive? The real from the just plain wrong? Purity and potency are what to look for when buying CBD products. Healthy soil means healthier plants, which is why we source our CBD from an organic, sustainable hemp farm in Colorado. We also work with an independent ISO/IEC accredited third-party lab, who tests for potency, microbials, heavy metals, and pesticides to ensure the highest quality CBD. If your CBD brand is not transparent about their source, potency and testing, it’s probably not a brand you want to ingest.
MYTH #4: CBD, ONCE IN A WHILE, IS BENEFICIAL
As with a lot of things in life, the key to success is consistency. It’s no different with CBD. Just using it here and there, every so often, won’t give you the full therapeutic benefits of CBD. A daily dose, on the other hand, stimulates your cannabinoid receptors, creating a chemical response to help balance and maintain your endocannabinoid system.