Proponents of CBD oil suggest it can help relieve many symptoms of common conditions. They say that the non-intoxicating cannabinoid can help with chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and more. Whether CBD provides relief from a range of debilitating conditions is an open question. There is science to back up the assertions outlined above. However, there isn’t enough of it to satisfy the FDA.
At present, the FDA does not approve of the use of CBD. However, the agency has approved Epidiolex, a drug for epilepsy that contains CBD. Presumably, the FDA wants even more evidence regarding CBD’s efficacy and safety profile. In any case, the popular cannabinoid is subject to a broad and wild range of theories and suppositions. Some are true; others are nonsense. In this article, we investigate the latter in the form of five major CBD myths.
Myth #1: It’s a Miracle Cure. Know the Truth About CBD Oil
The ‘miracle cure’ assertion is perhaps the most significant “myth” surrounding CBD oil and cannabis in general. There is a BIG difference between aiding with symptoms and ‘curing’ a medical condition. This myth suggests that CBD and marijuana can cure diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or any other kind of chronic disease.
There is scientific evidence that shows CBD oil can “treat” the symptoms of dozens of different diseases. These include psychological conditions and mood disorders, chronic pain, neuropathy, and even symptoms of diabetes. In summation, CBD could offer excellent relief from the onset of symptoms. However, it is certainly not a miracle cure for these conditions.
One of the main physiological functions of CBD oil within the human body is its role as an immune response regulator. At present, there are no clinical trials showing the cannabinoid’s ability to reverse a specific condition. However, anything that works to enhance the efficiency of the immune system can help to rid the body of disease, in theory.
CBD’s effect on the endocannabinoid system (ECS) may enable the body to return to a state of homeostasis, or balance.
Clinical research hasn’t yet proved CBD can help cure specific diseases. Nonetheless, it doesn’t mean that CBD doesn’t work for some. There are hundreds of testimonials that claim CBD came to the rescue. These anecdotal reports say CBD helped cure various ailments and treated a variety of debilitating conditions.
What we need is research to back up these testimonials. At present, cannabis is gaining a positive reputation for treating conditions, but once again, we need more evidence.
Myth #2: You Can Use All CBD Oil Types in a Vape Pen
This one is important for a variety of reasons. Namely, for the sake of your health if you ever plan on vaping CBD oil! The general idea is that you can add any liquid CBD oil into a vape pen cartridge and use it safely. However, this is far from the truth!
The reality is that CBD oils and CBD vape juices/e-liquids are two very different things. The latter is compatible with the electronic heater coils that come in your handy vape pen. Vape juice contains thinning agents such as propylene glycol (PG). A study by Lau et al., published in Pediatric Research in January 2012, showed that PG produced excessive apoptosis in the brains of developing mice.
These thinning agents make the raw liquid less viscous, so they’ll work inside a cartridge. However, several thinning agents break down over time into carcinogenic materials like formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. Surprisingly, the FDA rates PG as safe for human consumption. Perhaps it is safe to use orally but becomes dangerous when vaporized?
There is controversy surrounding vaping at present. At the time of writing, 60 people had died from a vaping related illness in the United States. Another 2,500 people were hospitalized. All of these cases occurred in the last year. It is up to you to decide if you want to vape. However, please note that regular CBD oil won’t work in a vape pen. It is too thick and will clog up your device.
Myth #3: CBD Turns into THC in Your Stomach
Several years ago, a pharmaceutical company released a study. It claimed that CBD oil and other CBD products could turn into THC in your stomach after ingestion. The CBD-using community became slightly paranoid. Up to that point, the main draw of using CBD over “regular” weed was that it didn’t get you high.
Experts in the community soon proved that the published study was entirely inaccurate and misrepresentative. Trace amounts of THC are indeed detectable in the digestive system after the consumption of some CBD products. However, the amount present is entirely negligible as far as producing any psychoactive effects. Moreover, any detected THC is only present in the excretory system before urination.
In summation, CBD oil is entirely non-intoxicating. It won’t magically turn into THC in your stomach after consumption! Make sure that the CBD product you use has third-party lab reports. Otherwise, you don’t know how much THC is in it. If it is far above the 0.3% limit, you could fail a drug test.
Myth #4: CBD Hemp Oil and CBD Cannabis Oil are the Same Thing
Those who argue about the differences between hemp and marijuana already know where this one is heading. There are two ways to manufacture CBD oil. You can either produce it from marijuana plants, or hemp plants. Hemp is a ‘cousin’ of cannabis but contains minimal THC. The 2018 Farm Bill permits the growth of hemp, as long as your state has a program in place.
Industrial hemp contains less than 0.3% THC and is legal in most states. That said, the Farm Bill did not explicitly legalize CBD or any other cannabinoid. Even so, most CBD products ensure the cannabinoid is derived from hemp. The hemp plant has negligible THC. Most of its CBD is present in its leaves and flowers. You can then extract the CBD and turn it into therapeutic oils.
You can also derive CBD oil from cannabis, although this is much less common. These CBD cannabis oils come from the marijuana plant, rather than hemp. For the record, cannabis is a genus of flowering plants in the Cannabaceae family. Its three species are Cannabis ruderalis, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis sativa. Marijuana and hemp are broad classifications of Cannabis. These days, we simplify matters by saying ‘hemp’ is a variety of Cannabis with 0.3% less THC by dry weight.
Which oil is better? Ultimately, CBD is CBD, and it doesn’t matter if it comes from the hemp plant or the marijuana plant. As long as they are manufactured and processed correctly and efficiently, they both should produce similar therapeutic results. Of course, further research is required to ‘prove’ such claims.
Myth #5: CBD Oil (and Other CBD Products) Are Illegal
This is another popular CBD oil myth out there, and it’s one of the most difficult to explain. The vast majority of CBD oils you see for sale online come from industrial hemp. This plant is federally legal to cultivate in the U.S. As CBD oil is also produced from the (federally illegal) marijuana plant, a fair amount of uncertainty still exists.
First of all, CBD oil derived from cannabis IS illegal if you live in one of the 39 states without a recreational marijuana law. If you live in one of the 33 states plus D.C. that permits MMJ, you can get CBD from cannabis with a valid MMJ card.
In general, most states allow CBD derived from hemp. Unfortunately, there is confusion in states such as Nebraska.
We recommend that you check out state-by-state cannabis laws. Next, you should find information on your state’s stance regarding CBD. In many instances, states don’t have specific CBD laws. Locations with hemp growing programs usually permit CBD sale and use, even if there is no legislation to back it up.
Final Thoughts on the Top 5 CBD Oil Myths
Hopefully, this article provided useful information that you didn’t already know. We also hope we cleared up some potential concerns and confusing questions that you had. The idea of this article was to bring things into perspective and reveal the truth about CBD oil.
It is a potentially useful, reliable, and SAFE cannabis and hemp-based product. We feel you should appreciate and enjoy it as part of a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle!
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