Dispelling Common CBD Myths
For all of the newfound popularity that CBD is enjoying, many misconceptions seem to remain about what it actually does and doesn’t do. The short version of the story, for those who want a quick answer, is that CBD is not only completely safe but is also a highly effective therapeutic ingredient the benefits of which we have only begun to scratch the surface of. Because purity, potency, and provenance are the founding pillars of everything we make, however, we know that there is so much more to share about this ingredient. Our job is to understand the true science behind CBD and to share this imperative knowledge with you in a way that’s accessible, truthful, and free of industry jargon. We decided to put together a list of some of the most common points of confusion surrounding CBD so that we can demystify things and hopefully clear up any questions you might have.
Misconception #1: CBD will get you high.
Nope. CBD does not cause intoxicating or perception-altering effects. You will not be glued to the couch for hours eating through your entire pantry. Why is this? CBD interacts differently (in fact, almost completely opposite) with our bodies than THC, which is the cannabinoid known for its intoxicating effects. While THC attaches to a certain receptor in our brain that triggers an altered state of perception, CBD isn’t able to attach to this receptor. CBD, as it turns out, interacts with entirely separate receptors, none of which trigger intoxication of any sort. Another important thing to note: CBD is commonly said to be non-psychoactive, but this is false. Psychoactive doesn’t mean you’ll get high, it simply means that CBD has an effect on how our brain functions. Whereas THC is psychoactive in the sense that it induces altered perception, CBD is psychoactive in the sense that it helps our brain modulate our pain and inflammation responses,
Misconception #2: CBD will put you to sleep.
This is false, CBD does not have sedative effects. It’s a common myth that CBD will make you immediately fall asleep, rendering you useless for the day, but this is simply not true. What CBD does do is lower our levels of cortisol, the body’s main stress hormone. By lowering cortisol levels, CBD helps us to feel calm and relaxed which many people with difficulty falling asleep find to be extremely helpful in achieving better, more restful sleep. In fact, it has been reported that taking CBD in some form during the day can be a massive help when it comes to staying focused. This is likely because when our cortisol levels are lower, it’s easier to deal with our day-to-day tasks instead of getting sidelined by stress and anxiety.
Misconception #3: Potency doesn’t really matter when it comes to CBD.
Wrong! Not only does potency matter, but it’s one of the most important factors to consider when choosing which CBD product is best for you. CBD has been scientifically proven to work best when it’s taken in relatively high concentrations. Unfortunately, many CBD products on the market contain pretty minor amounts of CBD, oftentimes only a few milligrams of CBD per milliliter of product when it comes to ingestible or topical applications. This is simply not enough CBD to produce any significant positive effect in our bodies. In general, you want to look for products that contain at least several hundred milligrams of CBD so that you can be sure you’re getting a dose large enough to properly activate the effects of CBD in your body. While products containing high quantities of CBD may be pricier, you’re ultimately paying for a higher concentration of the good stuff, meaning that you’ll feel and see the effects more immediately instead of having to use more of a product to achieve the same outcome. When it comes to CBD, potency and quality are absolute non-negotiables.
Misconception #4: All CBD is created equal.
This is probably the biggest, most frustrating misconception of all. All CBD is certainly not created equal. Before buying CBD, there are several factors that you absolutely need to consider. For starters, it’s crucial to know where and how it was grown. CBD is derived from the hemp plant, and the conditions that these plants are grown in have a huge effect on the quality of the final product. We believe that CBD should be derived from only the highest-quality growing conditions, meaning healthy, nutrient-rich soil, organic growing conditions, and plenty of sunlight and fresh air. While this may seem like a given, the CBD industry is rife with brands that take shortcuts by growing their hemp plants in suboptimal conditions, which can mean that the CBD you’re getting isn’t pure and could contain traces of solvents, pesticides, and heavy metals. As a general rule of thumb, steer clear of CBD brands that can’t or won’t tell you how and where the plant was grown. Because CBD goes in our bodies, we deserve the peace of mind that comes from knowing that the plant was grown with the utmost care and attention to detail.