Will CBD Get Me High? 5 of CBD’s Biggest Myths Explained
CBD is almost everywhere you look. It’s in so many different products, and there are even billboards on most highways advertising its awesome effects.
Interest in CBD has skyrocketed recently due to all the research coming out about CBD’s potential therapeutic and health benefits.
However, there is still a lot of stigma and misinformation regarding this popular cannabinoid. Many myths are floating around, causing people to be skeptical about CBD and whether it has any use.
Will CBD cause me to fail a drug test? Can I get addicted to CBD? Those are just a couple of the concerns people have.
Another common myth is that CBD will get you “high”. Just like the others, this is not true, and we’ll dive into all the details about why that’s a common misconception.
Whether you’ve been using CBD for years, or you’re interested in giving it a try for the first time, we’ve got the information you need to help clear up any confusion. Keep reading to debunk five of the most common myths about CBD.
MYTH #1: CBD can get me high
Alrighty, let’s start with one of the most common misconceptions about CBD. You’ve probably heard this concern a few different times. Maybe you mentioned CBD to a friend, and they immediately said, “no don’t use that, it will get you high!”
Unfortunately, many people are under the impression that CBD works the same way that marijuana does. Many people believe CBD can cause a head high because they know it’s from the cannabis plant.
Yes, CBD is derived from cannabis. Most CBD is extracted from hemp plants – a member of the cannabis Sativa family. CBD is a cousin to THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the main psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana.
All that causes a lot of confusion. How can a compound that is closely related to THC (the cannabinoid that causes head highs for marijuana-smokers) not cause you to get high? It’s simple: CBD and THC are different on a chemical level, and that difference causes them to do different things in your body.
We’ll break down into an in-depth scientific explanation the differences between CBD and THC in a future post (it really is super interesting!). But for now, all you need to know is that the two cannabinoids are shaped differently.
When THC enters your bloodstream it links up with cannabinoid receptors perfectly – like two pieces of a puzzle. This perfect fit plays a part in how THC causes the euphoric head high sensations. CBD, on the other hand, does not link up perfectly. Scientists believe that this is part of the reason why CBD doesn’t cause the same “high” experience.
Long story short, you don’t need to worry about getting high from using CBD.
Currently, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD can only be sold in the United States if it is derived from hemp that has no more than 0.3% THC. This minute amount of THC will not cause you to get high.
However, there is a possibility that you could experience a high, or other unwanted effects, if you purchase a CBD product from an untrustworthy supplier. They may include more THC in their products or use unsafe additives that can cause negative effects. Only purchase CBD from companies that undergo third-party testing to make sure all the ingredients are safe, and the THC levels are 0.3% or less.
MYTH #2: I can fail a drug test after using CBD
Simply put, CBD will not show up on a drug test because it is not illegal. CBD is legal in all 50 states, so using CBD is not going to cause you to fail a drug test.
However, drug tests do test for THC since it is still illegal in many states. If you used a CBD product with a decent amount of THC in it, you could fail your drug test. But, as long as the product doesn’t contain more than the legal amount of 0.3% THC, you will be fine. Such a small amount of THC is extremely unlikely to show up on a drug test.
This is another reason to be very diligent when purchasing CBD. Dishonest companies may have more THC in their products than they admit, and that can cause you problems. In fact, a 2017 study found that over 60% of CBD products were not labeled accurately. Always look for third-party testing documents to see what the actual ingredients are.
As long as you purchase from a reputable supplier, you don’t need to worry about failing a drug test after using CBD.
MYTH #3: CBD can cure all of my health issues
Don’t get us wrong, we obviously love CBD and we know that it has a ton of great benefits. However, we also know that CBD is not a cure-all.
You’ve probably heard a bunch of different claims about CBD and everything it can do. Cure cancer, prevent Alzheimer’s, increase fertility, erase anxiety, banish acne, and so much more.
Sure, there’s a lot of research out there that looks promising for all of those claims, but unfortunately, no one can definitively state that CBD can do any of those things. Although CBD has a lot of potential health benefits, it is not known to cure anything or prevent any diseases although it may certainly provide relief from certain ailments.
The reason CBD is connected to healing so many different parts of the body is because of how it works. CBD interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is responsible for promoting balance in all of your organs and systems. CBD may help promote homeostasis in your body and improve your overall health in many different areas.
Now, give it a few more years of research and we’ll likely see more studies that further prove just how beneficial CBD is.
Check out the infographic below to learn a little bit about how CBD works in the body:
MYTH #4: I can get addicted to CBD
Some people think that since CBD is derived from cannabis, it is a drug and is therefore addictive.
This is simply not the case.
In fact, the World Health Organization has stated, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential… To date, there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
MYTH #5: CBD is just a marketing scam
This myth stems from all the crazy claims some companies make about their CBD products. Those dishonest claims cause many people to feel like CBD is just over-hyped and they doubt the actual benefits it holds.
The truth is, there is a lot of research that supports the therapeutic and medicinal benefits of CBD. Research does show that CBD may help reduce stress, promote better sleep, and help you feel healthier as well. But it’s dishonest for a company to claim that CBD cures insomnia, (or anything else for that matter) because we still need more research. Instead, we can talk about how CBD can help promote better sleep and may lessen the symptoms of insomnia.
Ultimately, CBD has a lot of legitimate benefits and applications. It’s just important to purchase CBD from reputable suppliers who are honest about their products in order to ensure that you have the best experience.
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