In the news, on the pharmacy shelf, from a colleague at work, or even at pet stores; CBD is everywhere.
As research into more of the compound’s therapeutic potentiality increases, so does its products.
As CBD awareness spreads, a disturbing lot of information about the product is false. These myths have been peddled either due to ignorance, or intentionally by dubious marketers looking to mislead unsuspecting buyers to patronage their products.
Not every CBD-tagged write up is a worthy read.
Let’s quickly discuss some fundamental truths about CBD
1. CBD Was First Discovered In 1940
Although CBD only came to limelight a few years ago, it was actually discovered in 1940 by Roger Adams, a Harvard University graduate.
The first CBD-based research was recorded in 1946. The animal-based study was the first evidence that CBD has no ‘high’ effect.
Same 1946, Ralph Mechoulam identified CBD’s chemical structure. To date, many still ignorantly refer to Ralph as the discoverer.
A major research conducted in 1980 showed some anti-epileptic tendencies of the cannabinoid.
About three decades after, the FDA-approved Epidiolex – a cannabis-based drug formulated to treat two rare forms of epilepsy in children. Epidiolex became the first CBD-based drug prescription.
2. CBD Oil Is Different From Hemp Seed Oil
Although many use these two terms interchangeably, they are two distinct products.
CBD oil is derived from the stalk, flowers, and leaves of hemp, hemp seed oil (as the name connotes) is a product of hemp seeds.
Besides, the hemp seed oil contains vitamins B and D, omega 3 and 6 fatty acid, etc. Hemp seed oil is widely used as dietary supplements and topical applications. The CBD oil, on the other hand, is made of cannabinoids, which ongoing research thinks may help modulate certain body functions.
Noteworthy – the hemp seed oil does not contain CBD
3. CBD Can Be Used for Pets
Interestingly, the endocannabinoid system in animals is similar to that in humans. This finding has inspired researchers to focus on the potentiality of CBD on pet’s health.
From early discoveries, infusing CBD into your dog’s health routine can offer similar effects as it does for you.
As with human products, CBD for pets is in different forms, including treats, oil, topical.
4. CBD Is CBD, Regardless of Its Source
Many literatures on the internet report CBD as a product gotten from specie of cannabis – hemp. While this is true, CBD is also found in marijuana.
That said, although CBD and marijuana are both sources of CBD, the compound is more present in hemp and less in marijuana. On the other hand, THC – the high-causing compound in cannabis – is predominantly found in marijuana but pretty low in hemp.
Little wonder why marijuana is widely linked to recreation while hemp is to medical.
5. Farmers Can Breed CBD-Rich Plants
The CBD content in cannabis varies across plants. Currently, there are over a thousand unique cannabis strains, each with its distinctive cannabinoid makeup and different CBD concentrations.
With careful crossbreeding, experienced farmers have been able to breed CBD-rich cannabis.
These CBD-rich strains are a favorite option for those who seek the purported benefits of cannabis without getting knocked off.
6. CBD Is Only One of Over A Hundred Extracts in Cannabis
CBD has gotten widespread recognition in and outside the cannabis industry for its widely acclaimed benefits. Perhaps you never knew – scientists have so far uncovered 0ver a hundred cannabinoids (chemical compounds) in the cannabis plants. CBD is but one of the lot.
Although THC and CBD are the most dominant in the plant, over a hundred others are present but at low levels. These other compounds, as with the two prominent, all have their unique effects on humans and animals.
Here are a few of the cannabinoids present in cannabis:
- Cannabinol (CBN)
- Cannabichromene (CBC)
- Cannabidivarin (CBDV)
- Cannabigerol (CBG)
- Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)
- Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA)
- Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ8-THC)
- tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA)
7. CBD is Psychoactive
“While THC is psychoactive, CBD isn’t”
Wrong – CBD is actually psychoactive.
When you hear one say CBD is non-psychoactive, they actually meant to say it does not cause a ‘high.’
The truth is CBD is non-intoxicating and may not cause any severe adverse effects. But since it affects the mind, which results in calmness and relaxation, that’s a psychoactive effect.
So while it is wrong to say CBD is non-psychoactive, better refer to the compound as non-intoxicating or relatively less psychoactive compared to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chief psychoactive compound in the cannabis.
8. CBD Can Also Help Healthy Persons
While CBD is widely celebrated for its perceived potentials against certain health conditions, it encourages overall wellbeing.
CBD’s interaction with the endocannabinoid system may help improve general body functions.
Besides its anti-inflammatory and other curative tendencies, CBD is rich in minerals and vitamins, including vitamin E, C, B complex, calcium, magnesium, etc. CBD also is rich in fatty acids, protein, and related dietary nutrients needed for the optimal functioning of the different body systems.
9. CBD Is Legal at the Federal Level
In the US, hemp-derived CBD is considered legal at the federal level. The 2018 farm Bill allows hemp to be grown for any use. This allows the cultivation and production, purchase, and use of CBD products without any medical prescriptions.
However, the USDA gives each state the right to create their state laws to control the CBD-related activities. So before you shop for any CBD product, ensure you won’t be flaunting your local laws.
As research soars and the CBD legalization campaigns get louder, we anticipate more CBD updates – both medical and legal – Shortly.
As you navigate through the CBD world, hopefully, these truths will help you navigate through safely, confidently, and without any legal scare.