9 Myths about CBD Oil, Busted!
Even though CBD oil is flooding the mainstream media and everyone from Uncle Rory to Fido the dog is enjoying its benefits, there are still a number of misconceptions about CBD oil. We’re here to separate the fact from the fiction.
Myth 1: CBD still gets you ‘high”
Fact: While CBD and THC come from the same plant, they are two very different compounds. THC has psychoactive properties, CBD does not, so you will not get intoxicated or ‘high’. However, CBD does still affect the brain – it has been shown to be beneficial in easing anxiety and other mental disorders.
Myth 2: All CBD is the same
Fact: Different companies use different processes to extract and manufacture their CBD oils, so the amount of CBD, the amount of additional compounds, and the carrier oils can differ from product to product. So check your labels. Cannabex for example is made from pure CBD, isolated from hemp through CO2 extraction, and combined with naturally occurring MCT vegetable oil.
Myth 3: CBD will cure me
Fact: While CBD offers a number of health benefits, it won’t cure your disease or illness, but rather acts as a supplement or additional therapy, and it should be treated as such.
Myth 4: Only adults can take it
Fact: No research has indicated that CBD oil is not beneficial for children, or even pets. CBD can help ease their anxiety, improve sleep and even treat sunburn! It is however advisable to discuss it with your doctor first.
Myth 5: CBD converts to THC in your stomach
Fact: This myth stems from a study done in 2016 which used artificial gastric fluid and saw that there was potential for CBD to be converted into THC. This study has since been largely disproved saying the same would not apply in an actual human stomach.
Myth 6: CBD makes you sleepy
Fact: A number of people take CBD oil to help them sleep. The fact is CBD doesn’t actually help you fall asleep, but rather improves the quality of your sleep. In fact, CBD has been shown to keep you awake and improve focus, but once bed-time comes around it can help with the underlying factors that disrupt sleep, such as anxiety and pain.
Myth 7: CBD Oil is illegal
Fact: In May 2019 CBD was moved from the list of strictly-controlled drugs (schedule 7), to schedule 4, which means it is now available on prescription for medicinal use. At the same time, low-dose CBD products received a 12-month exemption from the requirements of the Medicines Act which means they may now be sold by anyone, be it a health shop or an online store, as long as they meet the following two requirements; the maximum daily dosage may not exceed 20 milligrams and the products may not claim to treat or cure a specific medical condition.
This exemption will expire on 15 May 2020 unless renewed, so for the time being, CBD oil is definitely legal.
Myth 8: You can become addicted to CBD
Fact: Research indicates that CBD is not associated with abuse potential. In fact, it has been shown to assist in preventing addiction from other sources (painkillers etc); by reducing cravings and managing withdrawal symptoms.
Myth 9: CBD Oil is just another fad
True, the CBD industry has become particularly ‘trendy” of late, with every manufacturer jumping on the bandwagon. But while there is still plenty more research to be done, we do know that, produced correctly, CBD (and its benefits) is here to stay. So make sure you check your labels, purchase wisely, and reap the benefits.
The information on this page is intended as an educational tool only and should not be used to treat illness. Please consult a medical doctor or registered homeopath if you have any questions or concerns with regards to your health.