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CBD remains a relatively new product and industry, myths about this compound and its benefits and effects abound. As with any health and wellness product, it’s important to separate fact from myth whenever possible to ensure you understand what a product contains and how it might impact your physical, mental, and even spiritual health.
However, the newness of the CBD industry means fewer clinical studies are available to prove much of the anecdotal benefits consumers have shared thus far. This is partly why so many myths about CBD – and cannabis in general – continue to exist.
Hemp and cannabis plants – CBD can be sourced from either plant – contain hundreds of cannabinoids and other chemical compounds, such as terpenes and flavonoids. CBD is but one of these cannabinoids, each of which contributes to the wide ranging effects of cannabis on the human mind and body.
CBD, however, is not one of the cannabinoids that contributes to the intoxicating effects, or “high,” that cannabis tends to produce for its users. CBD offers other benefits, such as reducing inflammation, anxiety, and chronic pain, but without the feeling of being impaired. The “high” from ingesting cannabis is often attributed to the THC molecule, CBD’s widely known cannabinoid cousin.
As in any consumer products industry, CBD brands and products themselves can vary widely in their quality and ingredients. But not all products contain the same amounts of CBD itself, which can vary individual dosages.
Due to a slow uptake from regulators, many products on the market today are mislabeled in terms of ingredients and the amount of CBD, THC, or other compounds. Products may contain a CBD isolate or a full spectrum of CBD and other cannabis or hemp-derived compounds.
For all of these reasons, you can enjoy better results from your CBD product if you do your homework and find a brand whose products, ingredients, marketing messages, and label claims you can trust.
Because of the way CBD interacts with the human body, the phrase “less is more” may apply better for CBD usage than for cannabis in general. CBD doesn’t include the proverbial “high” that THC and cannabis can provide users, so consumers may not always be able to tell if the CBD is working at first. CBD’s effects are more subtle and understated than intensely psychoactive.
Taking too much CBD may only serve to negate its potential benefits for the consumer. Others argue that too little CBD may not produce the same desired effects as THC or other similar products for treating pain, inflammation, and other symptoms.
Like other health and wellness products, CBD works differently for each individual, so mindful experimentation is key.
As more clinical research serves to support or debunk these and other claims made about CBD, the industry continues to thrive and expand as it awaits more proper regulation from governing bodies. Research products and brands before you buy to ensure accurate labels, quality ingredients, and an overall beneficial experience.