Updated: Jun 19
CBD doesn’t get you high, but it’s getting a lot of attention in the medical, science and patient communities online. You can see this even more evident over the past 12-18 months as a surge of interest in become popular, due to what they can actually do for you. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating cannabis compound with significant therapeutic properties, Countless commercial start-ups and internet retailers have jumped on the CBD bandwagon, due to this popular high demand. It is already proven, that this miracle strand that is derived from hemp as "the next big thing", is a miracle oil that can shrink tumors, quell seizures, and dull or void chronic pain, without that "stoned" feeling that THC can have. Since CBD is growing so quickly, there is a lot of misconceptions already floating around, if now just confusion and assumptions. So I am here to clear this all up for you.
1: “THC IS RECREATIONAL AND CBD IS MEDICAL”
If you have never heard of Project CBD, you should really look them up! They receives many inquiries from all over the world from people looking for “CBD, the medical part” of the plant, “not THC, the recreational part” that gets you high. This is so confusing to most because actually, THC (The Reason you "Get High”) has amazing therapeutic properties.
Proven by Scientists at the Scripps Research Center in San Diego - THC inhibits an enzyme implicated in the formation of amyloid beta plaque, the hallmark of Alzheimer’s-related dementia. Because of Cancer, the government recognizes single-molecule THC (Marinol) as an anti-nausea compound and appetite booster, deeming it a Schedule III pharmaceutical, a category reserved for drugs with little abuse potential. But whole plant cannabis, which is the only natural source of THC, continues to be classified as a dangerous Schedule I drug with no medical value.
2: “CBD ONLY WORKS WITHOUT THC.”
this is such an unrealistic assumption, THC and CBD are the power couple of the cannabis compounds, they work best when used together (Not promoting the use of Marajuana, just stating medical facts). Scientific studies have established that CBD and THC interact synergistically to enhance each other’s therapeutic benefits. Researchers in Britian have shown that CBD potentiates THC’s anti-inflammatory properties in an animal model of colitis.
At the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, Scientists determined that a combination of CBD and THC has a more potent anti-tumoral effect than either compound alone when tested on Brain and Breast Cancer cells. Extensive research has demonstrated that CBD combined with THC is more beneficial for Neuropathic Pain than either compound alone, the proof is everywhere.
3: “CBD IS THE GOOD SIDE OF THE CANNABINOID.”
The drug warrior’s strategic retreat: Gives ground on CBD while continuing to demonize THC. Die-hard marijuana enthusiasts are exploiting the good news about CBD to further stigmatize high-THC cannabis, casting tetrahydrocannabinol as the bad cannabinoid, whereas CBD is framed as the good cannabinoid. Why? Because CBD doesn’t get you high like THC does. Most scientists rejects this moralistic, reefer madness dichotomy in favor of whole plant cannabis therapeutics. (Read the foundational science paper: A Tale of Two Cannabinoids.)
4: “PHARMACEUTICALS ARE SUPERIOR TO WHOLE PLANT MEDICINALS.”
Now, who believes this one, I have no ideas! I mean, according to the government, specific components of the marijuana plant (THC, CBD) have medical value, but the plant itself does not have any. These blinders reflect a cultural and political bias that privileges Big Pharma companies and their drugs. Pharmaceutical medicine is the corporate way, the FDA-approved way! But, it's not the only way and to be honest, in My opinion, it is not the best way either!
Cannabis contains several hundred compounds, including many ingredients like various flavonoids, aromatic terpenes, and many other minor cannabinoids in addition to THC and CBD. Each of these different compounds has specific healing properties, but when combined they create what scientists refer to as a holistic “entourage effect” or “ensemble effect,”. This is why the therapeutic impact of the whole plant is greater than the sum of its single-molecule parts. The Food and Drug Administration, however, isn’t in the business of approving plants as medicine. (See the Reasons why Here.)
5: “CBD IS NOT PSYCHOACTIVE - UNFAIR STATEMENT”
We all know that CBD is not an intoxicant, but it’s misleading to say that CBD as non-psychoactive. For example, when a very depressed patient takes a low to moderate dose of a CBD-rich sublingual spray or tincture and has an amazing day for the first time in forever, it’s obvious that CBD is a powerful mood-altering property. Better to say, “CBD is not psychoactive like THC can be,” than to say that CBD is not psychoactive. CBD won’t make a person feel stoned out of their mind, but it can impact a person in positive ways.
6: “CBD IS A SEDATIVE.”
Low to moderate doses of CBD are quite energizing (“alerting”). But very high doses of CBD can trigger a biphasic effect and can be sleep-promoting. If CBD-rich cannabis flower confers a sedating effect, it’s more than likely because of a myrcene-rich terpene profile. Myrcene is a terpene with both a sedative and painkilling properties. CBD is not intrinsically sedating, but it may help to restore better sleeping patterns by greatly reducing anxiety.
7: “HIGHER DOSES OF CBD WORK BETTER”
This one kills me, I mean have you ever heard of give me more morphene, it will work better? After a while we don't even think we feel it anymore, since we are do high LOL
In the case of CBD isolates, they require higher doses to be effective, rather than whole plant CBD-rich oil extracts. But that doesn’t mean single-molecule CBD is a better therapeutic option than CBD-rich cannabis strains, that is just not the facts. CBD Rich strains have a wider therapeutic window than a CBD isolate.
Reports from both clinics and the patients would suggest that a synergistic combination of CBD, THC, and other cannabis components can be effective at low doses – as little as 2.5 mg CBD and/or 2.5 mg THC. Some patients may require significantly higher doses of CBD oil to obtain satisfactory results. Keep in mind that CBD and THC and cannabis in general have biphasic properties, What this means is, that low and high doses can produce opposite effects. An excessive amount of CBD could be less effective therapeutically than a moderate dose, this is something you have to play with to get the right formula for you. Again, this is not about THC, this is about CBD. But in order to educate you, I have to bring in both sides of the spectrum.
8: “CBD TURNS INTO THC IN YOUR STOMACH.”
When my friend told me this, I think I actually burst out laughing. It was almost as funny as when he said "I can't take that shit, I can't risk popping on a piss test at work" Neither of these myths are accurate and therefore misleading information is all over the internet, spreading like wildfire too.
Taken orally, CBD is well-tolerated in humans. But concerns about possible harmful side effects, which might limit CBD’s therapeutic and market potential, were raised by misleading and down right rediculous reports that CBD converts to high-causing THC in the stomach.
It does not !!!. There have been extensive supervised clinical trials demonstrating that ingested CBD, even high doses above 600 mg, does not cause THC-like effects. On the contrary, CBD in sufficient amounts can lessen or neutralize the THC high, this I can be proven by just asking anyone that does both. The World Health Organization studied the issue and gave CBD a clean bill of health in a 2017 report that stated: “Simulated gastric fluid does not exactly replicate physiological conditions in the stomach [and] spontaneous conversation of CBD to delta-9-THC has not been demonstrated in humans undergoing CBD treatment.”
9: “CBD IS CBD”
It is possible to extract CBD oil from low-resin industrial hemp cultivars, but fiber hemp is by no means a good source of CBD. Industrial hemp typically contains far less cannabidiol than high-resin CBD-rich cannabis flowers. Huge amounts of hemp are required to extract a tiny amount of CBD, in turn raising the risk of contaminants because hemp is a “bio-accumulator” that draws toxins from its soil. But the debate over sourcing CBD is quickly becoming a non-topic, as plant breeders focus on developing high-resin cannabis varietals (marijuana) that satisfy the legal criteria for industrial hemp – with THC measuring less than 0.3 percent and CBD levels exceeding 10 percent by dry weight. Today we produce the highest quality CBD because of this “Pure” CBD extracted. Low Quality and refined from industrial hemp or synthesized in a lab hemp lacks crucial medicinal terpenes and other plant compounds that interact with CBD and THC to enhance their therapeutic benefits.
I have been trying to write this for over a week and started off with just 4, but as the week grew and the more people I connected with the stranger the things I heard were, so it took me a tad longer to investigate and find out what these myths and untruths were. Then I had to prove or debunk them, so I hope I did this for you today!
xoxo Haley Fox
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