CBD Myths, Busted!

Many products designed to treat health issues and psychological problems now contain a compound known as cannabidiol or CBD. It is a compound that brings a long list of health benefits without the array of side effects commonly found in chemical-based medications.

Despite the growing popularity of CBD, particularly CBD oil and products such as CBD creams that use CBD as their main ingredient, there are still many myths and misconceptions surrounding this compound. In this article, we are going to uncover the truth behind the most common misconceptions about CBD.

1. CBD Is Illegal

There is no doubt that the name cannabidiol sounds familiar to many; if you think that the compound has something to do with cannabis, you are correct. CBD is derived from cannabis plant, but there is one major difference that separates the consumption of CBD from the consumption of marijuana.

That difference is a substance known as tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. This is the psychoactive compound that causes marijuana users to feel high. Cannabidiol, on the other hand, actually reverses the effects of THC and brings a lot of health benefits in the process.

This difference is also the reason why CBD-based products are classified differently than products that contain THC, including marijuana. Even in the United States – with its strict drug rules – all but three states classify this derivative of cannabis plant to be legal.

2. It Causes You to Feel High

From the previous explanation, it is easy to see that this too is a misconception. Consuming CBD-based products such as CBD oil does not make you feel high or lose consciousness. In fact, CBD is very safe to consume, even on a regular basis.

You still get a warm feeling spreading inside you. CBD as a compound brings psychological as well as physical benefits, so feeling relaxed and calm after consuming CBD is to be expected. Your body simply reacts to the compound in a milder, safer way.

Since CBD is not psychoactive, there are no symptoms of withdrawal to anticipate either. You can continue working or functioning as normal after consuming CBD, and you will not feel like you are in withdrawal once the effects wear off.

3. It Is Addictive

That actually brings us to the third misconception: CBD is addictive. In simple words, it isn’t. The lack of ups and downs in the aftermath of consuming CBD is a clear sign that this is not a compound that ignites addiction on any level.

Yes, you feel much better after consuming CBD in its many forms, but that feeling is because of the positive impacts this compound has on your body. At the right dosage, you can use CBD for long-term treatment and simply stop using the product once the health issues are no longer causing problems.

It is also worth noting that THC is the addictive compound in cannabis. When you remove THC from the equation, you get a compound that delivers all of the benefits without the major side effects and negative impacts to your body.

4. It Cures Everything

It doesn’t. In fact, experts who study CBD agree that CBD is a treatment, not a cure. The purpose of using CBD is not to solve your health issues, but rather to make solving them easier. CBD helps the body’s immune system and amplifies other treatments you use to deal with different health problems.

In the case of joint pain, for example, the use of CBD products can help alleviate and eliminate the pain. Regular use will also prevent the joint pain from reoccurring. However, you must also understand the real cause of that joint pain and take steps to eliminate the identified causes.

Sticking with joint pain as an example, one of the probable causes is a problem with your auto-immune system. CBD supplements help increse your body’s ability to recover from an auto-immune problem with the help of other medications.

5. It’s a Secret

The last misconception we are going to cover in this article is one that stops many people from communicating with their doctors about using CBD products. If you think your use of CBD is something that needs to be kept secret, it isn’t.

Your doctor needs to know that you are using – or considering – CBD products as a way to deal with certain health issues. In return, your doctor can recommend additional treatments for the underlying issue. Doctors are even recommending CBD-based treatments for epilepsy and other health issues.

CBD causes very little to no side effects. It also works well with mainstream medications and treatments. By consulting your doctor about using CBD to alleviate pain or other symptoms, you can return to your best shape even sooner.

With these 5 myths and misconceptions busted, understanding how to use CBD for different treatments and getting the most benefits from the compound are easier than ever. You can get started with the treatment of your choice with confidence.  

4 Things You Need to Know About CBD

If you haven’t been living in a cave (or under a rock) for the past year or so, you must have heard about cannabidiol or CBD. Derived from cannabis plant, CBD has been growing in popularity as a natural treatment for various health issues. It is an effective pain remedy and a great treatment for stress and sleeping disorder.

The popularity of CBD as a treatment is not without merit. Multiple studies about CBD and its use have shown the positive impacts this compound brings to users. In fact, the United States FDA recently approved two epilepsy medications that use CBD as its primary ingredient.

There is no shortage of CBD products to choose from if you want to take advantage of this compound. Before you start shopping for CBD oil and other products that contain CBD, however, here are the 5 things you need to know about cannabidiol or CBD.

Minor Side Effects

CBD is (unsurprisingly) safe for use. For starters, it doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the compound that causes those who smoke cannabis to feel high. In fact, CBD is not a psychoactive substance, which is why it is classified differently and is considered legal in many parts of the world.

There are virtually no side effects to worry about when using CBD. You still need to consume CBD at the right dosage, but you can build up your usage amount until you reach the right level without worrying about unwanted side effects; we will get to how to do that in a second.

While there are no major side effects to worry about, there are still some things to keep in mind, especially when you are using CBD for the first time. You might feel slightly nauseated after your first couple of tries. Simply avoid consuming CBD with an empty stomach and you will be fine.

Dosage and Usage

There is no rule to follow when it comes to using CBD. This is why many manufacturers of CBD-based products have their own usage recommendations, mainly because the products contain different concentration of CBD and use different additional ingredients to deliver the right effects.

The best way to get started with using CBD is by taking the smallest dosage possible. If you are consuming CBD supplements that are packaged as pills, you want to start with 20mg or smaller. If you are using CBD oil or extract, one drop is the recommended starting dosage.

You can then build your dosage up until you reach the point where you get the most benefits. After reaching that point, don’t increase your dosage much further. You are not gaining additional benefits and using the extra amount you consume for nothing.

Not Just for Pain

CBD products are very effective in treating pain and inflammation. In fact, most CBD topicals are great pain remedies and they work almost instantly. Whether you are dealing with joint pain or muscle soreness, you can use CBD cream or balm to help alleviate the pain quickly.

That said, many of the benefits of CBD are not pain-related. If you are having trouble sleeping, you can use CBD oil to help you regain control over your sleep pattern. The same can be said for when you are dealing with severe stress and signs of depression.

As mentioned before, CBD is also used in epilepsy treatments. Anxiety is another health issue you can treat with CBD, and the compound works as effectively in children too. There are even CBD products designed for pets, especially dogs with behavioural issues and anxiety.

Multiple Treatments

Treatment is selected based on the CBD product you use. Topical CBD products are best applied once – when you suffer from debilitating pain – or as a routine. The latter works really well in treating recurring pain that is not always easy to treat with other medications.

You use CBD oil and extract by dropping it under the tongue. The area under your tongue is the ideal place for applying drops of CBD oil because of its absorbent nature. Again, start with one or two drops and increase your dosage if necessary.

As for supplements – usually packaged in pills – you can consume the CBD product once or twice a day. Regular consumption helps the body in developing a stronger immune system. At the same time, CBD continues to fight inflammation and provides a soothing effect.

In most cases, you can combine different CBD treatments to amplify the effects they produce. Combining topical CBD products with CBD supplements is usually what most users do. Make sure you keep your dosage in check and that you count your daily consumption with care to reap the most benefits.

Now that you have these basics covered, getting started with using CBD for different treatments is certainly easier. Find a product that suits you best and get started with benefiting from CBD right away.