5 common cannabidiol myths and facts
Cannabis oil? Yes, you read that right. And no, we’re not kidding.
Cannabis-derived supplements are making their way into the Indian wellness market and all kinds of rumors are circulating.
Just like any other popular herb, its medicinal qualities are better understood but its effects are poorly understood. So here we are, debunking common myths about CBD oil so that no one ends up drinking a bottle of cannabidiol.
Myth 1: CBD oil is illegal
The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985 (NDPS Act) prohibits the recreational use of cannabis. However, NDPS does not apply to the leaves and seeds of cannabis plants. If the CBD is extracted from the leaves of the cannabis, it is not illegal.
Myth 2: CBD oil can get you high
The short answer: No.
The theory is that CBD oil contains little or no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) when extracted from the hemp plant.
THC is the main psychoactive component in cannabis or marijuana that gets you high. A study by the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that CBD has no potential for addiction or abuse.
Myth 3: CBD is a marketing scam
The wellness industry will do what all industries aim to do – try to make money. And CBD has potential.
Some brands needlessly add popular ingredients to their products and the intention is to charge a few extra dollars. But that doesn’t mean that all the products are part of the scam.
Numerous studies have shown the benefits of CBD. An Italian study from 2014 suggested that CBD inhibits the growth of cancer cells in people with colon cancer.
Another Brazilian study found that CBD can help people with anxiety.
This doesn’t mean that CBD is the best cure for cancer or anxiety, but it is believable.
Myth 4: CBD = Marijuana
Both CBD and marijuana are extracted from different varieties of the cannabis plant, but marijuana is high in THC and low in CBD. While hemp is low in THC and high in CBD.
When CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant, very small amounts of THC are found in it. And before it’s added to a product, the legal limit is assured.
Myth 5: CBD puts you to sleep
The effects of CBD vary from person to person. The observed side effects of cannabidiol are minimal. But some users have reported upset stomach and fatigue.
CBD has a relaxing effect on users, but it certainly won’t put you to sleep instantly.
How long does it take to see results
The effect of cannabis is instantaneous but CBD takes its time to show results and the duration is different for each individual.
But before you try to use cannabidiol, make sure you have an illness that CBD can treat.
Treat CBD like your other supplements. It’s not a magic potion.
For best results, massage in CBD oil or place a few drops of CBD under your tongue, twice a day but don’t exceed more than 10 drops per day. But if in doubt, consult your doctor.