5 Common Misconceptions on Using CBD Hemp Oil
If you seem to come across CBD in almost all social media platforms and its numerous health benefits, you are not the only one. CBD has become the most used natural remedy to deal with almost all medical problems.
CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of the many compounds present in the hemp plant called cannabinoids. CBD oil is one of the CBD-based products made by infusing oils like coconut oil with the CBD extracted from the hemp plant.
While the majority of people have heard about it, there are still those who have no idea what it is, and even if they do, they have some misconceptions surrounding it, including;
1. CBD is illegal and makes you high
Most people think that since CBD is extracted from the same plant species as marijuana, it is illegal and makes you high. Over 100 compounds are derived from the hemp plant (cannabinoids), but the most active ones are CBD and THC.
THC is the psychoactive compound, which means that it is the one responsible for the high feeling. However, CBD only contains 0.3% of THC, which is not enough to get you high, but it delivers a relaxing feeling.
That level of THC is also what makes it legal because it is approved by the FDA. Anything higher than that is illegal.
2. More is better
The more, the merrier is a saying that does not apply to the consumption of CBD hemp oil. While there may be some benefits to an increased intake of the product, it comes to a point where the body might reject the excess intake.
That may result in some side effects like diarrhea, dizziness, change in appetite, and weight change.
A dosage that may work for someone will not necessarily work for you, depending on factors like weight, the amount of CBD in the products, what you want to achieve, and the condition you are treating.
3. CBD has no side effects
While the side effects that have been noticed are mild and last for a short time, it is not true to say that CBD oil has no side effect. Depending on the amount of CBD oil you consume, you might experience some side effects like diarrhea and appetite changes.
Also, if you are currently under other medications, CBD oil can react negatively with those medications and cause more serious side effects. Therefore, it is key to consult with your doctor on how much CBD oil you should have and if you should have any in the first place.
4. CBD oil is sedative and addictive
While CBD oil gives a relaxing feeling and can be used to help in sleep improvement, it is not considered a sedative. The misconception came from the fact that some CBD-based products were made using CBD extracted from marijuana, and they contained high levels of THC.
Some people also believe that using CBD for a long time can make you addicted to it, which is not supported by any studies done. If you stop taking CBD even after using it for a long time, there will be no consequences.
5. CBD becomes THC when it enters the stomach
A few years back, there was a belief that the hydrochloric acid in your stomach could change CBD into THC and have negative effects on you.
However, after a lot of studies done around that claim, it was found that that would only happen under specific controlled conditions in the laboratory and could never happen when taken under normal conditions.
While all these myths have been proven false by research, it is important to always consult a doctor before using CBD oil for any medical reasons.
It is also important to check the quality of your CBD oil and make sure that the manufacturer had it tested by a third party to ascertain the levels of CBD and THC in it.