In an Age of Misinformation – Here is the Truth about CBD
It is an unquestionable fact that CBD is causing a sensation in the medical community and therefore, the truth about CBD is out there as well as many lies. For too many years, the demonization of cannabis prevented the vast majority of laboratories and research centers in the world from carrying out objective studies on the potential of the active ingredients of cannabis for medicinal purposes.
Luckily, this has changed, and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recently approved that CBD oils can be used in clinical trials. As the evidence accumulates, so does the truth about CBD and the lies too as you would expect. The social phobia rooted in cannabis is gradually disappearing, and last year authorities around the world recognized the low danger of cannabis, compared to many (if not all) drugs and types of alcohol sold legally.
But since in many regions it is still technically illegal, we must ask ourselves why such an interesting compound still faces these problems.
Now, we will see some of the most common CBD truths and lies that you need to know to be really informed about what everything is.
CBD Is A Cannabinoid: True!
CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, one of the approximate 60 different active molecules that cannabis contains. The human body has a neuroreceptor system called the endocannabinoid system, on which the CBD seems to interact modulating and regulating activities around the CB1 and CB2 receptors.
Cannabinoid receptors are found throughout our body, from the head to the feet. CBD, directly and indirectly, regulates the reuptake of a particular neurotransmitter, ion channels, and even non-cannabinoid receptors.
CBD gets you high: False!
CBD is not psychoactive. The FDA, although it only allows clinical trials recently, still classifies CBD oils as food supplements. In fact, circumstantial evidence suggests that CBD is antipsychotic and anxiolytic and, in general, a relief against stress.
CBD Is Removed From the Marijuana Plant: False!
This is due, simply and plainly, to the confusion that exists around the taxonomic nomenclature of the plant itself. Even botanists and ethnobotanists have not yet reached a consensus for their classification. And then there’s the slang.
To (try to) keep things as simple as possible, cannabis is the scientific name of the genus, which has three distinct species: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis.
Industrial hemp is the name given to a variety of cannabis that is selected for its ability to produce fibres, seeds and hemp oil. Usually, cannabis is considered hemp when it has a THC content of less than 0.3%. This type of cannabis usually has a much higher amount of CBD.
There is a recommended legal limit of dose: True!
As a health supplement, CBD producers are not allowed to recommend to their clients that they consume more than 160 mg of CBD per day. This they do to ensure that it is used in a supplementary way. Only doctors can recommend larger doses accompanied by a prescription to consume CBD. Therefore, it is advisable that you resort to the help of a medical professional if you want to use CBD as something more than a dietary supplement.
All CBD Oils are manufactured in the same way: False!
Nothing could be further from reality in the truth about CBD. To begin with, if you want to make CBD oils you need to have raw material of the highest possible quality (female flowers or buds of cannabis), but in huge quantities. This implies a problem since most of the time the demand exceeds the supply.
The clandestine and unregulated production methods are plagued by very strong petrochemical fertilizers, additives to enhance flowering and pesticides. The result is far from being a natural product and will end up contaminating the resulting oil. Therefore, you should only use cannabis grown naturally and totally organic.