Top 5 Misconceptions About CBD
It may not get you high, but its medicinal properties are widely discussed in the field of medicine. Last few years have witnessed a surge of interest in the therapeutic effects of cannabidiol (or CBD), a non-toxic compound extracted from the hemp plant. Many online retailers and start-ups are selling CBD-rich hemp oil claiming that it can ease intense pain, control seizures and even shrink tumors, without making you feel high. While CBD certainly has many healing properties, it is surrounded by too many misconceptions. In the subsequent sections, we’ll discuss five such myths.
1. “CBD is medical while THC is purely recreational.”
Most people think THC, the component of hemp plant that gets you high, is recreational and has no medical value. But, the researchers at Scripps Research Center in San Diego have found that THC inhibits an enzyme which helps the accumulation of beta-amyload protein plaques in the brain. These plaques, when unchecked, can cause Alzhimer’s-related dementia. In fact, Marinol, a single-molecule THC, is recognized by the Federal government as a Schedule III drug (a medicinal substance with less potential for abuse).
2. “Irrespective of where it comes from, CBD is CBD.”
The leaves and flower tops of a few strains of industrial hemp are the best sources of cannabidiol. But, in general, hemp is not a viable source of CBD. You get only a minute quantity of cannabidiol from a large quantity of hemp, so there’s a high risk of contaminants because hemp plant absorbs heavy metals from soil (a process called bioaccumulation). For this reason, cannabis is considered as a better source of CBD. It even contains secondary cannabinoids and terpenes that further enhance the medicinal properties of CBD and THC.
3. “The psychoactivity is always an unwanted side effect.”
We agree that marijuana-induced high is bad. However, the euphoric feeling produced by cannabis oil is far from being an unwanted side effect. Eminent researchers, including Dr. Tod Mikuriya, argue that many synthetic drugs make you feel high and just because CBD-enriched hemp oil causes a little psychoactivity, it shouldn’t be considered as an intoxicant with few therapeutic properties. It should rather be seen the other way around.
4. “Single-molecule compounds are better than “unrefined” whole plant medications.”
The Federal government believes that only a few compounds present in cannabis (CBD, THC) have therapeutic properties and the plant itself has no medicinal values. Other than CBD or THC, cannabis contains hundreds of other compounds, including different kinds of flavonoids, terpenes, and secondary cannabinoids. Each of these substances has a specific therapeutic property, but collectively, they are believed to produce an all-round holistic effect. The FDA, however, doesn’t recognize a whole plant as medicine.
5. “CBD-only laws are suitable for treating all illnesses.”
The low-THC laws passed by the U.S. government are quite stringent. Some states impose restrictions on the sources of CBD and even specify the diseases for which CBD may be accessed. However, a high-CBD medication with minute traces of THC does not suit every disease. For example, many parents of epileptic children observed that THC helps in controlling the seizures. This scenario calls for the need of a whole-plant cannabis medicine, not just a low-THC product.
Scientists around the globe are researching on the medicinal properties of hemp plant oil. We hope this miraculous drug becomes legalized as soon as possible.