In recent years, the terms medical marijuana and cannabidiol (CBD) have become commonly used jargon in the healthcare sector. With information pouring in from a variety of sources, it’s difficult to separate fact from fiction. Here’s a comprehensive guide you can use.
Misconception 1: CBD Is Legal in All 50 States
This depends on where your CBD product comes from — industrial hemp or cannabis. It also depends on the percentage of THC in it. CBD with less than 0.3 percent of THC is legal anywhere in the United States.
The DEA has classified both CBD and any extract derived from plants belonging to the genus Cannabis as schedule 1 substances. Therefore, CBD is illegal. However, if you live in one of the 29 states where medical marijuana is legal, then so is CBD. Besides these, 18 states in the United States permit doctors to recommend CBD in cases of debilitating illnesses like an epileptic seizure. Note that doctors are not permitted to write a prescription for CBD. Some states allow patients to carry an identification registry card for possession of CBD.
Misconception 2: CBD Is Not Psychoactive
CBD is non-intoxicating. According to Dr. Ethan Russo, a neurologist and a psychopharmacology researcher, the projection of CBD as non-psychotic is a mischaracterization. This is especially so considering its benefits on schizophrenia, anxiety and similar illnesses. He says it would be more accurate to label it non-intoxicating since it lacks qualities such as euphoria and craving — the classic symptoms that indicate abuse liability.
Misconception 3: CBD Is a Sedative
It depends on the dosage. According to the researcher Dr. Russo, it has been proven that CBD offsets the sedative effects produced by THC. In low doses, CBD is very alerting. However, cannabinoid products may contain other ingredients with high concentrations of terpene myrcene. It is the terpene that produces the "couch lock effect" that has led to this misconception.
Misconception 4: All CBD Products Are the Same
Not everyone adheres to strict safety and testing standards. Hemp plants are bio-accumulators. This means that the plant has a natural tendency to draw toxins and other contaminants from the soil it grows in. Therefore, there’s a huge risk of contamination of raw materials. Moreover, if pesticides have been used, any residual solvent present will affect the quality of the CBD product. So, the quality of the product depends on the diligence of the manufacturer.
In conclusion, if you are looking to use CBD for your family, talk to a medical professional. Together you can decide on the right product and dosage to derive the most value for your needs.