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The 4 Biggest Myths About CBD

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The 4 Biggest Myths About CBD 

Can you remember the first time you searched for CBD on Bing? I'm sure it was a starling moment.

Seeing the myriad of articles that popped up was probably daunting, especially for someone brand new to CBD.

There is a reason for the madness. Everyone wants a piece of CBD now and everyone wants to give a piece of their mind about it too.

With all of those search results, it can be tough to even know where to start. Who has the time to sift through all of those articles just to get some basic facts? 

We do, that’s who.

Let Certified Hemp Hub be your guide, we’re happy to do some online panning for CBD. Sometimes you need to clear out that internet dirt to find some CBD gold.

It’s an uncertain world we live in now, a lawlessness of misinformation has led to plenty of faulty claims. It is tough to tell what is true and what is false anymore. 

That is why we are going to be busting the 4 biggest myths about CBD. 

 

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4) CBD Is The Same Thing As Marijuana

This is the biggest myth surrounding CBD, so why not lead off with it!

It is easy to see where the confusion comes from. CBD derives from the cannabis plant, but this does not make it weed.

Most importantly,  CBD is NON- psychoactive; meaning, it will NOT get you high.

Now is as good of a time as any to debunk some other myths about CBD’s association with weed. 

No. CBD is not habit forming. You cannot become addicted to CBD, no matter how much you consume or how often. If you are familiar with cannabis then you already know about the long battle centering around it’s addictive (or lack thereof) nature. 

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It’s understandable why people conflate the effects of marijuana with CBD. I believe the misinterpretation comes from the way they look; the two strands are very similar to each other. At a first glance it is almost impossible to tell the two apart, even if you are an expert in the art of Cannabis.

Even law enforcement has a hard time identifying CBD flowers because it appears so similar to the marijuana flower. But, that is another rabbit to dive down another time. 

For now, just be aware that they are in fact separate from each other, both with their own unique qualities. 

 

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3) There Are No Side Effects To CBD

Unfortunately, this is not true. Like everything else in the world, CBD is not perfect. Although many consider them to be minor, you can in fact feel some unwanted side effects as a result of consuming CBD.

Don't worry though, there is nothing to be alarmed about -unless you are out of toilet paper. 

With that said, one of the most common side effects to CBD is: diarrhea. Researchers are not quite sure why CBD does this to the human body, but they do know it only happens to those who use CBD in abundance.

We are talking about taking 500 milligrams a day or more; for reference, an average CBD capsule has 30 milligrams in it. Those who experience diarrhea say it ranges from mild to moderate and never anything extreme. 

Another side effect of CBD is how it cooperates with other drugs. The issue at hand is how your body metabolizes CBD along with any additional drug. To be more exact, we are talking about Cytochrome P450 (CYP450). 

This group of enzymes is responsible for breaking down cannabinoids such as CBD. They are also responsible for breaking down more than 50% of over-the-counter and prescription drugs.

If CYP450 is breaking down CBD, then it does not have enough “time” to break down other medications. Therefore, your body will have a higher amount of said medication in your system. 

Your body goes through the same experience if you consume grapefruit too. In my honest opinion, it is nothing that I concern myself with.

If you are uncertain, I strongly recommend you consult your primary care physician. For example: talk to them about how CBD would affect Advil if you took both on the same day?

Next up we have the biggest side effect for CBD and it's biggest threat too...

 

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2) Using CBD Can Lead To Liver Damage

I purposely separated this from the other side effects for one reason: it’s been debunked. For the longest time researchers believed that CBD damaged the liver.

Previously, the FDA stated that CBD could potentially lead to liver damage. They based this conclusion on the results they found during the clinical trials for Epidiolex - the only CBD medication that is FDA approved. 

Apparently, results from the blood work obtained in these trials detected early problems with the liver. It also needs to be mentioned that during these trials, the test subjects took an average of 100-800 milligrams a day - I hope they had enough toilet paper. That kind of dosing is recommended by medical professionals

As of March 22, 2021 investigators can finally report that CBD does not cause damage to the liver. The study was conducted by Vaildcare, a Contract Research Organization that focuses on clinical research. The trial was conducted on 839 adults who were instructed to use CBD daily for a minimum of 60 days. 

This was their conclusion: “Preliminary findings show no evidence of liver disease in the 839 participants and no increase in the prevalence of elevated liver function tests when compared to a population with a similar incidence of medical conditions.”

The FDA sought out Validcare to conduct this research, as of last week they are aware of the results. 

We are certainly living in an exciting time for CBD research!

 

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1) Consuming CBD Cures Everything

You probably have heard CBD referred to as the ‘wonder drug’. A miracle elixir designed to cure any ailment. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. CBD cannot cure cancer nor can it permanently relieve you of your back pain. 

The issue with this is not CBD itself, but how it is being marketed. Like we said earlier, everybody is trying to get on the CBD train. To stand out from the rest of the pack, some companies have been making baseless claims that CBD will absolve you of any pain you are having. 

That being said, CBD is helpful for many different reasons. Topicals and creams are great for reducing inflammation in specific areas of the body, depending on where you apply it to. 

If you have trouble sleeping, there are CBD-based capsules that can help you get to bed faster. I personally use a CBD tincture after work to help with the daily stress that accumulates throughout the day.

Basically, there are plenty of reasons to add CBD to your daily routine. Just don’t expect it to solve all of your problems!


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How We View Using CBD

Ok, we covered a wide range of topics here, so let’s loosely go over the main points one more time. CBD is not the same thing as weed. CBD is completely legal, you cannot get ‘busted’ for being caught with it. It is non-psychoactive, meaning it will not make you trip out  and feel high.

CBD may not be addictive, but it is not 100% side effect free. If you are concerned about the potential harm of adding CBD to your diet, then you should contact your doctor before using. Don’t be fooled by the bad apples out there trying to sell you snake oil.

CBD is not a product that will heal a person from Parkinson’s Disease or completely eliminate your anxiety. This does not make CBD useless or a complete disappointment. It is best to think of it as a vitamin or fish oil. A tool to place in your toolkit to help you get through the day.

And last but not least, we have only just begun. One of the biggest setbacks was the FDA’s fear that CBD can lead to onset liver disease. That was disproven THIS MONTH, imagine what we will discover next? 

 

The content on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. While research has shown that CBD has the potential to help provide beneficial outcomes for several complaints, it is advisable to seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider when you have questions regarding any medical condition and when starting, augmenting or discontinuing any existing health routine. 

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