The CBD market is still a relatively new industry. Since so many people are just dipping their toes into the world of CBD, many might still have misconceptions about what this product is all about.
CBD -also known as cannabidiol- is a plant compound found in the hemp plant. It belongs to a family of similar compounds called cannabinoids. Another cannabinoid you might have heard of is THC. But there are roughly 111 more of these compounds found in the hemp plant.
When extracted, CBD oil can be used to create tinctures, gummies, gel capsules, and more. Many people use this product to reach the entourage effect. Our endocannabinoid system, the system in our bodies tasked with keeping us in balance- is said to work in tandem with CBD to react with the vast network of neurotransmitters throughout the body.
There are a great number of ‘myths’ surrounding CBD and cannabis plants in general. However, not all can be debunked due to regulations set in place by the FDA and FTC. It is because of the product being so closely related to the drug THC that the government is cracking down on CBD retailers for making any bold statements. In this piece, we’ll do our best to debunk the myths that we can prove are false.
There’s a lot of misinformation floating around about CBD. But here at Peace River CBD, we strive to be transparent and honest about our products so you can buy with confidence. The following sections will outline a few myths about CBD we feel are important to debunk.
1. CBD is Illegal
There’s been a long held belief that anything related to cannabis is illegal. To be fair, this was true up until recent history. Cannabis and other hemp-derived products were completely illegal in the United States until the early 20th century. But slowly, state-level decriminalization and legalization began to emerge in the 1990s.
In the year 1997, California became the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use. This lit the fuse and triggered most other states to follow suit in the coming decades. By 2016, medical marijuana was legal in most parts of the United States (35 states to be exact).
In the midst of this medical marijuana Renaissance, many states began to consider the legalization of recreational marijuana. This time, Washington and Colorado lead the charge to become the first states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Now a grand total of 15 states including the District of Columbia have legalized it. Many more states are still pushing to do the same.
CBD was generating quiet chatter throughout the 2000s and 2010s but it wasn’t until 2018 with the passage of the new Farm Bill that the sale of CBD became legal on a federal level. This opened the gate for low-THC cannabis products, descheduling them from the Controlled Substances Act.
Since the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD has been federally legal. But a few select states still do not condone its sale or use. Check out our comprehensive list of where CBD is or isn’t legal here.
2. CBD Will Make You Feel “High”
Another common misconception those completely new to CBD might have is that it is intoxicating. This is likely due to the reputation of its cousin, THC. It’s well known that marijuana can get you high. Since CBD comes from hemp too people often conflate the two cannabinoids as one and the same.
CBD is not an intoxicant or psychotropic. But, though it is necessarily devoid of any psychoactive effects, CBD has been reported to affect the mood. According to a study published on Frontiers in Immunology, CBD has been “shown anxiolytic, antiepileptic, and antipsychotic properties, among other effects”. Essentially, that translates to a potential ability to reduce anxiety, curb seizure symptoms, and manage psychosis. Although there is still much to learn, there is enough evidence to show CBD has some sort of effect on the brain due to its synergy with the endocannabinoid system.
3. Only a Certain Age Range Can Use CBD
Young to middle-aged adults seem to dominate the conversations around CBD. This paired with the lingering stigma around hemp-derived products could give people the misconception that children or seniors shouldn’t give CBD a try. But the truth is, CBD is used by people across generations.
Some parents opt to use CBD as an alternative or supplementary piece to their children’s care plan. In fact, Charlotte Figi, a child who had a seizure condition, was one of the first individuals to popularize CBD in the mainstream. But, just like anything you introduce your child to, it’s important to do your research. There isn’t any conclusive evidence that CBD is safe for any age. This is not to say that it’s dangerous, just to highlight that you must use your discretion if you choose to give it to your child.
Many seniors might associate CBD with its intoxicating cousin, THC. But as we covered, there is no “high” when you take CBD. Most CBD products only contain up to 0.3% THC, not enough to have an intoxicating effect. Some, like our broad-spectrum products, even contain 0.0% THC.
4. CBD Can “Cure” You
We sell CBD. We believe that it can be a beneficial tool for many people. But some CBD companies can get a little heavy-handed when it comes to advertising their products. Sometimes you might see claims that CBD will “cure” an ailment. This is categorically untrue.
As we said at the beginning of this article, we strive to be transparent at Peace River CBD. Part of that is calling out bogus claims about the product(s) we sell. While our customers do report positive anecdotal experiences with CBD, we can never claim it is a cure-all solution. It is simply a means to gain balance in your life if you so choose to use it.
Every year we learn more and more about the potential of CBD. There is a lot of promising research around its application for patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome. Epidiolex, the only FDA approved medication derived from CBD, is used to treat these two conditions. But by and large, CBD is not recognized as a medicine or even a supplement. We suggest thinking twice about becoming a patron to any company that claims otherwise.
5. CBD is Always Expensive
If you browse the internet for CBD, the price tags can be enough to make you second guess if you should even explore what this phytocannabinoid (plant-based cannabinoid) has to offer. You’re certainly not alone if you’ve written it off as a superfluous luxury you shouldn’t splurge on. But here at Peace River CBD, we believe many companies are pricing their products far too high.
As industry insiders, we’re well aware of the supply chain of CBD production. From growing the hemp plant, farming the land, extracting the CBD, to bottling and shipping the product, we don’t see any need to tack on such a ridiculous price tag. But since there’s such a high demand for CBD in the current market, many companies are taking advantage of the opportunity to charge an arm and a leg for their product.
If you’re ready to try a reliable, affordable, high-quality CBD product, we would be honored to be at your service. Peace River CBD believes that anyone who wants to explore the potential of this plant-powered product should have an easy avenue to do so. If that sounds like you, we hope you’ll consider browsing our shop!