After hemp’s recent legalization in 2018, the concept of CBD and the related products made with hemp are still very foreign to much of the public. A lot of people’s knowledge of CBD extends to the fact that it’s closely related to marijuana, and thus must be exactly like it. However, this isn’t the case, and we want to first debunk some of the most common misconceptions about CBD to help spread the word about its numerous benefits.
Myth: CBD Is Illegal
As mentioned, hemp was legalized back in 2018 with the Agriculture Improvement Act, which excluded CBD from being considered the same as marijuana despite its close relation, as hemp has very trace amounts of THC. Furthermore, with this legalization, neither hemp nor CBD is considered a controlled substance by the FDA.
Myth: CBD Gets You High
By far the most common misconception about CBD is that it often gets confused as being synonymous with marijuana. Rest easy, as CBD does not produce any intoxicating effect that would give you that euphoric feeling of being “high.” Rather, THC is the substance that causes the intoxication, and CBD instead provides health benefits that can help to regulate natural processes within the body. This is how CBD is able to soothe anxiety, stress, and even pain. Because hemp only has trace amounts of THC, there’s no way to experience a “high” from consuming it.
Myth: CBD Will Fail a Drug Test
Once again, thinking that consuming CBD will fail a drug test is simply believing a myth created by CBD’s relation to marijuana. If you ever have to take a drug test for a medical reason, a job interview, or any other circumstance, then don’t worry; drug tests look for THC, not CBD, to determine if you’ve been doing drugs, and the only time CBD will trigger a false positive is if the CBD oil you consumed had a sizeable portion of THC within it. However, any detectable dosage of THC within CBD would have to be purposefully added back in to trigger a drug test, and CBD products containing THC would have to specifically indicate that.
Myth: CBD Must Be Smoked
As the stigma surrounding CBD diminishes, the different products containing CBD seem to only grow. There are many ways to use CBD without smoking it. For example, CBD oil can be consumed as is or be incorporated into your cooking—in fact, it’s most often baked into pastries like brownies or cookies. CBD capsules are also an option if you’d prefer to take it like you would any morning vitamin. To specifically target pain relief, CBD topicals are highly recommended because they are applied directly to areas of the skin for concentrated pain relief, aided by the naturally numerous amount of endocannabinoid receptors located in the skin.