Hemp CBD products are becoming ubiquitous on the shelves of health food stores nationwide, and as they do, more information has become available online about for people interested in trying out the products. However, it can be difficult to tell the difference between valuable, confirmed information about hemp CBD and unreliable or unfounded claims made by the uninformed. There are several myths and misconceptions about what hemp CBD is, how it works, and how it relates to the consumer. Let’s take a look at a few.
1. Hemp CBD Oil is actually medical marijuana. Cannabis, marijuana, and hemp are often confused. Here are some simple definitions of each:
- Cannabis is a plant family that includes many species, including both hemp and medical cannabis strains.
- Hemp is a variety of cannabis grown for its low THC levels
- Medical cannabis refers to a variety of cannabis strains grown for its high THC levels
Medical and recreational cannabis, commonly referred to as “marijuana” refers to only specific forms of cannabis. Medical and recreational cannabis strains are cultivated specifically to enhance its THC content for medical or recreational use, and this type of cannabis is subject to dozens of strict regulations and is currently legal in a limited number of states. Because hemp is not cultivated for its THC levels, it is different than medical or recreational cannabis, although it does have a therapeutic but non-intoxicating effect.
2. Hemp CBD Oils are psychoactive drugs. Stated simply, hemp is cannabis that can’t get you ‘high’. Consumers do not experience any impairing effects when using hemp CBD products, either mental or physical. Even with very high doses, hemp CBD does not produce any intoxicating effects. This is because CBD hemp oils are produced from Cannabis Sativa L. plant that contains no more than 0.3 percent of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This percentage of THC is a threshold value pre-determined by law, and it is far below any potential psychoactive effect like you would experience with medical or recreational cannabis. You can use hemp CBD products with no worries whatsoever about intoxicating effects.
3. CBD products are illegal. Hemp is primarily cultivated outside the United States and imported legally to create CBD products for American consumers. Since hemp that is legally imported contains extremely low (almost absent) levels of THC, hemp CBD products can be a great solution for consumers who are interested in seeking the plant’s benefits without the effects of THC and the resulting legal risk. Hemp products have nothing to do with illegal drugs because of the difference in their chemical makeup, and with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp-derived CBD will be completely separate from the Controlled Substances Act. .
4. Hemp CBD products are not safe. In fact, the use of hemp CBD products has been approved and even recommended by a wide variety of health organizations and professionals. In 2017, The World Health Organization concluded that CBD is not harmful, and earlier in 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency removed it from its prohibited substances list. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has unanimously approved a CBD-derived medication as safe for treatment for two forms of childhood epilepsy, and a growing number of state legislators approve of the use of CBD oil at various concentrations to treat epileptic conditions. Researchers have found no significant side effects in those who use hemp CBD, even those who use high doses. Just recently, the PlusCBD Oil™ Gold Formula extract became the first ever hemp-derived CBD extract to receive self-affirmed Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status.
As the availability and use of hemp CBD grows throughout the country, PlusCBD Oil™ is committed to supporting increased customer awareness so that you can be a savvy, informed CBD consumer. Providing products that are above reproach as well as factual, reliable information to our customers are top priorities for us as a company, and we remain your biggest advocate for comprehensive health and wellness.