Cannabidiol: Myth or Fact?

Cannabidiol (CBD), the naturally-occurring compound in hemp and cannabis, has recently emerged as a versatile, novel treatment for many medical conditions, and, according to scientific research, it offers many potential health benefits. Despite the increasing interest and rapidly growing CBD industry, there are also many existing misconceptions about its use.

1. Taking CBD can make you feel “high”

This is a myth. CBD can be derived from both cannabis and hemp plants, and, although both CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are classified as cannabinoids (a class of chemical compounds that act on the cannabinoid receptors in the body), only THC is capable of inducing a mind-altering “high,” while CBD is non-intoxicating.

2. There is no scientific evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of CBD

This is a myth. Although many studies focused on examining the effects of CBD have been preliminary, there have also been various clinical trials to show its effectiveness in treating epilepsy, reducing psychotic episodes of schizophrenia, and treating anxiety. Many other studies are currently underway to examine its potential therapeutic value in diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

3. Taking CBD can result in undesired side effects

This is a fact. Although CBD is generally considered safe to use and well-tolerated, some side effects have been reported, including fatigue, drowsiness, changes in appetite and diarrhea. In addition, CBD can also affect the quality of sleep, and may cause side effects such as alterations in sleep in the sleep cycle, and insomnia.

4. CBD provides more health benefits than THC

This is a myth. CBD and THC provide many of the same health benefits, and are both used for treatment of same several conditions. However, CBD can be preferred because it does not cause the same mind-altering, euphoric effect of THC that can be considered as an undesirable side effect by some.

5. CBD can interact with THC in the body

This is a fact. It has been shown that CBD and THC can interact with each other, and current research is focused on uncovering the way they can affect each other. So far, research has shown that CBD can counteract some of the negative effects of THC, such as drowsiness and motor impairment, and intoxication. At the same time, other research demonstrates that CBD can reduce HTC clearance in the body, and enhance some of its effects. Currently, the precise manner in which they work together is still largely unknown.