CBD: Busting the Myths

CBD can get you "high."

While both CBD and THC have mood-adjusting compounds, only THC is intoxicating. THC is a psychotropic (meaning it affects the central nervous system). This compound is known for producing intense euphoria that alters your perceptions of space and time. In some people, THC can increase anxiety and cause cravings while in others, it can help take the edge off living. CBD is not psychotropic, and so has a much more subtle and therapeutic effect - promoting relaxation and calmness. 

For more on CBD vs THC - check out our infographic here


CBD is addictive.

Studies have demonstrated that CBD is non-habit-forming and does not contain any chemicals that might lead to addiction. Research is currently being undertaken to see whether CBD can be used in addiction recovery to help reduce cravings and diminish substance-abuse disorders.


CBD can make you fail a drug test.

With drug tests, the analysis is typically studying the THC content levels within your body, so it's essential to understand the THC concentration within your CBD oil (more on that here). An example is full-spectrum CBD. This blend often contains trace amounts of THC, and although it is unlikely to make you fail a drug test, you should probably avoid full-spectrum CBD to be absolutely sure. 

CBD extracted from hemp plants almost always contains less than 0.3% THC, which is the legal maximum it can include in the UK. You can verify how much THC a product contains by checking the third-party test on the manufacturer's website. If the seller can't demonstrate a test or you feel hesitant, move on to a different company. 

Hemp-derived CBD oil is unlikely to make you fail a drug test. As long as the CBD you choose has been tested by a third party, and is sold by a reputable retailer that stands behind its products, you can use it with confidence and enjoy the benefits CBD offers.


If CBD doesn't work on its first use, it won't work for you. 

The effects of CBD are different for everyone - metabolism, body weight and even gender can affect its effectivity, and a single dosage usually isn't enough to indicate the full impact of CBD. 

If you're not feeling the effects of CBD, there are typically several reasons. In one case, it could mean that you're not taking the right dose. A dose that's too small might go virtually unnoticed by your endocannabinoid system. The same goes for concentration; if you're using a low-quality or low CBD content oil, chances are you won't feel any lasting effect. 

See our Wiki on CBD Dosing and our article on Response Times for more information.   


CBD has no effects and is a marketing scam

Here's our advice: if you ever see a CBD oil brand making bold medical claims to sell its products, you should probably find an alternative.

While we'd love to claim that CBD oil is capable of providing a miracle cure for multiple ailments, there is currently not enough evidence to support these claims.

The endocannabinoid system was only discovered in 1988, and while CBD research has made enormous progress since then, it is still considerably young. This being said, there is evidence to suggest that CBD has multiple physical and mental health perks. Several recent studies have shown these benefits, and there are thousands of people who can testify to their own experiences.  





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