If you are new to taking CBD, we are here to confute some highly disputed topics surrounding CBD and THC.

1. CBD makes you ‘high’

This topic, being the most prevalent misconception, is a good place to start.

CBD is intact and a non-psychoactive chemical compound which therefore holds no ability to alter the brain or make one high.

The human body contains receptors which are responsible for distinguishing different chemicals, substances, senses and sensations as they are introduced into the body. Primarily, the cannabinoid receptors are alerted when CBD is consumed.

When delving into the cannabinoid receptors we focus primarily on the CB1 and CB2 receptors. When CBD meets the body it binds specifically with the CB2 receptors which are located in the immune and gastrointestinal system.

THC, however, when ingested, binds directly onto the CB1 receptor which is found in the brain and central nervous system. CB1 receptors are affiliated with things like emotion, cognitive memory and sensory perception hence why THC may lead to effects relating to ones brain or a ‘high’ feeling.

2. CBD can be used for everything

Although CBD has, and is, being used for a multitude of ailments, truthfully CBD does not cure all things. However it certainly helps to eliminate some unpleasant symptoms induced by a wide number of diseases, ailments and conditions.

When deciding to take CBD to treat a medical condition, is it important to do your research as CBD can negatively impact the body should you be misinformed. An example being the treatment of blood pressure. CBD is a great alternative medicine to treat high-blood pressure, ultimately lowering the risk of heart disease. However, if you suffer from low-blood pressure, CBD can worsen these effects which is why informing yourself beforehand is so important.

Going back to cannabinoid receptors, scientists have discovered that receptors are also found within all humans ‘Endocannabinoid System’ or ECS. This is central because this system works specifically with the body to promote and balance overall health and wellbeing, an improved immune system and bodily functioning. Basically, CBD works together with the ECS to assist in a healthier and happier body.

3. CBD is THC without the ‘high’

Although they are both chemical compounds found within the Cannabis Sativa plant, this narrative is hugely incorrect. The structure and chemical makeup of these two compounds are different, CBD and THC vary in effects that they have on the body. The CB1 and CB2 receptors previously mentioned also react differently to both CBD and THC as consumed.

4. You can overdose on CBD

You cannot overdose on CBD. CBD has been termed a non-psychoactive and therefore has been removed form any banned narcotics lists. Pure CBD has shown no dangerous side effects, with this being said should you consume a really large dose, you may experience some side effects, particularity sleepiness.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that ‘CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential’- therefore having no addictive compounds.

Always be aware of the other ingredients present in the CBD you consume to establish that these have no potential overdosing effects.

5. Hemp seed oil and CBD oil are the same thing

This misconception has resulted in many people outlaying money unnecessarily without an effective outcome so this is an important one to debunk.

These two oils differ completely, although both oils are essentially derived from the same Cannibis or hemp plant, different parts of the plant have been used in it’s manufacturing.

Hemp seed oil is manufactured using only the seeds of the hemp plant, which contain none of the same benefits of CBD and instead is commonly used for added nutritional value.

CBD oil is developed by extracting the cannabinoid compound from the leaves, flowers and stem of the plant. If you are looking to use CBD to aid in sleep or anxiety, hemp seed oil definitely won’t do the trick.