CBD Myths Part 1
The CBD industry is exploding.
It’s estimated that it will be worth $20 Billion by 2024 in the United States alone.
Because it’s still a fledgeling industry, the benefits and effects of CBD are still being studied.
That means there’s a lot of confusion around it, especially because of its perceived links to cannabis’ effects and illegal nature.
There are plenty of myths around CBD that are simply not true. Worst still, they tend to overshadow the incredible benefits of CBD.
At Apex, we feel it our duty to fight these stigmas. But in order to do that, it’s important to know where they come from:
- Complicated and contrary research findings that are hard to decipher
- Lies and misinformation being spread by rivals to the industry
- Run-of-the-mill public misunderstandings about the differences between CBD and cannabis
We believe it’s our responsibility to educate the public about CBD in order to set the record straight.
So let’s look through the microscope of scientific fact to demystify some of the most common misconceptions around CBD.
MYTH 1: CBD WILL GET YOU HIGH
Nope. It won’t.
Most people report feelings of calm and acceptance after taking CBD, but almost no one has reported the mind-altering high that is associated with cannabis and THC.
This is because, even though CBD and THC have a similar molecular structure, their function and effects are very different.
CBD is not psychoactive and acts on different receptors from THC.
CBD is known to relieve unwanted ailments without any noticeable effects on the mind.
In fact, CBD can actually subdue some of the negative effects of THC, including THC’s sleepy or drowsy effects.
With CBD, it’s the opposite. Most users either report no change to their alertness, while some believe that it makes them feel more alert.
MYTH 2: ALL CBD EXTRACTS ARE THE SAME
Not even close.
While it is true that CBD extracted from hemp or marijuana is exactly the same at a molecular level, it’s more than just CBD that you have to consider when buying CBD extracts.
The two main types of CBD extract are full spectrum extracts and CBD isolates.
Full spectrum extract, as suggested by its name, contains a variety of phytochemicals, while CBD isolates only contain CBD without the naturally co-occurring terpenes, THC, or other cannabinoids.
That means that people who want to avoid THC for medical, personal or legal reasons prefer to use a CBD isolate like ours… because we can prove it.
Some CBD brands do not test or verify their products with an officially licensed and accredited facility, like we do with Lucan Labs.
This is one of the reasons why third-party testing is important to consider when choosing a CBD oil.
These tests are used to ensure that consumers know exactly what is in the CBD product they consume, specifically whether it’s an isolate or full spectrum and what other potentially beneficial or harmful substances are in the concentrate.
MYTH 3: CBD IS BETTER WHEN IT COMES FROM HEMP AND NOT MARIJUANA
This is one of the stranger myths out there.
Hemp and marijuana are different species of the same plant — cannabis.
CBD is present in both.
And CBD is CBD, regardless of the source.
One type of plant does not have “better” CBD than another.
Think of it like vitamin C in citrus fruits.
It’s not that an orange produces better vitamin C than a lime, it just has a different amount.
But here’s why the myth is really weird. Marijuana plants actually produce more yield from one plant than hemp. This higher yield means less water and smaller areas for farming, so it has a better environmental impact.
According to the definition from the US Agricultural Act of 2018: Hemp is cannabis that contains less than 3% THC and marijuana is cannabis that contains 3% or more.
So, because THC and CBD are sister-compounds within the cannabinoid family found in resin, logic holds that marijuana has higher amounts of CBD than hemp.
Another major difference is the overall quality of all extracts from marijuana vs hemp plants.
Hemp is a bio-accumulator, which means it absorbs toxins from the environment. During the extraction process, most are removed, but it’s far more difficult to remove them completely from hemp. That’s one of the reasons we at Apex prefer to extract our CBD from marijuana plants.
That concludes part 1! We're trying to demystify the basic myths and answer to questions from our social media accounts too, so get into the comments on our instagram to have your questions answered!