Cannabidiol has become popular in the market for those of us in this counterculture industry as well as pharmaceuticals. However, with little knowledge for regulation, companies have not been marketing their CBD infused products properly.
This is also true for marijuana. For states on the brink of legalization, especially, many are excited and eager to invest in the business and shop at new dispensaries. However there are also many speculations and fear surrounding the plant as well due to lack of proper education and misinformation.
So here are common misconceptions about both.
One important misconception we should address about CBD is that it is a cure-all. Some brands have been marketing CBD as a cure for certain ailments. This is not only false, it is harmful. CBD can be helpful when coping with certain illnesses, and relieving particular symptoms, but we want to be careful not to dissuade anyone from seeking other of forms of treatment or holistic care as well.
The next common faulty tale about CBD is that it has psychoactive effects. THC is what causes the "high" you feel after consuming. While both are derived from the same plant mother, CBD typically has less than .03% THC, - the legal amount - if any at all. Some have found CBD to counteract the affects of THC which is why "hybrid" products have become popular for those who feel the high is overwhelming.
With that being said, another major misconception about CBD is that it is only extracted from marijuana. CBD comes from the cannabis plant, yes, however CBD can be pulled from the stems and flowers of hemp or marijuana, which determines the level of THC. Legal CBD is extracted from hemp leaf, while most full spectrum oil or tinctures come from marijuana.
It is also a misconception that marijuana is a cure-all. It is interesting that our bodies have what has been referred to as the endocannabinoid system, which is a communicative part of our body that is connected to our mood, appetite, and sensory receptors. These type of interactive neurotransmitters are called cannabinoids, like THC. Because of this, people have argued that marijuana is a healer that is more natural for our bodies and healthier than any other drugs offered by doctors. This all makes sense, however, it is still dangerous to encourage consumers to not seek any medical assistance.
Another popular misconception about marijuana is that it is possible to overdose. While it is certain giant hits can cause a person to become faint and smoking excessively in one moment may cause what it is know as "Kush coma" but there has not been any documented deaths from the "overconsumption" of cannabis. There have been over thousands of deaths, however, caused by alcohol and several prescription drugs. Over-the-counter drugs can even be dangerous if abused. But smoking too much hash will not slaughter you. Its okay.
A really important misconception we should mention is the idea that smoking marijuana long-term will have no affect on your lungs. Smoking anything for a long time will have some repercussions, especially since people tend to hold it in longer because they think it will get them high. It won't.
Maybe… We know nothing?
Many scientist, doctors and other self-proclaimed experts have conducted all the research and experiments to understand cannabis and its effects. We've come up with different names and labels for strands to separate and dilute the components. We've done everything to try and make sense of the herb yet, we still know not a thing. We as experts know so little, that it cannot be properly regulated - so they say. Maybe this plant does not want nor need a microanalysis. All we do know is that it is a natural specimen of Earth and we as humans will not know more than we are allowed.