By now, most of us have heard about CBD, a seemingly all-purpose natural healing alternative. This compound, found in the hemp plant, has taken the health and wellness world by storm for its wide range of abilities and uses.
Unfortunately, with there being so much discussion about CBD and CBD’s benefits, there’s also a lot of misinformation and misconceptions about what it is and what it does. So, we’re here to set the record straight.
Consider the following to be CBD 101— your crash course in beating all of the myths you may have heard about CBD.
1. CBD will get you high
This is probably the number one misconception we hear about CBD, and it’s simply not true at all. Even though this cannabinoid comes from the same plant that THC does, CBD is entirely non-intoxicating. Full-spectrum hemp, like Altura Wellness’ line of products, contains less than .3% THC.
However, even though CBD absolutely won’t make you “high,” using it may calm you down and help provide a feeling of ease and relaxation. But with CBD, you won’t experience any impairment.
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2. CBD is Illegal
Nope. In 2018, CBD became federally legal across all of the United States, as long as the CBD is derived from a hemp plant and contains less than .3% THC. If there’s any more THC than that within the formula, it’s considered marijuana— which is still illegal on the federal level (even though it may be legal medically or recreationally in your state).
However, there are certain states that place some restrictions on the sale and consumption of CBD products. Here’s a comprehensive resource to help understand what’s legal in your area.
Phew. We know federal and state laws can be confusing and sometimes contradictory. The bottom line here is that for the vast majority of Americans, CBD is perfectly legal.
3. CBD is Marijuana
There’s a ton of terms that float around in the cannabis community, so it’s easy to get everything slightly mixed up.
One clear distinction that’s important to make is that CBD is NOT marijuana. Marijuana is classified as any cannabis derivative that has more than .3% THC. And, CBD, whether it’s full-spectrum or isolated, should never have more than .3% THC.
Another distinction comes from exactly what kind of plant your CBD comes from. All legal CBD comes from the hemp plant, not the marijuana plant. Even though the hemp plant and marijuana plant are incredibly similar, they contain different levels of cannabinoids, namely, THC.
The important takeaway here? CBD isn’t marijuana, and the terms shouldn’t be used interchangeably.
4. CBD is Addictive
You can’t get addicted to CBD. Let’s break down the science behind why this is.
First, it’s important to understand how CBD is processed within your body. When you consume CBD, it makes contact with the receptors in your body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS), a complex system that is responsible for balancing many processes in the body.
CBD, a cannabinoid, in particular connects with and helps regulate the CB1 and CB2 receptors. But, your body actually creates its own endocannabinoids that help regulate these same receptors. Because your body already interacts with the ECS in the same way that CBD does, your body is not susceptible to becoming addicted to CBD.
Additionally, because you won’t have any feelings of being “high” when using CBD, your brain likely won’t associate consuming CBD with the reward centers that generally contribute to addiction development. CBD also won’t cause you to feel any withdrawal symptoms, and you can’t lethally overdose on it.
5. All CBD is Created Equal
True and false. The chemical makeup of all CBD products is the same; however, the other ingredients in Full Spectrum Oils and products vary greatly. This depends on several factors, including the strain of hemp, the geographic location of where it is cultivated, how it is grown, when it is harvested, how it is processed, how it is extracted, how it is post-processed after it is extracted, and any additional steps in manufacturing.
So, what does this mean for you as a CBD consumer? To put it simply, even though most CBD products are similar on the chemical level, there are some considerations to make when choosing a CBD product to suit your needs. Not all CBD products are equally effective.
If you’ve tried CBD products before and found them to be ineffective in tackling your symptoms, it’s likely that the process by which they were made is simply not as effective as it could be. Altura Wellness’ revolutionary thermal extraction process creates an extra potent and effective formula, which means more relief for you and your family from daily stressors.
We hope this could clear up some common CBD misconceptions. When it comes to your health and incorporating new products into your wellness routine, knowledge is power. Knowing truth from myth is a great place to begin your CBD wellness journey.