CBD is being touted as a wonder drug, capable of curing any ills and ailments. In this post, we’ll separate the CBD facts from the CBD fiction and give you the information you need to stay informed about what this medicine can really do for you.
CBD first entered the wider public lexicon in 2013, when a story broke about a young girl called Charlotte Figi who was suffering from unexplained seizures, some of which lasted up to four hours. The doctors concluded that she had a very rare and severe form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome.
After undergoing a course of seven medications, including a powerful barbiturate, and facing worsening side-effects, her parents learned of CBD being used to successfully treat a young boy in California who suffered from Dravet. Prior to that, both of Charlotte’s parents had voted vehemently against marijuana legalization, but their desperation lead them to try the non-intoxicating extract, which at the time was largely unheard of and carried much of the stigma associated with THC-dominant cannabis.
The results were immediate. Charlotte went from having more than 300 seizures per month to just two. After this deeply moving story went viral, celebrity neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta became one of CBD’s fiercest advocates, and has lead the charge in shaping a new narrative about the benefits of this plant to living rooms across America.
And then CBD went mainstream
In 2018 alone, we have seen an unprecedented amount of interest in the medicinal properties of CBD. On a near daily basis it seems like new studies and mainstream news articles being published which shows promising signs for CBD’s potential to treat a wide berth of illnesses and ailments.
Meanwhile, health, beauty and wellness blogs have been covering, reviewing and running features on a variety of products that contain cannabidiol, and this has lead to a wave of interest from middle America about the daily benefits that this magical non-intoxicating plant can do for them.
But with this fervent curiosity has come a lot of confusion about what CBD really does. So with that in mind, we have aggregated together some of the CBD facts together to help you decipher the myth and the mystery behind one of the most promising medicines to enter the market in decades.
Here are the CBD facts that you need to know
1. CBD does not get you high
Let’s put first things first: CBD does not—we repeat, does not—get you high.
CBD doesn’t contain the notorious and unfairly maligned compound THC, which latches onto user’s CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain after consumption and produces the stoned feeling.
CBD can produce a very mild, near-imperceptible feeling of relaxation and can help users fall asleep, but aside from that, it doesn’t deliver an “effect” as such.
At a low dose, CBD has been shown to make users more alert, whereas at high doses it can slow users down and send them into a languid slumber. Doesn’t that sound nice?
To learn more about this, you can visit our Science of CBD page.
2. CBD in legal in the United States
Yes friends, it is true that CBD can be shipped to and legally consumed in all 50 states.
To learn more about the intricacies of CBD and the law, check out this in-depth post from CBD Origin.
3. CBD is being used to treat a vast number of conditions
Much in the same way that THC-heavy cannabis was being touted as a miracle pain reliever for a number of aches, ailments and illnesses, CBD is delivering a similarly wide berth of solutions for those that don’t want to get high.
Below, we have linked out to a number of studies into CBD’s potential for treating or relieving pain relating to the following illnesses:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Psychotic Disorders
- Stroke Rehabilitation
- High Blood Pressure
- Liver Injury
- Multiple sclerosis
To find out more about information about CBD, head over to our friends at Project CBD to read some of the most consistent and thoroughly researched information available.
4. CBD was removed from banned substance list by the World Anti-Doping Agency
In October 2017, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced that it would be removing CBD oil from its list of banned substances.
WADA is the governing body that sets, maintains and oversees anti-doping procedure for the Olympics, and while it kept THC on its list of banned substances, it’s non-psychoactive cousin CBD was shown to have no performance enhancing properties.
WADA’s statement read: “Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited. Synthetic cannabidiol is not a cannabimimetic; however, cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may also contain varying concentrations of THC, which remains a prohibited substance.”
CBD has a growing fanbase amongst professional athletes looking for a non-addictive pain reliever and anti-inflammatory alternative to traditional over-the-counter medicines. UFC fighter Nate Diaz caused a stir back in 2016 when he was vaping CBD during the press conference after his 2nd bout with Conor McGregor.
“It’s CBD,” a bruised and swollen Diaz told journalists. “It helps with healing process and inflammation and stuff like that. You want to get this for before or after the fight, in training, to make your life a better place.”
5. CBD doesn’t show up on drug tests
When you get a typical urinalysis test, Tetrahydrocannabinol—or THC—is the cannabis compound that you are being screened for, not CBD.
“When drug testing is mandated,” writes drug testing firm DISA on their 2018 blog post about CBD and drug testing, “employers follow guidelines, such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which has a set cutoff level for a positive test at > 50 ng/mL. When a test is positive, it then gets screened again with a confirmatory GC/MS or LC/MS test, which have cutoff levels of 15 ng/mL and is specific only to the THC metabolite.”
Essentially this means that users would need to consume an abnormal amount of CBD in order for the THC to show up on a drug test.
6. The market isn’t consistent
Sadly, the cannabis industry isn’t synonymous with consistent standards. Years of operating in clandestine plants, labs and kitchens, without any oversight or regulation, has lead to there being an absence of public trust in this fledgling industry.
But things are changing.
The cannabis industry’s turbulent path towards legitimacy has demanded a widespread elevation in standards and compliance, and KushyCBD has been leading the way. We produce all of our products in a world-class production facility, investing in the best organic ingredients and building our team around our talented chief scientist Carolina Vasquez.
We would advise anyone interested in starting to use CBD to do thorough research into the market, and to do due diligence on any company and its production process and facilities before buying.
KushyCBD’s chief scientist Carolina Vasquez on consistency:
“The consistency of the results [is most important]. Every batch of every edible product should be getting tested for compliance, so when you are looking for an edible product you should always be searching for this commitment to consistency.
For us, when we claim that something is 100mg, it’s 100mg. Every time. There are very few other companies in the space that can say this and have the certificates of analysis to back that up.
If I buy a KushyCBD in Sacramento and another in San Diego, I know that they will give you exactly the same effect.”
7. CBD can also treat acne!
Acne is an embarrassing and stress-inducing problem which affects more than 50 million Americans, and leads to more than $1 billion spent annually on products and procedures that attempt to treat it.
While switching to a low carb diet, or working to reduce your general stress levels should be your first point of call for combating acne, CBD—either taken orally or applied as a topical ointment—has been shown to have positive effect on reducing blemishes.
Our sebaceous glands (the little sacks just beneath our skin that carry the gross white puss inside pimples) and our hair follicles both have CB1 and CB2 receptors, which have been shown to be responsive to the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD.
If you want to learn more about how CBD can combat acne, check out this great article from Healthy Skin Glows.
8. Studies into CBD are in their infancy
Given the longstanding challenges related to federal prohibition on all cannabis products, conducting adequate research into the positive—and potentially negative—effects of CBD is in its infancy.
While anecdotal evidence and testimonials for the myriad benefits of CBD dominate the bulk of the advocacy for CBD, new studies and accompanying data are emerging at an unprecedented rate.
CBD’s potential to be a wily David to Big Pharma’s Goliath is becoming increasingly legitimate, but it is absolutely crucial that you consult with your doctor before making any decisions around integrating CBD into your existing course of medication.
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