Top 3 CBD Myths and the Truth You Need to Know

CBD continues to skyrocket in mainstream popularity as it becomes more widely accepted. From celebrities on social media to your local coffee shop, it seems like everyone is talking about it. 

Yet despite its rising popularity, many CBD myths prevail. False information litters the internet, making it difficult to know what to believe. What’s worse – unreliable and untrustworthy sellers are emerging and spreading misleading claims about their products. 

If you want to avoid falling for false medical claims or purchasing low-quality products (that won’t actually help you at all), you should get to know the basics. Familiarize yourself with the common CBD myths out there so you don’t find yourself at a disadvantage.

So, what is CBD? 

If you asked ten people this question, you’d probably get ten different answers. While it’s true we’re still researching CBD to fully understand it’s many varied benefits, there are some things we already know for sure.

A cannabis plant with a dark background, the CBD and THC compounds are shown and pointing to the plant

First things first: CBD stands for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is one of two main active compounds found in the cannabis plant – the other is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. THC is a psychoactive compound that makes you feel “high.” CBD, on the other hand, is not intoxicating. 

Both compounds can provide physical and mental health benefits, but CBD has grown in popularity for its ability to provide benefits without getting you intoxicated. It’s most popular benefits include that it may reduce inflammation, provide pain relief, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve sleep.

So while there are many real benefits to CBD, there are still a lot of questions about what it really does and how it impacts your body. That’s why we’re here to clear the air and help you sort out fact from fiction.

Here are 3 of the most common CBD myths you should be aware of:

CBD Myth #1 – All CBD is the same.

This is perhaps one of the most common, and most dangerous, CBD myths of them all. Many people think that CBD is CBD and it doesn’t matter where you get it from. 

This is not true! CBD actually comes in three types:

CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD because it contains no other compounds, just CBD. All other parts of the plants have been removed through an extensive extraction process, including THC, terpenes, and flavonoids. 

Broad-spectrum CBD is the middle ground of the three types and is generally the most popular. THC has been removed but other things, like terpenes and flavonoids, remain. Depending on why you’re considering CBD, this is likely going to offer you the best benefit.

Full-spectrum CBD is like Broad-spectrum except it contains trace amounts of THC. It is often highly effective, but because of the trace amounts of THC, people are cautious to use it. The trace amounts of THC are not enough to get you high, but its still worth considering.

A cannabis leaf, cbd oil, and various bottles lay around on a yellow surface

CBD also varies widely in quality. The CBD compound itself will always be the same, but the extraction and production process can lead to variations in the products available to us. Your product will have a variety of complex compounds in addition to CBD. Many of these additional plant molecules provide various benefits. 

You should also be aware that every CBD product includes added ingredients as well. Some ingredients pair better with CBD than others. For example, something like coconut oil actually serves to increase absorption of the product because of its health fat content, making the CBD more effective.

Where you get your CBD from matters – with shaky industry regulation, sketchy sellers slip through the cracks and into the mainstream market. It’s unlikely you’d run into anything too dangerous, but chemical and pesticide use might not be disclosed.

Or, you could find yourself wasting money on a product that might as well be olive oil from your kitchen for all the benefit it provides. Your best bet is to purchase from a reputable, transparent seller that publicly shares their certificate of analysis, or COA. 

CBD Myth #2 – CBD can cure your anxiety, depression, chronic pain, cancer, *insert problem here…*

While researchers continue to demonstrate that CBD does have many wonderful benefits, beware of miracle cure claims. 

Let’s get one thing clear: CBD is not a cure. No matter what type you take, no matter how good the quality – CBD will not cure your ailment. 

What it can do is treat symptoms and provide relief. 

CBD works with the endocannabinoid system in your body to promote balance. One reason why CBD has gained a reputation as being a miracle cure is because research has shown that CBD offers anti-inflammatory properties, and inflammation is the sneaky culprit of most of the pain we experience. While CBD will not cure your chronic pain, it might help relieve it. 

A scientist in a white lab coat and blue gloves sits at a disk but the image cuts at his face, only showing his shoulders and arms on the desk. He's holding a bottle of cbd oil and has papers and a pen scattered on the desk.

So, CBD is still pretty amazing. Scientists are still uncovering potential wonderful effects of CBD on things like pain, stress, and sleep. But no one should claim that CBD can cure any diseases or ailments. In fact, if you see a brand making claims like that, you should steer clear. 

And what works for one person, might not work for another. This is yet another reason why you should explore and figure out which product and dose is right for you. If you want to use CBD as an alternative to other medications, such as for your mental health, make sure you work with your doctor to do so. 

Myth #3 – CBD is a sedative.

One of the most popular reasons people take CBD is to improve their sleep. This has led to the misconception that CBD is a sedative, which is not true.

CBD should not make you drowsy or put you to sleep, so there’s no need to fear if you want to take it in the mornings. If you do feel any fatigue after taking CBD, that could mean you just need to take less.

Studies have shown that in people with sleep disorders such as insomnia, regularly taking CBD helps to decrease the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, helps them stay asleep, and improves the overall quality of sleep.

It is believed that CBD helps to decrease and balance cortisol levels, or stress hormones, which are unusually high in people with anxiety. For people with sleep disorders, generally their cortisol levels spike at night leading to disrupted sleep. 

Even if you take your CBD in the morning, by balancing your cortisol levels you’re likely to improve your overall sleep quality. 

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Keep these common CBD myths in mind so you can be an informed buyer. Don’t fall prey to false miracle cure claims and waste your money on low-quality products that won’t actually help you at all. 

Have an open mind but a critical eye as you explore the world of CBD. Do your own research prior to purchasing anything. The greatest CBD brands are always transparent about what is in their products and provide a certificate of analysis, or COA.  

Generally, it’s recommended you start with a broad-spectrum CBD product, it’s the most popular and provides many benefits. Consider your specific needs as you think about what you’d like to try. Keep in mind that not every person experiences CBD’s benefits the exact same way – you may have to experiment with dosages a bit before finding your sweet spot. 

If you’re thinking about incorporating CBD into your routine, consider doing so with Lucy’s Red Hot CBD Chili Oil. Studies show CBD oil is more effective when taken with food – using Lucy’s Red Hot CBD Chili Oil makes it easy. You add it to your meal and get a kick of spice and great flavor, all while incorporating CBD into your life.

Lucy's Red Hot Chili Oil bottle and box sitting among a bunch of red chili peppers

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6326553/pdf/18-041.pdf

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/cbd-products-are-everywhere-but-do-they-work

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1439/cannabidiol-cbd

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/know-the-facts-about-cbd-productshttps://www.projectcbd.org/science/cbd-really-non-psychoactive

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