CBD is quickly gaining popularity and more attention than ever before due to the amount of emerging research into its potential benefits to help a wide range of ailments, from conditions like depression to arthritis. But, with increased media attention comes a degree of scepticism. CBD seems particularly susceptible to this due to it being derived from cannabis, an illegal drug, and as such there are traditional beliefs about CBD that are simply just misconceptions. Today we’ll be exploring some of the most common misconceptions of CBD and why they’re not true.

CBD will get you “high”

This is one of the most common misunderstandings with CBD due to its link with cannabis. Cannabis contains many different forms of cannabinoids, but the two most widely known are THC and CBD. THC is the main cannabinoid that causes a psychoactive response, the traditional ‘high’ feeling. CBD actually counteracts this effect. In the UK, THC is illegal, so it won’t be found in CBD.

CBD makes you drowsy

Some people want to avoid taking CBD oil because they’ve heard it can make you sleepy, and this can make it difficult to concentrate. It’s true, CBD oil can be used as a sleep aid, but not in a way that makes you sleepy. Confused? Studies have shown that because CBD can help to boost the function of the endocannabinoid system in the body, it can actually help us to feel tired when we should be feeling tired, in the night time. At the same time, it can make us more alert and active when we should be feeling this, in the morning and throughout the day time. One such study found a link between the time of the dose as to whether it would make us feel either sleepy or alert.

Your doctor will know about CBD

We would always recommend that you speak to your doctor before taking CBD oil, primarily so they can give you advice on if/how to take it, it’s also important if you’re currently on any medication that you check if there is any interaction with CBD. In some cases we have heard some people say their doctor knows little or nothing about the supplement. CBD oil is relatively new as a supplement, as is the research into it. For that reason, if a doctor isn’t completely up to date with the studies on CBD oil, they may not understand how it works or how it could benefit the patient. One of the main reasons this is a common misunderstanding, is that scientists didn’t know the body had cannabinoid receptors until around 1988, so their knowledge on the endocannabinoid system may be limited. It’s also worth noting that a lot of doctors will be informed about CBD oil, but may wait for the patient to mention it before recommending it.

All CBD products are the same

There are a vast amount of different CBD products available, and in varying forms. As CBD has only recently become available in the UK, more and more versions of the product are coming to market. Although this can make it more likely to find one of good quality, it means the product market becomes a minefield that you have to sift through to find the right product. Also, as CBD becomes more popular, more producers jump on the bandwagon to produce their own version, which can sometimes be to the detriment of the bioavailability of the product. This is one of the most important things to consider when purchasing a CBD oil, because you want to be able to absorb as much as possible. Supplements in capsule form generally offer limited bioavailability. Sublingual (liquid form delivered under the tongue) offers slightly higher bioavailability. While liposomal delivery offers you the highest absorption, due to its ability to quickly and effectively enter the bloodstream.

Another important factor that differentiates CBD products is the extraction process. There are a few different ways the oil is extracted from the hemp plant, and this can have an effect on the purity of the CBD oil. For example, some companies may use toxic chemicals to extract the oil, such as propane. This is mainly to keep the costs down but it does negatively impact the purity of the oil. The best and cleanest extraction process is through CO2 extraction, this maintains the purity of the oil. Although an expensive process, meaning you will probably be paying higher prices for the oil, but this will result in a much higher quality product.

CBD is a medicine

There has been a lot of recent research on CBD’s ability to help with many different medical conditions. Due to these potential benefits, and the medical cannabis market in the USA featuring frequently in the media a lot of people assume CBD oil is similar to this, or mistake it entirely for a medicine. Although it was documented in the news, on the NHS just a handful of doctors have the ability to prescribe CBD for conditions like epilepsy or MS, it’s important to note that the versions available freely to the public are supplements. Being classified as a supplement, its primary use is not meant as a treatment or cure for any condition. In the same way that a health professional may suggest or recommend a supplement, CBD can be recommended. Think of it in the same scenario as when your doctor may suggest you need more vitamin D, and suggests you take a vitamin D supplement. This won’t cure your problem, but it can help improve bone health, and the immune system. Similarly, with CBD it can help with sleep, inflammation and many other aspects, but it won’t cure the condition that’s causing those symptoms. Keep in mind, many people have tried CBD oil with great results, especially when managing symptoms.

Overall, CBD oil is relatively new but its growing very quickly in popularity, so it can become difficult to understand what’s true and what’s not about it. New studies and findings are being discovered regularly, so it can be hard to keep up. But before you go to buy any CBD product, double check the list on this article, and make sure you’re getting the best quality CBD.