Unfortunately, there is an incredible amount of misinformation online about CBD. Whether over-promising the benefits of CBD products or fear-mongering about cannabis, the search for reliable information can be overwhelming.
In this article, we’ll cover some mistakes people make when taking CBD for the first time. In addition, we resolve many of the misconceptions that are circulating online.
CBD For Beginners
Before getting into providing context to misconceptions in the CBD market, let’s cover the basics.
- CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid
- Hemp is legal in the United States
- The FDA classifies hemp as cannabis with 0.3% THC or less
- CBD comes in 3 forms – isolate (pure CBD), full-spectrum (whole plant with THC), broad-spectrum (whole plant without THC)
5 Myths about CBD
- CBD doesn’t get you high
CBD is non-psychoactive and will not get you high, regardless of how much you take.
- CBD isn’t a miracle drug
The benefits of CBD are commonly exaggerated or made up. We recommend avoiding companies making medical claims.
- CBD doesn’t have any side effects
While CBD is well tolerated by humans and animals, there are rare side effects. In addition, taking CBD with medication should be avoided until speaking with a doctor.
- All CBD is the same
Three are 3 types of CBD extract offer a different range of compounds. In addition, the quality of CBD extract can vary significantly.
- CBD is a scam
There are plenty of companies profiting from misinformation regarding CBD. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t tangible benefits with anecdotal and scientific research to back the claims.
CBD Ingredients to Avoid
The most consequential mistakes first-time CBD users make can be avoided simply by checking the ingredients. We’ve outlined clear red flags to avoid when shopping for CBD. Some you can find just by looking at the label, while others will take a little more digging.
Hemp extract and hemp oil are different. Hemp oil is made from cold-pressing hemp seeds, which don’t contain any cannabinoids. CBD or hemp extract comes from the resinous flowers of the plant, which contain cannabinoids.
Many unethical companies sell hemp oil in the guise of CBD. For example, they will mimic the products of reputable CBD companies, hoping their customers don’t understand the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil.
Avoid products with hemp oil alone. Make sure your CBD contains cannabinoids.
When CBD is extracted from the original plant matter, heavy metals can be left over. Hemp is an incredible bio-accumulator that absorbs compounds from the earth as it grows.
All CBD products should be tested for lead, cadmium, arsenic, nickel, mercury, chromium, and other harmful metals in soil. All reputable brands will have access to 3rd party lab tests showing the amounts of heavy metals in the extract.
Most hemp farmers use pesticides to maximize their crops. However, some can be extremely harmful if consumed. Your products should have tests for pesticides as well. Ensure the levels are untraceable or safe for human consumption before purchasing.
Ingredients That Trigger a Reaction
Additives such as sweeteners, sleep aids, numbing agents, and fillers can prevent a substantial risk if you are allergic. Check the ingredients list of your CBD product and consult with your doctor if you are taking any medications.
Misconceptions About CBD Oil Effects and CBD Benefits
Another mistake people make with CBD is believing misleading advertising by companies selling legitimate CBD products. There are virtually no regulations on what CBD companies can say, so they’ve made over-the-top health claims resulting in users’ high expectations, only to be let down.
So, if you buy CBD gummies or tinctures, have realistic expectations. CBD isn’t a miracle drug, but it has changed the lives of countless users without harmful side effects.
Ensure you are purchasing from a reputable company by checking lab tests, ingredients, and customer reviews.
Written by Alex Malkin
Alex Malkin is a CBD-enthusiast and co-founder at CBD.market. Author of the book “CBD: A Door to Better Health” and certified Nutrition and Wellness specialist.