Cannabidiol or CBD is getting increasingly popular across the world by the day. CBD is one of many chemical compounds extracted from the hemp plant. CBD is famous for the many medicinal benefits that it has for the human body. Despite the popularity, there are many misconceptions about CBD and what it can do.
Before we start discussing the many misconceptions of CBD, we should examine the proven benefits of CBD. The US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has supported studies showing that CBD can treat epilepsy. The FDA has approved a drug for the treatment of two rare types of epilepsy that usually affects children. There have also been scientific studies showing that CBD can treat Parkinson disease, anxiety, chronic pain, and insomnia.
CBD and THC
One of the first common misconceptions about CBD is its relationship with Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Many think that CBD is medicinal and THC is not. The confusion may come from the fact that CBD does not have the psychoactive effect that THC has on the body. It is not true that CBD has medical benefits and THC does not. CBD and THC are two of the most researched chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. Scientists in the US have found that THC has therapeutic properties. THC contains an enzyme that could be helpful in the treatment of dementia related to Alzheimer’s. The US government has approved a single molecule of THC called Marinol. This single THC molecule has been linked to boosting appetite, and for anti-nausea. US authorities have also placed Marinol as a Schedule III pharmaceutical which is reserved for drugs that have little or no potential for abuse. However, the cannabis plant which naturally contains CBD is considered a Schedule I drug by US authorities. Schedule I drugs are deemed to have not medicinal benefits.
CBD is Better Isolated From THC
There is a common misconception that CBD works best when isolated from THC. However, many studies are pointing to the fact that this perspective is not correct. Some researchers say full-spectrum CBD works best. The view is that the combination of all chemical compounds in the cannabis plant is more effective.
CBD Becomes THC in the Stomach
Another common misconception about CBD is that it can be converted into THC in the stomach. This perspective could not be further from the truth. There have been several studies disputing the opinion that the oral use of CBD converts it to high amounts of THC in the stomach. Scientists have found that high doses of CBD have the potential to reverse the psychoactive effects of THC. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) has examined this claim and found it false. According to a WHO study published in 2017, CBD cannot be converted into THC in the stomach of humans.
As the legalization of cannabis gets mainstream, many misconceptions about this plant will continue spreading. However, it is essential for people interested in using marijuana and its derivatives for treatment to conduct proper research. One of the best approaches is to consult with a certified medical practitioner on the best step to take.