Everything You Thought You Knew About CBD and/or THC Might Be Wrong
CBD and THC are part of the “marijuana” family, which has a lot of stigma surrounding it. There is a lot of misinformation, lack of knowledge, and confusing details out there. All this information makes it hard to understand, or put all the pieces together so you understand.
The science behind cannabis, hemp, CBD, THC is complex and can be overwhelming. So today I want to share some misconceptions about them.
CBD comes from Hemp, THC from marijuana. CBD and THC are both compounds which are phytocannabinoids, that are present in Cannabis plants. Cannabis plants are both marijuana and hemp. CBD and THC are cannabinoids found in both hemp and marijuana plants, also classified as Cannabis. There are many strains of cannabis plants, with different ratios of CBD:THC. Some plants are higher in THC, some higher in CBD.
CBD is non psychoactive. I have heard people say that CBD is THC without the high. So first let's clarify that CBD and THC are completely different compounds found in the cannabis plant, and they interact differently in the body. While yes it is true the CBD does not give you the “high” or “stoned” feeling, it does affect the brain. So instead of saying CBD is non psychoactive, it is better to describe it as nonintoxicating.
CBD is legal in all fifty states. Here is where things get really controversial, confusing, and frustrating. Yes, the 2018 Farm Bill ended the prohibition on hemp, making it and CBD oil legal in the United States. At this point hemp and CBD are under regulation by FDA. We are still waiting to see what the FDA will allow companies to do with hemp and CBD, and maybe further regulated by each states legislation.
When you buy CBD, you have no idea what you are getting. This is a BIG one! At this point, CBD or Hemp products are loosely or non-regulated. So when you are buying a product, you could be taking a risk or putting a lot of trust into the company/person you are buying from. With that being said, there are a lot of respectable companies who are using third-party testing, licensed by their state or other regulatory agencies in their state, and adhering to the highest standards of quality and reliability. Know what you are buying! Ask for lab results, ask where they are getting their ingredients and plants. At Peak Performance Hemp, I have posted all of my third party lab tests for you to easily see on the website.
CBD is good, and THC should be avoided. This is one of the biggest misconceptions that I love to educate on. CBD is great, and has been shown to be effective for a lot of things. But CBD is only one part of the cannabis plant. The cannabis plant has a variety of cannabinoids and terpenes (other compounds found in the plant with tremendous healing benefits). There is something called the entourage effect, which I will share a more detailed post on later. But for now, the concept of all the compounds of the plant as a whole work better in the body then isolated compounds. Having a full spectrum product is more effective, and will have more healing benefits then taking an isolated CBD product.
There are many misconceptions about cannabis, hemp, CBD, THC. But these are the top ones that I hear from my clients and the people I educate. Did any of these or their answers surprise you? Do you have any thoughts or ideas about cannabis that you want to clarify? Anything you are not completely sure about? Feel free to comment, or message me!