There have been many myths around CBD products floating around on the internet and by word of mouth. Ranging from ” CBD is just another drug” to other myths such as “CBD is a gateway to harder drugs”
In this blog, we aim to bust a few of these myths and dig for the real truth surrounding CBD products.
CBD Is A Psychoactive Substance
CBD is not primarily a psychoactive substance.
CBD attaches to the CB1 receptors in the human endocannabinoid system and acts as a catalyst to the main psychoactive compound Delta9 or tetrahydrocannabinol but let us dig a little deeper into what CBD can actually do.
The definition of “psychoactive” in the medical dictionary is as follows:
“Possessing the ability to alter mood, anxiety, behaviour, cognitive processes, or mental tension; usually describes pharmacologic agents.”
Given this definition, we would have to say that CBD is psychoactive…but only by definition.
We know that CBD can affect mood and is also used by a lot of people around the globe to combat anxiety although not enough research is available currently, and with only a few studies producing results that are noteworthy.
Is CBD Illegal?
In our last blog, we took a dive head first into the legalities of CBD in the UK for 2019 and you can find that here
Even though CBD has been legal in the UK for the last 3 years there are still many people that believe CBD is illegal. This is simply not the case as long as certain guidelines are met.
– For example;
*Any product must not contain more than 0.2 THC
*The product can’t be advertised as having health benefits. (although studies have shown that it does for certain ailments)
*To be advertised as medical a product must have a licence.
So, in short, yes CBD is perfectly legal in the eyes of the law as long as the above guidelines are met by suppliers.
Is CBD Addictive?
Cbd is not addictive as far as we know. But it does increase serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain and this can make you feel good. Given the fact that this can make you feel “better”, there is always a risk of a feeling being addictive. But, we must stress that there is no evidence that CBD is addictive and there have been studies to show that it is not addictive for adults but anything that we enjoy or feel is making us feel better can always be addictive for certain people. Take food, for example, some people have a love for food that can see them harming themselves in the long run. Addiction is more an issue on a personal level rather than a particular product in this case.
CBD Will Make You Sleepy
This one is one we hear bandied around a lot and there is no evidence to support this whatsoever.
Now the only way we can think people have got this into their heads is from CBD infused teas, these are touted as soothing and calming but that aspect comes mainly from the other ingredients in the tea which are specifically concocted to help you sleep.
So, in conclusion, CBD does not make you feel tired but can be featured in products that are designed to be a sleep aid.
CBD Impairs Daily Function.
Cbd has been shown in several studies to not impair daily function. As the substance is not psychoactive and only interacts with certain receptors in the human endocannabinoid system it will not give you the “high” feeling that people associate with cannabis. Saying that you can get a slight lightheaded feeling after consuming large doses which can be impairing for some people. Dosage wise we will always recommend starting with a relatively low dosage and upping the amount until you feel satisfied.
Our Final Thoughts
There are a lot of sites promoting misinformation out there and as we have seen above there are a lot of myths just waiting to be busted. Studies are available to find and read but the effort required to read all the studies available in monstrous.
We recommend trying some CBD for yourself and see how you get on, it may work wonders for whatever you want to use it for but it also may not. In the end its all down to personal taste and subjecture.