As you explore the possibility of incorporating cannabinoids into your or your family’s health care regimen, you’ll quickly discover that there’s often contradictory and confusing information out there. There are several common misconceptions regarding hemp and CBD.
Here we address the top 5 most common myths to help clarify any confusion you may have and reveal the truth about CBD hemp oil.
Myth #1: CBD From Hemp Is Not as Good as When it Comes from Other Cannabis
CBD is the same, no matter what type of cannabis plant it’s derived from!
While it’s true that the percentage of CBD in hemp plants by dry weight is typically lower than in some other specially-bred cannabis plants, once the oil is extracted, those differences become negligible.
Your body and its endocannabinoid system can’t tell where CBD originates.
No matter whether it’s derived from, CBD and the plant’s other cannabinoids and natural constituents work together in their interaction with the endocannabinoid system to help regulate various vital functions and encourage homeostasis.
Myth #2: CBD Hemp Oil Will Cause You to Get High
CBD hemp oil will never get you high!
Hemp plants naturally contain only trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound found in another cannabis plant that causes a euphoric effect.
For a cannabis plant to be considered hemp, it must contain no more than 0.3% THC per dry weight – that’s 33 times less than the least potent euphoric-causing cannabis strain.
Plus, while CBD is non-psychoactive, it’s also been found to reduce the euphoric effects of THC.
Myth #3: CBD Hemp Oil is Only Safe for Adults
CBD hemp oil is safe for people of all ages!
While more studies still need to be conducted, the research that has been done so far indicates that CBD hemp oil is safe and well tolerated for kids.
Several studies investigating CBD hemp oil on children diagnosed with severe epilepsy disorders have found it to be beneficial while causing zero adverse side effects.
Plus, because CBD hemp oil is completely non-psychoactive, it’s considered safe to use for anyone, regardless of age.
We previously discussed the safety considerations when giving children cannabinoids like CBD and you can learn more about those here.
Myth #4: CBD Hemp Oil is Illegal Without a Prescription
CBD hemp oil is legal under U.S. federal law!
CBD oil that is derived from imported hemp is excluded from the federal Controlled Substances Act, the law that makes other cannabis plants and their extracts illegal.
CBD hemp oil is therefore legal to purchase and use under federal law, regardless of whether you have obtained a prescription. Individual state laws are dynamic and states may pass laws governing hemp-derived CBD.
Myth #5: All Hemp Oil Products are the Same
Not all hemp oil products contain CBD!
You’ve likely seen hemp seeds or organic hemp oil at your local health or grocery store. Hemp seed oil is derived from only hemp seeds. While it is a nutritious supplement that contains many essential vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, it does not contain CBD.
CBD hemp oil, on the other hand, is extracted from the CBD-rich stalks of hemp.
For those seeking the healing effects of CBD, be sure to obtain hemp oil that contains CBD and other cannabinoids.
CBD hemp oil has brought hope and healing to numerous families. We welcome you to hear their stories by visiting our ECHO Families page.