CBD Benefits: Common Myths vs. Facts

With cannabis products finally reaching mainstream status it can be difficult to discern between what information is real and what is false. While we are happy that more people are discovering CBD benefits, the growth of its use also seems to heighten the spread of misinformation surrounding it. Here are Vitae, we want to put a few of these common misconceptions to rest and continue to share the healing power of CBD!

1. CBD is addictive

False. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently conducted a study on CBD which includes tons of info on the potential of dependence. According to the report: “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.”

This means that CBD has not been shown to have any addictive qualities and is not habit-forming.

2. CBD is only effective with higher levels of THC

False. This is a commonly recited diatribe among regulated cannabis dispensary employees, however, it is definitely not true. Many of the clinical trials to test CBD benefits are done with purified CBD or CBD isolate. While there has been evidence that a small amount of THC may increase the effectiveness of CBD for treating certain conditions, CBD has still been proven helpful as a standalone cannabinoid. 

That being said, Full spectrum hemp extract CBD tinctures and products DO have enough THC in them, to encourage “the entourage effect,” meaning that all cannabinoids present in the plant have been maintained throughout the extraction process to provide a more well-rounded treatment for chronic pain and inflammation.

3. CBD products aren’t tested like regulated cannabis so they are not safe

This is primarily false. While the US and state government isn’t currently enforcing serious mandated testing on hemp products like it does high-THC cannabis products, many ethical hemp-based brands provide Certificates of Analysis as well as individual batch test results on the products they distribute.  

The incredible importance of non-toxic hemp farming and extraction practices parallels the current regulated cannabis market.  There are many CBD and hemp companies who want to deliver a clean product to the public. For the time being, it is up to the individual companies to pursue their own methods of testing to ensure safety and quality. It’s also up to state governments to create systems of regulation but the FDA doesn’t generally mandate testing of any herbal supplement products (see the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994).

This does put some responsibility in the hands of both retailers and consumers when looking for CBD products. Here at Vitae, we ensure all of our CBD is tested for quality so you can feel secure that our products are safe.

4. Hemp seed oil and CBD oil are the same

False. CBD oil and hemp seed oil DO both come from hemp, but they are by no means the same. CBD oil can be extracted from the stalks, leaves, and flowers of hemp. Hemp seed oil is made exclusively from the seeds of hemp plants. Both contain beneficial nutrients like omega fatty acids and many vitamins and minerals, but the seeds contain almost no CBD.

5. CBD on it’s own doesn’t have any real health benefits

False! While there is still a lot of research taking place around CBD benefits along with potential adverse effects, it has been shown to be safe and effective in helping to relieve or reduce some conditions with conclusive evidence to back it up.

Here are a few clinical studies that agree with us:

  1. CBD has been shown to improve sleep scores by 66% in human trials over the course of one month: Read More >>
  2. CBD rich extracts and purified CBD Isolate are compared in this study. Both are effective in treating epileptic seizures, with CBD (hemp extract) being potentially more effective with less known side effects: Read More >>
  3. This double blind study observed brain chemical activity and potential reduction of anxiety in patients. Conclusions showed significant decrease of anxiety in patients given CBD vs. a placebo: Read More >>
  4. Multiple studies performed show promising result in terms of CBD’s ability to “interfere with cell proliferation apoptosis and cancer growth”: Read More >>
  5. This experimental study shows that “CBD reduces alcohol-related brain damage, preventing neuronal loss by its antioxidant and immunomodulatory properties”: Read More >>

Since CBD is still gaining popularity, there are definitely more studies to be done on the horizon. That being said, the research that we do have gives us some basic insight into the safety and beneficial effects of CBD. We hope that the information provided breaks some of the common misconceptions floating around about CBD and gives you peace of mind that you can trust the high-quality products carried here at Vitae.

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