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Myths and Misconceptions About the Use of CBD Oils

 Even as CBD products have entered the mainstream consciousness, myths and misconceptions around CBD oils float around. Sure, CBD oil is an extract of the cannabis plant, which is dried to make the mind-altering drug marijuana. But the similarity ends there.

 A growing body of research shows that CBD oil has numerous health benefits. There is ongoing scientific research proving CBD oils’ efficacy in improving the symptoms of many common ailments. This brings us to the first myth on the use of CBD – that its medical hype.

Myth #1: Benefits of CBD are exaggerated

There’s still a lot to learn about the medicinal properties of CBD, but we cannot ignore the possible CBD health benefits.

CBD may relieve chronic pain by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system. This includes pain and inflammation from arthritis.

A safe treatment for those suffering from anxiety or insomnia as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Studies show that CBD may help prevent Parkinson’s Disease and improve quality of life and sleep for those diagnosed. 

May help treats seizures caused by two rare forms of epilepsy.

CBD may reduce cancer symptoms and side effects of cancer treatment. Its role in cancer treatment is under investigation. 

Have a dog or cat at home? The CBD oil and treats market for pets is flourishing. Pet owners are increasingly turning to CBD products to help their furry companions deal with anxiety or joint pain/mobility issues.

Myth #2: CBD oil is addictive

Over-reliance on any medication is harmful. The problem is not with the pill or oil but with people’s behaviour. Technically speaking, CBD may leave you with a feeling of comfort, relaxation and well-being. But you cannot get high or ‘stoned’ by applying the oil to your skin or taking a few drops under your tongue.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has this to say:

“In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

Myth #3: CBD oil is not safe 

CBD is safe and well tolerated. Like any drug-to-drug interaction, CBD oil may alter the effects of certain medications. If you’re on blood thinners or any other daily medication, consult your doctor on the possibility of drug interactions from using CBD oil. Also note that while CBD, by itself poses no health risk, the safety of CBD oil depends on the quality of the cannabis extract and method of extraction.

Myth #4: CBD oil and hemp oil are the same

Hemp oil (or hemp seed oil) is extracted from the seeds of the cannabis sativa plant. The seeds have no CBD, but they’re a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins. Hemp oil is used to manufacture clothes and added to snacks, cookies and yogurt to increase their nutritional value. Its therapeutic potential pales in comparison to CBD oil. Hemp oil may be beneficial for heart, skin and brain health.

Separate CBD oil myths from facts

A greater awareness about the health benefits of CBD is encouraging people worldwide to adopt CBD oil as an option in managing their physical and emotional health. CBD oils are safe but not all are alike. We suggest that you first determine your preference from the three types of CBD oil: isolate (pure CBD, no other cannabinoids), full-spectrum (all cannabinoids and negligible amount THC), and broad-spectrum (multiple cannabinoids, and compounds of the cannabis plant except THC). You can then look for products in your chosen category. Make sure you check the product label and description carefully to decide whether the CBD oil suits your needs.