CBD is illegal. CBD will get you high. CBD isn’t safe.
How many times have you heard the above myths about CBD? There is a lot that is misunderstood about CBD, and we’re here to break it down for you so that you understand what’s fact and what’s fiction.
Myth #1: CBD is illegal.
The explanation for this myth isn’t black or white; the answer is yes and no. CBD is legal at the federal level as long as it contains levels of THC that are 0.3% or less. However, some states still have regulations on buyers, so it’s best to check on your state’s rules before you purchase.
Myth #2: CBD will get me high.
CBD is often confused for marijuana or THC. Despite what many people may believe, CBD will not get you high. While CBD and THC are both classified as compounds derived from the cannabis or the hemp plant, they do not share the same properties. THC is a psychoactive drug. Psychoactive drugs affect your brain and are responsible for giving users the feeling of being high. CBD is a non-psychoactive drug and does not make users feel high.
Myth #3: CBD is addictive and I will become an addict.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that CBD does not provide effects that are “indicative of any abuse or dependence potential”—effectively burying this myth. Addiction typically comes about from a drug or habit that gets you high—whether it’s a psychoactive drug or an activity like gambling. Engaging in those activities provides a rush of dopamine and lights up your reward system. Craving that feeling again, these activities can become a habit. Because CBD is a non-psychoactive drug and does not make users feel high, the WHO has determined that it doesn’t put users at risk of developing an addiction to it.
Myth #4: CBD isn’t safe.
Similar to the previous myth, the WHO declared that CBD is safe.
Myth #5: It has negative side effects.
One of the many reasons individuals swear by CBD is because it does not have any side effects. However, it’s important that if you are on any medications, you check with your doctor about whether or not it’s safe to try CBD in conjunction with your meds.
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