Cannabidiol (or short: CBD) is celebrated worldwide for its numerous positive effects on the human body. Even animals can benefit from CBD! Nonetheless, there are some established players in the health industry that do not appreciate newcomers and competition, so there are many warnings and misconceptions out there. Don’t let those false claims dissuade you from trying out what CBD can do for you! Read this article to see what common misconceptions are out there.
Myth #1: CBD will make you high
No, that is totally false. CBD is a natural substance that is derived from the female hemp plant. The misconception stems from a confusion about hemp and Marijuana, an illegal drug. Marijuana is made from hemp, too, but from other strains than the industrial hemp which is bred to produce CBD. The aim of the Marijuana strains is to yield as much THC as possible. THC is short for “Tetrahydrocannabinol” and is a psychoactive substance. THC is chemically different from CBD. CBD is not psychoactive (in the sense of mind-altering) and does not intoxicate the user to create a “high”.
The little rest of THC, which is in every hemp plant, is filtered from the CBD. Fullspectrum and Broad spectrum CBD products usually have a small residue of THC left in them. This is illegal in Hong Kong, as is another Cannabinoid called CBN. CBD Isolate products are free of THC and CBN, like our SWISS FX oils.
So, rest assured, that you do not take illegal drugs when using CBD. Just make sure to buy quality CBD products that are well filtered.
Myth #2: CBD is a new fad of the health supplement industry
Totally false again. In fact, CBD is a completely natural substance and as old as the hemp plant. Several human cultures use hemp for around 6.000 years, for example, the Chinese and Egyptians. Hemp was used for making clothes, shoes, nets, ropes, building blocks, and many other things. Moreover, those cultures already knew about the health benefits that the hemp could provide. Ancient medical literature already mentions the various use cases of hemp. Of course, our ancestors did not know about the substance “CBD” in the hemp, but they knew how to use it for great effect.
True is that our modern science did not look into hemp until the 1940s and discovered THC and CBD. There is still a lot to learn and who knows what more benefits scientists, doctors, and common users will unearth over time.
Myth #3: CBD is illegal
This is not necessarily so. Most countries in the world already recognize the benefits of CBD and made it legal. Often the legality depends on the amount of residue THC in a CBD product, for example in Germany. Generally, CBD is legal throughout Europe and North America. In Hong Kong, only CBD without THC or CBN residue is legal. More and more people recognize the health benefits of CBD and policymakers will probably follow suit in other Asian nations.
Myth #4: All CBD oils are equally good
This also is a misconception. That is not to say that there are not many good products on offer but as always, where is light there is shadow. Nowadays some “snake oil vendors” see their chance to make a quick buck with CBD. So they produce cheaply made oil that sometimes contains less CBD than advertised or is badly filtered, so it still has too much THC in it. That could even bring you in trouble with the law. Therefore, it is probably best to stick to a trusted brand, which can provide certificates and is already a well-known player on the market.