Unfortunately, there are plenty of misconceptions about CBD. The cannabis industry itself is unregulated and ever changing, but that’s not entirely our fault. The blurred-lines of federal and state legality make it nearly impossible to adopt any sort of uniformity, but that doesn’t mean all standards are out the window.
All hope isn’t lost. Like other purchases you make, you need to be smart and do your research. There are absolutely companies out there who care about doing the right thing, and we are one of them! Check out our blog post to learn how to be a savvy CBD shopper so you can get the most benefits possible and stay away from products that just don’t work.
Before you buy anything, check out the 8 most common misconceptions about CBD:
- You can buy CBD anywhere, it’s all the same
While CBD itself is the same, not all CBD products are the same. There are plenty of opportunities for people to go the easy way, resulting in a low-quality CBD product with poor ingredients.
In some cases, certain CBD products have been tested and shown to contain no CBD at all! It’s important to purchase your supplements from a company you can trust. trupura has been in business for over a decade, and each one of those years has been wholly devoted to building your trust.
- Hemp seed oil and CBD oil are the same thing
Hemp seed oil is sourced from the plant’s seeds, while CBD is extracted from the plant’s flower, leaves, stalks, and stems. Hemp seed oil is typically cold-pressed, meaning a machine just presses on top of the seeds and oil is produced. In order to extract CBD, the plant needs to be handled a little more than just cold-pressing the plants. It’s usually a multi-step process to extract the cannabinoid.
There’s no CBD in hemp seed oil; rather, you can use it to cook and for cosmetic reasons! It’s still full of awesome vitamins and minerals, plus it’s rich in omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, but it won’t offer the same effects as CBD.
- Every U.S. state has legalized CBD
Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is legal at the federal level! However, individual states still have the right to permit CBD or not – and some choose not to.
Check out our blog post here about traveling with CBD. We highlight the states that have some gray area surrounding the hemp-derived substance, but all in all: in most U.S. states, there will be no issues. Even some gray-area states have looser regulations than just flat out banning CBD, like allowing individual towns and cities to sell it if they choose.
- CBD will get you high and result in a failed drug test
CBD won’t get you high and most of the time, you won’t fail a drug test either. Because the federal government considers hemp to contain 0.3% THC or less, there’s no chance of experiencing a psychoactive effect. For reference, high-THC cannabis (or marijuana) strains have an upwards of 18% THC, going all the way up to 30% in some cases. Concentrates can reach up to 90% THC, so this should reinforce how little THC is present in hemp!
But that doesn’t mean it’s not beneficial. THC contributes to the entourage effect, which is the scientific understanding that cannabinoids (like THC and CBD) work better in our bodies together versus as isolated compotents. Full-spectrum extracts will contain THC, but again, only a trace amount. Consider a full-spectrum oil like this one to get the most out of your experience!
If you’re still concerned about THC, no worries. We get it. Whether you’re nervous about consuming THC or can’t because of your career, there are a lot of reasons why someone might choose to avoid it. Our broad-spectrum formula is free of THC, but still contains other awesome cannabinoids and plant compounds that contribute to the entourage effect!
- Hemp-derived CBD is THC free
We just explained this in the last section, but we’ll talk a little more about it. While some CBD products may be THC-free, not all of them are. When the federal government passed the 2018 Farm Bill, the THC limit was set at 0.3%. Any plant testing above that number is to be discarded and destroyed, not to be used for any reason other than plant waste. Even in states where there’s an active marijuana program, the plant must still be destroyed. However, that doesn’t mean there’s naturally zero THC in the plant, so a blanket statement of: “CBD is THC-free” is a misconception.
- CBD isn’t “as good” as marijuana
Hemp and marijuana are both considered cannabis; they both fall under the same family! They are cousins. The only thing that separates the two is the THC content. Marijuana has more than 0.3% THC, while hemp has less than 0.3%. It’s really that simple!
In fact, mother nature doesn’t distinguish between the two at all. The distinction is simply for legal and identification purposes. So in summation: they are the same. They are both the “real thing.” CBD simply has less THC. It will feel less “strong” than high-THC cannabis, but that’s only because you aren’t experiencing a high. Inside your body, it’s working the same way.
With that said, some people do need more THC. If that’s you, our hemp-derived CBD products make the perfect addition to your THC regimen. CBD can actually counteract the effects of THC, so if you consume too much and start feeling weird: take a few of our gummies and you should start to calm down!
- There’s no research on CBD’s efficacy, so I won’t take it
Believe it or not, there’s plenty of research to support CBD’s role in a therapeutic setting. Now, CBD isn’t FDA approved, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have research about it – not to mention anecdotal evidence and a rapidly growing CBD market to boot.
We know, it’s a new market and trends come and go all the time. How do we know it’s safe? Reliable?
Here’s what we do know about CBD:
- It can help reduce anxiety
- CBD can help decrease chronic pain
- It can minimize nausea
- CBD can reduce seizures (Very widely studied. In fact, the FDA approved a drug called Epidiolex in 2018, which is the synthetic version of CBD. Epidiolex is approved to be prescribed for seizure disorders)
- CBD works immediately
Similar to a prescription medication you might take, CBD needs time to build up in our body. Do you know why CBD works? It’s because of our body’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a biological system every human being has — even animals have one!
Our endocannabinoid system works with CBD to balance our body. The endocannabinoid system needs time to receive it and utilize it! Take your CBD every day for three consistent weeks. If it still doesn’t work, up your dose. Continue upping your dose until you find your sweet spot.
Before taking CBD, we always recommend consulting with a cannabis-educated physician or nurse who knows your medical history. Once you’re given the green light, come shop with us!