Already taking 2019 by storm, cannabidiol is set to be one of this year’s biggest buzzwords and is already generating a lot of speculation and excitement from industry leaders and everyday consumers. With last year’s legalization of hemp farming and hemp-derived cannabidiol, it’s no surprise that it’s poised to be this year’s golden egg, and the industry shows no times of slowing down anytime soon. So what is it, and why should you care?
Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, was first discovered in the 1940s, but it wasn’t until recently that it began gaining popularity for its practical properties. As support continues to rise for accessible alternatives to opioids and prescription pain-killers, consumers and investors have become increasingly interested in cannabinoids, one of the classes of chemical compounds found in cannabis plants and hemp capable of altering neurotransmitter release in the brain.
CBD, like THC, is one of at least 113 different cannabinoids found in cannabis and hemp and has spawned a range of products including: CBD cream, CBD gummies, CBD oil capsules and CBD oil softgels. Geared towards muscle and pain relief, legal CBD products produced from hemp are rapidly growing in popularity and possess a number of benefits that make them invaluable to individuals suffering from chronic and acute pain and living with all manner of injuries and ailments. In fact, the widespread popularity of cannabidiol for humans has even led to the creation of products for animals that aim to treat many of the same conditions.
Although CBD is similar to THC in its conception, its benefits and effects set it apart from other cannabinoids. Nevertheless, for many people unfamiliar with the benefits of cannabidiol and the science behind it, its effects and benefits are often lost amongst a tidal wave of confusion with those of THC, leading it to be regarded with suspicion and fear.
In today’s blog post, we’re debunking common misconceptions about CBD and setting the record straight when it comes to understanding their properties and how they can be used as a complement to daily routines.
1. It gets you high
This is one of our most frequently asked questions, particularly as people seek pain management that won’t affect their ability to work. However, unlike it’s wildchild cousin, THC, CBD does not get you high. It is its own cannabinoid, targeting entirely separate areas of the brain than those affected by THC.
You see, while THC activates receptors in the brain relating to intoxication such as attention, motor skills, executive functions and decision-making, cannabidiol inhibits them. Consequently, it does not activate the receptors that lead to intoxication, in fact, it may actually interfere with them. Thus, one of its most popular properties is its anti-anxiety and anti-seizure effects, two conditions caused by misfirings and over firing of the brain’s receptors.
Although often described as “non-psychoactive” this statement is confusing, as by their very nature, any substance that directly effects and inhibits the brain’s functions are considered psychoactive. CBD products are thus best described as “non-intoxicating” because while they don’t get you high, they still affect the brain, albeit in a much more practical way.
2. It is 100% legal
Actually, it depends. Although it is produced by both hemp and marijuana plants, in the eyes of the law the two hold very different statuses. For one thing, in many states, marijuana remains illegal, meaning marijuana-drived CBD is prohibited.
In contrast, hemp farming was legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill, making all hemp-derived products legal as long as it was produced in compliance with the law’s regulations. If you’re purchasing CBD for the first time or are interested in learning more about its uses, be sure to consult a reputable producer to ensure yours is compliant.
3. It shows up in a drug test
Whether you’re using legal CBD products to manage your pain or aid in short-term recovery, the misconceptions and assumptions that can arise from its use can be difficult to contend with. With so much misinformation out there, it’s no surprise that users of legal products are often hesitant to disclose their use.
Fortunately, drug tests administered by your employer will not pick up on CBD as they are designed to screen for THC, a different type of cannabinoid, and which produces intoxication. Because cannabidiol is non-intoxicating and produced from hemp it does not contain any THC and will not be exposed in a drug test, so you can keep your use of CBD cream and capsules under wraps.
Whether you’re using the products to heal inflamed muscles, take the edge off your pain, or give you an advantage over the competition, chances are you’re not alone. As more people discover cannabidiol and its uses it’s likely we’ll continue to discover its benefits and realize new uses. Most recently, it is being used increasingly by athletes and within the fitness community as an effective means of managing post-exercise inflammation. Possessing anti-oxidant and anti-anxiety properties, it is on the fast track to revolutionizing the health and wellness industries and has already begun being used by veterinarians and studied for the natural benefits it provides pets.
An exciting and emerging industry surrounded by a lot of mystique, CBD is a practical solution to a number of everyday problems. If you’re already using CBD or are interested in trying it out, sharing your story can help you connect with other legal users and demystify this elusive product.
Today, the popularity of cannabidiol has led to the creation of a wide range of legal products designed to soothe the body and even enhance recovery times. From options such as CBD cream, oil capsules, and even softgels, when it comes to choosing CBD there’s no shortage of practical options.