CBD: Myths, Facts and Misconceptions

With the growing hype with CBD and its endless number of uses of potential health aids also comes an ever-growing number of misconceptions and rumours. Here you will find Q&A’s to common rumours and misinformation.


It may not seem quite as exciting as Marijuana’s THC ‘high’ but CBD (Cannabidiol) is creating quite a buzz among Scientists, Healthcare Professionals and patients. Over the past year there has been an unprecedented surge in the interest CBD and Cannabis as a whole. Whilst Cannabis has began to be legalised around the world for its recreation use, there has been a direct increase in demand and awareness for the non-intoxicating medical treatments CBD has to offer. Popularised as the next big thing, CBD derived from the hemp plant has been conceived as a ‘miracle oil’ that’s been known to shrink tumours, ease chronic pains and suppress seizures – without the effects of being ‘stoned’. However, with the growing demand and awareness of CBD and its potential breakthrough for potential medical and health aids, there also comes a prolific amount of misconceptions and misinformation around the whole subject of CBD.


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1) CBD is for health; THC is for recreational.

The general trend is that people seek out CBD for the medical part of the plant whereas those seeking THC are after the recreational part of the Cannabis plant. It’s well documented but not well-known that THC as a remedy actually has some amazing therapeutic properties. Scientists in San Diego, US have reported that THC inhibits the enzyme in the formation of Amyloid Beta Plaque which is the hallmark of a form of dementia called Alzheimer’s Disease. It is also recognised by the U.S. Federal Government that THC as a single compound (Branded as Marinol) is an effective anti-nausea treatment and appetite booster – ideal as a physical treatment for Anorexia.

2) CBD is more effective without THC

CBD and THC are the cannabinoid power-couple of the cannabis world, they work their best together. Studies suggest that THC and CBD (the most common found cannabinoids in Cannabis) interact synergistically to enhance the therapeutic effects of each other’s properties. Research here in Britain has established that CBD intensifies the anti-inflammatory properties of THC. In the States, scientists have determined that THC and CBD as a combination offers a much more potent anti-tumoral effect to brand or breast cancer cell lines than it does with either compound alone. There has also been extensive research that both compounds combined are more beneficial for treatment for neuropathic pain than they are alone.

3) Single-compound Cannabinoids are better than whole-plant extracts

Single molecule cannabinoids (such as CBD, THC, CBG, etc.) are recognised by many governments to have medical value on their own whereas ‘whole plant’ extracts have no medical value. This has been proven time and time again to not be true but is purely bureaucratical and a ‘legislative nightmare’ as cannabis is also a controlled substance due to it’s recreational use.

The cannabis plant contains several hundred cannabinoid compounds including terpenes and flavonoids which all, in one way or another, have been known to have their own individual healing properties. However, when all of these compounds are combined, they have an holistic “entourage effect” (also know as the Ensemble Effect), so the therapeutic impact of the whole plant is far greater than its single-compound parts. However, governing administrations are in the business of approving plants as a medicine and therefore not officially recognised to have medical value.

4) CBD is non-psychoactive

By now you’re probably well aware CBD in not an intoxicating drug however, it would be misleading to say that CBD is not a psychoactive drug. When someone with clinical depression takes CBD as a potential remedy and for the first time in a long time has a much better day, it becomes apparent that CBD is an effective mood-altering compound. You won’t be able to get ‘stoned’ on CBD but it has been proven to have a positive impact on a person’s psyche. For this reason, we would like to describe CBD as not being psychoactive like THC rather than describe CBD as non-psychoactive.

5) CBD can be sedating

Small doses of CBD can make you more alert and be mildly energising but high amounts of it can have a biphasic outcome and be sleep-promoting. If a CBD based product delivers a sedative effect it is more likely to be as a result of the terpene ‘myrcene’. Myrcene is not only an effective pain-killer but also has sedative properties. CBD alone does not directly cause a sedating effect but it may improve sleep as a result of its anti-anxiety properties.

6) CBD converts to THC in the stomach

This is plain and simply untrue, there have been extensive clinical trials which demonstrate that CBD ingested in high doses (even doeses over 6000mg) does not cause psychoactive effects like THC. Infact, CBD in high doses can have an adverse effect to the psychoactive properties of THC and can actually lessen or neutralise the ‘High’ effect. CBD consumed orally is very well tolerated by humans.

7) CBD is CBD – There’s no good/bad quality

Whereas the chemical compound is what it is and it’s either CBD or it’s not, it would be irresponsible to say quality doesn’t matter. It would definitely be important to take into consideration how the plant is grown and how it is extracted which would have an impact on the level of pesticides, contaminants and other undesirable chemicals. Conversely, it’s also worth looking at what essential terpenes and cannabinoids may be lost through the extraction process.

So if you’re using a CBD based product which contains CBD Isolate, it is likely to 99.99% ‘Pure’ CBD which will have very little unwanted contaminates but it will also have no other essential cannabinoids, terpenes or flavonoids. Whereas, a CBD product containing Full or Broad Spectrum extract may potentially have small traces of contaminants but will have a variety of different ‘health improving’ compounds.

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