Why do People Think CBD is Bad?
Is the growing research behind CBD really enough support for people to ditch their skepticism for the newly advanced area of medicine? What is holding to those whose opinions are clear for the fact that CBD is a “no go, new fad” that will go away in the near future? For these few, there simply is not enough support for the idea that it could be a primary factor in helping ailments such as pain, inflammation, nausea, depression, and even anxiety.
So what is it? Why is it that CBD is still looked at as the underdog of medicine? And if it is indeed viewed as a medicinal component, what more is needed to help prove its legitimacy? Well, it turns out the large reason for the skepticism for CBD is the lack of knowledge, as well as the stigma behind it, which has been an embedded issue for cannabis for decades.
First, What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is just one of the many components found inside hemp and cannabis plants, and harbors many of the medicinal properties that naturally develop inside them. Studies are more frequently finding it as a primary combatant for anxiety, and insomnia.
Its closely related compound is THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, and has many chemical differences. The main one between the two could not be more apparent, however, as THC is the universally known component that causes psychoactive effects, and brings the “high” that people also seek. CBD, on the other hand, does not have any psychoactive effects, which is an extremely appealing property for those who want to experiment with the health benefits, and not the recreational effects. Other cannabinoids, such as CBG, or cannabigerol has been shown to help with sleep. There are so many other cannabinoids inside the cannabis plant, that it would take hours to go through each one!
To understand how CBD works so well in our bodies, you have to first understand what our endocannabinoid system does, or ENS. This is a part of our central nervous system, and isn’t found only in humans. In fact, all vertebrates, as well as invertebrates, possess an ENS. Think of the ENS as a processing center for the many kinds of cannabinoids, as it possesses what is known as CB1 and CB2 receptors. The cannabinoids, when consumed, bind to these receptors and are then metabolized to carry out as a monitor for certain bodily functions. Research suggests that CBD helps the body monitor blood pressure, as well as glucose levels. This entails potential for helping anxiety, as the vast majority of research behind CBD is to observe the anxiolytic effects.
Surveys conclude that the primary reason people use CBD is for the anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic properties.
So, now that we have a general definition of the cannabinoid world, why do people turn their eye to CBD?
“Not enough research”
This is an understandable statement. CBD has only just began to catch fire in the public eye, but to remain so unaware of what developments are happening in the research behind it? Well, to put it simply, that’s living under a rock! CBD has a vast amount of research for its anxiolytic properties. In fact, it’s been studied since the early seventies for that very effect, and the entire cannabinoid system has been studied as early as the forties. If you’re curious about a general overview from the earliest years of cannabinoid research, NCBI has a collection.
Now, to say that there isn’t enough research, some may mean that there isn’t enough research proving its safety. In other words, the research behind CBD is existent, but simply not prevalent enough to show that it’s safe.
The fault in saying that something isn’t “safe” for consumption based off the merit that there isn’t “enough” research to prove it, becomes invalid with the consistent amount of research coming today.
Perhaps what they’re saying means that there is not enough support for a certain ailment in which they would want to use it. Of course, if someone wants to see the connection between CBD and, say, Parkinson’s disease, they may have some troubles. While research does show a reduction in neurodegeneration, a majority of the research represents its aid in depression, which comes with Parkinson’s. While this primarily supports one side of Parkinson’s, there is literally not enough research to claim CBD as a primary medication for it.
In the end, it’s not a good point to say that there isn’t enough research behind CBD, especially with the growing interest in the medical field for it! Studies are being conducted regularly, and it can be difficult to keep up with it. However, it doesn’t justify believing that there isn’t enough research when all you have to do is look for it! If you’d like to stay connected to the findings, visit our Learn page for articles and more.
Education is the basic fight against misconceptions. For many, this follows a very simple one. When people hear “cannabinoids,” (without any prior knowledge) the connection between cannabis is made. Which already has a flaw. Cannabis is a general term that encomapases hemp as well, not just marijuana. Hemp is a legal cash crop in the US now, ever since the Farm Bill that passed in 2018.
Now, what do people think when they make the connection between cannabis and marijuana? That it’ll get you “high.” This might be the biggest misconception behind CBD at this point. As we mentioned earlier, CBD is just one of the many cannabinoids found in both the hemp and marijuana plant. It’s completely separate from THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the main psychoactive compound. THC gets you high, and CBD does not.
If someone were to turn down CBD for the chance that it gets you high, then that entails a couple things. First off, they could simply be avoiding something they don’t want to feel, which is fair. Obviously, it wouldn’t be justified in this scenario, and that’s where the factor of education comes in, and perhaps their opinion would change. Secondly, there could be a trust issue, which we will cover more in depth later in this article. But essentially, they don’t trust exactly what is in the product they’re getting. While the oil legally cannot contain more than .03% THC, the products are NOT federally regulated, and this creates quite a dissonance between the customer and producer.
This causes many problems (see below), which leads to the next big misconception. That CBD oil can “cause a failed drug test, and can cause you to lose your job.”
CBD products in the US, according to federal law, cannot contain more than .03% THC. This is such a trace amount, that you’d have to drink 1000-2000mg of oil, in a very fast amount of time! This varies from person to person, depending on size and weight, which alters our overall metabolism. In case you don’t know, drinking a bottle of 2000mg CBD would cause some uncomfortable problems. There are other factors as well, one of which is whether the product is hemp derived, or marijuana derived. Depending on your state, marijuana derived CBD oil is likely illegal, as this will contain different amounts of THC.
In the end, CBD oil should not cause a failed drug test. A very unnecessary amount would have to be consumed!
Another misconception? Well, “it’s illegal of course!” Federal law covers hemp as a perfectly legal cash crop. While many farmers will grow hemp to produce rope, clothes, and fuel, there is plenty of CBD potential as well! Federal law also has these products with limitations. As mentioned before, there is a very strict rule on how much THC can be in the product, but the ones that stay far below the legal limit have free reign in the market. Of course, this misconception has plenty of merit. How does one know if the product they’re getting is hemp derived or marijuana derived? One is legal, one is illegal in many places. This is a reliant part of the brand’s name. It’s fully up to them to disclose the details of their products, as well as cannabinoid composition with approved lab results on the product. So, when someone believes that CBD is illegal, there are factors that can create illegality. Another factor would be the THC percentage. For instance, a grandmother in Texas was arrested for the possession of medical CBD oil, as the law enforcement had absolutely no proof of the THC percentage, and therefore had cause for the arrest, then taking the oil for product testing.
The grandmother was using the oil to help with arthritis pain, and had no proof of what was exactly inside the bottle. This eludes to our next topic, which is brand trustworthiness.
We’ve mentioned a few times where a lot of responsibility falls on the brand. In the US there is currently no regulation on the products manufacturing, and while the FDA consistently cracks down on false claims, and brands that break the laws, there is always ground for a break in trust.
However, if someone isn’t willing to see the good in CBD because of the brand that sells them, then that’s really ignoring the amazing potential CBD has! Of course, it’s not as easy to say “forget the brand, it’s CBD…” because there are brands out there that are not so open about their lab results. And this isn’t even inquiring about the chance that they broke the .03% THC law. In fact, many people aren’t trusting the brands that don’t post lab results because they don’t know if what they’re getting is just snake oil, which is highly likely for a market that is unregulated. Snake oil is a very real problem in any market, but particularly CBD. Again, the many cannabinoids that are found in cannabis actually serve their own purposes. Products that are labeled as “full spectrum” fully utilize these many cannabinoids, as there is a lot of research proving the efficiency of their synergistic effects. This means that CBD oil works better when combined with the other cannabinoids, but this poses a problem. The trust that there is a healthy blend of cannabinoids can be lost when there is no proof of their existence in the first place.
It’s easy to see that this trust can be broken between the consumer and producer, even before it’s tried. The only real way to fight this idea is to have open access to lab results done by certified 3rd party lab work. It’s only fair to let the consumer know what’s exactly in the bottle, and is illegal to do it differently anyways.
Old Stigmas Die Hard
It’s no secret that cannabis has had some bad views in the past, especially in the US. Maybe you even learned earlier in the article that cannabis does not solely mean marijuana. Whatever your views may be on the subject of marijuana, it has some very interesting history.
In the early birth of our country, hemp and marijuana were grown from many walks of life, for agricultural purposes of recreational. As our country developed, particularly for the baby boomers, the view of marijuana was that it “destroyed” our youth and our values, that it can flip your life up-side down, yada yada.
Believe that these preconceived notions had some dark intentions, but the overall image of the plant was easily taken over as, to put it simply, negative. This put some real damage to the progress and required attention it needed to get to where the view is on cannabis today. Instead of ridicule, the US has ten states with full legality for it.
Again, with whatever bad thoughts that are conceived behind cannabis, it’s still very separate from THC. The medical benefits fall under the many cannabinoids, and not just THC, which is the massive forefront image for cannabis.
Old stigmas do die hard, but this one is dying. And fast. The federal government has obviously changed views on it over the decades, as hemp is a legal cash crop, and many states have legalized it, as well as the continuous progress behind it. If you are someone avoiding CBD because of “shame” or anything else, understand that people are turning to CBD for the vastly studied medical benefits it brings, and not a “high.”
“Too Good to be True”
CBD oil is not the end-all-be-all route. It simply will not “cure” cancer as few brands have suggested, it will not “cure” fibromyalgia, etc. CBD is, however, not something to shrug off. Earlier we mentioned the “synergistic” effect that many cannabinoids have. This is a large part of the research conducted. The many cannabinoids/terpenes work together, not just CBD. This is why CBD isolates aren’t usually preferred because of how important it is to have them work as a team.
If you believe it’s too good to be true, continue learning about how truly good it is!
Before You Go
We hope that this article has given some clarification. If you were on the fence, really consider learning more! It’s gaining so much attention in both the consumer world as well as the medical world. Understand that we are in no way saying CBD will cure any ailment, we are just aiming to inform any misguided parts of the public!