June 08, 2021

Debunking 6 Common Misconceptions About CBD


As CBD’s popularity has surged, so have misconceptions about it.

Some CBD lore is harmless. Unfortunately, tall tales about CBD can prevent people who might benefit from it from using it. Not understanding CBD laws or how CBD works can be problematic, too.

We’re here to bust some of the most common CBD myths, so read on to separate fact from fiction.

Misconception #1: CBD Is Illegal In The United States

There's a good reason for this misconception: Until recently, it was true!

For around a century, the US considered hemp to be a controlled substance. Even though hemp contains virtually no THC (and doesn’t get you high), the federal government treated it like marijuana.

Finally, the 2018 Farm Bill changed that by making industrial hemp federally legal. Industrial hemp is hemp that contains no more than 0.3% THC by weight. Extracts from industrial hemp — such as CBD oil — were also legalized.

This didn’t mean CBD oil was immediately legal, though. States have their own hemp and cannabis laws, which created a lot of legal gray areas.

By 2020, most states had laws specifying that CBD oil is legal, with differences in how it's regulated from state to state. For example, some states allow CBD with more than the federally-legal limit of THC, while some states only allow CBD with zero THC.

Ultimately, CBD oil is now federally legal, but states handle CBD regulation. You’ll want to refer to your state CBD laws to learn exactly what’s permitted.

Misconception #2: CBD Oil Gets You High

Some CBD products can indeed cause a high, but that’s not due to the CBD. Psychoactive effects from CBD products happen for one of two reasons.

  1. The CBD oil also contains a significant amount of THC, the compound in cannabis that gets you high. Full-spectrum CBD products might contain more THC, so if that isn’t something you’re after, be sure to check the label and certificate of analysis before you consume it.
  2. The entourage effect can kick in when trace amounts of THC and other cannabis compounds are present in CBD. People have reported various outcomes of the entourage effect from subtle bliss to euphoria similar to a marijuana-induced high.

Keep in mind that while CBD doesn’t get you high on its own, the presence of THC in CBD products could cause a failed drug test.

Misconception #3: Science Hasn’t Proven Any Health Benefits Of CBD Oil

Scientific research on CBD moved slowly before the 21st century, but some recent breakthroughs have proven its therapeutic potential.

Because of CBD’s ability to influence the nervous system, it can have effects on pain, inflammation, sleep, mood, cognition and memory, digestion, and more.

 In addition to the expanding body of research, anecdotal evidence of folks using CBD as part of medical treatment plans and for managing aches and pains is on the rise.

The list of possible applications for health and wellness continues to grow as we learn about the effect of CBD and other cannabinoids on the body and mind.

The FDA has even approved a CBD-based drug, Epidiolex, for the treatment of seizure disorders.

Misconception #4: The Human Body Has CBD Receptors

CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the main cannabinoids present in cannabis. These plant-based cannabinoids are called phytocannabinoids.

Mammals (humans included) also have naturally occurring cannabinoids called endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are part of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which contains receptors that help endocannabinoids communicate.

These receptors also recognize phytocannabinoids from cannabis.

So, no, the human body doesn’t have receptors for CBD specifically. It does have receptors for cannabinoids in general, though! Pretty neat, huh?

Misconception #5: CBD Doesn’t Really Work

I tried CBD and didn’t feel anything, so it doesn’t work.”

You may have heard this before, or even said it yourself. These claims have led many people to believe that CBD is no more than snake oil.

But what about the oodles of CBD users who feel undeniable effects?

There are many reasons why an individual may not notice any change after taking CBD oil.

  • Low-quality CBD products and CBD that isn’t bioavailable might not be as effective.
  • The dose may not have been large enough.
  • Diet, health conditions, medications, and other variables can influence the body’s ability to respond to CBD.
  • Individual biology plays a role, so some folks aren’t as sensitive to the effects of CBD oil.

As some CBD users have expressed, it’s not always about what you feel after taking CBD, but what you don’t feel — like pain and stress. These changes may not be immediately noticeable and may require taking CBD consistently each day.

Misconception #6: The CBD Industry Is Unregulated, So You Can’t Trust CBD Products

CBD Governance

After CBD became federally legal, it was up to each state to define its own CBD policies and regulations. This led to some states holding off on allowing CBD oil to be produced or sold, along with warnings about the safety of CBD products.

There are FDA guidelines about CBD, though. And many states have set high standards for CBD production, distribution, and labeling.

That said, CBD companies don’t adhere to a single set of regulations. That means it’s largely up to consumers to do their own research to make sure they’re getting a high-quality CBD product that’s legal in their areas.

Finding High-Quality, Legal CBD

Then there’s the learning curve associated with CBD jargon. Without understanding terms like broad-spectrum and nanotechnology, finding the right CBD products can be a confusing process.

 Here’s what to look for when shopping for CBD.

  • Is it CBD isolate, full-spectrum CBD, or broad-spectrum CBD? Is this type of CBD legal in your state?
  • Does it contain more than 0.3% THC? And how much CBD is in it? Find this on the label, and double-check on the certificate of analysis.
  • Was it derived from organically grown hemp?
  • Is it bioavailable, giving your body the best chance of absorbing all of its benefits?

We know it can seem overwhelming to navigate the CBD marketplace, which is why we set out to create high-quality and effective CBD products made from purely cultivated hemp. Pure Craft CBD is legal in all 50 states, too!

Be A CBDetective

There are bound to be myths about new products, especially when they’re related to cannabis. Thanks to the internet, it’s easy to read up on the latest evidence and educate yourself as a CBD consumer.

Avoid falling prey to CBD rumors by asking questions, checking facts, and tracking down the best CBD products that deliver the best results.


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