The consumption of products with CBD is on the rise, and it is a reality. Unfortunately, advertising often distorts the objective elements, due to its emphasis on the sales process.
The WHO and the European Union have given their contribution by clarifying certain scientific aspects of the benefits of using cannabinoids.
In this article, we are going to try to clarify some myths and confirm some facts about CBD..
Are hemp and marijuana the same?
False - They both belong to the same family, however due to their genetic makeup and unique growth habits, we can conclude that they are two different plants. The term hemp is associated with the subspecies 'cannabis sativa sativa' and has no psychotropic effects; while marijuana is related to the 'cannabis sativa indica' which does produce a high content of TCH (psychoactive cannabinoid molecule).
Can CBD Be Extracted from Both Hemp and Marijuana?
True - The extraction process can isolate CBD from both raw materials. The difference in cost is considerable, for this reason the industrial extraction of CBD does not use marijuana.
Is CBD a Drug?
False – CBD does not contain any psychoactive ingredients. What's more, cannabidiol given to patients with heroin addiction, reduced their anxiety levels and eased withdrawal symptoms.
Are hemp oil and CBD or cannabidiol the same?
False - Hemp oil from the seeds of the cannabis sativa plant has nothing to do with the CBD molecule from the trichomes of the plant. In fact, they are different INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients or INCI) ingredients. The term CBD usually refers to the white CBD crystal powder that the cannabidiol molecule contains for the most part. Hemp oil, on the other hand, contains CBD in small proportions in addition to other cannabinodes
Is isolate CBD the best form of medical cannabis?
False - The need to isolate cannabinoids does not mean that isolated or synthetic cannabinoids are the best therapeutic solution. There is empirical evidence that ingesting cannabis in its natural form can provide a greater range of therapeutic benefits than in the form of isolated cannabinoids.
Is CBD a food supplement?
True - Food supplements in their most accepted definition is the concentrated source of nutrients or other authorized food substances that have a nutritional or physiological effect. Some of the CBD presentations are a complete and natural alternative to strengthen the immune system; they are rich in protein and contain many fatty acids, minerals and vitamins.
Is CBD contraindicated for diabetics?
False - Clinical and preclinical studies have shown CBD's anti-inflammatory and pain-regulating potential. This feature opens up a promising horizon when it comes to combating negative proteins that damage the functions of the pancreas, peripheral blockade of the CB1 receptor and the activation of CB2, GPR55 or GPR119. At the same time, other research has also shown that CBD can help to minimize insulin resistance.
Is CBD a cure for everything from insomnia to epilepsy?
False - CBD is not the panacea that will save the world. The effect of CBD is personal and individual, just like all other products applied to improve the quality of life.
True - In countless cases, CBD has shown palpable benefits in the treatment of epilepsy, muscle aches or insomnia.
Is CBD good for cancer?
False - Cannabinoids - but not CBD in particular - are widely used to treat nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, in addition to improving the general condition of the patient.
True - In a recent preclinical study, the acidic form of CBD, CBDa, has been shown to be effective in inhibiting the migration of cancer cells. Although, it is still too early to conclude with certainty that cannabinoids are anti-tumor agents.
Is CBD tasteless?
False - By definition, CBD is the result of an extraction from a biological component, hemp, which is a plant. Natural hemp has a very strong characteristic flavor, in addition to the chlorophyll flavor that may have been combined during the treatment of the plant. Having said the above, there are some extraction procedures that nullify the taste. However, it is better to be well informed and know what other elements have been lost in the process, besides taste.
Do all CBD products contain the same percentages of cannabinoids?
False - The extraction process used determines the final percentages. Hence the importance of extraction protocols and analysis. An HPLC Laboratory analysis can clear up any doubts in this regard.
Does CBD have no contraindications?
True - There are no known contraindications so far.
Is CBD totally Safe?
False - The quality of the raw material, the presence of heavy metals or pesticides, as well as the processing and extraction which can leave toxic residues, suggest that all the CBD you can find on the market are not the same, neither in efficacy nor in security.
Is CBD good for pets?
Cierto - Our pets also benefit from all the positive effects that have already been shown in humans. What's more, CBD for pets is a known antiemetic, that is, it has properties to control symptoms related to the digestive system.
Are CBD cosmetics just a fad?
False - The fact that CBD was legalized earlier for cosmetic use than for food use shows that it has a long road ahead. The healing and beautifying potential of CBD-based products are the result of years of research, which took as a common basis the well-known anti-inflammatory and calming effect of CBD in topical use.
Can't CBD rival drugstore painkillers?
False - Every day, more than 90 people die from overdoses of prescription painkillers. CBD today is saving lives and preventing premature deaths.
Are the benefits of using CBD in patients with epilepsy anecdotal?
False - In a clinical trial, CBD reduced fall seizures by 44% in patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
Does CBD have a negative effect on libido?
False - A study conducted by Stanford University concluded that cannabis users have 20% more sex than non-users. CBD is not a stimulant nor does it share the disinhibiting effect of THC, however, as a good natural pain reliever, it has a positive effect on mood and therefore on libido.
Does CBD have a negative effect on athletic performance?
False - CBD has shown in several studies to help strengthen bones and prevent injury. Some athletes report experiencing that CBD was helping in their recovery phases.
Is CBD the only interesting cannabinoid?
False - Although it is true that CBD has unique qualities that make it the star of the moment, mainly because it is a natural way to reduce stress and pain, the other cannabinoids have indisputable qualities and the combination of these is a particularly interesting enhancer.
Is the entourage effect a side effect of using CBD?
False - There are hardly any side effects of using CBD and they are usually mild. The entourage effect is the result of combining terpenes and cannabinoids in such a way that a natural enhancer of the combined elements is achieved.
Much of the benefits that have generated the growing interest of the general public have been confirmed.
However, scientific knowledge is the best basis for conscious and responsible consumption, and not mythology.
CBD and its many applications still have a long way to go.