Cannaray debunks the most common myths surrounding CBD, including whether it gets you high, what it tastes like and whether it shows up in drugs tests. Cannabidiol, or CBD, doesn't get people high. What it can do is harder to agree on, but we know some popular claims are false.
5 of the Most Common CBD Myths – Debunked
It’s a no from us. While some CBD oils have a hempy, earthy flavour, there’s also a bevy of delicious-tasting blends out there – including our CBD Oil Drops. Choose the Bright Days oil for a refreshingly zesty lime and juniper flavour, or go to bed with the Night Time blend, which we’ve infused with bracing peppermint. If you’re into edibles, the Bright Days CBD Capsules are flavour-free, while the Bright Days CBD Gummies are a juicy orange flavour. You won’t find any hempy flavours here.
Myth #2: CBD Will Get Me ‘High’
Because CBD is extracted from a type of cannabis plant (we source ours from the hemp plant), there’s a common misconception that the compound is going to make you feel ‘high’. However, whether this is a myth or not comes down to the blends you use. What you’re looking for is products with no THC, because this is the compound that’s responsible for that ‘high’. Hemp plants have very little THC on their leaves, stems and flowers, and we make sure you won’t find any in our CBD blends. So the answer is ‘no’ – our CBD, which is THC-free, will not produce the intoxicating effects associated with cannabis.
Myth #3: CBD Will Show Up in a Drugs Test
Drug tests do not screen for CBD – as CBD is not a drug. However, depending on the CBD brand and product you purchase, some CBD can contain traces of THC; another compound found in cannabis which is screened for on drug tests.
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Myth #4: CBD Products Are All the Same
This is a ‘yes’ and ‘no’ answer. While all of our products contain the same Gold Standard CBD, each format offers different benefits, from varying onset times to extra ingredients. There are unique reasons to love each one, so here’s what you need to know:
CBD Oil Drops: Oils tend to be faster-acting than CBD edibles, so dose up with a tincture for speedy effects. We love the Bright Days blend for a citrus burst, or the Night Time oil for a peppermint flavour and a boost of hemp oil.
CBD Capsules: Not only do the capsules offer pre-measured dosage that’s ultra-quick and discreet; they’re also supercharged with an immunity-enhancing blend of vitamin D3, vitamin C and zinc.
CBD Gummies: They’re fun, they’re fast and they’re packed with fruity flavour. Need we say more? If you’re looking for the sweetest way to take CBD, these juicy gums have you covered.
Myth #5: CBD Dosage is the Same for Everyone
While we recommend all CBD beginners start low and go slow with their dosage, you may want to adjust that amount over time to find a level that works for you. For some, that might be just one AM dropper of CBD oil per day, while for others it could be a combo of a day time capsule and a night time drop of oil. Simply follow the starting-out dosages below, track the experience with our seven-day CBD diary, then level up as and when you feel you need to. It’s all about listening to your body.
Bright Days CBD Oil Drops: Two droppers of the 500mg formula or one full dropper of the 1500mg formula.
Bright Days CBD Capsules: Two capsules per day.
Bright Days CBD Gummies: Up to three juicy gummies per day.
Night Time CBD Oil Drops: Two droppers of the 600mg formula or one full dropper of the 1800mg formula.
For more info on decoding your dosage, you can also check out these easy-to-follow guides:
4 CBD myths that are just blowing smoke, from treating anxiety to the benefits of a ‘pure’ strain
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CBD is one of the most bioavailable compounds in the cannabis plant. Volodymyr Bondarenko / EyeEm / Getty Images
- CBD is one of the more widely available cannabis products, but we don’t know much about it.
- The cannabinoid doesn’t get you high and can cure everything from anxiety to COVID, if you believe the claims.
- In reality, more research and regulation is needed to set the record straight on CBD.
As states legalize marijuana and pot shops pop up around the country, cannabis has never been so mainstream. But misinformation surrounds the science of cannabis like wisps of smoke.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the more well-known cannabis compounds — in particular, it’s known for being non-intoxicating, unlike THC, which induces a “high.” When the 2016 Farm Bill made hemp legal nationwide, CBD (which can be derived from hemp) quickly became the most available cannabinoid in gas stations and wellness shops alike.
We don’t actually know much about CBD, though. Research moves slowly. Given the legal restrictions on studying cannabis for the past few decades, the science hasn’t caught up yet, leaving room for false claims to thrive.
Whether it’s the murky legality or dubious claims about CBD, it’s easy to get lost in the weeds. Here’s what you should know about some common myths:
Using cannabis probably won’t keep you from getting COVID-19, despite hype over a recent study
Two recent studies sparked interest in cannabis when it seemed like compounds from the plant could prevent infection with COVID-19.
However, there’s no research into how this might work in humans. Both studies modeled COVID infections in lab settings: one study found that some cannabis molecules bind to the virus’ spike protein, keeping it from entering human cells in a lab culture; the other modeled the infection in human lung cells as well as live mice.
Even though CBD appeared to keep the virus from replicating, preventing severe COVID-19 in mice, that doesn’t mean it’ll have the same effect in humans.
“For all we know, you’d have to eat 50 pounds of CBD for that to work — we have no idea if it will work as a medicine,” Peter Grinspoon, a doctor and cannabis specialist who was not involved in either study, previously told Insider.
CBD is not a cure-all
The CBD industry is already ripe with misinformation, and the recent findings related to COVID-19 aren’t helping.
Claims about CBD’s benefits hugely outnumber the studies, in part because until 2019, the US government held a patent on non-psychoactive cannabinoids, Cannabis Nurses Network founder Heather Mainus told Insider. That means federal agencies recognize the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids, but until recently, no one else could research their possible anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, or neuroprotectant effects.
The only CBD treatment that is currently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration is Epidiolex, an oral solution for rare seizure conditions. There’s also preliminary evidence showing that CBD may help with anxiety and addiction urges, but most of the studies to date have involved animals or small samples of humans.
When paired with its psychoactive sister THC, CBD also has the potential to relieve chronic pain for people with multiple sclerosis and terminal cancer — but again, more research needs to be done to determine the correct doses and establish safe practices.
Taking a CBD isolate is not right for everyone
Some canna-newbies might opt for what’s called a CBD isolate — pure CBD which is refined in a lab until there’s no trace of THC left.
There are plenty of reasons why someone might want to avoid THC, from fear of getting high to the risk of failing a drug test. It’s true that even a CBD product with 0.3% THC could show up on a drug test, but it’s unlikely to have a psychoactive effect.
However, CBD works best when combined with THC or other compounds from the cannabis plant. There are more than 120 different cannabinoids and several lesser-known terpenes that can be extracted from cannabis plant, either as isolated tinctures or a cannabinoid cocktail. A 2020 review of studies found that these elements work best when combined, which is often called the entourage effect.
Mainus prefers the term “ensemble effect,” comparing CBD and other cannabinoids to sections in an orchestra. A CBD isolate might work like a brass section playing alone, Mainus said — it’s music, but not a full symphony.
Some products called “broad spectrum” contain several cannabinoids, but the THC has been taken out. Even if you’re not looking for a high, THC can give non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD a needed boost.
“The broad spectrum could be something like your winds and your brasses and your strings, but maybe you don’t have your percussion instruments, so the beat isn’t isn’t keeping up,” Mainus said. “The full spectrum is like the full orchestra of all of the instruments playing in tune together to create this beautiful harmony.”
A CBD gummy won’t do much
What we do know for certain is that taking a single dose of CBD won’t work, unless you have the placebo effect on your side.
Vince Sanders, founder of CBD American Shaman, said one of the most common mistakes people make with over-the-counter cannabinoids is not taking them regularly.
“If you take [CBD] properly — meaning you take it at least twice a day, morning and night — it produces a homeostasis or balance within your body,” Sanders told Insider. “A lot of people that have stress and anxiety issues, when they take CBD regularly, see a massive decline or it completely goes away.”
Cannabis acts on the endocannabinoid system, which is also the body’s way of maintaining a natural balance. You have to build up a certain amount of CBD or THC in the body to notice an effect. Once you do, that impact can be huge, Mainus said.
“When we say cannabis seems to work for everything, it’s not a silver bullet,” she said “But it can address that communication level between body systems and help to regulate that.”