24 May CBD Will Not Make You High – The Facts and the Fiction
If you’re old enough to remember the Y2K bug, the hype rivaled that of a certain virus being beaten to death by the media right now. The same hype surrounds CBD, making people afraid to use it for their chronic pain or other conditions because it makes them high.
If it were Christmas, we’d say “Bah, humbug” to the hype. There is plenty of research online by prominent organizations like Harvard Medical School and Medical News Today regarding CBD’s healing properties. We’re going to use their wisdom to bring you the facts versus the fiction of CBD.
Fiction: CBD Is Cannabis and It Will Make You High
Fact: Cannabis and hemp are brothers. Cannabis or marijuana contains the psychoactive ingredient THC that makes you high. CBD is the essential oil taken from the hemp plant. Hemp contains so little THC that it couldn’t make anyone high.
While cannabidiol or CBD is present in marijuana, it’s the THC that makes people high. CBD won’t make anyone addicted to it. The Harvard Medical School tells us that CBD “exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential and that there is no evidence of public health problems stemming from using CBD.”
Fiction: CBD Is Illegal
Fact: CBD is legal in most states due to the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill. Some states have restrictions against its use, so check with someone to find out. The FDA is working to understand and classify cannabidiol products that are safe for use.
However, some manufacturers slip THC and heavy metals into their CBD products, especially European manufacturers. The FDA is working to identify these and warn people of using them.
If you get your CBD from a questionable source such as some obscure seller on Amazon or in a convenience store, call the manufacturer and ask some pertinent questions. You’ll need to know what other than CBD is included in the product as well as the strength of the CBD in it. You wouldn’t want to use a product containing so little CBD that you’d have to take three times the amount to get its healing benefits, although the company would love that.
Fiction: CBD Isn’t Safe
Fact: There are no structured tests using animals or humans to test the efficacy of CBD. The FDA is working on getting these studies done. The snag to that is that people are in pain right now and can’t wait for formal testing.
The pharmaceutical industry would like to see CBD gone because it interferes with sales of its chemicals that have terrible side effects. While that might seem cynical to some, the plain fact is that CBD does heal chronic pain, helps with anxiety and depression, treats some illnesses or conditions like seizures, and is all-natural with few if any terrible side effects.
The major reason you would need to check with your doctor if you use CBD will be to ask if it interferes with your other medications. CBD cancels out the absorption of certain medications in the liver or makes them less effective, so a doctor would need to weigh this in the balance.
Fiction: CBD Helps with Weight Loss
Fact: Sorry, folks, but the way the body digests CBD gives it little chance to help with weight loss. When you swallow CBD oil, it is metabolized by the liver. It then moves through the digestive system, where its components are stripped for transport to the body parts that need it. When it’s done with the digestion process, most of its helpful properties are removed.
The idea is to replace fat white cells that don’t burn off quickly with brown cells that do. The trouble is that too little remains to turn anything brown. However, weight loss could be facilitated by holding CBD under the tongue or sublingually taking it and letting it be absorbed into the mouth tissues. This bypasses the digestive tract. More CBD gets into the body, which does more good. White fat cells beware.
Fiction: CBD Is a Fad. It Will Pass
Fact: Hemp has grown since the beginning of time and has been used by whoever was roaming the earth at the time. Technically, recorded history places its use in 2737 BCE when Sheng Nung, Chinese Emperor, used it to treat gout, rheumatism, malaria, and faulty memory.
The anointing oil mentioned in the New Testament? CBD. It was called Keneh Bosem, later to be named cannabis. Even Queen Victoria used it to relieve female cramps.
In 1839, Irish physician William O’Shaughnessy published research into hemp’s healing properties. It wasn’t until the 1940s through the 1960s that the technology existed to research cannabidiol further. As the technology and the research have advanced, medical professionals have found that the health benefits of CBD have grown into a nice stack.
Fiction: Cannabidiols Can Only Be Found in Hemp or Marijuana
Fact: The body’s endocannabinoid system wouldn’t be there if it couldn’t interact with cannabinoids like CBD. Cannabidiol can be found in many plant foods like carrots, broccoli, black pepper, cloves, ginseng, echinacea, and even – brace yourself – chocolate.
Terpenes are one of the many compounds in cannabidiol that give the plant its flavor and scent. These compounds bind with CB2 receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. Not only that, but the body makes its own cannabinoids specifically for reaction with the receptors.
For all the hype that surrounds CBD or a virus of any type, one fact shines through. The fact that people desperate for relief of pain, anxiety, seizures, and other health conditions take CBD religiously should tell you something. When human nature finds something that works, it sticks with that something no matter what.
Not only is it simply human nature, but it’s also simply common sense. If a body can’t make it through eight hours of work due to pain, it gets fired. There’s no way to pay the rent, put gas in the car, or food on the table. Common sense tells us to find something that works. CBD works.