By Sam Davis, BHS, CPT, FNS
CBD is the all the rage right now, and personally, I think it is wonderful. But with a product that is a derivative of a federally illegal drug, it tends to be a controversial topic of discussion. If you haven’t noticed already, CBD can be found in almost everything from lotions to dog treats, and it is used to alleviate a variety of conditions including anxiety and pain associated with inflammation.
With all the rise in popularity in all these products, there has been an uproar of misconceptions. Let’s tackle some of these myths:
Myth #1: CBD is not psychoactive
When users explain that CBD doesn’t get you high, they are right. It isn’t like its cousin THC. But let’s break down the science behind what a psychoactive substance actually is: it’s a substance that affects the brain. This means that any substance that affects mood & behavior, and/or cognition is psychoactive. CBD has antidepressant and antianxiety effects on the brain, which means it is most definitely psychoactive.
Myth #2: CBD is a sedative
Sedatives are used to modulate signals in your central nervous system to induce sleep, and different doses have different effects on the human body. So when someone says they take CBD to sleep, what they mean is: CBD helps my body relax, which induces sleep faster. It isn’t actually a sedative. And CBD has been known to actually increase energy at certain doses, so make sure you are getting not only the right kind, but taking the right dosage as well.
Myth #3: CBD is totally legal in America
This one is touchy, because CBD is becoming so mainstream. Marijuana-derived CBD is no longer seen as a controlled substance, but CBD that comes from hemp is in the clear anywhere in the country. It depends on where it comes from, and the state’s cannabis laws. Which means CBD that is derived from marijuana is illegal at the federal level, but may not be at the state level depending on state law.
With the new CBD craze, it’s important to understand what the supplement is, how it works, and avoid the myths that come with it.