CBD misconceptions

CBD Misconceptions

CBD misconceptions are growing by the day. Now that cannabidiol is in the global spotlight, more information is available about this non-intoxicating cannabinoid. How do you know what to believe? It can be difficult to know what information is correct and what information is a farce. In this guide we’ll help you uncover the truth about some of the most common CBD misconceptions.

CBD is Purely Medical and THC is Just Recreational

This is one of the most used CBD misconceptions. Many say that CBD is purely medical and THC is recreational. This isn’t exactly the truth. The fact of the matter is, both cannabinoids have medicinal potential.

Science has uncovered that THC prevents the formation of amyloid beta plaque – which is connected to dementia associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Even our federal government has recognized the therapeutic potential of THC for nausea and improving appetites. It’s allowed Marinol to be produced and yes, it contains THC. Marinol is a Schedule III drug, but cannabis remains a Schedule I drug. Schedule III drugs indicate little potential for abuse. How is THC in Marinol classified Schedule III and the whole cannabis plant Schedule I? We don’t know, but it makes no sense.

THC structure

Structure of THC

CBD Isn’t Psychoactive

This is one of the biggest CBD misconceptions. CBD is not intoxicating, but it is psychoactive, as we explained in a previous article. Psychoactive is defined as altering the mind. This alteration does not have to be incapacitating or intoxicating and doesn’t always have to affect your ability to function. It refers to a change occurring in the brain.

The psychoactivity of CBD is positive, not negative. For those with depression, mood swings or stress-related ailments, CBD may support better responses to situations that trigger these feelings. So, yes, an alteration in response does occur.

Much of the CBD industry has strayed away from saying that CBD is non-psychoactive, because that is incorrect. It just doesn’t make you high, so it’s non-intoxicating.

An example of this is someone with chronic depression or frequent depression due to an underlying issue. Using CBD on a bad day may help that person smile, feel calmer and feel generally happy simply to the way it interacts with receptors in the brain.

CBD Works Better Without THC

This is not necessarily true. The entourage effect occurs when all of the cannabinoids and terpenes of a cannabis or hemp strain work together to create a synergistic effect. This cannot occur if a single cannabinoid has been stripped from an extraction.

This has created a lot of controversy as some CBD manufacturers claim that their product is full spectrum but THC-free. This is not possible. If THC is missing, it’s no longer a full spectrum product. We’ve explained why in our recent guide Claims of THC-Free CBD Oil: What you Need to Know.

It’s also important to point out that CBD and THC actually complement each other. They work great together and have often been called the “power couple” of cannabis cannabinoids. The truth in the matter is these two cannabinoids interact synergistically together to enhance the therapeutic benefits of the other.

One study has even shown that the combination of CBD and THC together works better to reduce tumor sizes and have stronger anti-tumor properties than either cannabinoid on their own.

CBD is a Sedative

High doses of CBD might produce more relaxing effects, but CBD itself isn’t sedating. If a high-CBD strain of cannabis also contains higher amounts of myrcene, this may cause a sedative effect. Myrcene is an ideal terpene for those with insomnia and chronic pain.

Small doses of CBD might actually be energizing.


Whole Plant Medicine is Inferior to Single Molecule Pharmaceuticals

Big Pharma, and the federal government, contend that cannabinoids in cannabis and hemp plants have medicinal value but the whole plant does not. This is partly what has allows THC or CBD products like Marinol and Epidiolex to be manufactured into pharmaceuticals. When it comes to the government and Big Pharma, the “corporate way” of doing things is to make these medications with just a single molecule.

Cannabis has hundreds of compounds in it such as cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. All of these compounds assist to the medicinal/therapeutic value of whole plant medicine. Every compound of these plants has merits on their own, but are stronger when working together. This is also why the entourage effect is so important – this occurs when all of the components of a cannabis strain work together in the body. The entourage effect supports the theory that whole plant medicine is superior to single-molecule formulations.

THC is the Bad Guy, CBD is the Good Guy

THC continues to be demonized while CBD gets all of the glory these days. Prohibitionists continue to demonize cannabis and its healing potential. CBD doesn’t induce a high or any intoxicating effects, but this doesn’t mean that THC is a bad cannabinoid. It’s quite beneficial; THC and CBD are a great team.

When both cannabinoids are present together, their potential increases, as we mentioned in previous sections. Cannabinoids can work on their own, but work better together as they’re able to support each other in the body and aid in supporting healthy responses to several functions.

Psychoactivity is a Negative Side Effect

As we mentioned above, CBD is psychoactive because it does cause a change to occur. However, the changes are not adverse or negative – they are positive. We’ve used depression and mood disorders as examples, and these are prime examples of how CBD’s non-intoxicating properties, but positive psychoactivity supports positive responses to symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress.

Dr. Tod Mikuriya said, “We should be thinking of cannabis as a medicine first, that happens to have some psychoactive properties, as many medicines do, rather than as an intoxicant that happens to have a few therapeutic properties on the side.”

As Dr. Mikuriya notes, a lot of pharmaceuticals have psychoactive properties. So, why is the psychoactivity (intoxicating psychoactivity) of cannabis deemed as a bad thing?

CBD Works Best in High Doses

This is one of the most misunderstood CBD misconceptions around. Every person has an individual ideal dose. There is no known unsafe dose of CBD. For some people, smaller doses and increased frequencies work better. Others may need those larger doses a couple of times a day.

Using cannabinoids is very much individualized, as is medicine in general. Two people can take the exact same does of a medication or cannabis/CBD and have two entirely different experiences.

For some people, smaller doses of multiple cannabinoids works best. This is known as microdosing.

CBD terms

Structure of CBD

CBD Becomes THC in the Stomach

CBD cannot become THC in the stomach. These two cannabinoids are quite different. One cannot be the other, and vice versa. When it comes to CBD misconceptions, this one is laughable.

CBDa converts to CBD when it’s heated (activated). THC can degrade and convert to CBN over time. THCa converts to THC when it’s heated (activated).

Closing Thoughts

There are so many CBD misconceptions that it’s hard to keep up with everything as a new CBD user. Even seasoned CBD users have trouble keeping up with all of the information available these days. It’s even harder to know what’s right and what’s not. We hope that this helps clear up some of the most common CBD misconceptions for you.

Should you have questions about something you’ve read or heard, please feel free to reach out to us here, or check an educational site like CannaHealth. We are more than happy to answer your questions and help provide you with correct information.