There’s no denying that CBD is a big deal in the healthcare sector right now. People are itching to buy that brand new bottle of CBD oil, or to try out the latest and greatest in CBD skincare. It’s almost unbelievable how many new products are being launched; new and innovative ways to take cannabidiol are appearing all the time.
In all the chaos and excitement, it’s easy to get swept up into the “CBD is a miracle!” mindset that so many have fallen into. This is a problem, because it gives consumers unrealistic expectations and has many people buying into false claims made by manufacturers. At the time of writing, CBD is an unregulated market, and it is important for consumers to be smart about what they believe and what they buy.
With all the fuzzy information floating around online, there are a lot of “facts” that readers must filter through. Not all are true, and some are incredibly vague. Sometimes, these not-entirely-true facts are repeated over and over again until they have saturated the market!
Well, today, we are bringing you 5 REAL facts about CBD that you may not have been aware of. So buckle up and prepare to be intrigued – number three will blow your mind!
1. CBD is a HUGE Deal in Skincare
You might have been aware of the popularity of CBD skincare products already, but did you know why they’re all the rage? A lot of skin issues are actually down to underlying inflammation. By now, many CBD advocates are aware that CBD can be used as an anti-inflammatory. As such, using topical CBD treatments can be a way to help with a number of problems. This ranges from puffy skin under the eyes to even sunburn. These are problems we all experience, and it turns out that adding CBD to your fave moisturiser might actually be able to help out.
Aside from applying it to the face or rubbing a small amount of CBD salve into your sunburn, you can also indulge in a whole-body CBD treatment using CBD bath bombs and CBD bath salts. It sounds insane, but believe us, it feels like luxury!
2. Vaping CBD Could Help You Quit Smoking
Vaping CBD has become an enormously popular option. In general, vaping is considered to be healthier than smoking due to the lack of combustion. The idea is that burning cigarettes releases harmful chemicals and gases which you inhale into your lungs, whereas the low temperature of vaping avoids this.
But why vape nicotine when you could vape CBD instead? CBD e-liquids are really easy to purchase – they’re everywhere! Some smokers who are trying to kick the habit have found that slowly switching to CBD cartridges over nicotine ones is a good way to gradually stop smoking and avoid cravings or relapses. It is possible to purchase “vape additives” which allow you to add a tiny bit of CBD to your nicotine e-liquid. By gradually increasing the CBD dose and decreasing the nicotine dose, you can slowly build-up to a CBD-only vaping session. The act of vaping will keep your hands and mouth occupied, but you won’t actually be consuming nicotine.
Furthermore, a study was conducted in 2013 in London which suggested CBD can really be helpful in quitting. The researchers gave 24 cigarette smokers a CBD inhaler or a placebo; the smokers were told to take the inhaler whenever they felt an urge to smoke. Those given a placebo ended up smoking the exact same number of cigarettes by the end of the week, but those given CBD reduced their cigarette intake by up to 40%.
If you are interested in quitting smoking, it may be worth giving CBD vapes a shot.
3. Technically, CBD is “Psychoactive”
A lot of information online says that CBD is “non-psychoactive” – in fact, we’re guilty of saying this on our own website! However, this is not technically true. It is slightly misleading to call it non-psychoactive when it does have an ability to affect the brain.
Dr. Ethan Russo – whom you may have heard of due to his vast influence in cannabis research – has stated that “CBD is frequently mischaracterized […] as ‘non-psychoactive’ or ‘non-psychotropic’ in comparison to THC.” This is because it doesn’t cause the “high” which is associated with THC. Russo went on to say that, “CBD should be preferably labelled as ‘non-intoxicating,’ and lacking associated reinforcement, craving, compulsive use, etc. that would indicate a significant drug abuse liability.”
Basically, Dr. Russo means to say that CBD is non-intoxicating because it does not cause drug-induced effects; however, it is misleading to call it ‘non-psychoactive.’
4. There’s No Such Thing as Too Much CBD!
Well, not really. CBD is a compound that is safe to take, as determined by the World Health Organisation. It is a natural supplement that people of any age can use, including children. Due to misunderstandings around CBD and its origin in cannabis, many people wonder if you can overdose.
The answer is no. There has been no recorded overdose from cannabis, never mind CBD alone. Some people do experience some side effects from CBD, such as dizziness, headaches, and a dry mouth; these often disappear quickly and do not persist with repeated doses. They are all very minor side effects.
According to clinical trials, you would need to take 20 mg of CBD per kilogram of body weight before you start seeing side effects like vomiting. This is a ridiculously high dose that would be pretty much impossible to take. So don’t worry about that accidental extra drop of CBD oil you took this morning!
However, this does not mean that more is better. A few animal studies have shown that CBD works on a bell-shaped curve. This means that a very low dose of CBD shows no effects, a medium dose of CBD provides the desired effects, and a high dose of CBD one again shows no effects. As a result, you want to be hitting that sweet spot right in the middle – read our guide on CBD dosages for more information.
5. CBD is Good for You, Even if You’re Healthy
It is a common misconception that CBD is some kind of alternative medicine, when in fact it is actually a food supplement. It should be taken just like a daily vitamin, as you would any other food supplement.
Even if you are healthy, CBD could provide you with some benefits. Due to the way it supports the endocannabinoid system, it could simply help you to generally feel healthier and support your healthy lifestyle.
CBD oils usually contain a number of other healthy ingredients like B complex vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and magnesium.
Don’t write off CBD just because you’re healthy – it has benefits for everyone!