If you’ve heard of CBD, you have likely also heard some widely-believed CBD myths — most of which aren’t based on fact.
Let’s get this settled once and for all. Goodrays are here to set the record straight and debunk the most common CBD myths.
"CBD IS ILLEGAL"
Despite the growing popularity of CBD, it is still widely believed to be illegal. CBD is entirely legal to buy and use in the UK, provided the product contains less than 1mg of THC – the plant’s psychoactive molecule – per container.
At Goodrays, all our CBD products are THC-free, so there is no need to worry about their legal status. Do note, however, that CBD laws differ around the globe, so always be sure to research local legislation before buying CBD abroad or travelling with our products.
"CBD WILL GET YOU HIGH"
CBD is non-psychoactive, so it cannot get you high.
To clear up any confusion: CBD comes from hemp, a variety of the cannabis plant that does contain THC. However, CBD can be isolated from the plant and used in its pure form to create products and medicines that won’t get you high. It is therefore completely safe and legal to drive and operate heavy machinery after taking CBD.
"CBD IS GOOD AND THC IS BAD"
THC gets a pretty bad rep, but it’s actually got some great uses. Cannabis-based medicines, which contain both CBD and THC, are currently available on the NHS to treat rare forms of epilepsy, chemotherapy nausea and vomiting, and multiple sclerosis. Cannabis is also available on private prescription for countless other mental and physical health conditions.
"CBD IS ADDICTIVE"
This is far from the truth. In fact, there is some research showing that CBD can do the opposite; it could help people fight addiction, particularly when it comes to quitting smoking.
In one particular study, there was no evidence of withdrawal symptoms in 30 healthy volunteers after they stopped taking a high dose of CBD every day. This, alongside other evidence, has led researchers to believe that CBD has next to no abuse potential. CBD is not at all addictive.
"ALL CBD IS THE SAME"
There is so much variation in CBD products on the market. From CBD isolate, to broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD. You can find high-dose and low-dose products in the form of oils, gummies, drinks, and topicals. The list is endless.
What works for someone else may not work for you, which leads us to our next widely-believed CBD myth.
"CBD DOESN'T WORK"
Not only do Goodrays customers say otherwise, but the science says so too. Many find CBD helps them to unwind, de-stress and sleep better. There is even a growing body of research to support the use of CBD in the treatment of countless health conditions, including chronic pain.
That said, it won’t work for everyone. But do keep in mind that it often takes time to feel the effects of CBD – or to establish the correct dosage. So give yourself time to settle into your CBD routine.
For more help, take a look at our in-depth CBD dosing guide.
"CBD IS A SCAM"
The CBD market is growing. As a result, some companies are looking to take advantage of a booming industry and make a profit off unregulated products. This could mean that some CBD on the market is a scam, containing next to no CBD, illicit levels of THC, or toxic ingredients.
Thankfully, this isn’t the case here at Goodrays. Our CBD comes from Colorado-grown Hemp, so it’s easily traceable and contains zero toxic compounds.
Not convinced? Each of our products is third-party laboratory tested so that our customers know exactly what they’re putting into their bodies.
"CBD CAN CURE CANCER"
Soon after CBD hit the wellness market, word spread that it was helping cancer patients to fight the disease. Although CBD may help to ease some symptoms, it is not a panacea.
There have been some small-scale cell studies to show that CBD could fight cancer, but human studies are yet to confirm this. The existing evidence, therefore, is purely anecdotal and is not rooted in scientific research.
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