5 Myths About Cannabis and How it Affects You


Ever since the passage of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 in the United States and similar hemp-friendly legislation in European nations, the popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) has exploded. Large-scale media, small-scale blogs, and neighbors all discuss the benefits and uses of CBD products.
However, with the proliferation of cannabidiol comes information and misinformation. As a judicious consumer, it’s important you can discern the difference. Here are five of the most popular myths that surround CBD and cannabis.

1. All Cannabis Makes You Feel High

When people hear the word cannabis, they often imagine one of the high-inducing illicit drugs. Yet, they’re actually just thinking of one strain of the cannabis plant family. To set the record straight, these strains are not all created equal. The effects of cannabis are much different than the effects of CBD.

Botanically, cannabis refers to species like indica, sativa, and ruderalis and includes countless strains. Some strains are rich in the high-inducing compound, THC, but many contain little or no THC and a lot of CBD. These non-psychotropic strains are cultivated as industrial hemp and contain less than 0.2% THC.
Industrial hemp is used for many health-promoting and environmentally-friendly purposes, from crafting sustainable textiles and making compostable plastic substitutes to making CBD-rich healthcare and wellness products.

In pharmaceutical drugs like Epidiolex, hemp is used to produce a THC-free, cannabidiol remedy for Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
Medical cannabis, which does get users high, is currently being used to address medical issues such as glaucoma, pain associated with cancer, and anxiety. While medical cannabis is not yet legal in all EU countries, hemp and CBD are legal in every EU country except Slovakia.

Hemp is not a gateway drug, nor can it get you high. It is one of the most important strains of cannabis sativa that may have exponential benefits for health and renewable resources. CBD is quickly becoming an important part of our efforts to produce a healthier and more sustainable society.