The common myths about CBD oil

CBD oil is legal in 36 states in the USA. Some of the myths regarding CBD are about getting high, ultimate cure, and the side effects are instant. Getting the best CBD oil requires confirmation of the ingredients, lab results, method of extraction, and brand.

CBD oil is obtained from the hemp and cannabis plants. Most users rely on the two plants have potential health and wellness benefits. Various CBD oil products include gummies, tinctures, capsules, topicals, and vapes. The products are manufactured in three types of CBD; full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and isolate. Hemp-based products were legalized in 2018 after various researchers attached them to various health and wellness benefits. However, there are regulations to protect the users against being exploited by manufacturers. Some hemp plant elements include terpenes, flavonoids, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and cannabidiol (CBD).

Myth-1-Is CBD Oil Legal?

CBD oil products were legalized in the USA by the 2018 Farm Bill. However, there were restrictions. According to Benson (2019), the 2018 Farm Bill, and the Foods and Drugs Administration (FDA), all hemp-based products should have THC levels below 0.3%; otherwise, they are illegal. Also, the states were mandated to determine whether hemp-based products would be legal within their boundaries. Due to the psychoactive effects associated with THC in the hemp plant, 14 states are yet to legalize CBD products. Also, out of the remaining 36, four only allow hemp-based medicines such as CBD for epilepsy. The hemp plant has two primary elements; CBD and THC. The myth surrounding the two elements is that CBD is prohibited.

Myth 2-Is It True That CBD Oil Can You High?

Grotenhermen et al. (2017) reported that CBD oil couldn’t get you high, unlike THC with psychoactive implications. Most of its users have reported positive health implications it uplifts the body systems. According to Moltke& Hindocha (2021), CBD oil has been reported to alleviate its user’s various health and wellness implications, including anxiety and depression. CBD oil interacts with B1 receptors connected to the brain, such as serotonin regulates their functions. Serotonin is a brain receptor responsible for regulating mental disorders and mood. However, the impact of CBD on stress needs further research to substantiate the claims with adequate evidence.

Myth 3- You will notice the effects of CBD Oil Immediately

The duration of feeling the impact of CBD oil depends on various factors. Therefore, don’t expect to feel the implications immediately. CBD oil works like any other ingestible, which must be digested first for effectiveness. However, the duration can be lowered depending on how one administers it and your body chemistry. Consider taking a few CBD oil drops and placing them under your tongue. Hold them for about 60 seconds before swallowing to allow absorption. The impact will be within an hour.

Myth 4- CBD Oil is an Ultimate Cure

Various research is done on CBD oil, trying to prove its health and wellness benefits. Although some have shown promising results, they are yet to be verified clinically. Koo& Kang (2017) noted that the only health benefits affirmed are for treating epilepsy. Nearly all other research on CBD oil doesn’t have enough information. CBD oil creates a conducive sleep environment but does not treat it. Therefore, it is important to understand CBD oil has various potential health and wellness benefits which are yet to be approved. Most brands have disclaimers on their products.

How To Choose The Best CBD Oil

CBD oil can have diverse side effects if it’s of poor quality. Therefore, check on key factors that would help you benefit from it rather than escalating the condition. The following tips will help you choose the best CBD oil for both recreation and therapeutic value if you believe it works for you;


CBD oil is manufactured alongside various ingredients to improve its quality and effectiveness. Some of them are for enhancing taste and durability. Various brands in their CBD oils widely use organic elements such as MCT oil to improve effectiveness. MCT oil or coconut oil has bioavailability features suitable for improving digestion. Notably, consider CBD products manufactured with organic ingredients to minimize contamination. Also, please pay attention to the farming practices of the hemp plant to ensure they have avoided chemical fertilizers and pesticides that would contaminate the end products.

Method Of Extraction

Various extraction methods include alcohol solvents, ethanol, and CO2. Although ethanol is among the most effective method of extraction, it is likely to leave the end products contaminated. Most brands prefer CO2 since it is effective and clean. It minimizes contamination of CBD oil and the environment. Therefore, CO2 hemp plant extracts would be the best option for quality CBD oil products.

Potency and Purity Levels

Purity levels determine whether you are likely to benefit from CBD oil’s suggested health and wellness benefits. Contaminated CBD oil interfere with the purity levels. Also, various solvents are likely to form reactions that significantly affect CBD oil’s quality. Therefore, consider a brand using a certified independent lab to assess the purity levels of their products. Also, potency levels have become a great concern to many customers. Some brands have their posted potency levels higher than those in the products. As a result, their customers overdose unknowingly. To avoid being a victim, assess the lab results and confirm the potency variance. However, the FDA accepts a variance of up to 10%.

The Brand

Some brands have received warnings from the FDA regarding their products’ quality and safety. This is because of offering substandard products with high potency levels that affect its users. Therefore, confirm whether the brand has received any warnings. Also, Better Business Bureau has been leaving comments and ratings on various brands’ performance. It’s also important to assess the comments and ratings from BBB as part of the brands’ quality check. Lastly, check on the customers’ reviews.


CBD products have a lot of concerns regarding them. Some are myths yet to be verified and other facts. Therefore, before using CBD oil, understand the difference between the two. Besides the health implications yet to be verified, such as CBD for sleep and mental health, some suggest CBD oil is not safe. However, that is not the case. THC is the unsafe element found in the hemp plant causing intoxicating effects. Besides, CBD products were legalized in the USA by the 2018 Farm Bill, although states were given mandates to determine legality within their territories. Before considering CBD oil for recreational and therapeutic use, understand the facts. The only approved health benefit of CBD oil for epilepsy.


Benson, D. (2019). Many Questions Surround CBD. Alternative Therapies In Health And Medicine, 25(S2), 4-5.

Grotenhermen, F., Russo, E., & Zuardi, A. W. (2017). Even High Doses Of Oral Cannabidiol Do Not Cause THC-Like Effects In Humans: Comment On Merrick Et Al. Cannabis And Cannabinoid.

Koo, C. M., & Kang, H. C. (2017). Could Cannabidiol Be A Treatment Option For Intractable Childhood And Adolescent Epilepsy?. Journal Of Epilepsy Research, 7(1), 16.

Moltke, J., & Hindocha, C. (2021). Reasons For Cannabidiol Use: A Cross-Sectional Study Of CBD Users, Focusing On Self-Perceived Stress, Anxiety, And Sleep Problems. Journal Of Cannabis Research, 3(1), 1-12.

Nataly Komova

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