Confused about CBD? You’re not alone. As the market for CBD products continues to grow rapidly (it’s expected to reach $20 billion by 2024), there’s a lot of conflicting information floating around.  Here are some of the most common myths (paired with the truths) surrounding CBD.

MYTH #1CBD has not been scientifically proven to help any health conditions

Back in 2017, Epidiolex, a Pharmaceutical CBD oil was approved by the FDA to treat seizures (particularly people with Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome). There are also many clinical studies providing research that show CBD  helps with anxiety, mood disorders, helps relieve pain, aids in treating schizophrenia, may play a role in keeping your heart healthy, and may be an adjunct treatment for substance abuse (to name a few). 

MYTH #2: CBD is CBD. All CBD Oils are the same

While it’s true that a molecule of CBD is the same regardless of its origin in medical cannabis, hemp, or a laboratory, that does not mean all CBD products are created equal nor do they have the same effects regardless of their origin. That is why it is imperative to purchase from a reputable company that is completely transparent. So, what’s the best source of CBD? Whether it is broad spectrum, full spectrum, or isolate, look for locally grown, artisanal produced, laboratory-tested products, GMP certified, and that you purchase through a legal medical cannabis program, storefront, or wellness center. CYTO is transparent from #SeedToCYTO and is our favorite and most trusted brand that was developed by physicians and pharmacists. Bottom line: Do your research before purchasing any CBD product.

Myth #3: CBD oils are Psychoactive

It wasn’t too long ago that one of the most commonly held and spread beliefs relating to CBD oil was that it was psychoactive and would get you “high.” However, with the rise of consumer awareness and the market moving towards professionalisation, the laissez-faire era of luring the customers with promises of  getting a “high” is on its path to oblivion. The threshold value pre-determined law allows up to 0.3% of THC in Broad Spectrum CBD Oils. That amount is negligent at best and 0.3% is way below any potential psychoactive effect. 

Myth #4: CBD and THC work the same way 

Simply put, this common misconception is inaccurate. CBD and THC affect the endocannabinoid system differently and these differences carry beyond the ECS. From serotonin receptors to pain receptors to enzymes, CBD & THC benefit our health in many unique, yet different ways. 

MYTH #5: I will feel the benefits of CBD after one dose

No, you will not feel the full benefits of CBD after one dose. Each person’s dosing will depend on their personal physiology (start small and build up) such as your metabolism, weight, frequency of use, and most importantly, the method of consumption.