It appears the sky is the limit when it comes to the popularity of CBD oil. Though while there’s a growing demand for the products, there are still a few common misconceptions about hemp oil. To settle this once and for all, we’ve decided to bring you the facts and debunk 5 of the most common misconceptions surrounding CBD oil:
1. CBD oil gets you high
Of all the misconceptions there are about CBD hemp oil, this might be one of the most common. As there is a large group of people who believe CBD oil from hemp could get them high. And while there are definitely cannabinoid products that could cause a psychoactive effect - also known as a ‘high’ or ‘stone’ - hemp oil cannot.
Actually, it is even believed that Cannabidiol (CBD) - the main ingredient in CBD oil - counteracts the high caused by Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). A substance that does appear to exist in hemp; but in such low concentrations compared to the Cannabidiol, that it won’t get you high.
2. All CBD oil is the same
Another big misconception we hear is that all CBD oil is the same. Though nothing could be further from the truth. For starters, there’s a difference between so called Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and PURE CBD oil. As we’ve explained in our previous article: ‘What is the difference between full-spectrum, pure and RAW CBD oil?' However, all CBD oil sold in our CBD shop is full-spectrum. Which means it contains all cannabinoids, terpenes and other important substances from hemp. Providing you with a healthy food supplement, just like nature intended!
Though that isn’t the only difference there is. Considering the great variety of raw materials and processes available to make CBD oil, might impact the quality of full spectrum oils too. This has everything to do with variables such as the hemp varieties used, the growing methods (organic or not) and method of extraction. And let’s not forget the transportation, storage and processing of the hemp extracts. Let’s just say, not every CBD producer deserves an ISO certification; like we proudly received in 2020 *wink, wink*…
3. CBD oil is more effective without THC
While full-spectrum hemp oil contains each and every component hemp has to offer; the so-called broad spectrum and pure CBD oil do not contain all of these cannabinoids and terpenes. In fact, pure CBD oil contains nothing more than CBD Isolate and a carrier oil like hemp seed oil. Although this might sound good, it’s actually not. Considering the other active compounds in hemp are useful too. As they greatly support Cannabidiol’s effects on the body’s own endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is what we call the ‘entourage-effect’.
Also interesting: ‘How does CBD work: the endocannabinoid system (ECS) explained’
Broad spectrum on the other hand comes closer to full-spectrum, like the name suggests. So besides Cannabidiol, broad spectrum also contains a variety of terpenes and other cannabinoids. The only difference with full spectrum is that it doesn’t contain Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Not even a drop! While full-spectrum CBD oil contains a maximum of 0,2% THC; fully compliant with EU-legislation. Obviously, this is not enough to cause a high - as stated before - but it’s just enough to support the CBD oil's entourage-effect. And considering THC is lacking in both broad spectrum and pure hemp oil; both of these will never be as effective to support your health as a full spectrum oil can be.
4. Higher doses CBD oil are better
While your neighbor might do alright with 6 drops a day, you might need a lot more or maybe a bit less for the same effects. Because when it comes to dosing CBD oil, there’s no standard. After all, we’re all different and accordingly we all react differently to cannabinoid supplements. Though what is sure, is that it’s not always necessary to take high doses of Cannabidiol for the best effect.
That is why we always suggest to start low and build up the dosage when needed. Most importantly, we urge consumers to be consistent with their intake and make sure taking CBD oil becomes part of the daily routine. If after 10-14 days of a certain dose with regular intake, the effects are not sufficient. Then it could be useful or necessary to increase the dosage. Though generally speaking, the sweet spot for the best effects lies far beneath the maximum daily intake. But if you’re unsure about your CBD oil dosage, get in touch! We’re happy to help…
5. CBD is illegal
Most European countries have their own view on the legality of Cannabidiol. Leaving legislators in Europe in doubt on how to categorise CBD oil. At one point, some members of the European Commission (EC) even tried to dub hemp oil as a ‘narcotic’. Which could have had disastrous consequences for consumers and producers worldwide. As it would mean companies like Dutch Natural Healing would have to close their doors forever. Though recently, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled CBD is NOT a drug or narcotic. As they state ‘it does not appear to have any psychotropic effect or any harmful effect on human health.’
This decision was made in relation to the prosecution of a CBD e-cigarette company in France; which had exported CBD oil made from whole hemp plants - instead of an extraction from seeds and fibre. However, French law prohibited the sale of whole plant extracted CBD products; and did not care for the fact that the actual extraction took place in a EU country where the process is legal.
Lucky for them - and other EU-based CBD companies - the CJEU added: ‘A Member State may not prohibit the marketing of Cannabidiol (CBD) lawfully produced in another Member State; when it is extracted from the Cannabis sativa plant in its entirety and not solely from its fibre and seeds.’ A crucial decision for the whole CBD industry; paving the way for the further development of a growing market.