From folks making wild claims (for or against) CBD to start-ups frivolously hawking CBD products in one form or another, it seems that everywhere you turn the subject of CBD is at the forefront. Like any wildly popular trend or burgeoning industry, misinformation (wether intentional or accidental) — can lead to misunderstanding. Following are a few to the myths that we’ve encountered during our journey with CBD.
MYTH: The CBD industry is sketchy, therefore CBD must be sketchy.
Federally, hemp is legal. Marijuana is not. However, you can get CBD from both types of the cannabis plant. This can definitely be confusing. So it’s true there’s a legal grey area where CBD exists. And you guessed it, this can breed some sketchy products. Lab tests have revealed that many items labeled as CBD products sold on the internet actually have little or no CBD in them. Worse, others falsely claim to have zero THC. It’s no wonder why critics feel compelled to point out quality and misinformation issues.
However, that being said, it would be inaccurate to equate all CBD products or companies as “snake oil” or “dishonest” because of some shady producers looking to make a quick buck. So yes, consumers should do their research before purchasing CBD. But it’s important to realize that there are companies, scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs at the forefront developing quality products with the goal of successfully incorporating CBD for the positive results for the niches they serve.
It’s an exciting time, the possibilities are promising. Transparency and dialogue between companies and their customers are critical. This dialogue helps to build trust, share knowledge, new terminology and new standards as this dynamic market continues to evolve.
MYTH: CBD hasn’t been scientifically proven to help any health conditions.
There are many articles that state the CBD compound hasn’t been proven to help with any health conditions. Typical assertions are centered around statements like “little or no concrete evidence” or “indications point that it may be effective in some cases”. Statements like these are useful to caution people to be diligent in conducting their own research. But statements like these may at the same time unintentionally discourage a potential user away from learning about the successful experiences with CBD. With such a large range of users that have experienced positive results, it’s important to look at both sides of the coin when studying CBD. Also it’s important when starting your own research to be clear on what you want from taking CBD.