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MythBusting CBD | All You Need To Know About CBD Before Buying

After the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law, the headlines started to appear. Report after a report predicted an explosion in the availability of hemp-derived CBD products due to the new law’s changes to hemp farming regulations.

CBD has been gaining a reputation as a natural remedy for a variety of health concerns. From acne to fibromyalgia, CBD advocates say that this cannabinoid has the potential to remedy or prevent hard-to-treat ailments.

But there are a lot of major misconceptions about what CBD is and what it can or cannot do. Read on for a closer look at three of the most common myths around CBD — and the truth behind them.

Myth: CBD Is 100% Legal in All 50 States

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Many CBD manufacturers and advocates say that CBD is legal in all 50 states. But is that statement true? Well, with the current intersections of federal and state law, the answer isn’t as clear as we would like it to be.

Until the mid-twentieth century, doctors commonly recommended cannabis products for everything from mood disorders to headaches. And farmers widely grew the variety of cannabis known as “hemp” for fiber and seeds.

But the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 made therapeutic forms of cannabis illegal and created a gray area for industrial hemp that led to its being banned in the US for decades. While hemp advocates have been chipping away at prohibition since the 1990s, the biggest victory for hemp and CBD came in December 2018 with the passage of a new federal Farm Bill.

This bill created a new legal definition of hemp as any cannabis plant with less than 0.3% THC by weight. Furthermore, the farm bill explicitly excludes hemp from the federal controlled substances list. And in a big victory for the CBD industry and consumers, this new definition includes hemp-derived cannabinoids like CBD.

So hemp-derived CBD is legal, right? Not so fast.

The 2018 Farm Bill allows states to create their own hemp regulations, which are subject to approval by the USDA. While the states can’t prohibit interstate transportation of hemp products, the future is still unclear when it comes to state-level CBD regulations.

Many states already have laws regarding hemp or CBD on the books, but it remains to be seen whether those regulations will stand under the new Farm Bill’s rules. And even in states where CBD oil is explicitly legal, the FDA will have the authority to regulate CBD when it is sold as a supplement or added to foods and cosmetics.

Myth: CBD Is Not Psychoactive

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Because CBD is not known for making people feel euphoric or impaired, you’ll find many sources claiming that CBD is not psychoactive. But these claims seem to be largely based on a misunderstanding of what psychoactivity is.

Here’s how the World Health Organization defines psychoactive substances:
Psychoactive substances are substances that, when taken in or administered into one’s system, affect mental processes, e.g. cognition or effect. […] ‘Psychoactive’ does not necessarily imply dependence-producing, and in common parlance, the term is often left unstated, as in ‘drug use’ or ‘substance abuse’.

While CBD does not create the state of altered consciousness known as feeling “high,” research shows that it does have an impact on mental processes. For example, some studies have reported that CBD could play a role in fighting mood disorders like depression and anxiety. Furthermore, it may help fight substance use disorders by reducing cravings for addictive substances.

So, while CBD doesn’t get you stoned, it could very well have psychoactive effects. That’s why experts tend to prefer terms like non-intoxicating when describing what CBD will — and won’t — make you feel.

Myth: Drug Tests Won’t Detect CBD Products

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Lots of CBD companies sell products that are labeled as containing zero THC, so those shouldn’t cause a problem if you have to take a drug test, right? Well, unfortunately, that’s not necessarily the case.

In fact, you should exercise caution in using CBD products if you are (or could be) subject to drug testing. This is especially true if you’re thinking of using CBD daily, or at higher doses.

That’s because even when products are advertised as being free of THC, what that really means is that they don’t contain “detectable” amounts of THC. Just because the lab equipment doesn’t pick it up, that doesn’t mean that THC isn’t there, especially when it comes to full-spectrum CBD products.

Think of decaffeinated coffee. There will always be trace amounts of caffeine in coffee, but decaf has such a small amount that most people won’t feel any effect. The difference, though, is that, unlike caffeine, THC can build up in your system over time, and may eventually accumulate enough to be detected through standard drug testing, essentially creating a false positive.

As CBD becomes more mainstream, there has been an increase in reports of these false positives for people who were using CBD products that they believed to be THC-free. And when those drug tests are required for employment or medical care, CBD consumers can face serious consequences for a positive drug test.

Author bio:

Meg Kramer is the Managing Editor of CBD Hacker. She’s a writer and editor who has covered topics in science, health, and education.
When she’s not writing about CBD, you can find her playing with her dogs or perfecting her bagel recipe.

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