It’s been a slow come up, but medical experts, politicians, and the entire humankind are finally beginning to recognize the health benefits of cannabis. The compound cannabidiol (a component found in cannabis sativa plant) has been studied for years, and these studies reveal that the compound can be used in the management of various health conditions.

This is the reason many commercial startups and online retailers have begun talking about and selling cannabidiol products, touting that CBD as the next big thing that can quell seizures, reduce chronic pain, and shrink tumors. However, along with an increasing awareness of the marijuana’s cannabidiol component as a potential health aid, there are many misconceptions about the component. Here are the five common misconceptions about cannabidiol.

Cannabidiol is medical unlike THC which is recreational

Most people seeking the health benefits associated with the cannabis sativa often emphasize on the cannabidiol (the medical element) rather than THC, the marijuana component that gets you ‘high.’ Note that THC has amazing therapeutic properties too. According to scientists and researchers at the Scripts Research Center (based in San Diego), THC inhibits an enzyme that has been implicated in the process of forming beta-amyloid plaque, one of the major signs of dementia related to Alzheimer’s.

Besides, the federal government recognizes Marinol, a single molecule THC, as an appetite booster and anti-nausea compound. Marinol is a schedule III drug, and this category is reserved for substances (drugs) with minimal abuse potential. However, the marijuana plant is classified as a Schedule I drug that has no medical value.

CBD is more effective without THC

Cannabidiol and THC are the power couple of cannabis sativa and work best together. Studies show that these two compounds interact synergistically to boost each other’s therapeutic impact. Research carried out at the California Pacific Medical Center concluded that a combination of THC and cannabidiol has a more potent anti-tumor impact than when either of these compounds is used separately.

Psychoactivity is a common side effect

According to the political drug war catechism, cannabis sativa causes psychoactivity, making it an illegal drug. However, scientists have successfully synthesized medically-active cannabidiol and THC components that don’t make users high.

While the use of THC and cannabidiol has a few side effect just like many other medications, it should be perceived as medicine first instead of an intoxicant with therapeutic properties.

Cannabidiol is the same regardless of where it comes from

Where cannabidiol comes matters and it should be an important consideration for anyone intending to use this compound. Leaves and flower-tops of some industrial hemp strains might be a viable cannabidiol source, but hemp isn’t an optimal source of this compound.

Industrial hemp has far less cannabidiol content than the recommended CBD-rich cannabis. Thus, a significant amount of industrial hemp is required for the extraction of a little amount of cannabidiol. This heightens the risk of toxic contaminants as hemp is simply a bio-accumulator that absorbs heavy metal elements from the soil.

The bottom line is, some of the things you have heard about the medical aspects of cannabidiol aren’t true. It’s always good to ask your doctor about the truths about this compound.

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