Myths vs. Facts: CBD and THC
Updated: Jun 27
Despite growing in popularity, there are still many misconceptions about the use, effects, and benefits of CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). And, although new research continues to be published and medical discoveries come by the day, several significant myths exist that are untrue and inaccurate.
To help keep you informed, we’re here to debunk the three top myths we hear about CBD and THC!
Myth 1: CBD and THC both make you “high”
Of all the misconceptions and false statements about CBD and THC, this one is probably the most common. CBD and THC are two types of cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. Although this part can get complicated, it’s important to note that while both compounds interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system, they have very different effects.
THC is the main intoxicating agent in cannabis that causes the euphoria or “high” associated with marijuana. THC binds with and activates receptors - mostly in the brain - that control pain, immune function, mood, and other feelings.
CBD, on the other hand, on its own does not cause a high and is non-intoxicating. Rather, CBD works with other elements in the body to help produce feelings of well-being and reduce inflammation.
Myth 2: CBD and THC are illegal
The first thing to remember is CBD and THC are two different compounds, so should be thought of separately in terms of legality.
You may be noticing CBD sold online, in grocery stores, and even pet stores. That said, hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3 percent THC are legal at the federal level. However, some state laws have put restrictions on buyers. Additionally, the FDA prohibits the sale of CBD in any unapproved health products, dietary supplements or food. Generally, as long as a store that sells CBD doesn’t make any health claims about its products, it can remain on the shelves.
The laws regulating THC and marijuana can be complicated and change regularly depending on the state. Some allow for recreational use, others strictly enforce medical use, and others still completely ban the use of THC and marijuana products. It’s important to read up on your state’s specific laws to stay informed, as legislatures are often expanding or modifying laws for both medical and recreational cannabis use.
Myth 3: There is no evidence that CBD and THC have medical benefits, it’s just a hot wellness trend
Wellness trends come and go, but the medical benefits of CBD and THC are just now receiving the attention they deserve.
So far, the FDA has approved of one CBD-based drug called Epidiolex to treat a severe, rare form of childhood epilepsy. The studies are ongoing and are a hot topic for researchers, with new evidence coming out frequently – right now 160 clinical trials involving CBD are active or recruiting.
According to WebMD, THC as part of medical marijuana helps ease symptoms of conditions related to:
CBD can help with conditions including arthritis, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, diabetes, and more.
As always, it’s important to consult a doctor before taking cannabis products for medical purposes, as CBD and THC can have side effects or interact with other drugs you’re taking. While both CBD and THC have medical benefits, we encourage you to contact our patient support staff to inquire whether medical marijuana would work for you.