What the CBD research is actually telling us
When it comes to using cannabis and CBD, most of the science is still in its infancy stages. Although many CBD companies are making claims like, “CBD can help you sleep,” or “CBD reduces anxiety” — even “CBD may clear your skin.” The thing is, most of these claims are backed by fairly new research. It’s important to know that you don’t need to take these claims at face value. We do find the research interesting and compelling, but we’re here to distinguish what claims are legitimate, versus which ones are based on false promises. Let’s start with a few false claims.
CBD won’t show up on a drug test.
While some CBD products are derived from hemp, others may contain trace amounts of THC. CBD products that are derived from hemp won’t show up on a drug test. The ones derived from a THC source will in fact show up on a drug test.
CBD can clear up skin issues.
There are studies that support this claim. However, it’s important to note that everyone’s skin type is different. What may work for some skin types may not apply to others. CBD may even cause an allergic reaction for certain users.
Ingesting CBD has few side effects, if any.
CBD has been known to have side effects, in some cases, from all methods of intake. CBD, if ingested can have the following side effects to be mindful of: “Dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness and fatigue. CBD can also interact with other medications you’re taking, such as blood thinners.” (Mayo Clinic). Again, not everyone experiences side effects. We all react differently.
Now here are a few facts we do know about CBD. These facts aren’t always promised by companies, but they’ve been researched and backed up by the scientific community.
CBD can be taken in numerous forms (topical, edibles, oil and more).
A diverse range of products carry CBD built into them — and there are individualized sources. From smoking and vaping, to placing oil or tincture under the tongue, ingesting pills or edible products like gummies, as well as applying topical creams and patches, you can find CBD products over the counter and online.
Not all CBD products are safe for consumption.
Since CBD is new to the US market, misconceptions on dosage, health benefits and CBD products definitely exist. Not all CBD may be safe from contamination. There are no legal requirements regarding safety concerns in CBD and possible contamination from where and how these products are sourced. It’s important to educate yourself.
You can speak with your doctor to make sure CBD is right for you.
CBD is not a one-size fits all type of deal. CBD effects people differently. Where some users utilize CBD to manage disorders or serious diseases such as epilepsy, other CBD users only use it casually. Dosage may differ from person to person. Ingestion methods may also differ based on lifestyle and current health issues. Don’t accept the claims made by companies who say CBD can assist anyone.
Let’s keep these details in mind as we move forward. This industry is ever evolving and some of the claims we believe one day may be totally debunked based on the latest research. Knowledge is power when it comes to CBD — and your health — and we want to provide you with all the pertinent information you need when it comes to your CBD needs.