To get the most out of CBD, all it takes is a little understanding.
Maybe you’ve seen CBD pop up on your local cafe’s menu or in a beauty product promising flawless, glowing skin. As the wellness fad of the moment, CBD has been credited as a cure-all, treating everything from anxiety to eczema without getting you classically high. But what’s legitimate and what’s just hype?
As the Director of Education for East Fork Cultivars, an organic, Oregon-based cannabis and hemp farm, I teach the science behind CBD to dispensary staff, consumers, and brands as well. And as a member of the Proper Cannabis Committee, I’ve tried my fair share of CBD-rich products. With all of this research and personal experience at my disposal, I’m happy to help demystify this seriously misunderstood cannabinoid.
Myth #1: There are multiple “CBDs.”
You might hear people refer to CBD in the plural as “CBDs.” That, however, is not a real thing. CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol and it's not ever supposed to be plural. Saying “CBDs” is even more inaccurate than saying things like “smoking the marijuanas” or “on the pot.” Luckily, keeping CBD singular is the easiest correction you can make.
Myth #2: CBD is non-psychoactive.
The term “non-psychoactive” gets used often to describe CBD, but this is incorrect, and I'll tell you why. A psychoactive substance is something that interacts with our nervous systems to create a change in mood or behavior. And CBD does do this. It interacts with various neurotransmitters and their receptor systems to produce documented anti-anxiety and antipsychotic effects, to name just a couple examples. If you’ve ever felt a little calmer after consuming CBD, you’ve experienced some of its potential psychoactive effects.
Don’t be alarmed—this is a good thing! We get therapeutic benefits through these various pathways, we're just not getting the dramatic euphoric effects (the “high”) that are so often associated with psychoactive substances. A better and more accurate term for CBD is “non-intoxicating,” and we're finally starting to see scientists correct one another on this terminology accordingly.