Marijuana oil? Yes, you read that right. And no, we’re not kidding.
Cannabis-derivative supplements are making their way to India’s wellness market and there are all kinds of rumours floating around.
Much like any other popular plant, its medicinal qualities are being more widely understood but its effects are being misunderstood. So here we are, debunking the common myths about CBD oil so no one ends up drinking a bottle of cannabidiol.
Myth 1: CBD Oil Is Illegal
The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (NDPS Act) outlaws the recreational use of cannabis. However, the NDPS act doesn’t apply to the leaves and seeds of cannabis plants. If the CBD is extracted from the leaves of the cannabis, it’s not illegal.
Myth 2: CBD Oil Can Get You ‘High’
The short answer: No.
The theory is that CBD oil contains little or no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) when it’s extracted from the hemp plant.
THC is the primary psychoactive component in cannabis or marijuana that gives you the ‘high’. A study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that CBD has no potential for addiction or abuse.
Myth 3: CBD Is A Marketing Scam
The wellness industry will do what all industries aim to do: try to make money. And CBD has potential.
Some brands add popular ingredients in their products unnecessarily and the intention is to charge a few extra bucks. But this doesn’t mean all the products are a part of the scam.
A range of studies has shown the benefits of CBD. A 2014 study from Italy suggested that CBD inhibits the growth of cancerous cells in people with colon cancer.
Another study from Brazil found that CBD can help people with anxiety.
This doesn’t mean that CBD is the best cure for cancer or anxiety but it is credible.
Myth 4: CBD = Marijuana
Both CBD and marijuana are extracted from the different varieties of the cannabis plant but marijuana is high in THC and low in CBD. While hemp is low in THC and high in CBD.
When CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant, very small amounts of THC is found in it. And before it’s added to a product the legal limit is ensured.
Myth 5: CBD Puts You To Sleep
The effects of CBD vary from person to person. The observed side effects of cannabidiol are minimal. But some users have reported upset stomachs and tiredness.
CBD has a relaxing effect on the users but it certainly won’t put you to sleep instantly.
How Long Does It Take To See The Results
The effect of cannabis is instant but CBD takes its time to show results and the span is different for every individual.
But before you try to use cannabidiol, make sure you have a condition that CBD can treat.
Treat CBD like your other supplements. It is not a magic potion.
For best results, massage the CBD oil or place a few drops of CBD under your tongue, twice a day but don’t exceed more than 10 drops a day. But when in doubt, consult your doctor.