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Seven CBD Myths – and One Truth

Trusted Source: CBD Facts and Myths

CBD is receiving its time in the spotlight as we move into 2021. Maybe you tried a “CBD infused drink” and want to learn more. Or a buddy shared their CBD journey, and you are asking, “Does CBD really do anything?” “Does it improve my health?” “Did FDA approve it?” “Was it medically reviewed?” “Is CBD oil good for my health?  If you’re considering trying a hemp extract product or any cbd products for the first time, it’s important to separate Cannabidiol (CBD) facts from fiction, and on that same note, Hemp and hemp oil facts from fiction. A false fact can quickly spiral out of control – and it becomes increasingly difficult to tell where or how it began.

First, let’s define a few related terms. You can find more info on our FAQ section here. 

What is CBD? What is Phytocannabinoid? Are they medically good for my health?

Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids are chemical compounds found in hemp plants. There are over 80 different phytocannabinoids.

Medical research shows significant potential for phytocannabinoids to support health & wellness.* Hemp contains other beneficial phytocannabinoids.

What Are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. There are more than 85 identified cannabinoids including the commonly known Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD).

Warfighter Hemp Oil is sourced from Federally legal Industrial Hemp which is grown in compliance with the 2018 Congressional Farm Bill.

And now, let’s get into a few interesting CBD myths and CBD facts!

Myth #1: Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant

Let’s begin with the biggest myth of them all. First, consider this fact – hemp and marijuana come from the same plant species Cannabis sativa, hence, the confusion. However, the 2018 Farm Act (the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018) laid to rest the confusion between hemp and marijuana by clarifying that it is the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content of the plant that determines whether or not it is hemp or marijuana. In short, a plant with a THC content of less than .3% is defined as hemp, while anything greater than the .3% threshold is classified as marijuana. Over the centuries, growers recognized the many beneficial characteristics of cannabis and bred the plant to separate out those traits. Hemp became an industrial mainstay while marijuana was propagated for its psychoactive properties. 

Special note – if you are concerned about the .3% THC content, Warfighter Hemp also created a Broad Spectrum THC-Free line called “Zero.” 

Most Warfighter Hemp customers have already recognized and overcome the false dichotomy that CBD is the medical part of the plant and THC is for recreation. THC can be used for medicinal purposes; hundreds of clinical trials have demonstrated that THC has remarkable and very relevant medicinal properties. With that said, if THC is both medical and recreational, can the same be said about CBD?  Well…maybe not. While Warfighter Hemp users have shared with us that they use CBD for medicinal benefits, we haven’t heard our customers use CBD for recreational purposes. CBD does not produce that “high” users normally experienced when taking THC.  See the next myth…

Myth #2: Hemp Oil Extract Gets You High

Did you know that you share 50% of your genes, and 1% of your DNA with a banana!?* So you could say you are “related” to a banana, but let’s be honest, you couldn’t be more different. That’s hemp and marijuana. Even though they share genes and certain chemical compound properties, the big distinction is that hemp is superior in the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol, while marijuana is greater in THC. And it’s the THC compound that allows for that “high” feeling or experience. You might ask, where does recreation end and therapeutic or medical use begin? If you and friend take one of Warfighter Hemp’s Full Spectrum tincture, you are not likely to start acting like an episode of “Cheech and Chong.” Warfighter Hemp customers instead tell us how relaxed, focused, and resilient to stress they feel and obviously each person’s experience is quite individual. Our experience is that one doesn’t need to treat a serious medical condition in order to benefit from the use of CBD and to enjoy sharing it socially. Read more on “How Does CBD Work” here

Myth 3: All CBD and Hemp Extract Products are Created Equal

Sorry, but no. When making a CBD purchase, it’s crucial to do your homework to ensure you are getting the real deal, and that you are consuming something safe. This is also why getting the batch-test information on your CBD purchases is so important. See Warfighter Hemp’s Certificate of Analysis batch-testing from a third-party lab here

Dr. Junella Chin, author of the book “Cannabis and CBD for Health and Wellness,” shared, 

“I recommend CBD-rich products made using only organic, CBD-rich, whole-plant extract because this offers the best safety profile and superior medicinal benefits.” Which is exactly what Warfighter Hemp offers in our Full Spectrum tinctures.

Warfighter Hemp offers a variety of CBD products and hemp products as well. Learn more ways to take CBD and Hemp products here.

Myth #3: CBD Products Can Make You Sleep

Many of Warfighter Hemp’s customers have shared with us that they turn to CBD oil to help them to relax. Warfighter Hemp customers have also told us stronger milligrams of CBD, such as the Warfigher Hemp 1500 mg Full Spectrum Tincture, does make them relax so much so, it aids in falling asleep at night*. 

The few studies available on CBD have focused on how it helps with anxiety and sleep. One study found that a single dose of 600 milligrams (mg) of CBD decreased anxiety in people about to give a public speech. In addition, people who took 25 mg daily of CBD for a month reduced their anxiety and had better quality of sleep, and the effect lasted for several months, according to a study published online Jan. 7, 2019, by The Permanente Journal. To read more on this study, go here. CBD products helps with sleep but we cannot say that it can actually make someone sleep. The bottom line is everybody will react differently to CBD products. 

Myth #4: My Friend/Spouse/Brother Takes Exactly 15mg of CBD a Day and That’s What I Should Take too

CBD dosing is not exact science. When it comes to finding the most effective CBD dosage for a specific condition, there is no exact measurement or universal guideline that works for everyone. We are all different – and our bodies are all different. Part of the reason may have to do with the fact that genetic mutations of our cannabinoid receptors cause variances in the way a body reacts to CBD. If you, for example, have a different CB1 receptor variation than your friend/spouse/brother, the two of you may react differently to the same dose of CBD. In other words, an effective CBD dose for one patient may not work for another. There are several other factors that determine the effectiveness of a CBD dose, including the product itself, the method of consumption, as well as the patient or consumer’s physiology. 

Before you start taking cbd products or hemp-based products like Warfighter Hemp, you should consult with your physician. Inform your doctor of other medications that you are taking before you take any Warfighter Hemp products. Do not take Warfighter Hemp if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, including cannabidiol. If you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, stop taking Warfighter Hemp and call your doctor right away

Myth #5: CBD Can Solve All My Woes

Well, can it help with your monster-in-law meddling with your life? Maybe not. However, many of Warfighter Hemp’s customers have shared with us that they turn to CBD oil to help them to relax. So, when the monster-in-law starts in on you, perhaps a little relaxation is all you need.

There’s good reason for all the excitement around the potential of CBD. Early, preclinical studies show encouraging results. And there’s no shortage of personal success stories – from Warfighter Hemp customers and others around the world – and anecdotal evidence about the applications of CBD for wellness***.

While that information shows promise, it’s also important to note that unbiased, clinical, peer-reviewed research on the facts about CBD oil is in the early stages. Epidiolex, a CBD-based drug used to treat two rare forms of childhood epilepsy, is the only FDA-approved use for CBD at the present time.

Even though CBD and other hemp extracts are legal, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not allow CBD sellers and product makers to make drug claims about CBD oil facts. If you have questions on how to use Warfighter Hemp products, or how they can help, we encourage you to do more research here and here, or email us at [email protected] 

Myth #6: There are No Side Effect When Taking CBD

Hold your horses, bucko!

As with most therapies, CBD use may entail some risks. It may interact with supplements and other drugs. Before you start taking a hemp-based product like Warfighter Hemp, you should consult with your physician. Inform your doctor of other medications that you are taking before you take any Warfighter Hemp products. Do not take Warfighter Hemp if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, including cannabidiol. If you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, stop taking Warfighter Hemp and call your doctor right away

Future research may prove that CBD is effective in treating various conditions. For now, however, the FDA urges people not to depend on CBD as an alternative to conventional medical care.****

Myth #7: There’s Only One Way to Best Take CBD – And That’s Sublingually (with a Tincture)

There are various ways of using CBD oil. In fact, Warfighter Hemp offers bath bombs, teas, and lotions for topical use. It really all depends on what is in your best interest in ingesting CBD, and what your ailment is. If you don’t like the “hempy – earthy” taste of CBD oils – that’s ok! That’s why Warfighter Hemp also created organic peppermint oil, for a natural peppermint flavor. We’d love to offer other flavors, but we also want to keep it organic!

Other ways of using CBD products include:

We are continually working on more ways to use CBD products within your lifestyle. If you have suggestions of products we don’t have listed in our lineup, please email us at [email protected] 

Hemp Plants Can Clean Our Soils – this is True!

Urban legend has said farmers have rotated in hemp plants into their field to “clean” the soil in between plantings for hundreds of years. Could this be true? Perhaps! In the study, Enhanced tolerance of industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) plants on abandoned mine land soil leads to overexpression of cannabinoids,** low-THC hemp plants were stressed specifically by being grown in soil contaminated with toxic-heavy metals from coal mining. And the hemp plants produce an abundance of CBD. Turns out, that CBD boost apparently happens without a boost in THC levels, which is critically important for hemp farmers. THC levels must remain below 0.3% for hemp plants to remain legal in the United States.

So, what does CBD do scientifically in this case? It is called phytoremediation. It is cannabis’s ability to remove toxic material from the soil. Cannabis phytoremediation has been used to remove radioactive contaminants from areas around the infamous Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, and activists are hoping to use hemp to remove plutonium from land surrounding the former US nuclear weapons factory in Rocky Flats, Colorado.

Conclusion

Whew! This is a just the start to the variety of urban legends, myths and misconceptions that surround CBD. Did you know these facts about CBD? We encourage you to do your own homework to ensure you are getting exactly what you need from any CBD product. 

Sources
* https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/genetic/people-bananas-share-dna.htm 
** https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6715179/ 
*** These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
**** https://www.fda.gov/news-events/fda-voices/fda-committed-sound-science-based-policy-cbd 

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