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Misinformation is a universal problem in today’s media and online environment, and this even extends to the most inert of things. Not even CBD is immune from rumors and confusion affecting its reputation and standing in public.

You can imagine we at PureKana are often frustrated by this, feeling like we are swimming upstream, having to counter some of the silliness we read and hear.

CBD oil myths and lies getting hits on Google is the natural order of salacious clickbait, while actual CBD oil facts get lost in the soup of misinformation. 

It was time for us to list some of the biggest whoppers out there – or at least some of the most misleading claims we have seen – and cut them down to size.

Would you be surprised by the claim that “ CBD oil Schedule 1” is still a typical Google search today? Yes, dear reader – change can be slow. These falsehoods are honest mistakes or assumptions, while others are simply inaccurate, purposely misleading rumors.

In today’s blog, we will give you the truth about cannabidiol, hopefully separating cannabis myths and facts from each other. 

1. CBD Will Make You High

This is a common myth about CBD and, in some ways, is pretty understandable. After all, CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a part of the cannabis plant.

In nature, extracting it from its parent cannabis plant does happen to net you a tiny trace amount of THC.

Even the worst (or best?) case scenario of consuming or smoking CBD will not get you high. Not only that, but CBD comes in 3 different forms: 2 of which are specifically altered not to contain any THC whatsoever. 

2. CBD Will Make You Test Positive for Marijuana

Again, this is understandable given the source of CBD, which is the cannabis plant. But we must remember that hemp is legal, not marijuana.

Though the chance exists that one could *in theory* test positive for marijuana by consuming full-spectrum CBD (the version of a CBD product that contains all cannabinoids), United States law does not let any CBD product have any more than 0.3% THC in it, an amount so small that there is much doubt on whether any test could pick up on it.

But even this is not enough to give this myth credence–broad and isolated spectrum versions of CBD exist, which remove THC from the question altogether. 

3. All CBD Is The Same Thing

Again, simply not valid. Topical CBD will not be the same as pet CBD or tincture CBD, and each serves a different purpose. What differentiates particular CBD from other CBD is its spectrum extract and method of use.

Users who wish to have an immune boost will not use a topical CBD product, and users seeking support for joint health may not use a CBD vaporizer. 

4. CBD Can Cure Diseases

CBD is a Food & Drug Administration-approved product with seizure medication in one very narrow circumstance and has not been approved for any other use. And guess what? This is okay!

After all, chamomile tea is neither FDA approved nor is omega-3 fish oil, and neither purports to heal or cure anything on their labels.

CBD is not known to cure or treat any disease, and any CBD label you see out there claiming such is snake oil, so stay away! 

5. CBD Is Legal in All 50 States

Legality is a complicated topic involving law, politics, and language; hemp is legal in all 50 states, but this does not mean that CBD, a significant byproduct of hemp, is legal in all those states.

Indeed, some more conservative states have chosen to restrict CBD. Having state laws that dictate which substances are schedule 1 types in their respective states. 

6. The FDA Approved Of CBD, So It is Completely Safe For Anyone

Fact: the FDA did approve CBD in one particular circumstance; the prescription medication called Epidiolex, which is cannabidiol based.

False: the FDA approved CBD on a broad scale. The FDA has made no such approvals, and there is no indication that they will soon. CBD is generally safe as long as you are over the age of 18 and have consulted with your physician

7. CBD For Pets is Pointless

The American Kennel Club studied dogs administered CBD for a month and showed marked improvement in pain management, quality of life, and bone health.

If that is not enough for you, check out this link that outlines several studies showing remarkable results for our furry friends. 

8. CBD Cannot Be Taken On Airplanes

TSA is strict about liquids being taken on airplanes unless they are below a specific size and quantity, but the TSA is relatively indifferent about CBD specifically. Feel free to take small amounts in your carry-on if you decide to travel. 

9. CBD Is Supposed to Work Quickly But Doesn’t

CBD does not work quickly and is known to be a wellness product that takes a cumulative approach.

What do I mean by this? Daily use of CBD, consistently combined with healthy lifestyle choices, is a gradual improvement and promotes homeostasis and can only be achieved through healthy discipline.

The issue, unfortunately, is that not everyone engages in disciplined, consistent behavior these days, and the responsibility of knowing you have to take your CBD oil or gummy before bed is an obligation many miss.

As such, many think that CBD should give them immediate gratification. This is just not the way the world operates, unfortunately! 

10. Topical CBD Is A Scam

Topical CBD leans a little on the newer end of the CBD/cannabis industry spectrum, but it is not that new. Today, topical products are featured on virtually every CBD site and are among some of the top sellers.

Scams they are not. They provide soothing, cooling relief (or heating relief!) in the form of muscle balms, as excellent moisturizers, and can help with irritated skin.

Are they miracle cures? Nothing is in this life–but they are not scams, and there is an assortment of options for topical CBD products out there that can at least provide a semblance of therapy for irritated skin or overworked muscles. 


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