With the endless supply of online content about anything and everything to do with cannabidiol (CBD), it’s only natural for misinformation being passed around about the trendy substance.
We’ve seen CBD described as a ‘hot wellness trend’, claims that ‘CBD cures cancer!’, up to the extreme ‘if you wash yourself in CBD every day, you’ll live forever!’ (Okay the last one we made up, but you get the idea.)
As top suppliers of CBD- and hemp-based oils and products in North America, the Fusion Coffee Beans team wants to squash false and misleading statements that we regularly see in CBD articles.
CBD Myth 1: CBD has no scientific proof in helping any health conditions.
This is one we see all the time: “While there’s some proof suggesting CBD could help with these health conditions, there’s very little concrete evidence to date.”
Sure, more studies and proof never hurts, but the idea that CBD hasn’t been proven to help with any health conditions is false.
Just last summer, the FDA approved Epidiolex, a CBD-based medication for seizure disorders that are hard to treat. This was the first time a cannabis-based product got the agency’s approval since 1970, when cannabis was classified as a Schedule 1 drug in the United States.
While Schedule 1 status means these drugs have ‘no medical value’, the clinical results for the CBD-based medication were so obvious, that the FDA had no choice but to approve it. This throws the idea of cannabis’ Schedule 1 status into debate – a debate saved for another time.
CBD Myth 2: The health benefits of CBD are nothing more than a marketing ploy.
The wellness industry is like any other capitalistic industry: They want to make that money. And with CBD being so trendy nowadays, it’s only natural to assume wellness folks will try to sell CBD in any way they can.
This has actually resulted in CBD being added to a bunch of wellness and cosmetic products where they simply have no purpose or benefit. But that doesn’t mean CBD isn’t useful in particular wellness products either.
For example, if lard becomes a booming product for some reason, and an industry like the wellness one sees enough interest, they might starting putting lard in products like relief creams. This would probably lead to people rolling their eyes, and start believing lard is nothing more than a marketing scam designed to make you spend an extra $5 on the same relief creams you’ve always purchased.
So remember, while CBD may be in a lot of products, that doesn’t mean they should be, nor does it speak to the effectiveness CBD has for body and mind wellness.
CBD Myth 3: I tried CBD for a week, but nothing happened. So, it doesn’t work.
In our opinion, this could be the most frustrating CBD myth. There are all sorts of first-person accounts online of the author trying CBD for a week, and then reporting they feel no different than they did seven days ago.
But…were these people trying to treat an existing condition? Like you wouldn’t take Tylenol if you don’t have a headache, taking CBD for the sake of it won’t do anything.
So, consider the symptoms or condition you have before trying CBD. And remember, personal anecdotes aren’t scientific!