"CBD is Addictive” and Other Common Cannabinoid Myths

As popular as CBD has become over the last few years, there’s remarkably little scientific research to guide consumers’ decisions about itSo it’s understandable that some people might be confused or even downright misinformed about America’s favorite cannabinoid. But worry not – we’re here to shed light on five of the most common CBD myths. 

Myth #1: CBD is ”snake oil.” 

Until CBD receives the rigorous research and regulation it deserves, it’s perhaps not surprising that some people might question whether it’s really worth the hype. After all, its effects are often subtle and long-term, and some products simply aren’t as effective as others… but more on that in a moment. 

So is the modern CBD craze essentially a mass placebo effect? No! While the science has barely scratched the surface, a number of studies do suggest that CBD can offer a range of benefits, from relieving stress to improving sleep to helping treat more serious conditions. In fact, the FDA recently approved the use of CBD in an epilepsy medication!  While CBD certainly isn’t a cure-all (and when in doubt, you should always consult your doctor), there’s plenty to recommend it as a very real, very valuable addition to your existing health and wellness routine. 

Myth #2: CBD can get you high. 

CBD comes from the cannabis plant. So does THC, which is known for producing a euphoric “high.” Because of that, some people assume that CBD can also impair your cognition. But is it fair – or more importantly, scientifically sound – to lump these two cannabinoids together? 

Well, yes and no… but mostly no. CBD on its own has ZERO intoxicating effects. You can take it in the morning before work, or even safely drive under its influence. That said, there are some CBD products which may also contain a not-insignificant amount of THC… enough to make you feel high. 

Luckily, there’s a simple way to avoid these potentially intoxicating products: If the label just says “CBD” or “CBD isolate,” that means it contains only CBD and won’t impair you at all. If the label says, “broad-spectrum hemp oil,” even better! That means it contains CBD and other beneficial compounds from the hemp plant, but still no THC. (Wana Wellness Hemp Gummies is a great example of THC-free* broad-spectrum products.) 

But if the label says “full-spectrum CBD” or “full-spectrum hemp oil,” that means it can legally contain as much as .3%. That may not seem like much, but the percentage is proportional to the net weight of the product itself. A 4-gram gummie could contain as much as 12 milligrams of THC… which is more than enough to get you high! So, if you want to enjoy the wellness benefits of CBD without any mental fuzziness, it’s best to opt for broad-spectrum every time. 

Myth #3: CBD is addictive. 

As with substances like melatonin, it is possible to develop an increased tolerance to CBD – meaning that, over time, you may need to take more and more of it to achieve the same results. But this should not be confused with a physical or psychological addiction. 

“CBD does not appear to have any addictive properties in the current scientific evidence,” says Mike Hennesy, head of Innovation at Wana Wellness. “This is believed to be because CBD does not activate reward centers of the brain like other drugs such as alcohol, tobacco, or opiates. So it never leaves our brains craving more.” 

Of course, if you’ve previously struggled with addiction and are hesitant to take CBD, you should consult with your physician and do what feels right for you. But nothing in the existing research suggests that CBD should pose a threat to your sobriety. 

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Myth #4: The more milligrams of CBD, the more potent the product. 

This is probably the most widespread and persistent myth about CBD. And it’s easy to understand why… after all, doesn’t it stand to reason that more milligrams of CBD would lead to stronger effects? 

Well, not necessarily. That’s because cannabinoids like CBD are lipids (or fats), while your body is made of 70% water. Fat and water don’t really mix, which means that CBD is pretty tough for your body to absorb… in fact, as much as 80% of the CBD you ingest is eliminated from your body without making it to your bloodstream! 

Myth #5: All CBD is more or less the same. 

Let’s bring it full circle. If you’ve ever bought  into Myth #1 (“CBD is snake oil”), it might be because you simply haven’t tried the right CBD product. There are all kinds of things to consider when it comes to getting the most out of your CBD, from the quality of the ingredients to the trustworthiness of the manufacturer and beyond. We’ve put together a handy checklist to help guide you. And we have no doubt that, once you find the product that’s right for you, you’ll want to share the truth about CBD too.  

*Fewer than 5 parts THC per million.