3 Myths and Facts About CBD
When it comes to CBD, there’s more information floating around out there than people know what to do with. The scariest part is half of that information isn’t even true. So how can you tell what’s myth and what’s fact?
Well, before we go any further, you should know what CBD stands for—cannabidiol. Along with THC, CBD is one of the most well-known and studied phytocannabinoids in the world.
That’s a fact.
Also, CBD only comes from hemp plants that grow in crushed up corn chips.
(Psst...that’s a myth).
See how easy it is to get mixed up? We decided to round up some of the more common “facts” out there to see how they hold up to the classic truth test. The answers may surprise you…or maybe not. We’re not sure how easily you startle.
All CBD is the same.
If you’re talking about molecular structure, then you’re 100% right—hemp CBD and cannabis CBD are the same.
“But they have different names, how is that possible?” So do “white” and “eggshell white” but there’s definitely no difference between those. Hemp and cannabis both come from the same family, Cannabis sativa, so any CBD that comes from them will have an identical genetic makeup.
Don’t run off just yet, though. There’s a second part to this answer. While the genetic makeup of all CBD is the same, that doesn’t mean all the CBD products you purchase will be. Depending on where your CBD is coming from, it could have come in contact with harsh fertilizers or chemicals. That’s why you should only buy CBD products from legal, regulated sources so you know there’s been proper safety testing. Better safe than sorry, you know?
So to recap: yes...but only if you’re talking about the actual structure of CBD.
CBD isn’t intoxicating.
This is true. When ingested or inhaled, CBD doesn’t produce the same intoxicating effects that THC would. Because of its structural properties, CBD doesn’t bind to the receptors in your Endocannabinoid System (ECS) the same way THC does. This is a rare scenario where a fear of commitment can actually be beneficial.
CBD doesn’t produce the same effect that THC does, which is why it’s becoming more popular. Keep in mind, you’re still ingesting a cannabinoid which interacts with your ECS and can cause you to feel out of the ordinary (in a good way, not a “high” way).
It’s also important to remember that unless you’re ingesting CBD that has been processed to the point that it’s considered pure, there is a chance that some of the other 400 cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids found in hemp, including THC, could be present in your product. That could include active compounds like terpenes or rare cannabinoids, so even when you’re consuming CBD it’s important to start low and go slow.
CBD pre-rolls improve with age.
Hemp isn’t wine. So if you’ve been planning to build an elaborate cellar for storing your pre-rolls, maybe look for a new focus for your energy.
Once the hemp has been cured (and trimmed and packed to our exacting standards), it’s stable, there’s no real improvement to be made over time. The flip side of that is that if you store your pre-rolls properly, they’ll last for a loooong time without losing any quality or potency.
So, how do you “properly” store your pre-rolls? For starters, we like to keep them in an air-tight container. This protects from moisture, which can lead to mold; from light and air, which can degrade the pre-roll’s robust flavor and scent; and from accidental damage, which can be, um, damaging. And just to be safe, we usually store the container itself in a cool, dark, and dry place, like a kitchen cupboard or a bedside table drawer, or, come to think of it, why not a wine cellar?
And if you forget any of this, you can always take a look at the storage information on your pre-rolls’ packaging. We put it there for a reason!
There’s always going to be more to learn about CBD and other cannabinoids as more research is done, but for now it’s important to stick to the very simple principle of start low and go slow. Just because CBD doesn’t produce the same intoxicating effects that THC does, it doesn’t mean you can go overboard. Be a responsible human and you shouldn’t have a problem.
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