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CBD Myths: Facts & Fiction

CBD Myths: Facts & Fiction

October 09, 2019

Human beings talk. One topic turning up in our conversations is cannabidiol (CBD). Opinion, controversy, and excitement abound. In the flurry, it’s easy to mistake CBD fiction for CBD fact. Let’s unravel the most common myths and set the record straight.


Myth #1: Science Does Not Support Any Benefits of CBD.


Facts: Many published scientific reports support the potential benefits of CBD. The discovery of the endocannabinoid system in the 1980s was a major breakthrough in biological science and medicine. Today, there even exists a hypothesis that individuals with certain treatment-resistant conditions may be suffering from a deficiency of the body’s own natural cannabinoids.


The most robust clinical trials to date focused on treatment-resistant epilepsy; they led to FDA-approval of a CBD-based drug. [1] However, scientific research also supports the efficacy of cannabinoids against pain, inflammation, and anxiety, among other issues. [2-4]


Myth #2: CBD Isolate is More Effective than Earthy “Whole Plant” CBD.


Facts: Holistic ‘crude’ oil may harken images of snake oil or hippies. If CBD is so great, wouldn’t pure CBD isolate be ideal? It sounds more pharmaceutical, after all.


But there is synergy in whole plant formulations. The other molecules and cannabinoids in hemp exert unique benefits and may amplify the therapeutic effects of CBD. This is known as the entourage effect.


As an example, a 2015 study in Pharmacology & Pharmacy found that CBD-rich full spectrum extract reduced pain and inflammation more effectively than CBD isolate. [5]


Myth #3: CBD Comes from Marijuana.


Facts: Industrial/agricultural hemp is not marijuana. Although they are the same species of plant, hemp contains less than 0.3% THC (an intoxicating cannabinoid). Marijuana, on the other hand, may contain over 20% THC. Hemp and hemp-based CBD are legal at the federal level, but marijuana remains illegal. All of Encore Life’s CBD is extracted from industrial hemp.


Myth #4: If I Take CBD, I Should Feel Results Immediately.


Facts: Results depend on the individual. Cannabinoids do affect the body relatively quickly, but it may take days, weeks, or even months to perceive results. We all have unique metabolism and endocannabinoid tone.


Endocannabinoid tone refers to our sensitivity to CBD; it is affected by genetics and lifestyle factors that include diet and sleep. The same CBD doses and methods of administration are likely to produce different effects for different individuals.


Myth #5: CBD Products Are Not Regulated; Therefore, They Are Dangerous.


Facts: It is true that CBD products from illegitimate/fraudulent companies may be ineffective or dangerous. A 2017 study in JAMA tested over 80 CBD retail products; 26% had less CBD than stated on the label. [6] Worse, products could be contaminated.


However, it is false that all CBD products are dangerous. Companies may send batch samples to third-party laboratories to ensure quality and safety. Encore Life, for example, sends all product through multiple analytical lab tests to verify potency and lack of contamination (e.g., herbicides and pesticides).


Bonus Myth: CBD Cures Everything.  


Facts: CBD boasts a number of potentially life-changing benefits. But it is not a magic bullet for every condition, especially serious disease. Consult your healthcare provider to determine if CBD is right for you.


  1. Zaheer, Sidra, et al. “Epilepsy and Cannabis: A Literature Review.” Cureus, vol. 10, no.9, 2018, p. e3278. doi:10.7759/cureus.3278
  2. Woodhams, Stephen G., et al. (2017). “The Cannabinoid System and Pain.” Journal of Neuropharmacology, 124, pp. 105-120.
  3. Hill, K. P., et al. (2017). “Cannabis and Pain: A Clinical Review.” Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, 2, no. 1, pp. 96-104. doi:10.1089/can.2017.0017
  4. Bergamaschi, M. M., et al. (2011). “Cannabidiol Reduces the Anxiety Induced by Simulated Public Speaking in Treatment-Naïve Social Phobia Patients.” Neuropsychopharmacology, 36, no. 6, pp. 1219-1226. doi:10.1038/npp.2011.6
  5. Gallily R. et al. (2015). Overcoming the bell-shaped dose-response of cannabidiol by using cannabis extract enriched in cannabidiol. Pharmacology & Pharmacy,06(02), 75-85. doi:10.4236/pp.2015.62010
  6. Bonn-Miller, Marcel O., et al. “Labeling Accuracy of Cannabidiol Extracts Sold Online.” JAMA, vol. 318, no. 17, July 2017, p. 1708., doi:10.1001/jama.2017.11909.

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