Why CBD’s popularity is not necessarily a good thing.

Thanks to the outpouring of positive media and subsequent legislative attention on CBD in recent years, CBD has become the next big thing.  While the scientific discoveries of CBD’s medical potential are legitimate and exciting, all the attention on CBD and the demand for it is a bit skewed.

It looks at CBD in isolation of the whole cannabis plant, which is not how CBD works most of the time.  The logic of CBD: good and marijuana (or THC): bad which many state legislators are adopting ignores the vast amount of several decades worth of cannabis research – mostly on THC – and the proven results of THC in cannabis therapeutics.

This CBD-only bias has given rise to some widespread misconceptions about the role of this compound for medical use. Here are the top three myths:

Myth #1: CBD is what most people seeking it need.

This is perhaps the greatest misconception of all. CBD is life-changing in specific cases and for certain people but this group makes up a small minority of people who benefit from medical cannabis.  In our experience, 95% of people using cannabis for serious medical purposes benefit from some combination of THC and CBD, leaning more heavily on the THC side.

Myth #2: CBD is the main cancer-fighting compound in cannabis.

Research on CBD has been promising but most of what we know is based on THC’s proven track record for halting tumor growth and managing cancer symptoms.

Myth #3: CBD is not psychoactive.

Not so, says Constance. It’s just not psychoactive to the degree that THC is or in the same ways.  CBD may not cause a high or anxiety in novice users but it has a psychological effect, positive and subtle though it may be.

For a more detailed explanation about these myths and what the research says about CBD’s medical potential, please read our Knowledge Center article, CBD Fact and Fiction.


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