Research is ongoing about the effects of CBD, especially in its treatment for epilepsy, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. But even as it commands more respect in the medical world, many people still classify it as a street drug like marijuana. That’s because CBD is derived from cannabis. However, we know that CBD is far from a recreational drug.
But alas, there are still so many misconceptions surrounding it.
Many people assume that because CBD is derived from cannabis, it produces a high like marijuana does. In fact, CBD does not cause a high at all. The psychoactive effects of marijuana are caused by the compound THC, not CBD. CBD products like oils contain little to no THC, so they don’t cause a high. However, for most people, they do have a relaxing effect. Some researchers think that CBD may have an antipsychotic effect, giving it the opposite effect of the THC compound.
If you use CBD products, you won’t be impaired and can continue about your day as you normally would. Many people even take CBD oils or other products in the morning as they would with other supplement.
This is a tricky one. The widespread myth is that CBD has a sedating effect that can cause you to become impaired. Here’s the thing—saying that CBD makes you sleepy is a misconception because it’s not universally true; however, it may be true for some people and in some cases. Reactions to CBD products are highly individual, so your reaction to one dose or product may be different from someone else’s.
That being said, there is some truth to the saying that CBD makes you sleepy. Many people do find that it helps them sleep at night. While some people find that CBD in high doses does have a sedating effect, they may also find that lower doses have a moderately energizing effect. So, while it is not accurate to say that CBD causes sedation, it is true that it makes some people sleepy. However, it also has the opposite effect on others.
Fear and suspicion surrounding the use of CBD products are still common. Many people have a difficult time reconciling their idea of marijuana usage with the medicinal use of CBD products. Of course, one of these fears naturally involves the question of whether using CBD can make you fail a drug test. Many workplaces require random drug screenings, so the thought of failing one — and subsequently losing your job — can be nerve-wracking.
The good news is that even if you take CBD products on a daily basis, you will be able to pass a drug test without issue. This is because drug tests screen for the THC compound, and not for CBD. CBD has absolutely no intoxicating or psychoactive effects, so there is no reason why using it should stop you from having a normal job! Even using CBD edibles such as teas or food will not cause you to fail a drug test.
As CBD continues to soak up the limelight, people will have to reconcile their idea of “using marijuana” with the reality of taking CBD medicinally. The best thing to do is dispel the myths that surround the topic. As people learn to trust CBD products, they’ll ask less about the negative effects of CBD and more and more about the possibilities it offers.
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