Because of CBD’s close proximity to cannabis, people often think of CBD as taboo.
Many people assume it’s simply another word for the drug, while others fret over the legality and ethics of using CBD. Hopefully, we can soothe some of the most common misconceptions about CBD that cause fear and anxiety.
CBD Is Illegal
Though CBD has slowly become more commonplace and available, perhaps the most common misconception about CBD is that it’s an illegal substance because one of its sources is cannabis. However, CBD is not a controlled substance, and you have nothing to worry about. In 2018, the Agricultural Improvement Act changed the definition of marijuana to exclude hemp, which is the other source of CBD and which contains minuscule traces of THC.
CBD Gets You High
Because many people believe CBD is illegal, they also assume it must get you high just like marijuana does. Not so! The chemical THC, which is most associated with cannabis, is what gives you the euphoric high, but CBD is a nonintoxicating chemical that offers health benefits such as soothing pains and aches.
CBD Fails Drug Tests
CBD itself won’t trigger a drug test because the test looks for THC. However, there’s a chance of a false positive if the CBD product you’re using has a great enough amount of THC within to cause the positive result. If you want to make sure your CBD product is completely clean of THC, then you should consider CBD isolates.
CBD Requires a Prescription
As we mentioned, CBD is not a controlled substance. Therefore, you don’t need a prescription or any other form of permission to get your hands on CBD products. In fact, in recent years, convenience stores, drug stores, and even some grocery stores have begun to stock CBD products for easy access.