CBD facts are becoming one of the most searched terms on the internet. That’s exactly what this entire article is about.
Despite the popularity, we’re sure some of these information on CBD would surprise you.
For starters, did you know the CBD market just in the U.S was valued at 4.6 Billion in 2018? Imagine the market value for the entire world, in 2020. Additionally, this is expected to have a 22.2% compound annual growth rate!
(Image and data source: https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/cannabidiol-cbd-market)
And, did you know that celebrities including Mike Tyson, Kourtney Kardashian, Martha Stewart, Bella Throne and many others have launched, or partnered up with CBD businesses?
And hey, the actual list of CBD facts hasn’t even begun yet! If we got your attention, keep reading.
Most interesting and informative CBD facts 2020
The purpose of this list isn’t just to “entertain” you. Rather, most of the facts on CBD listed below will actually be helpful to you.
Helpful as in, they may help you avoid legal or health troubles, and make you better CBD-decisions in general.
Let’s get started then?
CBD is both legal and illegal.
The whole reason CBD is skyrocketing in its popularity (apart from its benefits) is that it’s 100% legal, given that it’s “hemp-derived”.
CBD extracted from Cannabis on the other hand is still illegal. The hemp-derived CBD contains less than 0.3% THC. This is why it’s legal.
Then again, even the hemp-derived, <0.3% THC-containing CBD isn’t legal “everywhere”. You can go through our detailed CBD oil guide where we’ve included a detailed map of countries where CBD is legal.
In most countries, you don’t even need a prescription to purchase legal CBD products.
CBD doesn’t get you high.
Another “surprising” fact about CBD is that it won’t get you high. This also is another reason why governments have been a bit more liberal towards it.
THC is what gets people high. Because legal CBD contains <0.3% of it, you don’t get high.
Do note that a very high CBD intake may result in slight, very slight affect which at a very low level may resemble effects of a “high”.
CBD is not marijuana, it’s the enemy.
CBD is often considered to be the same thing as Marijuana, or something closely related. While it “is” technically related, it’s no way the same thing.
In fact, CBD is the opposite of Marijuana in some ways. So, we just discussed how THC causes the high while CBD doesn’t, right?
Now, Marijuana is basically high-THC cannabis. CBD on the other hand is low-THC cannabis (<0.3%). Secondly, the THC in Marijuana gets people high by activating the CB1 receptors in their brains. CBD on the other hand, “blocks” these receptors and prevents people from getting high.
“CBD is non-psychoactive” claim is not entirely true.
Anything which can affect your “mind” or “mental state” is psychoactive. For a long time, substances which get people high (e.g. alcohol, hard drugs etc.) have been the general definition of “psychoactive” substances.
This also is the reason why CBD is often marketed by companies and media as being “non-psychoactive”. They actually mean CBD is “non-intoxicating”. Or, in simpler words, that the CBD won’t make you lose control of your mind or behaviour.
CBD totally and always affects the mental state of the user. This is why it is a psychoactive substance, it just isn’t intoxicating.
Furthermore, CBD is also “non addictive”. Meaning, it won’t get you “hooked” and you won’t have the uncontrollable urge to keep coming back to it.
Our body produces CBD on its own.
When I first learnt of CBD, I thought it to be a “drug”. Something like Cocaine or Opium, which just had some health benefits.
The truth however is that our bodies produce CBD on their own, since our birth! These are called “Endocannabinoids”. So, CBD is nothing new to your body.
You can’t overdose on CBD.
One of the other reasons why CBD is being accepted widely is, it won’t kill you. Or, in other words, you can’t overdose on it like you may on most other drugs.
Now, that too isn’t 100% accurate. (They say nothing is impossible, right? Obviously). In order to overdose on CBD you’d need to intake 20,000 mg+ at one time. This obviously isn’t possible in most circumstances.
However, do note that taking very high dosage of CBD may have other negative effects and hence it’s best you stick to your normal dosage.
CBD may truly be the “miracle cure for everything”
This probably is the primary reason why CBD is gaining widespread popularity. CBD can (supposedly) cure insomnia, pain, anxiety, depression, cancer-symptoms, acne etc.
Not just that, it also is said to help with heart problems, have an anti-tumor effect, prevent diabetes, cure muscle straining and a few dozen other problems.
Now, the difference is, the traditional “drugs” too “seem to cure” pain and depression to some extent. However, in reality they just “mask” or “cloud” the brain so it temporarily relieves itself of those problems.
But, in the case of CBD, it actually cures those problems and this is why CBD is considered to be the miracle cure.
Do note that the research on CBD and its benefits is very thin right now. So, we need to wait a few years to see how effective it truly is against any of these problems.
CBD has side effects.
While CBD is largely safe, it still isn’t 100% free of side effects. CBD is said to have side effects such as diarrhoea, drowsiness, sedation, nausea, dried mouth, change in appetite and weight etc.
Talking of CBD side effects, you’re probably wondering- Does CBD make you sleepy? That’s what we’ve answered in the extremely detailed guide, just click on the link above.
CBD results depend on each individual.
You may wonder why CBD has worked for your neighbour but isn’t working for you? Well, CBD doesn’t really function like traditional drugs.
Meaning, it reacts very differently to each individual depending on a number of personal factors. These include weight, metabolism, tolerance etc.
If you look at our guide on How long does CBD take to work, you’d understand CBD’s reaction to these factors better.
You can take CBD in almost any form.
With traditional medicines or drugs, you’re restricted to specific forms. You can only take them as tablets, syrups, or inject them maybe? Point is, you can’t “choose” in most cases. When you can, even then the choices are limited.
With CBD, you get choices, a lot of them! You can take CBD as pills, capsules, smoke it, apply it directly on your skin, drink it with your tea, or even eat those cute little gummy bears.
Do note that this form, or the mode of administration does affect the onset time of the effects.
CBD is safe.
By “safe”, we mean a number of different things. We explained earlier how you can’t overdose on CBD, right? Then, we’ve also discussed how you can’t get addicted to CBD.
The World Health Organization published a report which clearly stated that CBD is safe with no potential for abuse.
CBD oil has three primary types.
CBD oil isn’t limited to one single type of occurrence. Rather, there are three different types of CBD, namely- Isolate, Full-spectrum and Broad spectrum.
Note that the type determines the potency, purity and the overall outcome of the CBD oil. This is why you must know how to choose the best CBD oil.
CBD is for everyone, even those in good health.
As mentioned earlier, CBD is a naturally occurring element in our bodies. So, you needn’t want to “cure” something specifically in order to use CBD.
Rather, using CBD may just be good for your health and mood in general. CBD oil contains quite a few vitamins, minerals and other elements required by our body in general.
This is why CBD is also used to help balance CBD deficiency in the body. Point is, it truly is (supposedly) the miracle cure. Just good stuff you can take, without any reason.
CBD doesn’t bind with CB1 receptors.
One of the facts about CBD mentioned above is that CBD interacts with CB receptors in our brain, right? It’s often misunderstood as CBD binding with the receptors.
Surprisingly, CBD doesn’t actually “bind” with these receptors like THC does.
Rather, it only interacts and influences these receptors. More specifically, it changes the shape of these receptors and prevents THC’s binding with these receptors.
CBD is also useful for animals.
Some animals may actually benefit from CBD. Animals in the category include cats, dogs, horses etc.
According to a research by WHO, mentioned on CNET, CBD is not only safe but also “well-tolerated” by animals.
There’s even report of CBD being successfully used to treat Epilepsy for dogs. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6038832/)
CBD isn’t the only Cannabinoid in the Cannabis plant.
CBD may seem like the talk of the town these days. However, note that the Cannabis plant has over 113+ different Cannabinoids.
CBD isn’t new, was used by ancient kings and queens.
This probably is one of the most interesting CBD facts. If you’re thinking CBD is a 21st century discovery, it isn’t!
Back in the day, a (presumed) doctor by the name of Sir J. Russell Reynolds prescribed Cannabis to Queen Victoria in an attempt to treat her menstrual cramps (yes, it helps with those as well.)
CBD isn’t “regulated”.
CBD is primarily legal, sure. But, it’s still not “regulated” yet. This means the govt. doesn’t actively control how these are manufactured, marketed, or used.
As a result, a few companies in an attempt to increase their profits do bend the rules. This is why you should check our post on choosing the right CBD oils.
The FDA also recently sent letters to 15 companies who were marketing CBD as “treatment” for diseases, which isn’t allowed.
The entire point of this article on the lesser-known facts about CBD was to increase awareness.
Note that CBD research is still in its infancy. You can’t and shouldn’t trust every report or claim on the internet.
Also, CBD may seem like the answer to everything, but, it isn’t free of side-effects. Hence, always consult your doctor before making any decisions. If you need more CBD facts, bookmark this page, and check back in a month, you’ll be surprised.