Cannabidiol (more commonly called CBD) oil is a natural extract derived from hemp plants that may help treat symptoms like pain and inflammation. Like many alternative treatments, there are a few common misconceptions surrounding its use. Let’s debunk some of the myths about CBD oil. 

Myth 1: CBD is psychoactive   

One of the biggest misunderstandings about CBD is that it makes you ‘high’ like the other primary compound found in the cannabis plant: tetrahydrocannabinol (commonly called THC). In reality, CBD is a non-psychotropic compound that interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system to promote health and wellness without altering a person’s state of mind.  

Myth 2: CBD is addictive   

There’s no evidence that suggests CBD is addictive. Research shows the opposite – that CBD can help people overcome addiction to other substances, such as opioids and tobacco.  

Myth 3: CBD is illegal   

CBD is legal in many countries. In Australia, CBD is a legal medicine with a valid prescription. Legality can vary depending on the country, so it’s essential to do research before travelling with CBD.  

Myth 4: CBD is a cure-all   

CBD can help alleviate symptoms of certain conditions, but it’s not a cure-all or substitute for medical treatment. It’s essential to consult with an authorised healthcare provider before using CBD to treat any health condition.  

Myth 5: All CBD products are the same   

The quality and potency of CBD can vary depending on the extraction method and the quality of the hemp plant used. It’s important to purchase CBD products from reputable companies through a prescription online or from a pharmacy to make sure it’s pure, safe and potent CBD.  

Myth 6: CBD is only for humans   

Pets have an endocannabinoid system just like us! Many pet parents use CBD to help alleviate anxiety, pain and inflammation symptoms in their pets. This kind of CBD is specially formulated for animals, so patients can’t use the same CBD oil for pets as they do for themselves. Discuss options with your vet to see if CBD could work for your pet’s condition. 

CBD oil is a natural option for people looking for relief from various health issues. It’s essential to be aware of the misconceptions surrounding CBD so that you can make informed decisions in consultation with your healthcare professional or vet. With the right information and reputable products, CBD can be an effective medicine for many conditions. 

Connect with an authorised prescriber to learn how plant-powered therapies could help you feel your best. 

This article is intended as general information and is not a substitute for medical advice from your treating doctor.  You must always speak with your doctor about the appropriate treatment for you based on your individual health circumstances.