Myths about CBD

Myth 1: CBD is not scientifically proven to help health problems.
CBD is often mentioned as a compound that has been shown not to help with health problems. Usually they claim something vague like: “There is evidence that CBD may be useful in treating some diseases, but there is little concrete evidence.”

But the claim that CBD has been shown not to help is simply not correct.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Epidiolex, a CBD-based drug for hard-to-treat seizures. It is the first cannabis-based (in this case CBD-based) drug to have received the authority’s approval since cannabis became a List 1 drug in 1970. (By the way, this is also the time when governments began to divide drugs into different schedules.)

It is worth taking a moment to consider what a monumental development this is.

Myth 2: It is a narcotic of list 1, therefore no research has been carried out on the compound.
This error consists of two parts. The first concerns research in the United States.

It is true that the classification of cannabis according to List 1 makes it difficult to research on CBD, but some US universities have been allowed to research the plant.

And this research is at our disposal.

Take, for example, this study from Columbia University, which looked at the use of CBD with conventional treatment of glioblastoma.

Glioblastoma is the most common form of cancerous brain tumor in adults. Standard treatment includes surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The results of the study showed CBD-induced cell death and increased radiation sensitivity of glioblastoma cells, but no normal, healthy cells.

In other words, CBD seemed to help kill and weaken the cancer cells without damaging healthy, normal cells.

Then there is the misleading point that ‘no research has been carried out’. By contrast, significant research has been carried out outside the United States, some of which are funded by the US government.

Israel was the first country to seriously study medicinal cannabis. Now you will find studies from different countries:

A 2018 study from the UK showed promising results with CBD in the treatment of ulcerative colitis.
A 2014 study in Italy found that CBD inhibits the growth of cancer cells in people with colorectal cancer.
A 2017 study from Brazil found that a group of people taking CBD were less afraid of public speech than the control group or participants taking a placebo.
Does this mean that CBD cures cancer and anxiety and is the best treatment for ulcerative colitis? Of course not.

But credible – randomized, double-blind – CBD studies were conducted. And they are accessible to any journalist or curiosity about PubMed, the National Institutes of Health’s research archive, and similar resources.

Myth 3: CBD is a marketing scam.
The wellness industry will do what the wellness industry does best: try to make money. And CBD is proving to be a great way to do this. As a result, CBD unnecessarily ends up in some cosmetics and wellness products. But some unnecessary uses of CBD do not mean that any use of CBD is unnecessary.

Take tea tree oil, which has documented antibacterial properties. If the wellness industry sees enough interest in tea tree oil and starts putting it in eyeliner and mascara (which seems like a terrible idea, but for the sake of analogy is indulgen with me), people might start rolling their eyes.

You might start to believe that tree oil is a marketing scam, that it’s nothing more than a way to charge an additional $10 for your cosmetics. This does not change the fact that the oil has antibacterial properties. It just means you probably don’t have to put it on your eyelashes.

Although CBD does not need to be included in all the products it contains, this does not diminish its legitimate uses.

Myth 4: “I took CBD for 7 days and nothing happened, so it doesn’t work.”
Of all the bad CBD revenues, this is by far the worst. Fortunately, there is not much need for an explanation. I’ve read a number of pieces in which the author has tried CBD for a week or two, and at the end of the week they report that after the experiment they felt no different than before.

But here’s the catch: there was no condition they tried to treat at all. It’s like the decision to take Tyleno.

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