Cannabidiol attracts the attention of scientists and media for its therapeutic properties and non-psychoactivity, unlike its THC bro. Many companies have started manufacturing CBD products, insisting on the “miracles” of this molecule, from easing the pain to healing cancer. But with the growing knowledge of the potential of cannabidiol for health, many popular ideas around the CBD. Here are 5 false ideas, and their decryption.
CBD is medical, THC is recreational
For instance,he non-psychoactivity of cannabidiol (the fact that it does not kill) leads to some dissociation of cannabinoids between one side THC, psychoactive and recreational, and the other CBD.
In fact, THC has many therapeutic properties. For example, a very targeted study of Alzheimer’s disease has shown that THC inhibits the formation of beta-amyloid protein, which is responsible for dementia associated with the disease.
CBD is more effective without THC
THC and CBD are a bit like Jay-Z and Beyonce: they are stronger together than separately. CBD and THC interact in synergy and mutually stimulate the therapeutic effects of each of the 2 cannabinoids.
Moreover,Scientists at the California Pacific Medical Center concluded from San Francisco that a combination of THC and CBD had more anti-tumor effects than each cannabinoid used alone, with tests on brain cancer cell lines.
The molecule alone is more effective than the plant
The plant contains, however, hundreds of different compounds, including flavonoids, terpenes and all other cannabinoids beyond THC and CBD. So,each of these compounds has specific therapeutic properties.
A 2015 study, however, showed that the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD were more effective when an extract of a plant rich in CBD was administered rather than the CBD molecule alone.
Psychoactivity is inevitably an undesirable effect
Cannabis is still considered to be an intoxicant that has therapeutic properties rather than a drug that can have intoxicating effects, according to Dr. Tod Mikuriya, the godfather of therapeutic cannabis in the United States.
For him, the euphoric qualities of cannabis are also sought by sick people, as well as those in good health.
It does not matter where the CBD comes from
Cannabidiol can be extracted from industrial hemp varieties, but these are not always an optimal source of CBD.
Industrial hemp varieties contain far less cannabidiol than cannabis varieties rich in CBD. Huge amounts of hemp are needed to extract a small amount of CBD, in addition to reducing the presence of terpenes and other cannabinoids. In short,CBD is often more effective within an extract of the whole plant to boost the therapeutic effects of cannabis.