7 Things the Media Hasn’t Told You About CBD

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The reputation of cannabidiol (CBD) has changed markedly in recent years.

Not only have more people become aware of CBD, but much of the stigma attached to this chemical compound of an illegal substance has dissipated. 

These days, it is more likely to be known for the many ways it can help us in multiple aspects of our lives.

From skincare products to lifesaving medical breakthroughs, ever more people are starting to explore the benefits of CBD in their everyday lives.

The new acceptance for this compound has led the media to become more open about discussing the cannabinoid, but there are still some points they won’t tell you.

This is where we come in, with a pre-disposed bias to provide you with all the relevant information about CBD that you won’t see shared in the media. 


Your Body Naturally Produces Cannabinoids (Including CBD)

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You might not remember being taught about this system in your human anatomy classes at school: we all have an inbuilt endocannabinoid system. Yup!  It’s true!

This system includes several different receptors. The ones most commonly associated with CBD are CB1 (found mostly in the brain) and CB2 (primarily found in the immune system).

The endocannabinoid system uses the cannabinoids your body naturally produces to control many different functions. 

One of these naturally produced endocannabinoids is anandamide, otherwise known as the bliss molecule, which activates the CB1 receptor.

Anandamide can perform many functions in the body, including relieving depression, lowering intestinal inflammation, and reducing blood pressure.

To make this endocannabinoid take effect, an enzyme in the body known as FAAH is needed to break it down.

CBD inhibits FAAH, which allows the anandamide to build up. 

Then, once the CBD begins to wear off, the FAAH will have more anandamide to break down, increasing the effectiveness of the cannabinoid. 


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CBD Comes With Very Few Side Effects

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One of the reasons CBD has become so popular is because it comes with very few side effects, unlike many commercial pharmaceuticals..

For those taking CBD for health reasons, this often makes CBD a better option than the pharmaceutical treatments they have been offered.

This is why CBD oil is increasingly used to treat conditions such as epilepsy, especially the rare, severe types of the disease that occur in children.

Even the most common side effects are relatively mild, lasting only as long as it takes for CBD to leave the body. 

The side effects include: fatigue, nausea, irritability, a change in appetite, and diarrhea. 

It’s worth noting that in one study reported on by the media, suggests that the use of CBD could lead to liver damage in the long term.

For this reason, even though it is a rare side effect, many pregnant women and those already suffering from liver problems are advised against using CBD. 


CBD Oil Is Legal In All 50 States

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The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, more commonly known as the Farm Bill, was signed into law by Donald Trump on the 20th of December 2018. 

This piece of legislation means that hemp-based CBD oil is no longer considered a Schedule 1 controlled substance; it has been redefined as an ordinary agricultural commodity.

If the CBD oil is derived from hemp and contains less than 0.3% THC (the cannabinoid that contains the psychoactive ‘high’ effect), it is considered legal in all 50 states.

Despite this change in legislation, however, individual states have interpreted it differently, and people are still being penalized for possessing CBD oil, which is why the media are so hesitant to talk about it. 

This includes a 69-year-old woman who was on holiday with her family in Disney World, and was arrested for carrying a bottle of CBD oil recommended by her doctor for severe arthritis. 

There have also been cases where people were arrested after arriving in airports. 

Thankfully, the change of attitude made by official organizations like the Food & Drug Administration have meant that the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 is beginning to experience more consistent implementation.

This has led to many policy changes, the latest of which comes from the Transport Security Administration (TSA). The new rectified TSA policy allows customers to travel with CBD oil products as long as they are FDA approved. 


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You Can’t Get Addicted To CBD

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Although we’ve mentioned that much of the stigma attached to CBD has dissipated in recent years, a large proportion of people still believe the cannabinoid is addictive due to its relation to the cannabis plant. 

This, however, couldn’t be further from the truth.

In an interview with Dr. Cidambi Min An, a licensed pharmacist, she said, “Our body naturally produces CBD in the endocannabinoid system to maintain balance when we control stress.”

She went on to add, “We can’t get addicted to our own body’s natural(ly) produced compound.” 

Although the media will avoid telling you this in order to by-pass liability, the reality is that you can take as much CBD as your heart desires without laying the foundations for an addiction. 

Since CBD lacks the ability to become addictive, it is even being used to target addictions to other substances, including heroin.

When reversing heroin addiction, CBD works by reducing cravings for the drug and allowing people to overcome urges far more successfully.


There Are Two Main CBD Extraction Methods

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Have you ever wondered how the CBD you consume is created, and struggled to find an easily accessible answer to that question? 

This is because the media believe information about the benefits of CBD are more newsworthy than hearing about extraction processes.  We think it’s important to share such news. 

Most CBD is extracted from the leaves, flowers and stalks of a cannabis plant via the following two methods.

The first method is called solvent extraction. This involves using solvents to separate the compounds from the plants.

Higher quality CBD made using this method employs carbon dioxide. Lower end versions, however, use harsh chemicals for extraction, including ethanol, butane and kerosene. 

The second method, which is generally the more gentle and effective way to extract CBD, steam is used to extract the oil.


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The Way CBD Is Extracted Matters

The media focuses so much on the benefits of CBD that we wouldn’t blame you for never having looked into how the CBD you’re using is extracted. 

In reality, however, this is an extremely important factor to know because it can completely change the effectiveness of your CBD.

This is true for both hemp and cannabis CBD, since they are both delicate plants that need to be handled in a specific way to achieve the best results.

In terms of methods, the steam method is generally preferred because it causes less damage to the plant, allowing it to remain efficient and effective.

In other, harsher methods, the efficiency of the CBD is reduced and additional flavorings may need to be added to the ingredients to disguise the strong taste.


Full Spectrum CBD Is More Effective Than CBD Isolate

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If you aren’t aware, CBD isolate is a crystalline powder that contains CBD as its only ingredient.

This form of CBD endures a higher amount of processing when compared to full spectrum CBD. This makes it possible to be sold in products that include synthetic or natural flavor additives.

You might think that having a product made solely from CBD makes it more effective, but initial research from Israel proves that this is probably not the case.

The research mentioned found that the efficiency of CBD isolate falls along a bell curve, severely limiting its effectiveness at many dosage levels.

Full spectrum, on the other hand, is an oil that differs from CBD oil because it contains more than CBD itself.

In this type of CBD, other compounds are added, including other important cannabinoids such as phytonutrients, chlorophyll, terpenes and flavonoids. 

These additional cannabinoids create an entourage effect that provides you with more benefit than if you were to take CBD by itself. 

This makes full spectrum CBD one of the most effective ways of consuming CBD altogether.


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Although the media is clearly opening its eyes to the benefits that come from CBD, they still limit the amount of information they tell the general public.

This might be for many different reasons, some of which were touched on in this article, including liability and lack of research data.

Oddly, even when there is viable research to back up statements we made in this article, as with the endocannabinoid system, traditional media sources still turn a blind eye to informing their audiences about it. 

The lack of reporting could, in part, be attributed to the slow uptake of the Agriculture Improvement Act 2018, which has left many media outlets around the country confused about boundaries when it comes to CBD.

Hopefully, as major national and international organizations like the FDA issue statements in support of cannabinoids, the media will be more forthcoming about sharing key information consumers need to know when beginning their CBD journey.

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Marina Turea

Marina has been calling Chicago home since 2007. She's a world traveler and an avid reader.

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