Cannabidiol: facts and confusions

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in cannabis which is gaining popularity with its medical benefits. However there also lots of misconceptions about CBD and some of them are:

  1. Misconception : Cannabidiol is non-psychoactive and non-psychotropic

The correct term should be non-intoxicating. Cannabidiol has shown benefits in anxiety, schizophrenia, addition and possible depression.

  1. Misconception: CBD is sedating

Initial reports have described that CBD has sedating effect, however it is shown that low to moderate doses are alerting. Studies using 600 mg oral CBD has shown that there is no sedating effect. This sedating effect is attributed to myrcene which is known to have “couch-lock” effect.

  1. Misconception: CBD is a CB1 Antagonist like Rimonabant

Rimonabant is a synthetic CB1 inverse agonist which was marketed for a short time in Europe to treat obesity and metabolic syndrome. It was stopped due to serious adverse effects like anxiety, suicidal thoughts, nausea and multiple sclerosis. This caused concerns regarding CBD too as it was suspected to have the same effects. However it was shown that it does not work the same way and also in combination with THC none of these adverse effects was observed.

  1. Misconception: CBD is legal in all 50 states

In USA CBD is forbidden Schedule 1 agent.

  1. Misconception: CBD turns into THC in the body

There are false claims that CBD can be converted into THC by gastric acid. While this is possible under controlled conditions in a lab the research has shown that there is no such reaction in humans. Also no enzymes are known to support such reaction.


While CBD has promising medical benefits there are lots of confusions that exist around its use and people need to be aware of them.


Cannabidiol Claims and Misconceptions

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