With the explosion of CBD into the health and wellness scene, so too has come the proliferation of misinformation, the most insidious of which sounds like it could almost ring true. Exaltations of CBD’s miracle-like abilities range from some claiming CBD ‘cures cancer,’ to others purporting it will ‘make eyelashes grow longer. In this realm of information over-saturation, we picked a few of the top CBD myths floating around and busted them, so you don’t have to.
Myth #1: CBD is not scientifically proven to help any ailments
In June, 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex, an oral solution to treat two rare and vicious forms of childhood epilepsy – Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. This is the first instance of the FDA approving a drug with CBD as an active ingredient, which is a milestone. The FDA says the approval is the result of “adequate and well-controlled clinical studies,” which allows providers to have confidence in the drug’s efficacy, strength and dosing.
Yes, Epidiolex was approved as a treatment for severe illnesses, but there are other studies which show the potential of CBD to help with a variety of less life-threatening issues.
Harmony Hemp™ is actually one of the only CBD companies on the market with OTC topical analgesics registered with the FDA. Our NeuroComfort™ collection with lidocaine, arnica and capsaicin, and our Flexible™ collection with menthol, arnica and comfrey provide long-lasting comfort for those who need it most. We pride ourselves on creating effective, condition-specific products with proven ingredients and the addition of CBD.
Myth #2: CBD hasn’t been studied at all
Due to CBD being designated as a Schedule I Substance for most of the past century under the Controlled Substances Act, many are under the impression insufficient research exists regarding its efficacy, safety and uses. Granted, studies in the U.S. were limited, but that doesn’t mean the same rings true in other countries.
Numerous studies have been and will continue to be conducted in myriad countries around the world.
- A 2011 double blind study in Brazil showed that CBD reduced anxiety related to public speaking.
- In a 2019 study at the Binzhou Medical University in China, CBD was shown to stop the spread of cancerous cells in patients with stomach cancer, demonstrating that CBD may have therapeutic effects on gastric cancer.
- A 2018 UK study demonstrated that CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties could improve disease activity in patients with ulcerative colitis (Crohn’s Disease).
- A multitude of studies have been performed in Israel, dating from the 1980s to present, on the synergistic abilities and efficacy of CBD.
Although these studies do not definitively claim CBD improves or cures diseases, they do imply CBD has therapeutic value and needs to be studied further.
Myth #3: The industry is so unregulated & that means CBD as a whole is sketchy
Yes, there are bad actors in many realms. Claims in the health and wellness industry are obviously not limited to CBD but with the recent hype, CBD-related claims are certainly more visible.
The secret lies in research and accountability. If a CBD company has integrity and values the health of those who use their products, you’ll know it. Always consult the Certificate of Analysis (COA), typically accessible via a QR code on a product, to determine exactly which tests are performed on products and how much CBD the product actually contains. Lab Tests for products should be made easily accessible to consumers.
If a product doesn’t have a COA, QR code or accessible lab tests, steer clear from buying or using that product.
We have QR codes on all of our products so you can ensure you’re receiving a truthful and quality CBD product.
Another thing to be wary of: hempseed oil. If a product contains only hempseed oil, it does not contain any CBD. CBD is not found in hemp seeds, only in the stalk, stem and buds.
Hempseed oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant and is an oil often used for cooking, or incorporated into lotions and soaps. It has absolutely no CBD.
Hemp extract, on the other hand, is extracted from the stalks and stem of the hemp plant, and contains CBD. If you’re in the market for CBD, always buy products that contain hemp extract or CBD.
Myth #4: CBD will get me high
Lumping CBD in with marijuana is a logical thing to do. We’re taught that marijuana produces a high and is a so-called ‘gateway drug.’ The psychoactive effects of feeling high off marijuana, though, come from THC, not CBD.
Even though Full Spectrum products contain small amounts of THC, the amount is so minimal, it will not produce a ‘high,’ or noticeable psychoactive effects. Furthermore, we use CBD derived from industrial hemp, not marijuana, in our products. Industrial hemp, under the legal definition, has 0.3% THC or less.
Most of our products are also available in Broad Spectrum, in which THC is removed, and Isolate, which means it’s a 99% single molecule of CBD, with absolutely no THC. So, if you’re weary of Full Spectrum CBD, you can still find a Harmony product that fits into your wellness routine.
Myth #5: CBD isn’t legal
Good news: CBD is, in fact, federally legal. On December 20, 2018, The 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law. It details that interstate commerce of industrial hemp products, defined as having 0.3% THC or less, is federally permitted. The Bill also removes hemp and any part of the plant with 0.3% THC or less from the Controlled Substances Act. This means that growing and selling hemp is federally legal.
CBD operators, though, must still comply with state laws. Consult your local department of Agriculture for specific state laws to see what the status of hemp and CBD are in your respective state.