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Breaking the Myths about THC vs. CBD

As the CBD and THC industries continue to grow, so do the myths about the therapeutic properties each one provides. The interest surrounding CBD, scientifically known as cannabidiol, continues to surge because of its non-intoxicating therapeutic properties. Although THC has therapeutic properties of its own, it gets a bad rap because it can get you “high” or cause the signature “stoned” feeling. Let’s break down the myths regarding THC and CBD.

Myth #1

CBD is most effective without THC.

This myth may be the biggest one on our list. THC might not work for everyone and vice versa for CBD. What we are now learning is that THC and CBD work best together. Studies show that CBD and THC interact together to enhance each other’s therapeutic effects. Extensive clinical research demonstrates that CBD combined with THC is more beneficial than either compound as a single molecule.

Myth #2

THC is recreational, CBD is Medicinal

Oftentimes people say they are seeking “CBD, the medical form” of the plant. As opposed to “THC, the recreational” form of the plant that gets you high. The problem with this is THC has unique therapeutic properties of its own. 

The U.S. government recognizes single-molecule THC (Marinol) as an anti-nausea compound. The government also recognizes it as an appetite booster, deeming it a Schedule III pharmaceutical. This is a category reserved for drugs with little abuse potential. Despite this facet, whole-plant cannabis, which is the only natural THC source, continues to be classified as a dangerous Schedule I drug with no medicinal value.

Myth #3

Multiple-Cannabinoid Whole Plant Hemp Products are inferior to Single-cannabinoid Products like CBD Isolate

The U.S. Government labels specific parts of the marijuana plant (THC and CBD) to have medical value but not the plant as a whole. Cannabis plants contain several hundred compounds that include different flavonoids, aromatic terpenes, and many minor cannabinoids in addition to THC and CBD. Each of these compounds has its specific healing attributes. When combined, the whole plant’s therapeutic impact is greater than the sum of its single-molecule parts.

Myth #4

CBD is Not Psychoactive

Although CBD is non-intoxicating, it is entirely misleading to define CBD as non-psychoactive. It is better to label CBD as non-psychoactive like THC. While CBD won’t make a person feel “high” or “stoned,” it can positively impact a person’s psyche when ingested in extremely large amounts, much higher than you’ll find in Hemp Lively CBD products.

Myth #5

CBD is the good cannabinoid. THC is the bad one.

As the CBD industry continues to build a positive reputation because of its non-intoxicating properties, marijuana prohibitionists are exploiting the good news about CBD to further stigmatize “high” THC cannabis. By framing CBD as the excellent cannabinoid and THC (tetrahydro cannabidiol) as the bad cannabinoid, the CBD industry can continue its growth in the mainstream medical culture.

Myth #6

Psychoactivity is an Inherent adverse side effect

When consumed, cannabis can create a joyful feeling. This feeling is rooted in the therapeutic value of the plant. The marijuana ‘high’ might be an unwanted side effect for some, but the euphoric feeling aids in the therapeutic process for others.

Myth #7

All CBD Products are the Same

This could not be farther from the truth. I’ve spoken to hundreds of our customers that tried another company’s CBD product and it did nothing. CBD products come in several cannabinoid profiles such as CBD Isolate which is just CBD, Broad Spectrum which has all available cannabinoids with the Delta 9 THC Removed, and Full Spectrum or Whole Plant which has all the available cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp the extract was made from.

However, even this isn’t always correct.  Most Full spectrum CBD products out there are made with a very high percentage CBD full spectrum distillate which has had most of the minor cannabinoids and terpenes removed.   This makes it far from “Full Spectrum”.  

The easiest solution to all of this is to buy hemp products from Hemp Lively, your trusted source for Hemp, CBD, Delta 9 THC, and Delta 8.

Myth #8

CBD is Sedating

Depending on the dosage, CBD can provide different effects. In moderate doses of CBD, users report that it can give an altering, energizing effect. However, higher amounts of CBD can promote sleep. This sleep-promoting effect is likely because of a high myrcene terpene profile. Myrcene is a terpene with pain soothing and sedative properties. CBD is not inherently sedating, but it does effect sleep patterns and anxiety.

Myth #9

Higher Doses of CBD work better than Lower Doses

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Because CBD isolates require higher doses to be effective than whole plant CBD-rich oil extracts, that doesn’t mean single-molecule CBD is a better therapeutic option than CBD-rich cannabis. Studies suggest that a synergistic combination of CBD, THC, and other cannabis components can be effective at low doses – as little as 2.5 mg CBD and 2.5 mg THC. Everyone is different, and in some cases, patients may require significantly higher doses of CBD oil to obtain satisfactory results. CBD, THC, and cannabis can produce opposite effects in low and high quantities. Excessive amounts can be less effective therapeutically than a moderate dose.

Myth #10

CBD Turns into THC when Digested

This is quite a myth and couldn’t be further from the truth. There have been some misleading reports that CBD converts to THC in the stomach, causing the exact “high” like THC. Extensive clinical trials prove that ingested CBD, even in high doses greater than 600 mg, does not cause the same psychoactive effects as THC. Reports also say that THC can lessen or neutralize the THC “high.”

Myth #11

CBD is 100% Legal because it's no longer considered a Controlled Substance

Not exactly. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp (defined as cannabis with less than 0.3 percent THC) in the United States and removed numerous derivatives of hemp, including CBD, from the purview of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Controlled Substances Act. But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) views CBD as a pharmaceutical drug and maintains that it is illegal to sell hemp-derived CBD as a dietary supplement. The DEA retains jurisdiction over CBD derived from marijuana (cannabis with more than 0.3 percent THC), which federal law still prohibits.

Myth #12

Legalizing CBD, but not Marijuana, adequately serves the patient population.

Seventeen U.S. states have enacted “CBD only” laws, and 30 states have legalized medical marijuana (not just CBD) in one form or another. Some states restrict CBD-rich products’ sources and specify the diseases that can access CBD; others do not.

But a CBD-rich remedy with little THC doesn’t work for everyone. Parents of epileptic children have found that adding some THC (or THCA, the raw, unheated THC version) was beneficial with seizure control. For some people with epilepsy (and many other people), THC-dominant products are more effective than CBD-rich products.


That was 12 common CBD vs THC myths that can be found on the internet. It’s important to have the correct information on something that you ingest into your body. Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date on the latest Hemp Lively news and information.

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