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Rumors and beliefs: 5 prejudices on the CBD

Since the arrival of the CBD on the market, this product has made a lot of ink. Not a day going on without hearing from the CBD, his benefits or his dangers. On television, on the radio, in the newspapers or on the canvas, many are the attacks launched about it. At work, you do not dare (again) address the subject for fear of making you reject such an anarchist marginal. Ivory's passionate team decided to tackle 5 prejudices on the CBD and to reveal the truth. Let's go for this true CBD special fake.

1- The CBD is a drug

This is certainly the most common rumor on the Internet, widely distributed by the opponents to the legalization of cannabis. Too bad for them, the CBD is not a drug. Besides, the reason is simply. If the CBD comes from the cannabis plant, it does not contain or a very low amount of THC. Although THC and CBD are two cannabinoids, they do not have the same characteristics at all, and therefore do not act in the same way on the body or on the brain.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis on our brain. This is the reason why, in France, the sale of cannabis is illegal because this plant is considered a psychotropic. On the contrary, the CBD contains a THC content of less than or equal to 0.2% (the maximum permitted in the hex) and, therefore, does not modify our state of consciousness. Thus, the CBD is not a drug.

We also add that, since the CBD is not a drug, its sale, as well as its consumption, is quite legal at home (the illegality of the product is another partially widespread into the canvas!).

2- It is possible to become dependent on the CBD

It has been scientifically proven that there was no risk of dependence on cannabidiol. To understand the reasons, we made the choice to return to the notion of dependence.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines the addiction in these terms:

“ [...] A set of behavioral, cognitive and physiological phenomena in which the use of a specific psychoactive substance or a category of substances results in a gradual disinvestment of other activities. [...] The notion of psychological or psychic dependence refers to uncontrolled consumption of alcohol or psychoactive substances, while physiological or physical dependence concerns tolerance and symptoms of weaning.”

 The CBD does not contain a psychoactive substance, therefore, has no addictogenic potential.

If the rumor runs the streets and the media and explodes the worry rate, it is because the CBD is entirely associated with cannabis. However, cannabidiol, like THC, are two of the many phytocannabinoids contained in the cannabis plant, and only THC acts on the reward area of ​​our brain; The circuit directly linked to dependence. Thus, it is important to emphasize that according to the Irish study Nersac (2011), THC would have addictogenic potential estimated at 8.9%. Alcohol and tobacco are estimated at 22.7% and 67.5% respectively.

3- The CBD increases addiction to THC

As explained earlier, the CBD containing no psychoactive substance and does not have any influence on dopamine, does not present any danger as to possible addiction. This belief is all the more false as recent scientific studies have demonstrated promising results in the treatment of addictions. Indeed, the CBD has what is called "anti-craving" potential, in other words "anti-lack". Thus, according to a study published on the National Library of Medicine in 2019, "Acute CBD administration, unlike placebo, significantly reduces the desire and anxiety induced by the presentation of clues". 

On the other hand, if consumers smoke CBD using tobacco, there is a risk of addiction linked to tobacco consumption. In short, the CBD itself has no risk of dependence if it is consumed without combustion associated with nicotine. In fact, in Switzerland, 33% of CBD consumers use this product to look after alcohol, tobacco or illegal cannabis *.

4- The CBD is bad for health

« The CBD is not a drug These are the words of Professor Amine Benyamina, President of the French Federation of Addictology. In a 2017 report, WHO's experts claimed that " It [the CBD, NDLR] does not produce the effects that are generally observed with cannabinoids such as THC. [...] In pure state, the CBD does not seem to have potential for abuse, nor be harmful to health. » 

In addition, the CBD has many virtues that help consumers in their daily lives. It is, among other things, a relaxing and a powerful relaxant and recognized, which helps to relieve some evils. Thus, consuming the CBD reduces the sensations of stress and anxieties related to the latter, allows to relax after a day of work, to find sleep more easily and a natural remedy against headache.

Nevertheless, a combustion consumption of CBD flowers, especially if mixed with tobacco, can eventually result in health problems. This is not due to the consumption of CBD strictly speaking, but to the type of consumption. Combustion inhalation has real risks for lungs.

5- The CBD fatigues the body

The amalgam is often done: "If the CBD helps to sleep, it is a sedative and therefore it tires". But this statement is completely false. The CBD helps to sleep because it has virtues that calm stress and anxieties, and relax the muscles. So, once the mind and the body appeased, it is easier to find sleep. On the other hand, the CBD does not provide somnolence so consumed at low or normal dose. The reason the CBD helps to calm the mind and therefore to relax, it is because the cannabidiol activates a certain number of receptors within our endocannabinoid system that act at different levels:

  • on mood,
  • on pain,
  • And on anxiety.


Before letting you enjoy a moment with your favorite CBD product, we wanted to add a thing. First of all, if there are still many rumors around this cannabinoid, it is because there is a confusion with cannabis containing THC and some hosting hypocrisy in France about this plant. Out, a Swiss survey, dating back to September 2021, demonstrated that everyone consumed CBD, regardless of age. So, the next time you find yourself at the coffee machine, do not hesitate to start the conversation with your colleagues, you will be surprised by the new friends you could do!

* Study on cannabidiol consumption habits (CBD) in Switzerland, conducted by Uweed® in collaboration with the Hemp community (Sep 2021).


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