With all the talk of CBD these days, it’s best to know what’s the truth and what is just a myth…

Myth: Hemp and marijuana are come from the same plant, and therefore are the same.

Fact: Though both hemp and marijuana come from the cannabis sativa plant, they are not the same. There is a chemical difference between hemp and marijuana. Hemp has a delta-9- THC content of less that 0.3%. As a result, hemp has no psychoactive properties. CBD is made from this part of the sativa plant. Marijuana has greater than 0.3% delta-9- THC. That is why marijuana can get you “high”.

Myth: CBD is illegal to use in the United States.

Fact: Because CBD has no psychoactive effects, it is legal to purchase, sell, and possess in all 50 states (update: new changes in regulations may hint that the US will prevent CBD sales in non-recreational states, so please check your local state law)

Myth: Smoking CBD can get you “high.”

Fact: The amount of THC in plant extracted CBD is less than 0.3%. Therefore, no matter what delivery system you use – smoking, vaping, oil, spray, edible, cream, or suppository, CBD will not get you “high”.

Myth: It is illegal to grow cannabis is all 50 states – even if the purpose of the cannabis is to produce CBD, and not marijuana.

Fact: Though it is illegal on a federal level to use and possess cannabis, some states have passed laws legalizing it. In these states, the local state law – which allows cannabis use and possession, supersedes the federal law which does not allow it.

Myth: Even though hemp CBD has only trace amounts of THC in it, if you take the hemp CBD orally, the THC absorbed into your bloodstream will get you “high”.

Fact: Once the CBD hits the stomach, the gastric juices destroy the trace amounts of THC.
Therefore, no THC at all is absorbed into the bloodstream.

Myth: Eating or using CBD will make me fail a drug test.

Fact: Hemp CBD contains THC levels that are below detectable amounts in standard
employment or athletic screening.

Myth: CBD is not safe in children, the elderly or pets.

Fact: CBD is completely safe in children, the elderly, and in pets.

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Leah is an American physician, trained in Internal Medicine with 30+ years of medical experience. Having worked in a private practice, inner-city hospitals, multi-specialty clinics, and having taught medical residents, Leah also concurrently delivered numerous lectures to both fellow physicians and the public. Recently, Leah relocated to Israel and here will continue doing what she loves – teaching patients about themselves and how to best address their medical conditions. Leah feels both privileged and honored to be selected as the in-house medical doctor for the CBD Testers Club.

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