Hemp Facts and Myths You Need to Know
Whether talking about cannabidiol or specific products like hemp oil, the topic seems to be on pretty much everyone's mind. With such interest and discussion, some facts are likely to get muddied by misinformation. Meanwhile, other information is likely to get lost as it is whispered down the lane.
To help set the record straight, we’re answering some of the most frequently brought up facts and myths about hemp.
Fact/Myth: What is Hemp, and How Does it Work with the Body?
Let’s start by immediately giving you a 50/50 fact-myth.
Depending on who you ask, the answers you receive may be a myth. So, we’re here to clear that up for any confused readers.
There is a lot to unpack surrounding cannabidiol or hemp to most. Due to the misinformation out there, much of the unpacking is actually spent on debunking myths. In a recent article, we touched on some of the core fundamentals of HEMP. This included how HEMP oil is made and the differences between marijuana, hemp and the cannabis plant.
Hemp affects receptors in the body, including cannabinoid receptors. These receptors can be found in every person’s body. Unlike how THC reacts with the body’s receptors, hemp reacts to your body rather differently.
THC binds to consumers' internal receptors, namely the CB1 and CB2, inducing the physical effects and "head high." With HEMP, however, it has little natural ability to bind to either receptor.
Instead, cannabidiol has a controlling influence on other non-cannabinoid receptors in the body. This includes influencing receptors that control anxiety, ion channels and has even been noted to serve as an anti-cancer. HEMP can affect several other receptors as well as serve as a reuptake inhibitor and as an allosteric modulator.
In short, hemp has the potential to influence your body in a variety of ways.
Myth: HEMP Oil Will Get Me High
Call it a myth, a misconception or by any other name. The answer will remain the same that you cannot get high from hemp oil or any other cannabidiol products. While regulated products may contain up to .3% THC in the U.S., it’s small doses of THC won’t influence a consumer’s experience.
Instead, hemp will provide consumers with some mental effects, often reported as a relaxing or anti-anxiety outcome. However, hemp's inability to bind to CB1 and CB2 receptors make it so that a person won’t experience the intoxicating effects that many consider to be akin to the high that comes from consuming THC.
That said, hemp CBD is like THC in that it affects each person differently. Some may feel little to any apparent effects from consuming hemp. Others have reported feeling the results more clearly. And in some cases, people have reported feeling "high". Though this is likely due to consuming high volumes of hemp, or it is a placebo effect.
Fact: There are Numerous Ways to Consume Hemp Oil
Some may hear hemp and immediately assume we’re talking about the oil. That can be true in many instances. However, consumers should be aware of the growing number of products arriving in stores and online shops across the country.
Flower is undoubtedly an option, but a growing number of products are offering consumers a way to get their hemp without smoking. This includes vapes, where hemp-heavy carts can be found in plenty of shops and online stores today, with more expected to arrive over time.
Some of the more popular options include edibles for those seeking a discreet, delayed and prolonged effect. Meanwhile, topicals provide an option for those seeking centralized treatment without getting any cannabis in their bloodstream.
Think of it this way: If THC can do it, so can hemp.
Fact: Dosing is Different for Everyone
Cannabis dosing varies per person, regardless of the cannabinoid. This is because cannabis affects each person differently. This is true in hemp and can be found in medical patients.
Compare two people with the same medical conditions using hemp to treat their symptoms. These two people will likely use different dosages to address the same symptoms. This outcome is brought on by a series of factors in each person. They range from the person’s past experience with THC to the level of pain their body is experiencing.
As is the case, it is best to invoke the classic cannabis advice, “start low, go slow.” With people taking anywhere between 20mg and over 1,000mg each day, it is best not to dive in headfirst. Instead, start with a 5 or 10mg dosage and go from there. See how you feel every 30 to 60 minutes and determine if an additional dose is needed.
While you may be in need of treatment, don’t rush the process. It could leave you with a negative experience that could otherwise be avoided.
Myth: Can I Take Too Much Hemp?
In theory, yes, you can take too much HEMP. That said, most believe that to do so a person would have to ingest an incredibly high amount of cannabidiol in a short window of time.
That said, some do report side effects from consuming hemp at more common doses. Some have reported a range of adverse effects, including anxiety, diarrhea, nausea and mood and appetite changes as well as other uncomfortable outcomes. While none of the side effects are likely to lead to grave harm, they are going to leave a few consumers with unpleasant outcomes.
Likely, these adverse outcomes stemmed from over-consumption or less than reputable products. This is why it is important that consumers only buy products from premium, USA-cultivated products. KM Relief is proud to offer customers just that for a reliable hemp consuming experience.
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