Common Misconceptions about CBD

Common Misconceptions about CBD: The Top 5

As part of our ongoing series of CBD101 topics, we are debunking the 5 most common misconceptions about CBD oil. You’d be surprised to see what they are, and how little knowledge the general public has about the exciting new field of CBD oil.

Misconception #1: CBD is just marijuana by another name.

CBD is not marijuana. Marijuana is the old name for the psychoactive drug made from cannabis which was used to get an individual “high.” Modern CBD is derived from the hemp plant–a plant selectively bred from the cannabis plant but which contains less than 0.3% THC–the cannabinoid which gets you “high.” 

Plants with low THC (less than 0.3%) are legally defined as Hemp. Hemp is a beneficial plant with strong fibers and can be used to make ropes, fabrics, and clothing. The word “canvas” actually comes from the old Dutch pronunciation of “cannabis,” as Hemp was historically used to make sails and ropes for boats. With so little THC that it’s impossible to get high, the hemp plant is very different from “marijuana.” 

Soulsome uses a cold-press extraction method to extract the oils from raw hemp flowers. These oils are high in CBD and contain many other essential cannabinoids from the cannabis plant but with very low quantities of THC (much lower than the federally mandated 0.3%). 

Misconception #2: CBD is not psychoactive.

Oh man, as common misconceptions about CBD go this one just keeps on giving. What we should really say is that CBD is not psychoactive in the same way that THC is – i.e., CBD doesn’t make you intoxicated the way THC does–i.e., CBD will never get “high” or “wasted” in the traditional sense.

However, CBD is psychoactive because it has a positive effect on a person’s mental state, making it helpful in treating anxiety, depression, and pain management. Therefore, it is more accurate to say that CBD is psychoactive, but non-intoxicating so you won’t get “high” from it, but you may feel an improvement in your mood.

Misconception #3: All CBD preparations like oils, gummies, capsules, and salves have the same effect.

The effects of CBD will vary widely depending on how you ingest it. CBD will be absorbed into the bloodstream most effectively in tincture form by holding a few drops of the tincture directly under your tongue for 20-30 seconds. The tincture is absorbed by the sublingual glands and veins and is transported directly to the bloodstream without much interference from the body. The effects of this method of ingestion can typically be felt within 15-30 minutes.

We always recommend this method for Soulsome’s raw hemp flower CBD oil as it provides both the fastest-acting method of ingestion as well as the most potent. We’ve found that this also gives individuals a great deal of control over their personal dosing and makes using Soulsome relatively predictable and straightforward once an individual establishes their ideal CBD dose. This common misconception about CBD is also a little dangerous as it is quite easy to take too much when switching between gummies and a tincture or when using both together.

CBD that is eaten or swallowed in the form of food, capsules, or a drink must first pass through the digestive system before it moves into the bloodstream. Digestion slows down the delivery of CBD to the bloodstream and also strips out some of the potency and effectiveness of the CBD dose in what is known as “the first-pass effect.” During the first pass effect, the body naturally breaks down some of the CBD and its associated cannabinoids., reducing the potency and effect of the CBD and also delaying its onset.

For sore or achy muscles or for situations that require a local pain management strategy, CBD topicals like balms, creams, and salves can be rubbed onto the affected spot. Topicals can significantly assist with normal local inflammation for tired and achy muscles, and current research is already looking into its application for more serious conditions like arthritis. CBD Topicals are usually massaged or rubbed onto the affected area on the body (e.g., a sore thigh muscle after a jog), and users typically report feeling relief within 10-20 minutes.

When it comes to misconceptions about CBD this one remains hard to shift as most people find their preferred method of ingesting their CBD and stick to it. However, we recommend trying a few drops of Soulsome’s cold-pressed raw hemp flower CBD oil under the tongue to experience the full spectrum effects of what CBD oil should be like.

Misconception #4: There is no real scientific evidence to support all these claims about CBDs’ health benefits.

Another widely held misconception about CBD is that there is a general lack of scientific research into its efficacy. Serious scientific research into the effects of CBD has finally started thanks to the 2018 declassification of Hemp as a controlled substance. The FDA approved the first CBD-containing drug for epilepsy treatment in November 2018 and, as the research trend into CBD continues, we stand to see more novel uses of CBD-based drugs being approved.

However, more research is needed to extend our understanding of CBD and its long-term effects on the body. With this in mind, the anecdotal and observational evidence is positive, with many sources reporting that CBD may help individuals with mood, anxiety and disturbed sleep, and pain management

The short answer is that the field of scientific research into CBD is exploding with more and more research published every day, much of it in support of what we already know about CBD and its uses.

Misconception #5: I tried CBD, and nothing happened; that stuff doesn’t work.

One of the main advantages of using a CBD oil like Soulsome’s raw hemp flower CBD oil is that its effects are subtle and quite gentle. Whereas some medications hit the user like a proverbial sledgehammer, sometimes even requiring time off from work, the effects of CBD start slowly and are less about what you are feeling and more about what you are not. This common misconception about CBD oil is that it is expected to work like traditional medicine–including a nice range of unpleasant side effects–which really isn’t CBDs’ style.

For example, one study gave CBD to a group before a public speaking experiment. The placebo group presented as anxious as ever or worse, whereas the test group (those given CBD) reported almost no, or negligible, anxiety levels. Both groups (with CBD and without) completed the experiment–and no one needed time off work! 

What most CBD users will tell you is that it is essential to do a little initial experimentation to find your personal comfort zone when it comes to dosage. Think Goldilocks and the three bears: Too much, or too potent a dose, can make you feel sleepy or sluggish. Too little, and you may not feel any of the effects at all. When it comes to using Soulsome, we recommend newcomers start with a light dose and then slowly and safely increase the dose as required until you have found the amount which works best for you.


The information contained in this post is for general information purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult your healthcare practitioner to make sure that CBD oil is the right choice for you.

Further reading on the common misconceptions about CBD oils try these articles:

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  2. Khan, R., Naveed, S., Mian, N. et al. The therapeutic role of Cannabidiol in mental health: a systematic review. J Cannabis Res 2, 2 (2020). retrieved from on 07/12/2021.
  3. Pinto JV, Saraf G, Frysch C, Vigo D, Keramatian K, Chakrabarty T, Lam RW, Kauer-Sant’Anna M, Yatham LN. Cannabidiol as a Treatment for Mood Disorders: A Systematic Review. Can J Psychiatry. 2020 Apr;65(4):213-227. doi: 10.1177/0706743719895195. Epub 2019 Dec 13. PMID: 31830820; PMCID: PMC7385425. Retrieved from on 07/12/2021
  4. Shannon S, Lewis N, Lee H, Hughes S. Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series. Perm J. 2019;23:18-041. doi:10.7812/TPP/18-041 retrieved from on 07/12/2021
  5. Mlost J, Bryk M, Starowicz K. Cannabidiol for Pain Treatment: Focus on Pharmacology and Mechanism of Action. Int J Mol Sci. 2020;21(22):8870. Published 2020 Nov 23. doi:10.3390/ijms21228870. Retrieved from on 07/12/2021
  6. Bergamaschi MM, Queiroz RH, Chagas MH, de Oliveira DC, De Martinis BS, Kapczinski F, Quevedo J, Roesler R, Schröder N, Nardi AE, Martín-Santos R, Hallak JE, Zuardi AW, Crippa JA. Cannabidiol reduces the anxiety induced by simulated public speaking in treatment-naïve social phobia patients. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2011 May;36(6):1219-26. doi: 10.1038/npp.2011.6. Epub 2011 Feb 9. PMID: 21307846; PMCID: PMC3079847. Retrieved from on 07/12/2021

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