The 5 most famous myths about medicinal cannabis

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The 5 most famous myths about medicinal cannabis

Misinformation has played a major role in establishing the negative connotations associated with medicinal cannabis, a substance that is intertwined with a culture that has not always been legal.

But the time has come to truly understand what cannabis is, especially as one of its key components, CBD (cannabidiol, a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant), is in the process of rewriting the story of this famous plant and debunking the myths surrounding it once and for all:

Myth #1: CBD and its derivatives are hallucinogenic

Medicinal cannabis is very different from recreational marijuana. CDB, one of its main components, on its own, does not produce any effects that could equate it to a recreational or addictive drug.

A report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2018, discusses the studies proving that CBD is neither hallucinogenic, nor has the potential to be addictive.

Myth #2: CBD is NOT therapeutic

Many studies have attributed significant medicinal use with CBD, the confusion comes from the fact that it is classed as a controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

CBD has scientifically proven therapeutic properties that are being used to treat diseases such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s, anxiety and many more. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved Epidiolex (an oral cannabidiol solution) for treating seizures related with rare and severe types of epilepsy. As well as this, there are many other medications that are currently in the process of becoming recognized as such.

Cannabis has been used to cure illnesses since ancient times, illustrating its powerful medicinal properties. Currently, CBD derivatives are being used as complementary therapies to control and alleviate the side effects caused by certain medication used to treat diseases like cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, among others.

Myth #3: Medicinal Cannabis is marijuana

This is a common misunderstanding that has led to medicinal Cannabis inheriting a negative reputation.

Although both terms can refer to the same plant, the concentrations of their components, the thoroughness in cultivation and the way they are consumed sets them apart.

Medicinal Cannabis has very positive benefits for the body and it has already been legalized in several countries across the world, as a therapeutic alternative for a number of diseases. Marijuana on the other hand, is still considered as a recreational drug, whose consumption remains criminalized in many countries across Central and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and certain parts of the US.

Myth #4: all CBD is the same

Actually, many derivatives that are sold without being regulated cannot guarantee their quality or concentration. This affects the therapeutic effects of CBD, which is precisely why there is reason to legalize medicinal cannabis so that all companies dedicated to cultivating, producing and selling medicinal cannabis adhere to the same standards and established regulations.

If you want to guarantee quality of CBD products, you have to verify the manufacturing license. It is essential that the percentages of CBD and THC are clearly indicated and that the cultivation and production processes are of an adequate standard.

Myth #5: the benefits of medicinal cannabis are not based on science

The increased interest in medicinal cannabis for its medicinal properties, has sparked a lot of research, particularly regarding clinical trials with pathologies such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, anxiety, cancer, Parkinson’s, among others.

It has already been scientifically proven that cannabis and its therapeutic components can be used to treat chronic pain in adults. Furthermore, cannabis significantly reduces nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy and improves symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

The growing interest in this extraordinary plant and its medicinal properties has given way to an immense amount of research and development that will eventually help provide people who are suffering from diseases that can be helped by cannabis, with a safe treatment option.

Although there is a lot more to say about medicinal cannabis, its components, its history, one thing is certain: once the whole world recognizes its many benefits and what it can do for our health, it’s going to have a very promising future.


CANNABIDIOL (CBD) Critical Review Report [Expert Committee on Drug Dependence World Health Organization. 2018]