This article was originally published on The Green Fund and appears here with permission.
The last few years have been marked by the CBD craze, with the plant extract being added to various products, from cosmetics and food to unusual toothpicks and toilet paper. Thanks to its health benefits, people use CBD to manage epilepsy, chronic pain, arthritis, diabetes, insomnia, and mental health problems. As such, the CBD industry is flourishing and is predicted to reach $16 billion in value by 2026.
As it's only gaining momentum right now, there is a lot of confusion around CBD – some people believe it to be a miraculous treat-it-all, whereas others think it is a celebrity-endorsed fad. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about the substance, including the belief that CBD is psychoactive, addictive, and harms your mental well-being. Some also think there is just one type of substance and that it is entirely legal.
With the misleading information out there, some people might be hesitant to try for themselves the benefits of CBD. As such, below, we try to discuss some of those myths so you can see the truth for yourself:
CBD Has Negative Mental Health Effects
Another common misconception is that CBD has harmful effects on your mental health, especially if you are suffering from anxiety or depression. It is true to some degree – self-medicating can not only lead to a delay in seeking professional treatment, but it also may aggravate some symptoms.
Still, CBD can also have a positive effect on your mental well-being – people suffering from various mental health issues have been using cannabis for ages now. It is true that cannabis can alter one's mood and behavior, but the feeling is generally described as relaxing rather than negative. As always, it is vital to speak to a medical professional before taking any new substance, but CBD is generally considered safe.
What's more, it's improbable to make you feel worse even after its expiration date – you can read if …