Have You Heard that CBD is ‘Non-Psychoactive’? It’s Not True

Article by Solomon Israel, The Leaf News

Marijuana Medicine Have you heard that CBD is 'non-psychoactive'? It's not true It's a common misconception, researcher says By: Solomon Israel FILE - This May 23, 2017 file photo shows GW Pharmaceuticals' Epidiolex, a medicine made from the marijuana plant but without THC. U.S. health regulators on Monday, June 25, 2018, approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law, despite growing legalization for recreational and medical use. (AP Photo/Kathy Young, File)

If there was any doubt that cannabidiol has officially gone mainstream, this should settle it.

A recent feature on the cannabis-derived chemical compound in the venerable New Yorker magazine describes New York City’s sudden “CBD craze” as having “already reached Dadaesque levels of consumerism — hundred-dollar tinctures to treat anxiety in pet cats and dogs; CBD-laced room service at the NoMad location of the James Hotel, in Manhattan.”

But even The New Yorker, a publication known for fastidious fact-checking, got one thing wrong. The article describes cannabidiol as “a nonpsychoactive chemical,” and that’s simply not true.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines “psychoactive” as something, especially a drug, that affects the mind. There’s no doubt CBD meets that definition, but the misconception persists.

Longtime cannabis researcher Dr. Ethan Russo sees it everywhere. He’s been interested in CBD since the 1960s, when its chemical structure was first identified.

“The first misconception about cannabidiol was that it was inactive,” said Russo, a neurologist who serves as director of research and development for the International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute.

During early research on CBD and its euphoria-inducing cousin THC, Russo said, “all the hubbub was about THC, because of it being the, quote ‘active ingredient,’ unquote, but that’s a misconception, as well.”

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