What is CBD?
The cannabis plant contains over one hundred naturally occurring, active compounds – known as cannabinoids – and two of these are Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The compound that earns “Cannabis” its infamy is THC, the substance that gives marijuana psychoactive properties. Cannabidiol, on the other hand, is a lesser known compound but one that has many health benefits without giving the user a mind-altering experience.
When CBD is ingested, it doesn’t adversely affect brain chemistry to create a ‘high’ – it actually has counteractive properties to THC. Rather, CBD has in recent times been shown to have medicinal values and research shows that it is effective in pain relief without side effects such as lethargy and dysphoria.
CBD products can be produced using hemp or marijuana, the two types of cannabis plant that originate from the same plant species called Cannabis Sativa L. The two cannabis strains have long been cultivated by humans, who for thousands of years have used the plant for recreational and medicinal purposes.