CBD stands for cannabidiol and is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis and hemp plant. Although the FDA has not approved any CBD companies to make medical claims, there is a vast amount of anecdotal data stating that it could be good for general human wellness and wellbeing.
CBD belongs to a group of chemical compounds that are classified as cannabinoids. Specifically, it belongs to the classification of cannabinoids called phytocannabinoids, meaning it is a cannabinoid that comes from plants.
Cannabinoids naturally interact with a system within the human body called the endocannabinoid system. Cannabinoids can be defined as anything that bonds to or interacts with cannabinoid receptors. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating the human body properly.
Cannabidiol is one of more than a hundred “phytocannabinoids,” which are found in both the cannabis and hemp. In 2014, and again in 2018, the federal government took the first steps in making hemp an agricultural commodity for the US. In order to do this they decided that
Yes! It is very safe. There have been no verifiable reports where cannabinoids have caused anyone to get sick, hurt, or overdose. It doesn’t even get you stoned.
CBD is closely related to another important medicinally active phytocannabinoid: Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that causes people to feel “stoned” or intoxicated. These are the two components of cannabis that have been most studied by scientists.
As stated above there is a vast amount of anecdotal evidence showing the benefits of both of the main cannabinoids. The main difference between the two is that CBD does not make a person feel “stoned” or intoxicated. That’s because CBD and THC activate the same receptor system, but do so in different ways.
As a matter of fact, it can actually lessen or neutralize the “high” effects of THC.
Due to The Farm Bill of 2018 (and before that… the Farm Bill of 2014). If a cannabis plant contains less than .3% THC, then that plant is considered to be a hemp plant by federal law. This is important to remember because Hemp is legal in all 50 states! When CBD is sourced from a Hemp plant then it can be legally sold, purchased and possessed by federal law.
The fact that it could be good for our well being as well as non-intoxicating makes it an appealing treatment option for those who are cautious about trying cannabis for the first time.