Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical compound produced by the cannabis sativa plant. It is one of many cannabinoids that are produced by cannabis sativa; researchers have identified as many as 85 cannabinoids, to date. Cannabis sativa is a family of plants that include Industrial Hemp and Marijuana (yes…weed, pot). Think of Industrial Hemp and Marijuana as cousins! I am not going to go into detail about their differences in this excerpt, but feel free to read more at Industrial Hemp vs. Marijuana
The two most talked about cannabinoids are THC and CBD. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that is responsible for getting someone “high” or “stoned”. CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive. So, no matter how much you consume by itself you will not get the high that you would get from consuming THC. So, why is it important and why is everyone talking about it?
CBD has been found to have many medical benefits and is being used for treating a variety of conditions including:
- Epilepsy — Perhaps, you have heard about Charlotte Figi or Charlotte’s Web
- Chronic Pain
You now have a basic understanding of what CBD is. Now, you might be curious as to how this compound derived from a plant (that has traditionally been forbidden) can help humans. It is because of the Endocannabinoid System that you, I and every mammal possess.