Learn more about CBD
CBD, otherwise known as Cannabidiol, has been making the headlines lately with amazing stories from around the world singing its praises.
But despite this increasing public profile, many people still have no idea exactly what CBD is.
- Does it make you stoned?
- Is it legal?
- Is there any truth behind these extraordinary anecdotal reports?
If these are questions you would like answered, then read on as you are about to find out “what is CBD” and what it can be used for.
So, let’s start right from the beginning. CBD is a type of compound found in cannabis sativa called a cannabinoid. In fact, there are over 100 types of cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, with the most well-known being THC – the bit that gets you stoned.
However, and this is important; CBD is not psychoactive in the respect that it doesn’t cause a high feeling.
Not only that, the World Health Organization has recognized CBD as being safe, non-toxic and with very few side effects. Not all strains of cannabis contain high levels of CBD. This is much in part due to the dominance in the last 70 years of the recreational market, which prefers high-THC varieties.
But in the past, wild varieties of cannabis contained a more balanced cannabinoid profile, including CBD, and this is a trend that is returning. Right now, cannabis remains illegal in most parts of the world thanks to its Schedule 1 status, which claims that it poses a high a risk of abuse as well as having no medicinal value.
However industrial hemp, a low-THC/ high-CBD variety of cannabis sativa, is legal. Therefore, most of the CBD oils on the market are derived from hemp.