What is CBD?

Introducing CBD

Short for Cannabidiol, CBD is a compound naturally produced by the cannabis sativa plants, including both marijuana and hemp. CBD is just one of many compounds better known as cannabinoids that are abudant in cannabis plants. You've probably heard of the other most common cannabinoid, THC, known for its psychoactive properties, or getting you 'stoned' or 'high.' To date, researchers have discovered more than 85 cannabinoids and we are just beginning to understand their potential.

2D view of CBD molecular structure

Understanding cannabinoids

Each cannabinoid has different properties resulting in different effects when used. Both CBD and THC possess therapeutic properties, however CBD does not possess psychoactive properties and will not get you high upon used. This makes CBD an attractive relief option for those considering the use of medicinal hemp but turned off by the psychoactive side effects of THC. Other cannabinoids known to provide relief for certain conditions include CBC, CBDA, CBG, CBN, THCA, & THCV.

Benefits of CBD

There is both scientific and anecdotal evidence to support the potential therapeutic benefits of CBD use. Perhaps the most fascinating CBD story of all is that of Charlotte Figi, a young girl who began alleviating life-threatening seizures with CBD use at just age three. We continue to see many people use CBD to alleviate symptoms associated with chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, and epilepsy.

Continue to Chapter 2 - The Endocannabinoid System