Cannabidiol or also known as (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in strains of Hemp and other resinous flower of cannabis, a plant with a rich history as a medicine going back thousands of years. Today the therapeutic properties of CBD are being tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors around the world. CBD is just one of many non-psychoactive compounds in a large number of phytocannabinoids, which are unique to cannabis and enrich the plant with its robust therapeutic profile.
CBD is closely related to another important medicinally active phytocannabinoid: tetrahydrocannabinol or (THC), the compound that causes the high that cannabis is famous for. These are the two components of cannabis that have been most studied by scientists.
Each compound CBD and THC have significant therapeutic benefits but unlike THC, CBD does not make a person feel “stoned” or intoxicated. That’s because CBD and THC act in different ways on different receptors in the brain and body called endocannabinoid system or ECS.
CBD can actually lessen or neutralize the psychoactive effects of THC, depending on how much of each compound is consumed. Many people want the health benefits of cannabis without the high – or with less of a high.
The fact that CBD is therapeutically potent as well as non-intoxicating, and easy to take in many forms, makes it an appealing treatment option for those who are cautious about trying cannabis for the first time.