Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in Cannabis sativa, the marijuana plant. CBD and THC are the two main active compounds found in the cannabis plant.
According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Unlike the THC content in Marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive. It does not cause the negative mental effects linked to marijuana use, like anxiety, paranoia and memory issues.
According to the Harvard Health Blog, CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a “high.”
There have been many scientific studies as to the possible benefits of CBD. Here are a few:
Our body naturally has receptors for cannabinoids: CB1 is the first type and it is very dense in the pain pathways of the brain, spine, and nerves. The second type (CB2) is more important for our immune system, but is also tied to inflammation. According to much researcher, CBD can help reduce both pain and inflammation through their actions on these receptors.
CBD is shown to contain a high level of antioxidants, and can help to reduce free radical damage and contains essential fatty oils that are beneficial for dry, aging and anti-aging skincare routines. Topically CBD has been shown to reduce excess oil and decrease inflammation (great for acne).