CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While 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.”
What is CBD?
CBD, the abbreviation of cannabidiol, is an extract from cannabis plants, including both hemp and marijuana. Unlike some of those extracts, CBD is non-psychoactive: it does not get you high.
Is it legal?
In general, if hemp is legal in a given jurisdiction, then CBD made from hemp is legal there as well. So, while it varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and you should check your local laws, CBD is enjoying wide adoption and legalization in much of the world.
Do I smoke it?
While you can, many people prefer products that are ingested or applied topically. These products are made from either pure extracts or from concentrates mixed with other ingredients that act either as a delivery mechanism or complement the efficacy of the CBD.
Is it Safe?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is incredibly safe. There are no known counter-indications and it has near zero toxicity.
Benefits of CBD
Medical marijuana patients use CBD products to treat a wide range of conditions.
Whether seeking temporary stress relief, or wishing to lower the level of generalized as well as specific anxiety, CBD acts as a "neurological laxative" that acts to surface and release anxiety.
Provides Pain Relief
In conjunction with other extracts, CBD is a natural analgesic and can relieve pain when applied topically. There is also some evidence that CBD is a general analgesic that can work systemically when injected or taken as a suppository.
Supports deep, natural-feeling rest. Aids in the "wind down" process before bedtime. CBD helps induce the relaxation that is natural prior to sleep and acts without the lingering effects of many pharmaceutical offerings.
Being a natural anti-inflammatory, CBD offers relief for a wide variety of inflammation-related conditions such as asthma, arthritis, IBS and others.
Known to enhance pleasure and sensitivity to touch, increasing the intensity of orgasm in women, men, and couples. Anyone seeking more sensation in intimate settings can benefit from CBD.
CBD has the unusual ability to bind to a wide variety of neuroreceptors while being available to simultaneously bind to a number of other active pharmaceutical compounds. The net effect is to act as a neuro-enhancer, multiplying and magnifying the effects of those compounds, and in some cases buffering or regulating their negative side-effects.
The exciting discovery of these properties has led to an area of active research which holds the promise of allowing effective formulations at much lower doses and with diminished side-effects for a wide-variety of neuroactive medicines.