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What is CBD (short 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 the hundreds), by itself it does not cause a “high.”

  • A cannabinoid is a component of the cannabis Sativa plant. There are multiple ones and they are found only in this plant.
  • Cannabinoids impact receptors in the central nervous system. Some are psychoactive, some are not, all to varying degrees.
  • Including CBD, there are 66 cannabinoids broken down into six different types.
  • CBD is found in larger amounts than all the others.
  • CBD is not psychoactive; THC is. But the more CBD a plant has, the less powerful the THC will be.

It is not the same thing as THC.

Its actual name is cannabidiol, but its nickname is CBD.

  • Cannabis, or marijuana, contains THC. THC is the ingredient that gets you high.
  • CBD is part of medical marijuana, marijuana is not part of CBD. So, CBD will not give you any kind of high.
  • CBD is from the hemp plant, which is related to the marijuana plant. To be clear, although they are related cannabidiol will not get you high.

It is natural.

CBD comes from the cannabis Sativa plant, a naturally occurring product.

  • Cannabinoids are found most commonly on the female part of the plant.
  • Hemp is also derived from cannabis Sativa. It is used for natural products including clothing.
  • It is believed to come from Asia.
  • It is not artificially created.

It is not addictive.

As stated by research from the Government of the District of Columbia, even cannabis has low to moderate dependence potential and typical dosages are too low to be considered fatal. There is no high associated with CBD and addiction is thought to be a non-issue. The World Health Organization is very clear in its stance.

“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.

Anecdotally, many people talk about using CBD without any signs of dependence.


It has a reputation to treat a number of common ailments.

The list of illnesses that CBD is believed to treat is a long one, but its inclusion on Schedule I of the controlled substances list has greatly reduced the access to study its benefits.

It has already been medically researched and proven to treat seizures in some.

Many people find that it reduces anxiety and helps them sleep. 

NASEM has supported its use in oral form for the treatment of multiple diseases based on limited available studies.

  • Chronic pain
  • Multiple Sclerosis-related spasticities
  • Chemo-induced nausea and vomiting

They also suggested that many others were not supported by studies as an effective option.

  • Numerous mental health diseases, including anxiety and sleep disorders, depression, PTSD, addiction and schizophrenia
  • Spasticity not related to MS
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Huntington’s Disease