WHAT IS CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the flower of the cannabis plant. The cannabis plant goes back thousands of years as a medicinal substance. While many of the therapeutic properties of CBD are well known, there are still many that are being tested and confirmed by scientists around the world. CBD is one of more than one hundred phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
Another important medicinally active phytocannabinoid is called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the compound in the plant that causes the “high” that is attributed to cannabis. Both CBD and THC have significant therapeutic properties but unlike THC, CBD does not cause a “high”. This is because CBD and THC act in different ways within the body.
Many people want the health benefits of cannabis without the high and this is where CBD can be an appealing option. It is a natural substance that interacts with the body’s own endocannabinoid system to provide potential relief for many conditions.
While currently none of the claims about the effects of CBD have been evaluated by the FDA, there is extensive scientific research – much of it sponsored by the U.S. government – and mounting anecdotal accounts from patients and physicians that point to CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions.
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