Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant, particularly in its hemp variety. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the other well-known compound in cannabis, CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it does not cause the “high” associated with cannabis use. Its legal status varies by jurisdiction, with many places allowing its use for medical and, in some cases, recreational purposes.
CBD is touted for its potential health benefits, with some research suggesting it may help alleviate a variety of ailments and conditions. These include anxiety, chronic pain, epilepsy, insomnia, and inflammation, among others. It is available in several forms, including oils, tinctures, capsules, edibles, topical creams, and vapes. The exact mechanisms by which CBD exerts its effects are still being researched, but it is believed to work by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which helps regulate various bodily functions.