What is CBD and How Does it Differ from THC?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in cannabis, which is derived from the hemp plant. It has a rich history as a medicine going back thousands of years.

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.” It is neither psychoactive nor addictive.

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.”

CBD has been studied for its potential role in easing symptoms of many common health issues.  For many people experiencing chronic pain, CBD oil has steadily gained popularity as a natural approach to pain relief.  

Common uses include:

  • Anxiety
  • Sleep
  • Inflammation
  • Muscle pain
  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Immune Booster