CBD = CannabiDiol
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most prevalent chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. And within human bodies, we all have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) which has four main purposes: neuroprotection, stress recovery, immune balance and homeostatic regulation. Basically a system that creates optimum energy balance in the body.
CBD has the ability to help balance our systems and provide therapeutic effects.
CBD IS NON-PSYCHOACTIVE
When most people hear cannabis, pot, weed or marijuana, they think of people getting "stoned". This type of psychoactive effect is from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the molecule from the cannabis plant that gets people "high". CBD is not THC. CBD is about relaxation, without intoxication. It won't send you into a cerebral adventure like THC, however CBD does have some fantastic medical potential.
Over the past several decades, CBD has been studied in a variety of ways by many renowned scientists and institutions. The US government has also conducted tremendous research, and cannabinoids continue to show promise as an anti-inflamatory, antioxidant, neuroprotectant, anxiolytic, antidepressant, analgesic, anti-tumoral agent and anti-psychotic.
LEGALITY of CBD
Legality is complicated as every country has its own cannabis laws. In the US, the legality of CBD may depend on where its sourced - from industrial hemp or marijuana. The CBD found in both of these plants is pretty much the same, but the legal definition is not.
The Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) federally legalized the production of industrial hemp in state-managed pilot programs. These pilot programs allow a small number of growers to cultivate, process and market hemp products. Under the Farm Bill, hemp plants are cannabis plants that contain less than 0.3% THC.