CBD - Cannabidiol Explained

Cannabis contains dozens of cannabinoids, which are the chemical compounds in the plant that affects our bodies in different ways. Some cannabinoids get us high, some have health benefits, and most are poorly understood compounds that need to be researched further.

In this series, we will take a look at a few of the most well-researched cannabinoids that are found in cannabis.

At the moment, one of the most well-known cannabinoids is cannabidiol - also known as CBD. There are numerous health benefits of CBD, which is why it has been a popular health trend for the past few years.

Along with THC, CBD is one of the most abundant cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, although the exact percentage varies from strain to strain. CBD can’t get you high, and is safe for humans.

What are the benefits of CBD?

A lot of evidence has shown that CBD can treat the following conditions:

In addition to the proven benefits mentioned above, limited research suggests CBD may also treat or prevent:

So, while some of the benefits of CBD are well-documented and proven, CBD could also have other benefits that still need to be confirmed by further research.

CBD also seems to treat certain illnesses in dogs, such as osteoarthritis and seizure conditions, which is why more and more pet owners are using CBD for their dogs.

Is CBD safe?

A lot of research has shown that CBD is generally safe and well-tolerated by humans. The side effects of CBD, while uncommon, include:

It’s important to buy high-quality CBD products from reputable companies, as some brands mislead consumers and produce products with multiple additives and little cannabinoids.

Research shows that CBD can interact with certain medications, so it’s important to speak to your doctor before taking it. If your medication carries a ‘grapefruit warning,’ i.e. a warning not to eat grapefruit with the medication, you probably can’t have CBD either. Both grapefruit and CBD affects your body’s ability to metabolize certain drugs.

The numerous health benefits of CBD mean that many people are taking it in order to support their health and treat certain conditions. In the near future, we can expect research to uncover even more uses for CBD.