What is CBD (Cannabidiol)?


HISTORY

CBD or Cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. It is one of some 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants, accounting for up to 40% of the plant's extract.

CBD molecular structure

INTRO TO CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring cannabinoid compound found in the the cannabis plant, more specifically Cannabis sativa (L.). CBD is one of more than a hundred “phytocannabinoids,” which are unique to cannabis and is used for various dietary and topical uses.

CBD is closely related to another important medicinally active phytocannabinoid: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that causes the high that cannabis is famous for. These are the two components of cannabis that have been most studied by scientists.

CBD and THC act in different ways on different receptors in the brain and body. THC is the psychoactive "cousin" of the CBD molecule.

CANNABIS SATIVA (L.) PLANT (HEMP)

Hemp CBD plant diagram