Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating compound found in cannabis, celebrated for its medicinal potential without the psychoactive effects associated with THC. Unlike THC, this cannabinoid doesn’t cause a “high,” making it appealing for therapeutic use in conditions like anxiety, pain, and epilepsy without altering consciousness. It works by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system, enhancing the effects of the body’s own endocannabinoids to regulate functions such as sleep, pain, and immune response.

How is CBD Used?

CBD is derived from the cannabis plant and is often mixed with a carrier oil to create CBD oil, available in forms such as tinctures, capsules, edibles, and topicals. The FDA has recognized its therapeutic potential by approving a CBD-based drug for severe forms of epilepsy. However, its effectiveness and safety for other conditions require further research.

Its legal status varies globally, influencing its research, production, and consumption. Despite this, the growing body of evidence and consumer interest suggests a promising future in wellness and medicine, provided that products are high-quality and accurately labeled.