Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, is one the active ingredients in cannabis or medical hemp. In fact, it is just one of over 100 plus cannabinoids that can be extracted from hemp. Evidence shows that these plant compounds have a better effect on the body when they work together, rather than alone. This means that CBD and the other cannabinoids in hemp work better to promote wellness together rather than by themselves.
CBD that contains all the beneficial compounds found in the hemp plant are considered to be full spectrum. Hemp plants contain a wide variety of cannabinoids such as CBN, CBG, terpenes, essential vitamins, minerals, and others. All of these compounds work hand-in-hand with your endocannabinoid system (ECS) to create what is known as the “Entourage Effect.” This magnifies the benefit of the whole plant, thus having a greater impact.
While CBD is a component of the hemp or cannabis plants, by itself it has no psychoactive effects that cause a “high”. According to the World Health Organization, it demonstrates no effects of a substance that are addictive or have a dependence potential. The World Health Organization also says that, “there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
It has many potential benefits including numerous studies that show that it has been used to effectively reduce seizures for children with epilepsy and other seizure disorders. Recently, the FDA approved the first ever cannabis-derived medicine for these conditions, Epidiolex, which contains CBD.
There are studies that indicate that it may offer relief for those dealing with chronic pain. A study from the European Journal of Pain showed that when applied on the skin it could help lower pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. Yet another has shown how it is able to inhibit inflammatory and neuropathic pains, which are some of the most difficult types of chronic pain to deal with.