CBD is one of more than 85 chemical compounds found in marijuana, called cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids are what make marijuana a medicine. These compounds are responsible for the effect your body experiences: whether it’s an intense high or one of the many therapeutic benefits.
The two main cannabinoids are THC and CBD. THC — the most popular compound — is psychoactive, meaning that it causes a high.
As research on marijuana’s medical benefits increases, the spotlight is turning towards CBD.
Some people prefer CBD because it’s non-psychoactive and can impart therapeutic benefits without getting them high.
CBD has been shown to lower anxiety, help control seizures and even reduce the size of some cancerous tumours. It can also help those suffering from epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia and possibly diabetes.
Another benefit of CBD is that it can work to counteract the negative side effects of THC. Some people — particularly new users or those who take a high dose of THC — can experience anxiety or paranoia.
CBD helps to balance this feeling with calmness and focus. For this reason, a CBD-rich strain can be effective after a stressful day.