What is CBD?

by Shawn Moulton


CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the hundreds of compounds found in the cannabis plant. Its widespread popularity is due to its many medicinal benefits, from relieving inflammatory pain to lowering anxiety, as well as lessening seizures and spasms. CBD is unlike most compounds as it does not cause any negative side effects such as lethargy or dysphoria. Some recent studies have even found it could be potentially used as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, such as arthritis, antibiotic-resistant infections, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia,  PTSD, depression, alcoholism, addiction, and other neurological disorders.

Cannabidiol is unlike delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (∆9-THC) as it does not cause any psychoactive effects. It has even been shown that high levels of CBD can counteract the psychoactive effects of ∆9-THC. New benefits of this miracle molecule are still being discovered as the US government just recently legalized industrial hemp, where the highest concentrations of CBD are found, on the federal level.