CBD is definitely having a moment right now. But if you’re wondering what exactly CBD is and what all the fuss is about, you’ve come to the right place.
There are millions of articles about CBD available online, so if you want to get academic and do a deep dive into the ins and outs of the endocannabinoid system, start googling away. We've intentionally kept this entry-level to provide an easy-to-digest starting point.
CBD is short for cannabidiol and it comes from the cannabis plant.
It is the second most common cannabinoid (organic compound), only behind THC (tetrahydrocannabinoid).
Unlike THC, CBD will not make you high.
The World Health Organization defines any substance that affects mental processes, such as cognition, as 'psychoactive', which CBD technically is. However, it is not intoxicating and will not deliver the altered state typically referred to as being high.
CBD use is associated with a wide range of benefits.
CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for people who suffer from insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.
CBD may offer an option for treating different types of chronic pain as well. A study from the European Journal of Pain showed CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis.
CBD is not addictive.
According to the World Health Organization, "In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential... To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD."