Cannabidiol (or CBD) is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in hemp that’s classified as a cannabinoid. Like all other cannabinoids, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system. This central regulatory system is known to affect bodily processes such as appetite, mood and sleep. Without any external influence, the body naturally produces its own cannabinoids that bind to cannabinoid receptors in both the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. This existing internal infrastructure is what enables phytocannabinoids (or cannabinoids found in plants like hemp) to provide such powerful benefits.
Of all phytocannabinoids currently being studied, CBD has shown the most promise in clinical research. Unlike THC, CBD does not create a psychoactive effect. This may be because CBD does not directly bind to the body’s cannabinoid receptors, but rather indirectly affects the receptors through other pathways. You may recognize CBD from it’s media coverage. It’s currently being considered as therapy for many conditions..
In the world of wellness research, CBD, along with all the cannbinoids is one of the most exciting and promising compounds being studied today.