CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is another chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it does not produce a "high" or intoxicating effect. CBD has gained significant attention for its potential therapeutic benefits and is commonly used in various wellness products.
CBD interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system, which is involved in regulating various physiological processes such as mood, pain sensation, immune function, and more. However, CBD does not directly bind to cannabinoid receptors like THC. Instead, it influences the endocannabinoid system indirectly, possibly by enhancing the activity of naturally occurring cannabinoids in the body.
Research suggests that CBD may have potential therapeutic effects, including anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain-relieving), anti-anxiety, and neuroprotective properties. It is often used to alleviate symptoms related to conditions such as chronic pain, anxiety, epilepsy, insomnia, and some forms of inflammation.
CBD is available in various forms, including oils, tinctures, capsules, edibles, topicals (creams or balms), and even as an ingredient in skincare products. As with THC, the legality of CBD products can vary depending on local laws and regulations. In some regions, CBD derived from hemp (a variety of cannabis with low THC content) is legal, while CBD derived from marijuana (cannabis with higher THC content) may have more restrictions.