CBD - Cannabidiol is one of a range of compounds found within Cannabis and Hemp plants, these compounds are known as Cannabinoids. Other commonly occurring cannabinoids include CBDa, CBC, CBG, CBN and THC.
CBD is a legal food supplement in the UK and across Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and Israel to name a few and is currently undergoing a wide range of scientific studies around the world examining the therapeutic, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects of the compound.
CBD is not psychoactive, so you cannot get high from CBD. This is one way it varies from the other well known compound in Cannabis, THC - Tetrahydrocannabinol.
The natural compounds found in Cannabis plants have been used for thousands of years, from the Scythians to the Egyptians to the Greeks, the Chinese and the Romans. Many past civilizations around the globe, including present day society, with the UK from the 1700's and the USA from the 1800's, being most notable, have used the plant as part of a balanced diet and for medicinal properties. We are now able to do so again legally and with a far greater understanding of the benefits available to us.
Comprehensive research is currently being undertaken in both Israel and the USA, as well as Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Uruguay and Australia. Cannabis research in Israel by Professor Raphael Mechoulam led to the direct discovery of the Endocannabinoid System - ECS, within the human body and in fact within all vertebrates (mammals, fish, birds etc...) This is a biochemical communication network, which helps to regulate the body's physiology. Naturally occurring endocannabinoids and cannabinoids within the human body and the cannabis plant, bind with receptors (CB1 and CB2) in our cells to act upon the ECS, helping to modulate our physiological systems. If one word could be used to describe the ECS it would be homeostasis.
Potential Health Benefits
Current medical studies are looking into the effects of CBD and the other main cannabinoids, CBDa, CBC, CBG, CBN & THC, on a wide range of diseases and conditions, including; Alcoholism, ALS, Anxiety, Antibiotic-Resistant Infections, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Autism, Brain Aging, Brain Injury, Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Chronic Pain, Convulsions, Crohn's Disease, Diabetes, Eczema, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, IBS, Inflammation, Insomnia, Leukemia, Motor-Neuron Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscle Spasms, Nausea, OCD, Opioid Dependency, Osteoporosis, Panic Attacks, Parkinson's Disease, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Psoriasis, PTSD, Psychosis, Seizures, Strokes, Schizophrenia and Tumour growth.