CBD is the shorthand for Cannabidiol. It is one of the active ingredients of the hemp plant, more specifically the cannabis sativa plant. The cannabis sativa plant is split into two parts: Marijuana and hemp (also known as industrial hemp).
CBD is just one of many 'cannabinoids'. In fact, there are hundreds of cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol or 9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is another cannabinoid and generally much better known given its intoxicating effects.
The two active substances should not be confused with each other. Although actually, research does show that the two are complementary and increase the effects if taken together. In contrast to THC, CBD does not cause a state of intoxication, does not have psychoactive effects, does not make you "high" and carries no risk of addiction.
According to the WHO, CBD is considered a safe agent that does not cause any health-damaging conditions.
According to various studies, CBD should be a promising remedy for some clinical ailments. Including
Pain management, including neuropathic and chronic pain
Epilepsy (The first and only FDA approved CBD drug is used for the treatment of epilepsy)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
...and many more.
As well for some major ailments, CBD is also being used for general wellness, much like vitamins. It's beneficial effects on the immune system are appealing to those who wish to lead a healthy and natural lifestyle. As well as those who desire an alternative and holistic way to relax and stay calm.
CBD has a relaxing, anti-inflammatory and antidepressant effect and can be used for a wide range of complaints. CBD is also being given consideration for some more serious diseases as well, with the suitability of CBD in cancer treatment also being examined.
CBD comes in a variety of forms, all with their own pros and cons. One example is vaping. You can vape CBD e-liquid (never vape CBD oil!). You can also get hemp tea, CBD capsules, CBD creams, CBD bath bombs and of course CBD gummy sweets. There is an increasingly large amount of products available.
Many prefer to choose something other than CBD oil because they do not enjoy the sometimes bitter taste of CBD.
There are three types of CBD. Full spectrum, broad spectrum and CBD isolate.
Full Spectrum CBD: The product includes multiple cannabinoids - including low amounts of THC.
Broad-spectrum CBD: A mix of cannabinoids, but with no THC
CBD isolate: Pure CBD, THC-free. No other cannabinoids. People often choose isolate if it is important for them to pass a drug test.