CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, is one of over 100 active compounds found in the cannabis plant, called cannabinoids. Unlike THC which is also found in the cannabis plant, CBD is non-psychoactive, non-toxic, and can be tolerated in high doses with very few side effects.
CBD is extracted from industrial hemp, which is cannabis, but is considered legal in many countries due to the absence of THC (the part of the plant that gives you a "high")
Hemp has a long history, and was once mainly used to make rope, paper, clothing and was used as a nutritious food source. However, in recent years scientists have discovered that hemp is also a rich source of CBD.
Many scientists worldwide are researching the effects that CBD has on the human body, due to its recorded benefits. They have noted that CBD has anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and anti-seizure effects on the body. As well as strengthening the endocannabinoid system, which is the body’s own homeostatic regulator bringing balance to everything from our sleep, appetite, mood, reproduction, and memory.
In a recent study by a team of Stony Brook University researchers, they discovered how CBD works within the cells and their findings showed that CBD may help reduce seizures and could be a potential new medicine to treat pediatric treatment-resistant epilepsy.