Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical compound produced by the cannabis sativa plant family.
It is one of many cannabinoids that are produced by cannabis sativa; researchers have identified as many as 85 cannabinoids, to date. Cannabis sativa is a family of plants that include Industrial Hemp and Marijuana (yes…weed, pot). Think of Industrial Hemp and Marijuana as cousins!
The two most talked about cannabinoids are THC and CBD. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that is responsible for getting someone “high” or “stoned”. CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive. So, no matter how much you consume by itself you will not get the high that you would get from consuming THC. So, why is it important and why is everyone talking about it?
Humans, along with all mammals, possess a biological system made up of cannabinoid receptors and endocannabinoids called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Cannabinoid receptors exist throughout the human body -- in the brain, organs, tissues.
When a person's endocannabinoid system becomes disrupted or "broken", a person may become ill. His or her body cannot produce endocannabinoids to keep its ECS in balance. In order to fix this, one must look to another source for cannabinoids. Where does one go to for that?
Cannabis Sativa! Hemp plants, along with other cannabis sativa plants, produce phytocannabinoids, like CBD, that one can use to supplement their ECS.