What is CBD?

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Cannabidiol (CBD) is by far the most studied natural cannabinoid. Thousands of peer-reviewed studies indicate that CBD possesses almost unbelievable clinical potential. CBD stands for cannabidiol, the most prominent naturally-occurring cannabinoid component found in cannabis that comprises up to 40% of the plant. After THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is by far the most studied natural cannabinoid and is the cannabinoid that possesses the greatest therapeutic potential.

According to many scientists, physicians and researchers, CBD may be the single most important cannabinoid ever discovered. Cannabidiol was first isolated in the 1930s and 1940s. Its structure and configuration were fully described in the 1960s by Professor Raphael Mechoulam and his team of researchers in Israel. As of 2015, PubMed.gov—a service of the National Institutes of Health—has indexed over 1,300 studies on cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is “a cannabinoid devoid of psychoactive effect,” and may have broad clinical potential for an astonishing spectrum of ailments.

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Even though it seems like cannabidiol (CBD) is something new, it has been used by humans since the dawn of civilization. CBD is a natural constituent of hemp, a plant that has been utilized for centuries as medicine. But CBD itself was only identified in the 1930s and 1940s, and its specific chemical structure was not documented until 1963. The research didn’t end there; many scientists now consider CBD to be the single most important cannabinoid ever discovered.

You may hear more about THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol) in the news—it’s the cannabinoid that gets you “high”—yet non-psychoactive CBD may be the cannabinoid superstar. CBD is overwhelmingly responsible for most of the health and wellness benefits of the cannabis plant. And new benefits are being discovered all the time!