Cannabidiol is the full name of the substance which is usually abbreviated to CBD. After THC, CBD is the main substance found in plants of the cannabis family.
More than 500 compounds have been found in plants of the cannabis family, more than one hundred of these fall in the category of cannabinoids. Initially cannabinoids were named this way because they were thought to only occur in cannabis plants, later on they were also found in other plants and even in the human body. Both CBD and THC are cannabinoids.
CBD can be used in various ways. Many people simply take CBD in addition to the RDA of food intake. A lot of these people are taking CBD preventively. We know, for example, that CBD has a clear anti-inflammatory effect. There is also evidence that CBD may have a therapeutic effect, both for physical and for mental ailments. CBD can help against tension that can be experienced before a job interview or an important presentation, to name just one of its applications.
Research on CBD continues to grow. There are two main factors that make CBD a compound of interest to scientists. Firstly, CBD is a very safe substance: users report little side effects and cases of overdosing are not known. Secondly, CBD is a non-psychoactive substance. This means that CBD (as opposed to THC) does not give a high or stoned feeling. This allows the user to simply function normally and do all the things he or she normally would.