Written by Greatist. Read the full article here.
CBD is one of more than 100 natural compounds called cannabinoids that come from the cannabis sativa plant (aka a marijuana or hemp plant).
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a popular cannabinoid known for its psychoactive effects. But don’t confuse THC with CBD — these two might come from the same place, but that doesn’t mean they do the same things.
THC makes you feel the high that’s often associated with smoking marijuana — and CBD does not. But CBD and THC do share a few side effects (more on those in a minute).
CBD might help you feel more relaxed and calm and less anxious, and it may even help you fall asleep
. It has the soothing qualities of THC without the high or “stoned” effect.
The short answer: CBD won’t get you high. Even though CBD comes from cannabis (the same plant species that brings us marijuana), CBD products contain little to no THC — the psychoactive chemical that creates a high, euphoric effect.
CBD is still being tested. At the point, the FDA has not approved it since it is still federally illegal, but studies have shown that CBD can assist with the following:
- Easing anxiety and depression
- Helping with insomnia
- Relieving pain and inflammation
- Alleviating cancer-related symptoms
- Reducing acne
- Helping with seizures and neurological disorders
- Boosting heart health
- Helping with schizophrenia
- Aiding in treatment of substance use disorder
Read the full article to learn more about CBD here