What is CBD – Cannabidiol

What is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, a chemical compound that comes from the cannabis plant. It’s not the only cannabinoid — scientists know of more than 100 compounds from the cannabinoid family — but it certainly seems to be the most popular. Other than delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, of course: the one that provides a “high.”

After the 2018 US Farm Bill made hemp farming legal as long as plants contain less than 0.3% THC, products with CBD began flooding both virtual and brick-and-mortar shelves. Tinctures, capsules, snack bars, beverages, body oils, pain-relief salves, and more — all infused with CBD — soared in popularity.

Full Spectrum CBD contains all beneficial compounds naturally found in the cannabis plant:

  • Cannabinoids – There are more than 100 cannabinoids, including CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD and THC are responsible for the therapeutic and psychoactive effects of cannabis products. While CBD doesn’t cause impairment, THC has an intoxicating effect.
  • Terpenes – Cannabis has more than 150 terpenes, which affect the plant’s fragrance (think: what makes an orange smell citrusy). Terpenes can also have therapeutic benefits (think: how lavender has a calming effect).
  • Flavonoids – Cannabis includes about 20 different flavonoids. Flavonoids are found in all kinds of plants, including fruits, vegetables, grains, and more. Like terpenes, they have therapeutic effects. Research shows that the flavonoids found in cannabis have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and neuroprotective properties.

Keto Status?



Not approved by FDA and very little scientific data on whether or not CBD is safe to consume; however, it is natural, has no carbohydrates, and is linked to several health benefits, including:

  • Increased focus and productivity
  • Decreased anxiety; increased relaxation
  • Pain relief
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Healthier alternative to alcohol
  • Helps overcome smoking and drug addiction
  • Clears up acne breakouts
  • Reduces muscle soreness
  • Prevents Alzheimer’s disease
  • Protects against cancer
  • Improves sleep

Possible Side Effects From Ingesting CBD?

Some health issues that the FDA is worried about include:

  • Liver injury
  • Male reproductive issues
  • Unsafe interactions with other drugs and medications
  • Pregnancy complications
  • and childbirth complications


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