Cannabis contains more than 500 chemical compounds, more than 100 of which are active ingredients called cannabinoids. These many cannabinoids each have different structures and properties.
What is most interesting, however, is that some of them are also created by our own body and regulated by our Endocannabinoid system (ECS).
An example is the molecule of bliss - Anandamide, which the brain creates to help memory, sleep, and motivation.
As we pointed out, CBD is a cannabinoid like so many other compounds in the cannabis plant. It is, however, one of the first cannabinoids discovered and isolated. It has many health benefits claimed and currently researched. Even more hypotheses are being proven every day.
So how is CBD special?
It's antibacterial, which helps it lower the risk of cancer and some infections in humans and dogs.
It helps produce anandamide in the brain, which boosts memory and relieves stress.
It could help you overcome tobacco addiction.
It's non-psychoactive, unlike THC (present in recreational marijuana), even diminishing the psychoactive effect of THC.
And you might think, 'Well, it must have some drawback.' And to that we say - Not really.
It's easily broken down by the body, so close to no adverse effects are observed, and it's non-addictive. Research is still new and on its way, so talk to your doctor about your particular condition.
"[CBD is] one of the safest known medications." - Lumír O. Hanuš, Czech analytic chemist and leading authority in the field of cannabis research.