Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a substance obtained from the cannabis or hemp plant that has shown substantial promise in helping to treat a whole host of different illnesses and ailments. Although many misconceptions regarding CBD exist in the mainstream, it may also have a number of potential benefits.
Its use as a dietary and herbal supplement is rather newly accepted, but one of the major benefits is the minimal amount of cannabidiol side effects that exist.
How CBD Is Used
CBD, extracted as an oil, can be eaten, vaporized, drank, or even sprayed into the mouth. Although the long term cannabidiol side effects are not known at this time, they are assumed to be minimal if not nonexistent due to the lack of immediate side effects.
How is This Different from Marijuana?
Although cannabidiol has its roots in the cannabis plant, and therefore shares its roots with the psychoactive marijuana, it does not carry most of the same traits. For instance, although marijuana can cause intoxication, CBD does not have the same effect. This is because CBD is only one of the two major chemicals contained in the plant, the other being THC. When CBD is extracted, it brings many potential beneficial properties without the side effects.
CBD has been hailed for its possible healing properties by none other than Dr. Sanjay Gupta–discussing it at length in his documentary “Weed”, on CNN live, as well as in a string of videos widely circulated on YouTube.
Although medical marijuana is an accepted form of treatment in many places and for many different illnesses, it is very heavily controlled and regulated due to the intoxicating effect it has on its users.