This is a question on every mind of many people across the world especially as the popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) continues to grow. This article will tell you everything that you need to know about this compound.


CBD is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. It is extracted from the flowers and buds of marijuana or industrial hemp. CBD is also one of the 113 cannabinoids found in this plant. The chemical structure of CBD was discovered in 1963.  

Ways of using CBD

CBD can be administered into the body in different ways. You can choose to vape CBD e-liquids or concentrate, use CBD spray, CBD capsule, CBD gummies, CBD lotions and creams, CBD tincture and more.

Benefits of CBD

CBD can be used to treat a number of ailments ranging from pain to neurological problems. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration approved a drug made of CBD called Epidolex which is capable of treating epilepsy.  

CBD beverages were introduced into the market in 2017. CBD is insoluble in water but soluble in organic solvents such as pentane. CBD beverages come in different flavors. Today, you will find CBD-infused coffee and fruit drinks on the market.

CBD has no serious side effect. The minor side effects of using this compound include diarrhea, fatigue, sleeping problems, somnolence, and lack of appetite among others.

It is non-psychoactive

CBD does not get you high. The psychoactive effect of marijuana is caused by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).  CBD can actually reduce the effects of THC.

United Nations’ position on CBD

CBD has not been scheduled under the convention on psychotropic substance and any other drug treaty. The worlds Health Organisation is yet to take a stand on CBD.

CBD legality in the US

In the United States and other countries across the world like the UK, local laws permit the growing of industrial hemp and the sale of hemp products. While the 2018 Farm Bill gave a green light to the hemp industry, it is not fully legalized in all 50 states in the country. For example, in Indiana, it is legal to manufacture, sell and produce hemp products. In Colorado, the use of marijuana was legalized in 2012 and the state has an industrial hemp program. However, in Massachusetts, although locals can grow marijuana at home, a license is required to engage in the production and sale of CBD products.

CBD is one of the most important health discoveries of this era. There is little doubt that this natural, non-psychoactive compound will be widely adopted by different countries in the coming years.