CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in the cannabis plant. It belongs to a group of compounds known as cannabinoids, which are unique to the cannabis plant. CBD is one of the most abundant cannabinoids in the plant, along with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Unlike THC, which is the primary psychoactive component of cannabis and can cause the “high” associated with cannabis use, CBD is non-psychoactive. This means that it doesn’t produce the same mind-altering effects as THC, and it’s considered safe and well-tolerated by most people.
CBD is extracted from the hemp plant, which is a variety of cannabis that contains very low levels of THC. In the UK, CBD is legal as long as it comes from an EU-approved industrial hemp strain and contains no more than 0.2% THC. CBD is used in a variety of products, including oils, capsules, creams, and edibles, and it has been researched for its potential therapeutic benefits for a range of health conditions.