In simple terms, CBD or Cannabidiol is one of around 113 active cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Contemporary research has suggested that it can have significantly more powerful medicinal and therapeutic effects than any other cannabinoid found in cannabis.
Until the turn of the millennium, CBD was generally considered to have no active role in interacting with the human body therapeutically when isolated. In fact, it was generally accepted that THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol was the only cannabinoid that had therapeutic properties when isolated.
However, in 2005 scientific researchers discovered a receptor in the brain which they coined CB2. This receptor, along with others in the human body, interacts directly with CBD to manage and prevent pain and illness and provide therapeutic relief to the human body.
This incredible discovery was truly a game changer regarding cannabis and the wrongly perceived idea that it could not help you medicinally without psychoactive influence. Now, CBD and THC could be separated and used independently in medicinal scenarios.
THC is the cannabinoid that essentially offers the psychoactive response from the ingestion of the cannabis plant, in layman’s terms “the high”. And while research does suggest that THC also has therapeutic properties, CBD does not contain any of the aforementioned cannabinoids’ psychoactive capabilities.
This means that for those who weren’t simply looking to “get high” from cannabis, CBD became a viable alternative.