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Cannabidiol (CBD) is popular in the wellness market for offering a wide variety of purported health benefits without causing impairment or side effects.

Currently, no health claims can be made for the therapeutic value of CBD, however, overwhelming anecdotal evidence suggests CBD could be of use for a variety of health issues.

These range from ongoing clinical trials evaluating its efficacy in the treatment of human disorders, to animal studies investigating its behavioural and physiological effects, to in vitro work measuring its pharmacological interactions and mechanisms of action. Each type of study comes with its own strengths and weaknesses.


  • Unlike THC, CBD generally has no intoxicating effect.
  • CBD interacts with the human Endocannabinoid System by encouraging the release of our own endocannabinoids.
  • As a natural product, the CBD content in a dried flower cannabis product may vary from product to product and lot to lot.

CBD can be extracted from hemp or from marijuana. Hemp plants are cannabis plants that contain less than 0.3 percent THC, while marijuana plants are cannabis plants that contain higher concentrations of THC. CBD is sold in the form of gels, gummies, oils, supplements, extracts, and more.

CBD is extracted from the trichomes and is commonly made available as an extract. It can also be applied topically as a cream or salve, inhaled or ingested in dried flower format, or ingested as an extract or in an edible product.