CBD, the abbreviation for cannabidiol, is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, and with THC, has been extremely researched. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that occur organically in the human body, and actively interact with cannabinoid receptors all over the human body. When CBD binds to these receptors, it causes various physiological actions that can affect and assist with your appetite, pain sensation, mood, and memory.
While CBD is a naturally occurring component of marijuana, it does not cause a "high" like some may think. The primary difference between CBD and THC is the CBD component does not produce a euphoric effect so users will not feel what is commonly referred to as a “High”. CBD extracted from the hemp plant contains only small traces of THC as opposed to extractions from the cannabis plant. Industrial hemp is classified by US law as a variety of the cannabis plant which contains 0.3% or less delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content by dry weight.
Full spectrum extracts contain every phytochemical in either the cannabis or hemp plant. This includes CBD along with terpenes and essential oils. Again, CBD extracted from the hemp plant contain trace amounts of THC, < 0.3%.
Broad spectrum CBD is additionally processed to assure the end product contains all trace amounts of THC.
The entourage effect describes the synergistic effects that occur when several compounds extracted from the hemp plant work in harmony. The potential benefits increase by the compounds working together and at the same time also lessen the potential side effects by them working in unison.
These potential benefits have yet to be validated in the laboratory but it is believed that great potential does exist by great numbers of users reporting positive effects.
Each user is one of a kind and will have different tolerances and potential side effects. It is always recommended to commence usage with a small dosage and incrementally increase until the user experiences the desired results. It is very important to immediately cease using if you experience any adverse effects and contact a medical professional for advice.