What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?
The cannabis plant produces an array of chemicals called cannabinoids that have a wide range of effects within the human body. The National Institute of Health indicates that 144 of these cannabinoids have been identified. You’re probably most familiar with CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).
Cannabidiol can be taken in multiple ways, including by inhalation of cannabis smoke or vapor, as an aerosol spray into the cheek, and by mouth. It may be supplied as CBD oil containing only CBD as the active ingredient (excluding tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] or terpenes), CBD-dominant hemp extract oil, capsules, dried cannabis, or prescription liquid solution. CBD does not have the same psychoactivity as THC, and may change the effects of THC on the body if both are present. As of 2018, the mechanism of action for its biological effects has not been determined. In the United States, the cannabidiol drug Epidiolex was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2018 for the treatment of two epilepsy disorders.