Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD (cee-bee-dee), is one of more than 100 known cannabinoids, which are naturally-occurring chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant.
Cannabinoids interact with a special homeostatic system found in all mammals called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which impacts both your central and peripheral nervous systems. As a result, the ECS can affect your physical and mental health.
CBD does not have a strong binding affinity to cannabinoid receptors in the ECS (CB1 and CB2), but it does affect signaling to these receptors. Further, it can affect other receptors including serotonin receptors and vanilloid receptors.
Although CBD is found in cannabis, it does not have any psychoactive effects. Another cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is responsible for that. Instead, CBD reportedly offers a host of effects on one’s holistic wellbeing.
Research suggests that CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and analgesic and that it possesses anticonvulsant, neuroprotectant and antitumorigenic properties.