CBD or cannabidiol is a cannabinoid that can be found in all varieties of hemp (cannabis, indica, sativa, ruderalis) at varying levels of concentration. This compound is the second most studied cannabinoid after THC but you should know that there are dozens of cannabinoids in a cannabis plan. These cannabinoids have the particularity of activating different zones and receptors in the brains of humans and mammals.
CBD does not produce any psychotropic effect, it is perfectly legal in France and in Europe, it has also been removed from the list of doping products for sports competitions unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
CBD can already be found in several drugs currently available in pharmacy such as Sativex, Cannador or Epidiolex (These prescription drugs use a mixture of THC and CBD to treat specific disorders and diseases). However, it is possible to find over-the-counter CBD products labeled as food supplements.
In what form do we find CBD?
CBD comes in different forms:
- CBD oil: This is usually a hemp or coconut oil in which pure CBD (in the form of crystals) has been added.
- CBD Oil Capsule: This is CBD oil put into capsules for easier ingestion.
- CBD Crystals: This is the purest form, CBD crystals are obtained through supercritical CO2 extraction. This extraction allows to separate the different molecules of the plant to recover only the chemical element that interests us.
- Cream and balm: CBD is added in moisturizing creams for application on the skin.
- In infusion: It is possible to find hemp flower tea that contains a small amount of CBD. This is especially useful for sleep.
- Foods and confectionery : Cannabidiol has recently appeared in culinary preparations such as chocolate, sweets and biscuits.