Cannabidiol,or CBD, is one of over 100 naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids are the tiny chemical compounds that come together to make the plant.
The two most widely recognised cannabinoids are Cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive component which is legal, and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive component and is illegal in the UK. Both have similar chemical structures but react differently with our bodies.
CBD has been reported to have excellent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic (pain-relieving) and neuroprotective qualities.
CBD was first discovered by Dr. Roger Adams and his team at the University of Illinois in 1940. However, its chemical structure and capabilities were not fully understood until 1963. While CBD was discovered more than 20 years before THC. THC has dominated cannabis research until recently. Momentum has been building for last few years and more and more people are discovering the benefits of CBD on their health and wellbeing.