CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, is a compound extracted from hemp or cannabis. Unlike its fellow compound, THC (tetra-hydrocannabinol), CBD is not psycho-active. In other words, it doesn’t alter the conscious state or make you high.
However, over the past decade or so, consumers have grown more and more interested in CBD for its other properties, which are owed to the fact that CBD works on CB2 receptors in the brain and peripheral nervous system.
So the biggest question I always get is "If it's natural, and it works really well, why isn't in on the NHS?"
It's a great question. I like to start my answer by explaining that it's only very recently that medical research has looked into CBD. Not that long ago, it was illegal to study anything to do with cannabis - even for human health!
CBD came to prominence only a decade ago after it was found to stop seizures in children with a rare and basically untreatable form of epilepsy (Charlotte Figi, Colorado). However, it is better known for its ability to quell anxiety, improve sleep, reduce pain and inflammation.
CBD is becoming so popular, in fact, that the industry is predicted to grow from about $300 million (USD) in 2019 to $4 billion by the year 2025.