Cannabinol, better known by it’s acronym CBD, is one of over one hundred and twenty active cannabinoids found in the hemp and cannabis plants. Each cannabinoid has specific benefits to the human body and the plant as a whole has been used for centuries, arguably millennia, for social and medicinal purposes. Many states in the US have currently passed legislation allowing the use of hemp and cannabis for either medical and/or recreational purposes.
With CBD products made from hemp (see difference between hemp and cannabis), the active psychoactive compound found in cannabis, known as THC, has been completely removed. Simply stated, there is no THC found in CBD Hemp products. This is a legal benefit to consumers who wish to use hemp therapeutically, and allows it to be available for purchase over the counter without any special permit or license in all 50 states — though some individual counties have enacted bans.
Some of the broad benefits of CBD may include relief from chronic pain, including pain associated with arthritis, neuropathy, and migraines and for use as an anti-inflamatory. It has also been shown to potentially help with symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, ptsd, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, Crohn’s disease, and has been known to ease the suffering from symptoms related to cancer.
It is important to note that despite many successful studies which support these conclusions, the FDA has still yet to endorse the use of hemp and cannabis derived products for the limiting, treatment, or curing of any disease.
CBD can come in a variety of forms including tinctures that can be taken orally or added to foods, in vape cartridges, capsules, topical salves, lotions, and many other useful applications.
In addition to CBD, there are other cannabinoids that offer specific benefits. Read more about them here.