Cannabidiol (CBD) is among the hundreds of chemical compoundsfound in cannabis plants, known as cannabinoids. It is also the most well-known cannabinoid along with its infamous cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Though CBD and THC are both cannabinoid compounds that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), they provide different effects to people. THC is the compound in cannabis that interacts with the cannabinoid receptors in the brain, producing psychoactive effects which cause users to have a “high” sensation. In contrast, CBD is the main compound used in CBD oil products that stimulate the CB receptors to help the ECS and central nervous system regulate functions like pain management and immune system responses.
Accordingly, because of the potential medical uses of CBD, products infused with the cannabinoid are gaining momentum and becoming more widely available to consumers around the world. Governments are also implementing laws governing CBD oil standards and their uses.
In Australia, CBD is legal for medical use and falls under the medical cannabis program. The country’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) also regulates the cannabinoid as a controlled substance under poison and drug laws. In addition, CBD is legal in Australia as long as the content of THC and other cannabinoids do not exceed 2 per cent.
CBD oil and other products infused with the cannabinoid provide a plethora of ways to relieve people suffering from anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and sleep disorders. Here is an infographic from CBD Guide Australia that discusses CBD’s benefits and the best products to relieve chronic pain.