Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a natural compound derived from the cannabis plant. It contains only trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, so it won't make you feel high. CBD is one of the 120 known chemical compounds found in marijuana plants, and it differs from hemp in that it contains THC. Hemp and marijuana are both species of cannabis, but marijuana is bred to have high levels of THC, the substance associated with illegal highs.
CBD is extracted from hemp, which contains less than 0.2% THC. The extract is then mixed with fat-carrying bases, such as hemp oil or MCT oil, to make it easier to ingest. Hemp oil, on the other hand, comes from the seeds of the cannabis plant and does not contain cannabinoids. The United States Anti-Doping Agency and the United Kingdom Anti-Doping Agency have no policies against CBD, and the latter states that CBD is not currently on the World Anti-Doping Agency's Banned List.
CBD has been touted for a wide variety of health problems, but its strongest scientific evidence is based on its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epileptic syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS). CBD has also been shown to have a positive impact on serotonin receptors in the human brain, improving a person's emotional state and supporting better emotional well-being. It can also reduce inflammation, provide a sense of calm, and reduce stress in the body. However, more research is needed to confirm its efficacy for other proposed therapeutic uses.
When it comes to CBD legality, it depends on where it comes from. CBD extracted from hemp is legal, but not if it comes from cannabis (marijuana), even though it's the exact same molecule. Purity testing of dispensary products must be completed; however, CBD extracts from hemp can be sold without regulation or testing.