What is CBD?

CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) are both derived from the Cannabis plant.
Cannabis rich in THC is what makes people high, and is usually known as "weed" or "marijuana". CBD is extracted and separated from specific varieties of cannabis. It is the second most abundant compound in cannabis, typically representing up to 40% of its extracts. CBD can be found in both psychoactive cannabis and non-psychoactive cannabis (hemp). However, most legal CBD products that you find on the market will be extracted from hemp.

What is the difference between CBD and THC?

CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) both come from cannabis (hemp plants) and they often get mixed up with each other. However they both have very different properties and benefits.

THC is an intoxicating and illegal substance and is causes users to get 'high'. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the body's receptors as THC. It is impossible to get 'high' by vaping or ingesting CBD oil extracted from industrial hemp plants, as the plants only have minuscule traces of THC themselves.

 

Is it legal?

Yes it is 100% legal. CBD with only very low miniscule amounts of THC (and therefore which cannot make you 'high') is legal in the UK, EU and many countries around the world. Furthermore, as CBD products are classified as Food Supplements rather than Medicine, they do not need a medical license. But equally then sellers cannot make medicinal claims, or talk about any benefits that may received by taking CBD.