Cannabidiol (CBD) is among the chemical compounds, also called cannabinoids, found in Cannabis Sativa. CBD is extracted from the plant’s flowers, leaves, stems, and stalks, which are known to contain the highest cannabinoid content concentration, to produce the oil used to create CBD-infused products that help relieve pain.
While CBD offers people relief from pain, anxiety, depression, and other common health conditions, there are some controversies surrounding products containing the cannabinoid compound.
As mentioned earlier, CBD is obtained from Cannabis Sativa, which is also the same plant species used to create marijuana. But do not be confused between them. CBD is extracted from hemp, a cannabis plant that contains 0.3 per cent or less tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In contrast, marijuana is a cannabis plant that has more than 0.3 per cent THC.
Though CBD comes from the same plant species used to produce marijuana, it does not contain high amounts of THC, which affects the endocannabinoid receptors in the brain, creating a “high” effect or intoxication that impairs a person’s judgment or functioning. Accordingly, CBD influences an individual’s endocannabinoid system to boost itself and effectively regulate functions like pain management and immune system responses.
Furthermore, countries with legalised use of CBD oil and other products infused with the cannabinoid are implementing laws to regulate standards of CBD oil sold in the market. CBD oil is legal for use in Australia as long as it contains 98 per cent cannabidiol and only 2 per cent or less of other cannabinoids (including THC) found in cannabis plants.
But despite the controversies around CBD oil products, more and more people are becoming aware of its possible health benefits. This infographic from CBD Guide Australia further details the benefits of CBD oil and the best CBD products that can be used for chronic pain.