What’s the difference between CBD and marijuana?

Cannabidiol (CBD) has been covered extensively in multiple forms of media, and the proliferation of coverage has resulted in a great deal of inaccurate and/or misleading information being shared publicly.

This article represents one of several very brief articles addressing specific areas of confusion surrounding CBD and other cannabis related issues.

What’s the difference between CBD and marijuana?

This is perhaps one of the most confusing questions surrounding CBD. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an important component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. In fact, CBD is one of hundreds of beneficial compounds; one of it’s unique characteristics is by itself it does not get you “high.” According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential .. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”