What is CBD? Why are people talking about it?


CBD or cannabidiol is one of more than 100 chemical compounds referred to as cannabinoids which are found within cannabis. Within the plant itself, it is the second most prevalent active compound, behind THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) the part that gets you high. Its this THC compound that is psychoactive, whereas CBD is non-psychoactive and therefore will not produce any kind of high.  

According to the World Health Organisation, there is no evidence to date that it is associated with any serious side effects or it has any potential for abuse or dependence.


CBD has been pushed by many as the next big thing in helping to relieve numerous medical conditions, such as epilepsy, anxiety, inflammation, insomnia, and pain. With many personal accounts of people using CBD products and their experiences with them, all over the internet and social media, it's not hard to see why, people are opening their minds up to the potential benefits of hemp derived CBD products, and starting to give them a go.

CBD derived from hemp that contains no more than 0.1% THC is legal in the U.K.

There are two main types of cannabis plant, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa. THC and CBD can be derived from both types, but hemp is only derived from Cannabis Sativa.

This hemp is naturally high in CBD and is also a great resource for making 100% biodegradable, environmentally friendly products such as clothing, packaging, biofuel, building materials, and paper.

Photo by Faris Mohammed