What is it?

CBD (cannabidiol) is one of over 200 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in cannabis. It is the second most prevalent active compound behind THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD derived from hemp contains no more than 0.3% THC. CBD has no psychoactive properties and will not give you a “high”. CBD has been used to relieve conditions, such as epilepsy, anxiety, inflammation, insomnia, and pain.

All 50 states have laws legalizing CBD with varying degrees of restriction.

The FDA’s Take

  • Cannabis is a plant of the Cannabaceae family and contains more than eighty biologically active chemical compounds. The most commonly known compounds are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the component that produces the “high” associated with marijuana use. Much interest has been seen around CBD and its potential related to health benefits.
  • Marijuana is different from CBD. CBD is a single compound in the cannabis plant, and marijuana is a type of cannabis plant or plant material that contains many naturally occurring compounds, including CBD and THC.
  • The FDA has approved only one CBD product, a prescription drug product to treat seizures associated with Lennox Gastaut syndrome (LGS), Dravet syndrome (DS), or tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) in people one year of age and older.


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