CBD is the second most common cannabinoid in cannabis and the most common in hemp plants. CBD can generally represent 0.1-12 percent of the cannabinoid content of the plant. CBD rich cannabis (4% or more) provides potent therapeutic benefits for many different ailments. While THC is widely known for its psychoactive properties, CBD may be best known for its ability to ability to help control severe forms of epilepsy and its ability to counterbalance anxiety, tachycardia (rapid heartbeat), hunger and sedation caused by high levels of THC. CBD and THC have a synergistic effect. This means that when they are both present at therapeutic levels, they are more effective together than they are alone.
Humans, and all mammals, have a natural receptor system known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that allows for cellular communication and regulation.
The ECS is made up of receptors throughout our entire body: CB1 and CB2 receptors.
CBD binds to these receptors in a way that causes your body to produce more of them, so the communication between cells can be strengthened and improved.
Much of the therapeutic effect of CBD is actually carried out by your own endocannabinoid system; CBD simply promotes the normal function of the endocannabinoid system.