What is CBD?
CBD also known as cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid found in cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.) and is the second most studied of this family, after THC. Unlike THC, CBD is legal in Europe and does not cause psychotropic effects or any dependency. CBD is a major compound in hemp, just superior to flavonoids and terpenoids. Cannabidiol acts as an antagonist with central nervous system receptors, otherwise known as CB1 and CB2. These endogenous cannabinoid receptors, also called the endocannabinoid system, and CBD have a very low affinity, as with the other receptors on which it can act. CBD has health benefits and is no way a recreational or harmful substance.
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