Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of the many chemicals found in the plant marijuana. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the main psychoactive chemical in in the plant. THC is what causes the high that a user of marijuana will experience. Cannabidiol on its own will not make a user feel high. Some believe that CBD may actually counteract the mind-altering effects of THC.
CBD oil is an extract made from cannabidiol, and is known to be beneficial for people suffering from a number of different illnesses.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been found to be present in hemp seed oils as well. Although not explicitly produced within the seed, traces of cannabinoid contamination have been reported to result from the pressing of the oil. The production and storage of both CBD and THC occur in the glandular structures of the plant and the concentrations of CBD are typically much higher than THC in most fiber and oil varieties of hemp. Therefore, it can be assumed that the concentration of CBD as a contaminant in the oil would be greater than the concentration of THC which has been reported in the literature.
The presence of CBD is significant because it has documented anticonvulsive, anti-epileptic, and antimicrobial properties. Although the levels of CBD within the oil are typically small, many health benefits may still be gained from its presence.
Although previously identified only in the essential oils of the Cannabis plant, torpedoed compounds have been identified as being present within the seed oil. Health benefits may be gained from their presence even at concentrations similar to that of CBD. As is the case with CBD, the presence of these terrenes is most likely the result of contamination from glandular hairs during oil processing.