5 health benefits of CBD and what happens if you take too much
Madeline Kennedy Nov 29, 2021
This article was medically reviewed by Zlatin Ivanov, MD, who is certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology at Psychiatrist NYC.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in marijuana and hemp plants that has recently skyrocketed in popularity. Companies market it as a remedy for everything from acne to high blood pressure.
Marijuana and CBD products both come from cannabis plants. The difference is that marijuana comes from plants that contain a larger amount of the psychoactive substance called Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Whereas the industrial hemp plants bred for CBD products are required by US law to contain no more than 0.3 percent THC. In other words, "CBD does not get you high," says Houman Danesh, MD, the director of Integrative Pain Management at Mount Sinai.
While there are some preliminary studies on how CBD affects the body, more research is needed to understand all its different health benefits. Here's five health benefits of CBD that researchers have found so far.