Cannabidiol or CBD: What is it and what is it for?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical compound present in the cannabis plant that has gained popularity due to its potential wellness benefits. As scientific research progresses, various properties of CBD have been identified, which has sparked a great deal of interest in this compound.

In this special post, we tell you all about CBD. We remind you that this is an informative article and is not intended to prevent, diagnose or treat any disease or symptom. Consult your doctor if you have any doubts and before using CBD.

What is CBD?


CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant(Cannabis sativa L.). Chemically, it is classified within the group of cannabinoids. cannabinoids . Cannabis produces about a hundred different cannabinoids!

Difference between CBD and THC

THC and CBD are two compounds present in the cannabis plant. Both have in common that they are two types of cannabinoids, but their effects are different.

On the other hand, tetrahydrocannabinol tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the compound responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana of euphoria and altered perception. It is considered a drug, and is illegal in many countries around the world.

On the other hand, CBD, on the other hand, does not get you high, but produces totally different effects and is considered non-psychoactive. but produces totally different effects and is considered non-psychoactive. Unlike THC, it is legal in many countries. Moreover, when taken together, cannabidiol has the ability to attenuate the adverse effects of THC, reducing its psychoactivity. If you want to know more, don’t miss the post on the differences and differences and similarities between CBD and THC. .

Where is CBD obtained from?

CBD is the main component of hemp extract, which is a cannabis strain with high CBD content (25% or more) and zero THC levels, less than 0.3-1% (depending on the country, it may vary). As it contains practically no THC, it is totally legal.

In contrast, marijuana contains high levels of both THC (around 20-30%) and CBD, which is why it is considered illegal. Here we tell you more about the differences between hemp and marijuana .

What is CBD used for? Therapeutic properties of CBD

Now that you know what CBD, or cannabidiol, is, it’s time for the star question What is CBD good for?

Mechanism of action of CBD on the endocannabinoid system

Scientific research provides evidence that CBD exerts its therapeutic effects through the endocannabinoid system. endocannabinoid system . This system represents the control center of our body to react to situations that provoke an imbalance, as is the case of acute and chronic diseases, favoring an adequate response by the organism.

The main function of the endocannabinoid system is to maintain homeostasis and balance in the body, regulating other systems as needed. Cannabidiol binds to endocannabinoid receptors and has potential benefits for a wide range of conditions related to psychological disorders and physical ailments.

Benefits of CBD and its potential therapeutic applications

Research on the properties of CBD in humans is relatively recent, and neurological diseases such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease have been the most studied.

In addition, CBD is being investigated for use in mental health problems such as anxiety, psychosis and obsessive-compulsive disorder, as well as skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Other fields of research include the treatment of chronic pain, symptoms associated with cancer, and for the control of obesity.

If you want more detailed information, see the post on the effects of effects of CBD or cannabidiol .

How is CBD used?

CBD can be used in a variety of ways. Some of the most common include:

Each form of consumption has its own applications and advantages. For example, oils and capsules are easy to dose and administer, while creams are for topical application and act to provide localized pain relief. Also, please note that the regulation of these products may vary depending on the country in which you are located. Find out more.

Effects of CBD on the body according to the method of administration

There are different ways to use CBD. The different routes of administration favor different effects in their typology, duration, bioavailability and reachability. Therefore, at the therapeutic level, it is essential to have professional advice specialized in cannabidiol treatments.

How to take CBD types of preparations and effects
How to take CBD: types of preparations and effects (infographic). Consult with your physician before using CBD. Cannactiva products are for external use.

Vaporizations with CBD

The pulmonary route is the most recommended way to use CBD for specific moments of need, since the effect manifests itself immediately, reaching its maximum reach after only a couple of minutes, thus allowing to adjust the dosage necessary at each moment. It represents a valuable tool for acute problems, however, the potency of the effect is gradually reduced until it disappears after a couple of hours.


The use of CBD oil allows to obtain a stable and long-lasting effect, allowing to cope with problems whose symptoms are maintained continuously throughout the day. It is important that the oils have a high concentration of cannabidiol, in order to reach the right dose using a few drops of cannabidiol. drops of cannabidiol .

In Spain, according to the legislation in force since 2018, CBD oil can only be used topically on the skin and cannot be sold for oral consumption. In other countries such as Switzerland, Canada and the United States, legislation allows the oral or sublingual use of CBD oil. Although the products are virtually identical, they are subject to different regulations. Cannactiva CBD oils are sold for external use.

CBD skin creams

CBD in topical use is used to treat skin conditions and for applications with localized effects, such as muscle or joint pain. CBD has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, which are used for physiotherapy treatments.

At Cannactiva we offer you all kinds of CBD products for physiotherapy use, which combine the properties of CBD with other botanical extracts that enhance its effect on pain relief and muscle discomfort:

CBD cosmetics

In addition, CBD has an impact on the endocannabinoid system of the skin, promoting the integrity of the skin barrier and promoting healthy skin, properties that are used in the development of cosmetics.


Effective doses may vary according to the product, the person and the condition to be treated. It is recommended to start with low doses and gradually increase them, always under the supervision of a professional.

CBD extraction methods

In order to produce CBD products, it is necessary to extract CBD from CBD flowers. CBD flowers . This consists of concentrating the CBD present in the resin of cannabis flowers, which contain high concentrations of cannabidiol, reaching levels close to 25%. This extract is then used to elaborate different CBD products, with different characteristics and forms of use.

Types of CBD extract

It is crucial to use safe techniques that allow a full-spectrum CBD extraction, thus preserving all the active principles naturally present in the hemp plant. There are two main extraction methods:

  • Extractions without solvents: they are performed dry using mechanical methods or specific tools. These methods are used to make CBD hashish.
  • Extractions with solvents such as butane, ethanol or CO2: a high CBD concentration extract is obtained (about 70% or more). These techniques are generally performed in laboratories due to their technical complexity and the need for specialized equipment.
CBD Oils
Different types of CBD oil from Cannactiva.

If you want to know more, we tell you in: Types of CBD Oil: Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and Pure CBD

CBD extraction by supercritical CO2: the highest quality CBD extract

CBD extraction using supercritical CO2 is considered one of the most efficient and safest methods of extraction, resulting in the highest quality CBD. This process involves using carbon dioxide under controlled pressure and temperature conditions, bringing it to a supercritical state, to extract the desired compounds from the cannabis plant. Supercritical CO2 acts as a solvent, penetrating the plant and separating cannabinoids and other beneficial compounds.

The result is a CBD extract that meets the highest standards of quality and consistencywith no solvent residues and a high concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes, components naturally present in cannabis. CannactivaWe are committed to offer the best quality hemp products and therefore we offer you Full Spectrum CBD oils obtained by supercritical CO2.


Side effects and contraindications of CBD

CBD is a safe and non-toxic substance, recognized by the World Health Organization and the UN. Studies evaluating the use of cannabidiol indicated that its potential adverse effects are generally mild. On the other hand, there are interactions between CBD and medications that can produce different adverse effects, of possible seriousness. In case of taking medication, avoid the use of CBD without medical advice.

Discover the effects of CBD for your health!

Cannabis is one of the oldest plants with the longest history of therapeutic use. In recent decades we have experienced a rediscovery of cannabis by the scientific community and society. The informative work done around CBD has served to break myths about the plant, making it easier for more and more people to integrate it into their daily care and wellness routine, to improve their quality of life.

Buying quality CBD: essential for good results

On the market it is possible to find CBD products of different quality, depending mainly on the source material, the extraction technique used, the handling practices and the ingredients added. Cannactiva ‘s CBD comes from controlled, organically and sustainably grown crops, without the use of pesticides and with the safest extraction method available today to achieve a high quality, full-spectrum CBD that preserves all the properties of the plant to the maximum.

Our products have been tested and verified by external laboratories to ensure their safety and feature only top quality ingredients, with a THC content of less than 0.2%. We love to bring you the best of nature! Discover what cannabis can do for you and integrate it into your daily self-care routine.

We remind you that this is an informative article, which is not intended to prevent, diagnose or treat any disease or symptom. Its content can complement, but never replace, the diagnosis or treatment of any disease or symptom. Cannactiva products are not medicines. Consult your doctor if you have any doubts about your health.

Legal and safety considerations

CBD is a fully legal substance in European countries, the United States and Canada. However, the legality of CBD varies from country to country in terms of its regulation and authorized uses. For example, some countries only authorize CBD for medicinal purposes, and access to its purchase requires a prescription for medical cannabis . Other countries allow the use of these products but only for external use. We recommend that you find out about the local regulations that apply in your country.

Andrea Rezes Esmeraldino
Cannabis researcher and trainer : Expert in CBD products of Cannactiva. With extensive experience in the cannabis world, Andrea is an expert in Cannactiva's CBD products. He deals every day [...]

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