What is CBD and why do people take it?

Over the past couple of years, the term CBD has become widely known and covered in the media. But for many of us, there is still uncertainty about what is CBD.

CBD is short for cannabidiol, and is a natural, alternative medicine being used to treat a wide variety of ailments. CBD is obtained from either hemp or cannabis sativa (one of many cannabis plants), at NatureCan all our CBD comes from hemp. The hemp plants are processed to extract the CBD oil. When extracted from hemp, the oil contains no THC, which is the part of marijuana that gets you high.

The short answer is… CBD is a safe, legal and effective alternative medicine derived from hemp. It has many of the benefits of medical marijuana without getting you high.

What are the benefits of CBD and why do people take it?

CBD is now widely used to treat a variety of conditions and providing people with many benefits.

Pain relief

Using CBD, typically CBD oil, for pain relief is one of the most common uses. Many people find that consuming large amounts of traditional pain medication either has unwanted side effects or simply does not work for them but have found that good quality CBD can help provide relief.


Reducing anxiety and depression

Many people find that CBD can help reduce anxiety and make dealing with depression more manageable. CBD can be particularly helpful in coping with social anxiety, reducing the anxiety associated with large crowds and public speaking.


Help to reduce the symptoms of cancer and cancer treatments

Cancer treatment can have significant side effects such as nausea, pain and aching joints. Some patients find these side effects particularly difficult to deal with and use CBD to make them more manageable.


Reducing acne

Acne doesn’t only affect teenagers, it is estimated that between 40% and 55% of adults aged 20-40 suffer with acne at some point. Acne can be caused by a wide range of factors and there isn’t one treatment for all causes, but in many cases CBD can help reduce visible acne.


Help with multiple sclerosis

Research has indicated that CBD helps patients deal with neurological disorders such as MS (Multiple Sclerosis).


Treating epilepsy

Using CBD to treat epilepsy has been widely covered in the media and many sufferers have found taking CBD helps them deal with this neurological condition.


Help managing type 2 diabetes

Studies have suggested that CBD can reduce the incidence of diabetes, although further research is still needed.



Research into the benefits of CBD on insomnia and broken sleep patterns is still on going and not enough research has been done to conclusively prove that CBD benefits patients with sleep disorders. However, many people have claimed that taking CBD products helped them sleep better.

Does CBD have side effects and can it be addictive?

The association of CBD with marijuana has led many people to wonder if they can be become addicted to CBD. However, CBD is not addictive and perfectly safe to use. This was confirmed by the World Health Organisation in 2017 https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/5.2_CBD.pdf

CBD does not contain THC, which is the main psychoactive component in marijuana, so there is no danger of getting high. Even some traditional painkillers contain THC so can be addictive, making CBD much safer option for many people.

Is CBD legal?

CBD is legal in the UK and all of Europe, except in Slovakia. CBD is also legal in the US, as long as it is derived from a legal source such as hemp.