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What is CBD and what does it do?

Due to a surge in popularity, I’m sure you will have listened to or read something about CBD in the media in recent years.  With so much confusing and sometimes alarming information, it is difficult to separate the fact from the fiction.  Let me cover the important stuff so you can make an informed decision about CBD and what it can do for you.

What is CBD?

CBD is the short code used for Cannabidiol and CBD is a cannabinoid.  Cannabinoids are compounds that are broken down into two different types:

Phytocannabinoids = compounds produced by plants. 
Endocannabinoids = compounds produced by humans and mammals. 

What a mouthful they are! Both are particularly important when learning about and understanding CBD and its benefits.  You will need to read on to find out why a little later – no jumping ahead please!

The history

American chemist Roger Adams discovered Cannabidiol (CBD) in 1942, it was the second individual phytocannabinoid to be identified in the cannabis plant.   The first was Cannabiniol (CBN) discovered by the British chemist Robert S Cahn in 1940.

Roger Adams continued with his cannabis research and later discovered another significant phytocannabinoid known as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

The crucial thing to remember here is that CBD and THC are not new.  They have existed for a long time and our knowledge continues to grow due to extensive scientific research since their discovery.


Cannabis is complex and there are currently 113 identified phytocannabinoids in the cannabis plant. The most extensively researched and well-known ones are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD).

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the one that attracts the most media coverage due to its psychoactive properties; the euphoric feeling commonly known as a ‘high’.  For this reason, it is the most sought-after cannabinoid by recreational marijuana users, but it is illegal to buy or consume a product in the UK containing more than 0.2% THC.  It is worth noting that taking THC in small doses (less than 0.2%) does however offer health benefits when combined with other phytocannabinoids.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is not psychoactive, is widely accepted and has a good safety profile as supported by the World Health Organisation.  The full WHO report is here.

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Hemp vs Marijuana

Now let me explain the different types of Cannabis plants as not all are equal. There are two main varieties which have varying compositions, are regulated in different ways and have specific uses in the manufacturing of CBD products. Hemp and marijuana both derive from the cannabis sativa family and they do share certain similarities. Their biological structure however is very different.


  • Contains 0.3% or less Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
  • Grown for agricultural and industrial purposes and used in textiles, seeds, oils and CBD.
  • No psychoactive properties.


  • Contains 15 – 20% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
  • Grown in warm controlled environments only.
  • Used for recreational use and referred to as a drug.
  • Psychoactive side effects.

Hemp is the legal variety and is used for making a variety of products including CBD oils.

What does CBD do?

CBD and other cannabinoids have a role to play in improving our overall health and wellbeing.  For this reason, you should choose CBD oil as a natural remedy to help with pain control, anxiety, insomnia and as an anti-inflammatory.  By no means am I saying that it is a miraculous cure for serious illnesses or diseases, but it has helped me and many other people that I know live a better life.

If you still need convincing, please click here to see reviews from happy Bene Esse customers. 

Full Spectrum CBD is a term that describes the ‘whole plant’.  It is the formulation that brings you the biggest benefits due to its wide-ranging cannabinoid content.  Bene Esse Full Spectrum CBD Oils and Capsules are full of healthy cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and fatty acids.   Without a doubt it’s CBD oil packed with natural goodness to provide you with the best results.


Just like plants, humans produce cannabinoids called endocannabinoids.  Notably these are crucial with maintaining bodily functions including sleep, mood, pain control and immunity.  For this reason, it is incredibly important that the body produces sufficient endocannabinoids to function correctly and avoid poor health. 

If there is a shortage of endocannabinoids in the body, phytocannabinoids from the cannabis plant can fill the gap.  The result of this is that the body has what it needs to function properly.  


By bringing together the phytocannabinoids and the endocannabinoids we can naturally improve how our body operates.  We are enhancing a normal biological process.  In other words, we are just giving our body a helping hand!

So, to summarise, with the strains and stresses of modern daily life increasing, why not join the 1.6m CBD users and improve your health and wellbeing by joining the Bene Esse family.  We are available 7 days a week to answer your questions – click the ‘chat with us’ icon – we would love to hear from you.

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