CBD and medical marijuana in Canada

What is CBD?

In the world of medical marijuana, CBD is often part of the discussion. If you are new to researching the health benefits of marijuana, you should understand the nature of CBD and that it’s not just another term for marijuana.

What is CBD?

First of all, CBD is short for cannabidiol, and the name often confuses people who think this is just cannabis oil. That’s not quite right. CBD is one specific compound out of hundreds that is found in marijuana, and it does not cause any kind of high. That comes from the THC, which is another compound entirely.

Recreational strains of weed have been developed over generations to have high THC levels. But the rise of marijuana for medical purposes has motivated growers to create high CBD strains as well, because this is the compound that offers some of the most potent health benefits for a variety of conditions. This is why it is becoming a product on its own, extracted to remove it from the marijuana plant, and used in a variety of medical treatments without some of the psychoactive effects of straight marijuana.

What is CBD Used For?

This is the substance that is the key to the health benefits of medical marijuana treatments. There are a substantial number of diverse conditions that have been proven to benefit from marijuana or CBD treatment. A few examples:

  • chronic pain
  • depression
  • seizures and epilepsy
  • arthritis
  • diabetes
  • PTSD and anxiety
  • mood disorders
  • migraines
  • Alzheimer’s and dementia

Some studies have shown promising results in using CBD for treating cancer as well.

How is CBD Used?

You can obviously get doses of CBD from marijuana itself, in the usual formats of weed or edibles. But you can focus on CBD as a stand-alone product, usually as an oil. Flavored oils can be taken orally straight out of the bottle, like an herbal supplement.

It’s also very common in vaping, and many brands of vape juice have products with CBD content. Wax dabs also come with CBD ingredients for vaping. And yes, you can make edibles with CBD oil too. Even some infused CBD beauty products (like soap or lotion) are on the market now.

Is CBD Legal?

We’re talking about CBD as a product on its own, not as part of medical marijuana. Just to make that clear.

In Canada, any CBD product that has 0% THC content is legal without a prescription. It’s usually extracted from hemp rather than cannabis to ensure no THC content. If you have a prescription for medical marijuana, then you can also buy CBD with no problem from the right dispensaries. I would assume that when recreational marijuana is finally legalized, this will change the status of CBD as well.

Granted, its not the most common item around and you can’t pick up a bottle of it at the supermarket. Like I said earlier, vape shops often carry CBD-containing products, and you can order many products with CBD oil online (it’s legal in some states, usually dependent on THC content again).


Canadian Guide to Medical Marijuana is for information and research only, and should not be considered professional medical or legal advice.