This guide is written for the layperson and provides relevant information and study references concerning CBD in general, with some specific context for those living in South Africa. Its purpose is to assist those looking for the best medicinal cannabis option for themselves or others. For this purpose, we have kept medical and scientific jargon to a minimum and included explanations for the terms that we have used.

What are Cannabinoids?

For an in-depth discussion on this topic, read our article about cannabinoids.


What is CBD?

CBD, known formally as Cannabidiol, is one of over a hundred compounds found in the cannabis plant that belongs to a class of substances called cannabinoids. CBD typically accounts for over 40% of the total cannabinoid content in the cannabis plant. CBD has received a great deal of attention in the media as being a cure-it-all for for such conditions as cancer and epilepsy. Perhaps as a result of the hype, there have been numerous studies into it’s efficacy in treating various conditions. This resulted in the first cannabis-derived medicine containing CBD called Epidiolex. For the most part though, CBD is primarily available as a supplement, and with varying strengths and concentrations comes the complexity of selecting a dosage.


There are over a hundred compounds found in the cannabis plant that belong to the class of substances called cannabinoids. The two main cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant are Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). To compare CBD vs THC, we must first understand the concept of cannabinoids.