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CBD (Cannabidiol)

We have written this article about CBD (Cannabidiol) for the layperson. For people interested in finding out more, and for those looking for the best option for themselves or others. For this purpose, we have kept medical and scientific jargon to a minimum. However, we have included explanations for the terms that we have used.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol is one of over a hundred compounds found in the cannabis plant that belongs to a class of substances called cannabinoids. Cannabidiol, often misspelled as cannabidoil or cannabidol, has been found to exhibit many medicinal benefits for a great many diverse conditions.

Cannabidoil or cannabidol are common misspellings of cannabidiol.

What are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are a class of chemical compounds that act on cannabinoid receptors in cells that modulate the release of neurotransmitters in the brain. There are two types of cannabinoids: endocannabinoids which originate inside the body, and exogenous cannabinoids which arise outside of the body. 2-AG and anandamide are the two most significant endocannabinoids, and exogenous cannabinoids include the THC and CBD found in cannabis. There are over a hundred compounds found in the cannabis plant that belongs to the class of substances called cannabinoids. The two main cannabinoids in cannabis are Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol and Cannabidiol. Cannabidiol typically accounts for over 40% of the total cannabinoid content in the cannabis plant.


Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid that has been found to exhibit many medicinal benefits for many varying conditions.


Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol is a cannabinoid that typically has an intoxicating effect on users; however, it has also been found to exhibit medicinal benefits for specific conditions.

How Does CBD Work?

The human body contains an endocannabinoid system, which are cannabinoid receptors located throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems and in the brain. Cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system which responds these chemical messengers. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for the psychological and physiological effects of cannabinoids.


CBD oil is typically made from hemp, a variety of the cannabis plant that has high levels of CBD (Cannabidiol) and trace levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). For a more in-depth discussion on CBD Oil, check out our article CBD Oil: The Ultimate Guide.

Cannabis Oil

Cannabis Oil, otherwise known as Medical Marijuana is made from marijuana, a variety of the cannabis plant that has moderate to high levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and moderate to high levels of CBD (Cannabidiol). For a more in-depth discussion on Cannabis Oil, check out our article Cannabis Oil: The Ultimate Guide.

CBD (Cannabidiol) Scheduling in South Africa

In August 2017, the Medicines Control Council (MCC) rescheduled CBD (Cannabidiol) from a schedule 7 to a schedule 4 substance. The rescheduling required South Africans to obtain a doctor’s prescription to buy CBD in-store or online. In a landmark judgement on 18 September 2018, the Constitutional Court, South Africa’s highest court effectively decriminalised the cultivation, storage and use of cannabis in the privacy of one’s home, ruling that the prohibition of private cultivation, possession and consumption of the plant at home was unconstitutional. On 23 May 2019, however, after a legal petition by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), the Department of Health’s Dr Aaron Motsoaledi published an update effectively excluding certain preparations of CBD from the schedule 4 classification. In particular, such preparations should contain a maximum daily dose of 20 mg CBD (Cannabidiol). Interestingly, the exemption is effective for a period not exceeding twelve (12) months from the date of signature of the notice. So, unless renewed, the exemption will expire on 23 May 2020.

Buy CBD Oil Online at Organica

You can purchase CBD products from our online store, and we will courier your package to your door anywhere in South Africa.

CBD Oil: The Ultimate Guide

Be sure to read our mega-article CBD Oil: The Ultimate Guide. If you are interested and would like to know more before you buy CBD oil, please do feel free to contact our customer service team at support@organica.co.za.