Your essential guide to CBD

Today, more people know about CBD health benefits than ever before. Throughout history, this medicinal plant has been used by many cultures across the world for its healing properties.

Although the use of cannabis is still illegal in many countries, this is slowly changing as more therapeutic benefits continue to be revealed. Making the growing popularity of Hemp-derived products such as CBD more commonly accepted and changing the way we view this medicinal plant. CBD has become increasingly popular in skincare ranges, beverages and numerous other consumer products.

What is CBD though and how has its health benefits made it one of the most powerful natural medicines?

What does the science say?

Numerous studies have been done on the therapeutic benefits of CBD for symptoms and disorders ranging from epilepsy to anxiety, sleep, and pain. Short for cannabidiol, CBD is an extract from the cannabis plant. It is used for a variety of purposes, to promote wellness in the mind and body.

Benefits of CBD

More and more anecdotal evidence is reported and more research on CBD health benefits are being conducted, revealing its positive effects on a variety of conditions. What we know so far is that its many parts and constituents have shown a remarkable potential to help everything from anxiety to pain management, sleep, and skincare.

Cannabis vs CBD

Is cannabis the same as CBD? Although they are close relatives, these two have a few key differences. To get a better idea of how CBD differs from cannabis, it helps to have an understanding of the cannabis plant's different components.


Hemp is a strain grown specifically for the industrial and therapeutic uses of its derived products. Hemp contains less than 0.3% of the psychoactive THC and higher concentrations of CBD. Its commercial uses include clothing, rope, paper as well as CBD oils. Hemp-derived CBD is what you’ll find in all products at Goodleaf.


Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that make up the cannabis plant. There are over 113 unique cannabinoids. CBD and THC are the most well-known and studied. Both are unique, with separate properties and an array of therapeutic benefits.


CBD is a non-intoxicating chemical compound extracted from the plant. CBD is the compound responsible for the overwhelmingly positive side effects and benefits of the plant, whereas THC is solely responsible for the ‘high’. CBD can have many great side effects (aiding in sleep, pain relief, and easing anxiety).


This psychoactive cannabinoid affects the chemical receptors in the brain and nervous system that control mood, appetite, memory, pain sensations, and psychoactive perception. THC is responsible for the ‘high’ produced by traditional marijuana. You can rest assured that THC is not present in any goodleaf product.


Terpenes are aromatic oils that are responsible for the wide variety of fragrant flavours and smells in cannabis. Scientists have identified over 200 terpene varieties. They have powerful aromatherapy and mind-calming benefits – without any psychoactive qualities.

How to take CBD

CBD comes in a variety of forms. The most common ways to take CBD is orally and topically, as well as vaping. Whichever way you prefer, each form will give you the same benefits of CBD.

CBD oil drops

CBD oil drops are the most common way to take CBD. The oil is taken under the tongue, where it absorbs into the bloodstream. Drops are typically taken in doses up to 20mg.

CBD topicals

Topicals include a variety of CBD-infused skincare products. Our collection includes soothing balms, body washes, facial skincare, rollers, and other products that promote healthy skin.

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CBD powder

Our CBD water-soluble powder can conveniently be added to your morning coffee or smoothie. Each sachet contains 10mg of CBD and is a great way to get your daily dose.

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Cannabis is a fascinating plant that has been used throughout history for its healing property. It has the remarkable potential to help ease anxiety to levitate pain, aid with sleeping disorders to assist with skin care. Goodleaf is one of Africa's premium cannabis wellness brands that are on a miss...