Cannabidiol is of particular interest in the medical community today, with many studies showing its efficacy in the treatment of epilepsy. A broad spectrum of pre-clinical research in other fields further suggests that CBD has therapeutic potential for many other conditions and health complaints. As public and medical interest in the compound increases, so does the need for an effective method of isolating it. In this article, we examine methods for extracting and isolating CBD from cannabis plants and discuss the important role of short path distillation in obtaining high purity CBD. Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is one of many cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis plant. The compound has found recent popularity after several studies have indicated its potential for the treatment of numerous medical conditions. CBD’s potential to treat epilepsy is of particular interest, but recent evidence suggests it may exhibit useful analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antipsychotic effects suitable for the treatment of a broad range of conditions. In 2018, the World Health Organisation published a critical review of cannabidiol. The review noted that CBD has been demonstrated as ...