What is CBD?

What is CBD?

CBD stands for Cannabidiol (CBD) and yes, you’re right, it’s closely related to the word cannabis. But there’s a big difference - CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana and hemp plants. To help you learn more about CBD and its reported therapeutic uses, shopCBD has put together this helpful primer!


First and foremost, CBD won’t make you high—don’t mistake it for its more intoxicating cousin, THC. CBD is a natural compound that can be added to products such as oils, topical creams, beauty products and edibles. People who use CBD products say that it helps them deal with anxiety, stress, skin issues like eczema and acne, joint pain, menstrual cramps, and even insomnia. And best of all, they note no side effects because it’s non-toxic and non-intoxicating.

CBD can be derived either from industrial hemp plants or from regular cannabis. But hemp plants contain negligible levels of THC. That makes them, and anything derived from them, completely legal at the federal level.

So, what is it, exactly?

CBD is a cannabinoid. Short version: it’s a molecule that interacts with your body in particular ways. It’s produced naturally by your body, and is also found in certain plants (like hemp). CBD works by telling your body to use up the cannabinoids it has already naturally produced, rather than binding to a receptor. Not to be confused with psychoactive compounds like THC, all shopCBD products are derived from hemp rather than cannabis plants. That means they contain zero THC and won’t make you feel high.

A helper as old as time

CBD is not a pharmaceutical product; it has more in common with minerals and vitamins. Nobody invented it in a lab – it was created organically. And CBD is not new. It may be popular now and growing in social acceptability every day, but its benefits have been touted for years to combat daily stresses and illnesses.

The first use of cannabis for health reasons was recorded around 2727 BC, when Chinese Emperor Sheng Neng turned to a cannabis-based tea to help him with his fading memory, malaria and gout. But it was in 1940 that a research team from Illinois University isolated CBD for the first time.

CBD: when you need it

There is a marked cultural shift in the approach people are taking to manage the many challenges and pressures of living in our world. Many are seeking alternatives that do not include pharmaceuticals and their harsh side effects, or looking for products that are more in line with the body’s natural processes. According to consumers, patients using CBD for medical purposes, physicians and even some in the scientific community, CBD may be key to supporting a healthier lifestyle—and not just taking the edge off.

That said, just remember: everyone is different and reactions to any one CBD product may differ. That’s why it’s important to choose the right CBD products for you and to talk it over with your doctors first. And remember—if you’re buying your CBD products on shopCBD, we have tested every single item for potency, accuracy and purity to ensure the best possible experience. The quality is guaranteed.