What is CBD?

Due to consumer demand we’ve gathered all the information there is to know about what makes CBD so special. 

CBD stands for Cannabidiol and yes, it’s closely related to the word cannabis. But there’s a big difference - CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in both marijuana and hemp plants.

CBD won’t make you high — unlike its well-known counterpart THC. CBD is a natural compound that can be added to products such as oils, topical creams, beauty products, and edibles.

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?

Short version: it’s a molecule that interacts with the endocannabinoid system. Humans and in fact, all animals have an endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is made up of two key components. Endocannabinoids and endocannabinoid receptors. 

CBD works by telling the body to use up the endocannabinoids it has already naturally produced, rather than binding to a receptor. 

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. CBD is not new. It may be popular now and growing in social acceptability every day, but it's been used for years.

The first use of cannabis 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. 

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.