CBD is short for, cannabidiol, and is a therapeutic botanical compound found mainly in Hemp, or cannabis, but also in other plants such as hops.
The compound is just one of over a hundred other molecules found in the Hemp plant, called cannabinoids, being studied for their therapeutic potential.
Cannabinoids from hemp, such as CBD, are nearly identical in molecular structure to the cannabinoid compounds produced by the body’s endocannabinoid system.
In fact, the discovery of endocannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system came from research on the cannabis plant, which is how they earned their name.
CBD is present in both Hemp and Marijuana because they are both two types of the same plant, known as cannabis. Hemp, however, is characterized by high concentrations of CBD and little to no THC content.
The most severe side effects associated with CBD use is fatigue, sedation, mood alterations, and lowered blood pressure. CBD can also affect the way certain medications are metabolized, similar to grapefruit.