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CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in the cannabis and hemp plants. It is one of over 100 cannabinoids identified in hemp and is known for its therapeutic and wellness properties. Unlike THC, the primary psychoactive compound, CBD is non-intoxicating, meaning it does not produce the “high” typically associated with THC consumption.

CBD works by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system, a complex network of receptors and neurotransmitters that regulates various physiological processes, including mood, pain sensation, appetite, and immune function. Research suggests that CBD can provide a range of therapeutic effects by influencing these receptors.

Hemp-derived CBD is available in various forms, including oils, tinctures, capsules, edibles, topicals, and vape products. It is legal in many parts of the world including the US, although regulations regarding its production, sale, and use may vary depending on the state.