CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, is a natural chemical compound that comes from the hemp plant. It is one of over 85 compounds found in hemp, known as cannabinoids. However, CBD is not a psychotropic cannabinoid-like THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, found in marijuana; CBD does not produce intoxication or euphoria.
Because of the way that CBD reacts to the body, this is the safer, less controversial alternative with all the health benefits still intact. CBD has multiple uses. The oil can be taken orally, rubbed on the skin and sometimes inhaled via vapor to produce its effects.