Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound of the cannabis plant. Discovered in the 1940’s, CBD is one of the first in a family of compounds identified as being able to interact and affect humans.
These compounds are known as cannabinoids, and have a direct effect on the human nerve system, via the endocannabinoid system (ECS). In fact, over 130 cannabinoids have been discovered to date! Many of which are still being researched.
Originally, CBD was thought to have no effect on humans and was discarded by most people, with the majority of the focus put on THC (the compound responsible for the “high” sensation associated with cannabis).
Interestingly, CBD has no psychoactive effect, meaning it does not cause you to feel “high”.