CBD, short for the scientific name of Cannabidiol, is a natural element found in the cannabis family of plants. CBD can be extracted from either the hemp plant or the marijuana plant. When CBD is derived from the hemp plant, it generally won’t contain any THC, the compound responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana. Hemp-derived CBD won’t get you high. There are several CBD extraction methods that can affect the overall potency and health benefits. CBD has been studied and used for its therapeutic benefits for over 50 years. It is often used for its potential healing properties, such as reducing stress and anxiety, reducing inflammation, improving focus and concentration, and inducing sleep. For the highest absorption in the body and the greatest health benefit, CBD oil or CBD tincture should be used. CBD can also be ingested orally in edibles, applied directly to the skin, or inhaled through vaporization.