CBD is one of over 85 naturally occuring compounds found in varying concentrations in different parts of the hemp plant. It has significant benefits but does not impair mental faculties like the other common compound in the plant, THC. CBD has even been shown to counteract the effects of the THC. CBD is non-psychoactive and non-psychedelic.
Many cannabinoids have therapeutic value and CBD is no exception. It is a non-psychotropic cannabinoid, meaning it does not contribute to the euphoria associated with certain strains of cannabis. Unlike THC, CBD can be administered at relatively high doses without undesired psychological side effects.