Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring chemical in cannabis plants. While also extracted from marijuana plants, it is not to be confused with THC, the major psychoactive component of marijuana. CBD is typically obtained from the hemp plant, which tends to only have trace amounts of THC. In 2018, the U.S. passed the Farm Bill, legalizing the sale of hemp and hemp products.
CBD oil is normally extracted from plants that have elevated levels of CBD. Upon extraction, the oil is then diluted using a carrier oil, as CBD is fat-soluble. Carrier oils are used to increase bioavailability – in simple terms, they help your body to absorb CBD oil more efficiently. Various carrier oils such as coconut oil or MCT oil are used and often come with health benefits of their own.