CBD Hemp Oil 101
So, to start from the very beginning, CBD is a cannabinoid and a type of compound found in cannabis sativa. There are over 100 types of cannabinoids in the cannabis plant - the most well-known being THC; the bit that gets you high.
However, (and this is important): CBD is not psychoactive in the respect that it doesn’t cause that euphoric, 'high' feeling. In fact, the World Health Organisation has recognised CBD as both safe, non-toxic and with very few side effects.
As of now, cannabis (produced from the marijuana plant) remains illegal in most parts of the world thanks to its Schedule 1 status, which claims that it poses a high a risk of abuse and has no medicinal value.
However industrial hemp, a low-THC/ high-CBD variety of cannabis sativa, is legal. Therefore, most of the CBD oils on the wider market are derived from hemp.