If you haven’t already been seeing it everywhere, you probably will now: CBD. CBD is in everything, from baked goods to iced coffee. CBD is one of the trendiest things right now. But every time I pass a storefront advertising their CBD products, I can’t help but ask myself: what exactly is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is a chemical compound from the cannabis plant. It’s naturally occurring and is often used in products like oils and edibles to make you feel relaxed and calm. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive.

You’re bound to know at least one person who will tell you to “get yourself some CBD” if you tell them you’re stressed. Although CBD might be intimidating to try at first, because of its common affiliation with marijuana, CBD will not get you high. CBD is the non-psychoactive portion of the cannabis plant. You’ll feel relaxed- not sedated.

So, does that mean you’re entirely safe to take CBD before work or class? Not necessarily. CBD can affect people differently. It’s a small portion- about 5% of people report feeling altered after taking CBD. So if it’s your first time taking CBD, you’re better off playing it safe and doing it in a place where you feel comfortable.

It’s also essential to purchase third-party-tested CBD since the FDA doesn’t regulate it. You want to make sure you are buying high-quality products and getting what you’re promised.

CBD has a lot of other benefits, in addition to its calming and relaxing properties. The FDA approved CBD medication for epilepsy, but people report that CBD can help with anxiety and osteoarthritis.

If you’re thinking about trying CBD, make sure you purchase it from a reputable seller. And take it somewhere safe if it’s your first time! However, if you find yourself feeling stressed or anxious- CBD might be the solution for you.