- by Dean Pagliaro
CBD (short for cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis. Because it contains super low levels of THC (like less than .3%), CBD is not going to get you high. THC is the part of the weed that gets you high (standard-issue pot is about 18% THC, for reference). These THC levels are so low that CBD lacks the psychoactive properties. Instead, CBD fans swear by the stuff as a way to relax, get better sleep, and manage anxiety, among other things.