My testimony will provide an overview of what the science tells us about the therapeutic potential of CBD and of the ongoing research supported by NIH in this area. The cannabis sativa plant (yup, that’s a marijuana or hemp plant) produces chemical compounds called cannabinoids, and cannabidiol is just one of them. The one most of us are better acquainted with is THC, the chemical responsible for, you know, getting you high. For cannabis, “one of the things that’s a really big requirement in California is safety testing at the distributor level,” Thorne says. “That’s not really there yet for hemp CBD products.” For instance, CBD products sometimes contain enough lingering THC to produce psychoactive effects.