Itâ€™s in chocolate, cocktails, soap, gummies and bath bombs. These days, it seems like you can buy cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, mixed in with just about every product imaginable.
CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants. Itâ€™s supposed to make a user feel calm while relieving aches and pains. And CBD products are everywhere.
Saw a lady in clinic with neuropathic facial pain who has been off work for 3 years due to pain. After just 2 weeks on CBD, her pain improved and now sheâ€™s back at work! #CBD #cbdoil #MedicalCannabis #magic
â€” Dr. Richa Love (@drrichalove) August 14, 2019
Consumer sales of CBD were worth an estimated $350 million in 2018, according to Cashinbis. They project that the entire market will be worth over $1 billion by next year.
The lack of psychoactive effects from THC, while providing medical relief to many conditions including epilepsy, makes CBD oil a strong option for children and elderly patients.
While CBD is still federally illegal in food and beverages, the Drug Enforcement Agency said itâ€™s not going to spend time and resources tracking down anyone who orders CBD cookies online or buys a CBD smoothie. Some argue that the 2018 farm bill legalized CBD, as it approved of the use of industrial hemp â€” hemp plants with less than 0.3% THC. CBD can be derived from hemp or cannabis.
Rod Kight, an attorney and cannabis advocate, says â€ścannabis and hemp are, scientifically speaking, the same plant. They share the same genus, Cannabis, and the same species, Sativa â€¦ The difference comes in breeding and use.â€ť
Researchers are just beginning to study the compoundâ€™s effects on pain relief and relaxation.
What do we know so far? Does CBD actually work? How do consumers know theyâ€™re getting the real deal? And â€” why are some people giving it to their pets?
We unpack the deal with CBD.
Produced by Kathryn Fink.
Jayne Oâ€™Donnell, Health policy reporter, USA Today; @JayneODonnell
Ziva Cooper, Research director, UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative; @zivacooper
Laura Fuentes, Co-founder and, Green Roads CBD; licensed pharmacist; @greenroadsworld
Mandy Bloomingdale, Patient family using CBD for a variety of medical benefits, including helping reduce seizures
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