You can now get CBD in your post-workout smoothie, hand lotion, and even your morning coffee.
Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, is a chemical compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis. While it’s a component of marijuana—one of hundreds, actually—it is far less psychoactive than the better-known THC, if at all. In other words, it doesn’t really get you high.
In the U.S., the federal government’s stance on CBD is murky. It depends on whether the CBD came from hemp or marijuana, and every state follows different local laws. CBD has been touted for a variety of health benefits and has been shown in many studies to reduce seizures, especially in children with epilepsy syndromes. It’s commonly used in adults for anxiety and insomnia.
Because the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate CBD, there aren’t yet studies that determine the most effective doses. Most of what’s commercially available in infused products like drinks and snacks is very low, but the market is huge.
In 2019, sales of CBD-infused products tripled from the year earlier, and some analysts say that the market could reach $20 billion by 2024.
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