For example, it appears to act as an anti-inflammatory, which means it could relieve pain from arthritis, as well as garden-variety muscle soreness. It also has many effects on brain chemistry, which could ease anxiety, depression, and posttraumaticm stress disorder.
The CBD market is exploding, expected to multiply sevenfold by 2021, to $2.15 billion from roughly $292 million in 2016, according to the Brightfield Group, a market research firm that specializes in cannabis.
Thousands of CBD products—oils, tinctures, pills, and liquids used in vaping devices (similar to e-cigarettes)— are now widely available in retail stores and online. The World Anti- Doping Agency removed CBD from its list of banned substances in January, and some athletes now turn to it for pain relief instead of ibuprofen and related drugs.
What’s more, in early July the Food and Drug Administration for the first time approved a prescription drug (Epidiolex) with CBD as its active ingredient, which cut seizures by about 40 percent in people with two rare but devastating forms of epilepsy.
Whether it’s sourced from marijuana or hemp, CBD does not get users high. That’s because a different compound in marijuana—called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC—is what causes a high.
Regardless, CBD remains at the center of several controversies and plenty of consumer confusion surrounding both its effectiveness and legality. Here, we answer consumers’ most common questions.