What Is CBD? Here’s What to Know About Cannabidiol
Since CBD seems to be on everyone’s lips — literally — let’s run through what CBD is, what CBD does to your body, and what the health benefits are.
What is CBD, or cannabidiol, that everyone’s buzzing about? If you don’t already, you’re about to see this stuff everywhere.
We’re on the edge of a CBD explosion. The U.S. market for CBD products is estimated to be worth $2.1 billion by 2020, up 700 percent from 2016; the World Anti-Doping Agency removed CBD from its list of banned substances; the Food and Drug Administration just approved an epilepsy medication containing CBD oil for the first time.
You can rub CBD oil on your skin or drop it under your tongue; you can eat it as a sugarcoated gummy or drink it as a Goop-approved cocktail. There’s evidence (some scientific, plenty anecdotal) that it helps with epileptic seizures, opioid addiction, PTSD, arthritis, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, chronic pain, and much more. If you believe the hype, CBD can do just about anything for your physical and mental health — and it won’t get you high as a kite.
Since CBD seems to be on everyone’s lips — literally — let’s run through what CBD is, what CBD does to your body, and whether CBD is legal.