The booming CBD craze, explained

This marijuana extract is everywhere. But does it work?

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Cannabidiol is having a moment. Increasingly common state legalization and loose federal regulation means that anyone in any state can go online or to a physical store and buy CBD products — from oils to dog treats to bath bombs — without fear of arrest. It’s been shown to help treat a number of conditions including psychosis, anxiety, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy and seizures. For years, people have used medical marijuana to address those conditions — but CBD is showing promise as a possible way to get the benefits of medical cannabis without getting high.

Here’s the catch: Most of the CBD products that have trickled down to the consumer market are poorly labeled and have extremely low doses. Granted, it’s possible that the placebo effect is providing CBD users with tangible benefits. And it’s also possible that low-dose CBD products can act as a form of microdosing, where users take small amounts of a substance to achieve milder or entirely different results than a full dose.

CBD isn’t a scam. It’s a powerful substance with a lot of medical potential. But most of the stuff on the market now probably isn’t worth your time.

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27 thoughts on “The booming CBD craze, explained

  1. Something is better than nothing and short of legalization and appropriate research the only thing that's really funding cannabinoid studies are the people financially invested in the industry. so yeah what we have isn't great and things need to change but don't dissuade people from what we've got going on now because it's basically the only thing getting anything done.

  2. Yall are Hilarious!!!! Best comedy video I've ever seen!!

    My dog has seizures and I give her CBD and it stops EVERY time, with in 60 seconds she is able to sit up. I have fibromyalgia and extreme anxiety, I've been taking CBD everyday since I was 16 for it. Saying we have no proof is ignorant.

  3. Fact: before rec weed a lbs of weed was sold for 2000+ dollars by the grower, no tax . Now the same thing is sold for less than 400 dollars , plus they pay tax . So they made CBD, a magic potion to get that 1600 dollars back . That is the only reason you see these products show up directly marketed for the desperate in pain, or people with incurable illness hoping that the placebo effect will kick in before they get exposed. As an ex grower myself I had to tell the truth because it is morally wrong to fool people with that "snake oil".

  4. remember this when you buy CBD oil make sure it does not say hemp oil because CBD oil is not hemp oil CBD oil has cannabinoids make sure in the back or in a side that it says it has cannabinoids and if you can get CBD oil with 450 mg CBD oil like I have in my hand right now that's all good that's what you want but the hemp oil don't get it get the CBD oil and watch out some of them will say CBD oil or even pure CBD oil but when you look in a small print it'll say hemp oil that's false advertising do not buy that always look in the back and make sure it says cannabinoids not hemp oil I told you how to buy it if you do that you'll get the real deal and it'll take care of your pain you're sleeping all that and it won't get you high or any of that

  5. Here's the trick go by what I say and you won't get burned make sure it says CBD oil and make sure it says over 450 mg mg of cannabinoids CBD rich I have the one that's from cannabis flowers yes you several times that in the day or whole body wellness I don't use a lot of it but I use it every night before they go to bed in the morning when I get up it does not get you high or anything like that

  6. Like the Western military system, the medical system is about fight and killing cancer. Clearly there is another option in both arenas: communication. CBD assists cellular communication, as such it is good for almost all ailments as it would be in the international arena.

  7. You really want to listen to the “claims” of nonprofessionals trying to sell you something that hasn’t been studied. It could be less effectual on the body as pure water as far as we know. But, apparently it has whatever effect on the body that’ll make it sell.

  8. CBD has made me pain-free (when I take it). All my neck pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, and resulting headaches…gone. I have my life back again. Oh! AND my anxiety is less!! If you want to contact me for info and what I use to eliminate pain, reach out to me. Feel my duty to share what I use.

  9. I have to agree with what they said about the doses. I get CBD oil and it says "high potency" etc. Like "whoa be careful with this its really strong" but in reality you have to take 10 times the recommended dose to feel anything and the cost is just way too expensive. CBD works but at the moment the price is too high and generally the doses too small to do much. Although a small dose of CBD combined with THC can have strong effects as the THC tends to increase the effectiveness of the CBD and the CBD somewhat lower the psychoactive properties of THC so you get more of a mild relaxed happy feeling and less of a drunk intoxicated feeling.

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