Can hemp extract provide health benefits without getting you high? [Gossip]
By Angela Chen
Is there a substance that gives us the health benefits of marijuana without getting us stoned?
Some people think the answer lies in cannabidiol, or CBD. Like the more well-known tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), this molecule is very abundant in cannabis; in some cases, CBD is the most or second-most abundant molecule. And they both come from the same plant, though CBD is mostly found in a different strain, called hemp.
But compared to THC, cannabidiol doesn’t create psychoactive results — and that’s why you see people selling CBD oil you can take by mouth to relieve chronic pain, inflammation, or anxiety. Though you can easily buy it on the internet, CBD falls under the same laws as marijuana, meaning that it’s illegal at the federal level….
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