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Why CBD Is Everywhere & What You Need To Know

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From coffee to canned drinks to tinctures, turn a corner and you’ll find at least one shop boasting the uber-buzzy CBD. But what exactly is CBD? How effective is it? And how can you tell you’ve got the real deal?

According to NBC News, CVS and Walgreens have already announced plans to begin carrying CBD-infused products in select stores, while Coca-Cola and the creators of Oreos are considering jumping on the bandwagon. It’s official: CBD has gone mainstream. And we’re intrigued.

Okay, but what exactly is CBD anyway?

According to Health.com: “CBD (which is short for cannabidiol) is a chemical compound from the cannabis plant. It’s a naturally occurring substance that’s used in products like oils and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm. Unlike its cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it’s not psychoactive.” Meaning: It will NOT get you high.

What are the effects of CBD?

Advocates say that CBD can help treat a variety of ailments like chronic pain, anxiety, arthritis, and can even be used topically to treat acne. Some physicians also claim that CBD is neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory and can be used as an alternative source of pain relief. So for those of us (*me*) who are used to popping several doses of ibuprofen during cramp week, CBD can perhaps provide benefits without the stomach ache of eating too many Motrin.

What is the best way to take CBD?

CBD can be found in many different forms, but what you take should really be contingent on your goal. For instance, if you have shoulder or back pain and are a bit sketched out at the thought of ingesting something, topical creams or sprays can work. If you need instant relief, you can try vaping. Or if you want the effect to last a bit longer, opt for tinctures or edibles.

How do I know it’s the real deal?

Okay so here’s the catch. Because the FDA does not currently regulate CBD, it is entirely possible to buy a product that is less potent than advertised. Because of such inconsistencies, it is crucial that you buy third-party-tested CBD for ensure quality. Look for a quality assurance stamp or certificate of analysis from a third party or check the retailer’s website if you don’t see it on the label. According to research, there are a ton of products out there that don’t even contain any CBD or have less (or more) than they claim.

Is it legal?

It is federally legal to grow hemp and use hemp products (such as CBD) so long as you comply with state policies. But while it’s legal under federal law, I’d still highly advise that you check to make sure what your state’s policies are on CBD.

The verdict?

Try it. Because, why not? But make sure that you are checking for third party testing and opting for types of CBD and doses that align with your ailment or goal. The wellness community cannot seem to stop raving about CBD, and while I’m not typically one to jump on a bandwagon, I’m also not above trying a new alternative to treat my monthly mind-numbing cramps.

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