CBD Is Showing Up Everywhere, but Is It Actually Good for You?
So, what is CBD?
Its full name is "cannabidiol, and it's an extract from the cannabis plant. CBD is present in marijuana, as is another extract, THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is what gives you a euphoric high; CBD does not. As for how you ingest it, there's no smoking or inhaling involved. Instead, you can rub a CBD-infused oil on your skin or place a few drops under your tongue. You can also eat CBD gummi candies, drink CBD lattes, or, at one New York hotel's restaurant, order spicy meatballs laced with the stuff.
What are its benefits?
Companies that make CBD products say it's an anti-inflammatory that can help with everything from anxiety and sleep, to sunburns and nausea. Celebrity fans include author and screenwriter Kelly Oxford (she told Rolling Stone she uses a CBD lotion to alleviate hangovers); it's also been featured on Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop as a treatment for PMS.
And does it work?
There haven't been any large-scale studies done on CBD, so all evidence is anecdotal or based on animal research or small and short-term human studies. Still, they're promising, suggesting CBD has anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties. As for CBD and pain management, most studies examine it when used alongside other cannabinoids, such as THC.
One thing is certain: The new wave of CBD products are being presented to consumers as a healthy and legit way to alleviate everyday aches, pains and stress. They come in friendly packages you can display on your bathroom counter or kitchen windowsill without worrying about hiding them away before your mom drops by. There's Sagely Naturals, whose new line, the Tranquility collection, features capsules, a cream and a roll-on made with CBD, lavender, bergamot and chamomile. Lord Jones offers CBD gummies as well as a lemon- or peppermint-flavored tincture you absorb under the tongue—and then there are the gummies from Sunday Scaries (meant to combat the dread that comes with the end of the weekend).