Over the last year or so, cannabidiol (CBD) has hit the mainstream. A constituent of the cannabis plant – albeit not a psychoactive one – CBD has been billed as having all the health benefits of medical cannabis without the side effects.
In fact, if you went by some of the more effusive reports online, you might think CBD was a miracle medicine. People are buying it for all kinds of reasons, citing everything from chronic pain to cancer symptoms. Some use it to manage their anxiety, while others swear by CBD for nausea, epilepsy or insomnia.
This said, you won’t find any of these conditions listed on the packaging. Despite the hype around its health benefits, CBD is currently sold as a food supplement, not a medicine.
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