Getting to know CBD, THC’s non-intoxicating cousin, and why it’s becoming more popular among medicinal and …

Chances are, if you wander into a recreational cannabis dispensary in California, the majority of the products you’ll see on the shelves from flower to edibles to wax contain THC, the chemical compound found in cannabis plants that creates the “high” that users experience.

But for some people who might otherwise use cannabis for medicinal purposes, it’s the “high” that prevents them from using those products.

Enter CBD, THC’s non-intoxicating, ostensibly non-addictive cousin. Short for cannabidiol, can-uh-bih-DY-awl, CBD has begun to gain visibility as it appears in more products in states where medicinal and recreational marijuana use is legal, and offers users some of the same benefits they’d get from a THC-infused product with none of the side-effects like euphoria, altered perception, increased appetite, or paranoia that are commonly associated with smoking or ingesting marijuana.

CBD can be extracted from both the cannabis and hemp plants. By definition, industrial hemp contains less than 0.3

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