Wall Street thinks CBD could be a $16 billion industry by 2025. Here's what the cannabis compound does to your brain and body.
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- Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the compound in cannabis that doesn't get you high. It's surging in popularity, with sellers touting a range of wellness benefits.
- CBD is also the active ingredient in an epilepsy drug called Epidiolex.
- Wall Street thinks the CBD industry could be worth $16 billion by 2025, but that may depend on how federal regulators decide to police it. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Friday.
- Here's what we know about the science of CBD, from its potential clinical applications to its limitations.
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I knew I'd arrived in California when a friend offered me an edible - for my dog.The treat didn't contain THC, the component of marijuana that's responsible for getting you high. Instead, it was made with cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis that is surging in popularity.Advertisement
These days, you'll find everything from cupcakes to lattes made with CBD. Sellers claim CBD can do everything from relieve anxiety to help with sleep and pain. But so far, there's little solid evidence to back up those claims.
Wall Street thinks the industry could be worth $16 billion by 2025, depending on how the federal government decides to regulate the compound. CBD's legal status is currently hazy. It can vary based on everything from the state in which it's sold to whether it comes from hemp or marijuana plants.On Friday, regulators at the Food and Drug Administration are holding a public hearing to gather feedback on how to police foods, drinks, and drugs made with CBD or other cannabis compounds.
CBD does appears to have some limited clinical uses, and FDA has already approved one drug using the compound.Last summer, federal regulators approved the first prescription drug made with the compound - an epilepsy drug called Epidiolex that's used to treat seizures linked with two rare forms of the disease.Beyond those specific therapeutic benefits, however, it remains unclear whether CBD has any broader benefits.Advertisement
Scientists believe CBD could play a role in helping to produce many of marijuana's therapeutic effects, from relieving pain to curbing inflammation. But overall, the research on cannabis itself is early, it's too soon to say for sure whether CBD is useful for most people, or for our furry friends.
Here's what you need to know about the health benefits and limitations of the trendy cannabis compound that's showing up in everything from bottled teas and beer-like drinks to creams and dog treats.
These days, CBD is everywhere. But its legality may depend on several factors, including the type of plant it comes from.
CBD has some limited — and very specific — clinical uses. But it's still unclear whether it could have health benefits for most people.Advertisement
Still, many scientists believe CBD could play a role in helping to produce many of the therapeutic effects tied to marijuana.
New drug companies have been sprouting up with the goal of capitalizing on CBD's potential therapeutic effects.Advertisement
Today, CBD comes from plants. But it can also be made in a lab — an advance that could cut costs and save time.
Wall Street believes the CBD industry could be worth $16 billion by 2025, depending on how federal regulators decide to police it.Advertisement
Regulators are gearing up to decide how to handle CBD, and a major hearing is happening on Friday.
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