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CBD oil products promise miracle cures. But does science support the hype?


CBD oil products promise miracle cures. But does science support the hype?Big picture, I think marijuana legalization is a good idea. It will help control consumption, particularly among the young, and allow for useful research and, eventually, biomedical applications. But I also think that the current hype surrounding cannabis is problematic, and this includes all the emerging products derived from cannabis.The current hype surrounding cannabis products is problematic, and this includes all the emerging products derived from cannabis.Most of the cannabis-focused wellness products contain cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD. This is a cannabis extract that does not contain the buzz-inducing THC. Almost overnight, CBD is absolutely everywhere. It is often portrayed as some kind of cure-all. There are CBD-infused shampoos, toothpastes, lotions and soaps. CBD is being used and promoted by professional athletes as a way to facilitate recovery and as an anti-aging compound.SIGN UP FOR THE THINK WEEKLY NEWSLETTER HEREYou can get CBD supplements for both your dog (to help with separation anxiety and fear of fireworks and thunder) and your cat (because anxiety is the most under-diagnosed condition affecting cats at least, according to this enterprising vet.) Soon you will be able to turn to none other than Martha Stewart a name not often associated in the past with bongs and dime bags to purchase your pets pot pills. She recently partnered with Canopy Grow, one of the worlds largest legal cannabis producers, to create a line of sensible products for peoples beloved pets.Cannabis is, of course, also being marketed for a range of more serious health issues,



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