It looks like pot, can be vaped like pot, even eaten like pot. But pot, it is not. It’s called CBD, short for cannabidiol, a buzzy chemical compound that’s on a real market high.
CBD is extracted from hemp, in the same plant family as marijuana. But CBD won’t have you microwaving pizza rolls at 2 a.m., because it contains very little THC, the stuff that gets you stoned.
It’s essentially weed without the high, and those who swear by it say it’s helping everything from arthritis to insomnia, anxiety to depression, and maybe much more.
At CBD Kratom in Chicago, sales associate Elijah Olson can barely keep the shelves stocked.
Correspondent Lee Cowan said of CBD’s claims, “It sounds like it’s almost too good to be true.”
“Yeah, and I think for some people it might be,” Olson said, “but overall, people are finding at least some relief, it’s at least taking the edge off, if not totally helping