Updated: Sep 30, 2021
CBD (or cannabidiol, a derivative of the cannabis plant) is having a moment. You can slather it on in the form of lotion or body oil, and you can drink it in coffee or a cocktail. And because CBD derived from hemp is legal nationwide, it’s pretty easy to find and buy online — in oil form, but also in gummy candies, chocolates, and breath mints. CBD, unlike THC (the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant), won’t get you high, either, so it’s ostensibly easier and safer to use in one’s day-to-day routine. As with most trendy “miracle” ingredients, the claims made regarding CBD’s potential benefits are far-ranging, the and it may be able to treat anxiety — which it’s said to do by elevating anandamide, a chemical thought to be anxiolytic, in the brain, according to Dr. Esther Blessing, an assistant psychiatry professor at NYU who studies the benefits of CBD.It’s also been proven to soothe arthritis, and to ease nausea and vomiting in patients who’ve undergone chemotherapy.