From dog treats to massage oils, hemp sales soar, and medical pot industry wants in

At age 80, Marge Howard has no interest in getting high — but she says that doesn’t stop her from enjoying the benefits of cannabis.

Coping with the stresses of arthritis and the nursing care her husband requires, Howard said she finds relief through weekly massages using CBD oil. The substance is derived from hemp, the same cannabis sativa plant as marijuana, but manufacturers say it has little or no THC, the component that gets users stoned.

“It’s beyond relaxation,” said Howard, who briefly fell asleep at the end of her CBD-infused massage at Renu Day Spa in Deerfield, which specializes in CBD treatments. “It really helps me chill out.”

Nearly two years after medical marijuana was rolled out in Illinois, a parallel industry of other merchandise derived from the cannabis plant appears to be thriving. From massage oils to doggy treats to e-cigarettes, a dizzying array of products that purport to soothe

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