The CBD boom: Popularity of hemp product swells in Lancaster; here’s what you should know

Julio Perrone turned to CBD oil several years ago to improve his focus, relax his edginess and improve sleep.

Brittany Ditzler credits a CBD tincture with relieving some of her anxiety and depression symptoms.

Jill Good-Miller has used a CBD product externally to help alleviate chronic pain.

Those three letters — which stand for cannabidiol — are quickly becoming big business. The United States market for CBD, a compound derived from hemp, grew by more than 80 percent last year, and industry analysts say it could hit $22 billion by 2022.

But what can it really do? What are the legalities surrounding CBD use?

And, if you’re itching to try CBD products, what can you expect?

What is it?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, a compound found in the cannabis plant. Both hemp and marijuana are a species of cannabis plant, but that’s where much of the similarity ends.

In Pennsylvania, CBD products bought over the counter that

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