You’ve probably seen the advertisements by now.
From bath-bombs to lattes, products infused with CBD seem to be appearing out of the woodwork, promising relaxation and relief from ailments ranging from stress to depression. The growing popularity of CBD even has celebrities, from former Celtics star Paul Pierce to Willie Nelson, jumping into the market.
But what exactly is CBD — and what makes it different from marijuana?
Below, four questions and answers about the popular ingredient being added to everything from pizza to cocktails to smoothies.
What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the two most prominent molecules found in the cannabis plant. But unlike the other more well-known cannabinoid, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive properties.
“[CBD has gotten] very popular because it has effects such as helping with insomnia, helping with pain, helping with anxiety,” Peter Grinspoon, a