CBD latte; Image: @sagelynaturals

CBD oil has been splashed across the internet as a miracle cure for everything from anxiety to insomnia, but is it really all it’s made out to be? We investigate.

First things first: cannabidiol (aka CBD) is not an oil.

“Though in certain circumstances it may have actual oil added, CBD is a goopy extract that’s chemically closer to a wax,” explains Dr. Jordan Tishler, a Harvard College and Harvard Medical graduate who runs InhaleMD, a practice that focuses on using cannabis to improve patients’ lives. “CBD is a medicine derived from cannabis or hemp.”

Which brings us to another important point to clear up: hemp and marijuana are part of the same plant species, Cannabis sativa L., and share many similar traits. “The biggest (and the legal) distinction between the two plants is that hemp contains less than 0.3 percent THC (the compound…

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