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Here’s what you should for look for among cannabidiol-containing products.

MAYBE YOU’RE A CUSTOMER who’s curious about CBD-infused products such as tinctures, capsules, sprays, lotion, waters, sodas or gummy bears. You’ve heard claims of pain-relieving, anxiety-reducing, anti-inflammatory, sleep-enhancing and other purported healing properties, and you wonder if products containing cannabidiol, or CBD, can help you.

Research on the safest, most effective use of CBD is still emerging. Even so, with major retail chains climbing on board, health and wellness products with CBD are getting easier to find. And if you’re interested in trying them, you’re not alone. In a survey conducted by CreakyJoints, part of the Global Living Foundation, more than half of arthritis patients surveyed had tried medical marijuana and CBD products in addition to their prescribed medications to cope with symptoms like chronic pain.

CBD is related to marijuana, but there are important differences. Both involve chemicals found in cannabis plants. THC, which primarily comes from marijuana, has psychotropic properties – it gets you high. In contrast, CBD, which is mostly derived from the related plant hemp, doesn’t have this psychotropic effect.

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