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Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid that is mixed with a carrier oil to make CBD oil.

Cannabinoids act on the body’s endocannabinoid system to regulate anxiety, mood, and appetite.1 CBD is extracted from cannabis plants (e.g., Cannabis indica, Cannabis sativa, and Cannabis ruderalis). However, the hemp plant (Cannabis ruderalis) typically contains higher quantities of CBD.

The other main component of Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa species–but not typically Cannabis ruderalis—is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

THC can cause a sense of euphoria but can also cause other sensations, like paranoia. CBD oil should not contain more than 0.3% THC, so it does not typically cause a feeling of euphoria—so many people assume it’s safe, although it may not be, especially for specific populations.CBD products are of interest to researchers and consumers. One source projected that the products may make more than $20 billion in the United States alone by 2024.2 CBD has been studied for its use in seizures, chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, and more.3 However, varying levels of scientific evidence exist for these claims, meaning it’s unclear if CBD works for these conditions.

Note that oil is different from hemp oil. Hemp oil is processed differently (pressing hemp seeds) and typically contains no CBD.

Here’s the latest evidence on over-the-counter CBD—its uses, interactions, and what to remember if you decide to try it.

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