First, it was avocados. Then it was matcha. Now, the latest magical elixir to permeate the wellness industry is cannabidiol, also known as CBD.
Derived from industrial hemp, CBD is a nonpsychoactive compound (read: it will not make you high) that many people have found to yield all sorts of medicinal benefits like pain relief, easing anxiety, alleviating insomnia, and a whole lot more. (Actual medical studies have not quite caught up to support these claims though — so for now, any benefits are just anecdotal.)
Unlike its cousin THC, CBD will not make your neurotransmitters go ballistic. It actually does the opposite — it abates your stress and helps you calm down. That’s why it’s become the wellness circuit’s hottest commodity, making its way into a bevy of products, including bath salts, coffee, tinctures, oil, lotions, and *drum roll* gummy bears.