Analysis: What Doctors Really Think About CBD Oil

Our take: Health looked at the latest science and ran some of the most common CBD-related health and wellness claims by experts in the field... 

This compound derived from marijuana won't get you high, and it may have real health benefits, too. Everywhere you click these days, it seems like someone on the internet is talking about cannabidiol—also known as CBD, a chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant.

Online retailers market the extract (also known as hemp oil) as a remedy for a variety of ailments, celebrities swear by its healing powers, and the ingredient is popping up in nutritional supplements and beauty products, as well.

There’s even a new FDA-approved drug derived from CBD.

Although cannabis can be used to make marijuana, CBD itself is non-psychoactive—meaning that it doesn’t get you high the way smoking or eating cannabis-related products containing THC (the plant's psychoactive compound) can.

Still, there’s a lot doctors don’t know about CBD and its effects on the body, and a lot consumers should understand before trying it.

Here’s what researchers think about the way these products are being marketed, and what potential users should...

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