Soundbites: CBD is seemingly everywhere, but what is it?

Use of CBD has been growing in popularity. In an increasing number of states, you can find it infused in coffee, topical creams, and dog treats. While many people have heard of it, not many know what it is. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a hemp or a marijuana plant derivative that people have used to ease pain, seizures, and inflammation. Across the United States, laws concerning CBD differ and their interpretation has been murky.

Beatriz Carlini is a research scientist with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington. She explains what CBD is and how people have used it medicinally. 

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