CBD Doesn’t Get You High, But Could Someday Eclipse the Entire Pot Industry
By Annie Gaus, www.thestreet.com
The future of cannabis may not be about getting high.
Pot is a multi-billion dollar industry — where it’s legal, anyway — but some advocates believe that the future of cannabis is actually a non-euphoric derivative that delivers health benefits without getting you high.
This past weekend, scores of entrepreneurs, researchers and health advocates congregated in Anaheim, Calif. for CBD Expo West, a conference devoted to showcasing the booming business of CBD, shorthand for Cannabidiol. In California, where adult use of marijuana is permitted, CBD has been showing up in a fast-growing array of products, from vaporizers and oils to skin balms and gummy bears. And you don’t need to duck into a licensed dispensary to buy it; you can often find CBD at your local corner store.
According to the Brightfield Group, sales of CBD are estimated to reach $22 billion by 2022. And after speaking with exhibitors at CBD Expo, it’s easy to see why: They’re passionate advocates of its potential to soothe pain, anxiety and inflammation without need for pharmaceuticals — and without the high of THC, which not everyone wants.
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