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This year, 1,090 people have contacted poison control centers about CBD, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Over a third are estimated to have received medical attention, and 46 were admitted into a critical care unit, possibly because of exposure to other products, or drug interactions. In addition, concern over 318 animals poured into the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Animal Poison Control Center.

Up in the wee hours of the night, stuck watching videos of puppies? CBD may be promising as a sleep aid; one of the side effects of the Epidiolex trials for epilepsy was drowsiness, according to Mr. MacKillop, a co-author of a review on cannabinoids and sleep. “If you are looking for new treatments for sleep, that may be a clue,” he said.

Cannabis containing 0.3 percent or less of THC is hemp. Although last year’s Farm Bill legalized hemp under federal law, it also preserved the Food and Drug Administration’s oversight of products derived from cannabis.

Is CBD harmful?

Many soldiers return home haunted by war and PTSD and often avoid certain activities, places or people associated with their traumatic events. The Department of Veterans Affairs is funding its first study on CBD, pairing it with psychotherapy.

Recently, the F.D.A. sent a warning letter to Curaleaf Inc. about its “unsubstantiated claims” that the plant extract treats a variety of conditions from pet anxiety and depression to cancer and opioid withdrawal. (In a statement, the company said that some of the products in question had been discontinued and that it was working with the F.D.A.)

Facts about wellness.

A few drops of CBD oil in a mocha or smoothie are not likely to do anything, researchers contend. Doctors say another force may also be at play in people feeling good: the placebo effect. That’s when someone believes a drug is working and symptoms seem to improve.

My favorite is this Fluresh Chill Out droplet stuff I found in Benzonia. I put half a teaspoon in my favorite after-work “cocktail” — usually a flavored soda water “spiked” with a splash of juice — and I swear that within 15 minutes, literally just a few sips, I feel calmer and super relaxed, like I literally unplugged myself from the day. I’m a runner with a lot of weird food allergies and very diet conscious. I love that I don’t have to eat sugary, high-calorie candy or cocktails to get that feeling. This is low-calorie, vegan, and has no gluten or dairy, which I can’t have. It tastes like nothing in my drink.

KIVA Confections Terra Peppermint Pattie Bites
Detroit Fudge Company Barracuda Bar
“I like to think of myself as a bit of ganga guru, and in the edibles department, I’d pretty much recommend anything made by Kiva. If I had to pick one, I’d probably go with their Peppermint Pattie Bites. They’re only one gram of sugar each, but the [milk] chocolate is actually really good, and the peppermint doesn’t taste fake. They also have no aftertaste, which I think is usually a big ask for any chocolate-cannabis edibles, and not all manufacturers nail it.

Although progressive policies and indigenous-cultivation startups in places like Australia, the U.K., Germany, Israel, Croatia, Poland, Columbia, and the Netherlands are contributing to the global growth, the region driving it hardest and fastest is North America, with a 2020 revenue share of 91.1 percent.

A single tin of 20 gummies containing 5mg THC each, $22. Purchased at Lume in Honor. for other locations.

Michigan Organic Rub
Organic Lemon
“I’m an old retired guy who likes to work in the yard, and sometimes I overdo it. I have bad knees, a bad hip, sciatica — even my elbows hurt. I’ve been smoking [marijuana] since the ’60s, but I quit smoking cigarettes almost 20 years ago. After I had some heart trouble a few years ago, I was honest with my nurse about still smoking marijuana, and she recommended I quit using it or at least try edibles instead. I ended up going with this cream [MI Organic Rub] instead. It smells a hell of a lot better than the drugstore stuff I was using, and it isn’t greasy. I take a little ibuprofen, spread a little cream on where I’m hurting at the end of my day, and it really helps with the aches and pains, especially on my knees and hip. To be honest, this is the only cannabis cream I’ve tried, but I like it so much that I’ve stuck with it.”

Michigan Organic Rub (shown here in Lemon scent; several other scents available) is an all-organic cannabis-infused balm that contains 300mg THC and 300mg CBD. $55. Purchased at Pincanna in Kalkaska.

Long gone are the days of needle-sized joints of shake, or funky-tasting brownies containing indeterminate loads of THC (or other mystery substances). Tech, government, and assorted weed-business visionaries have come together at this moment in history to deliver a breadth of reliably measured and seriously tasty (and even some tasteless) cannabis products, now designed to deliver specific kinds of high individual users might seek.

Chill Out Fast-Acting Drink Enhancer (pictured above)
“I prefer edibles because I don’t smoke, and I like knowing exactly how much THC from which strain I’m getting, where it’s sourced, etc. I think legalization has been amazing for people who like or need to make informed choices about what’s going in their bodies. What I don’t like about edibles is that they can take up to an hour or so to kick in. When I’m stressed or aggravated after a 10-hour day on the phone and in meetings, I don’t want to wait another hour after I get home to relax. It sounds high maintenance, but seriously, that’s exactly why happy hour exists for drinkers, right?