November 10, 2014

Behind the CBD Gold Rush

High Times
In 2013, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta announced his famous epiphany regarding medical marijuana, apologizing for having publicly doubted its legitimacy for years. Central to his change of heart was the story of Charlotte Figi, whose 300 weekly epileptic seizures were brought down to two or three a month thanks to a strain of marijuana (later named “Charlotte’s Web” in her honor), that was high in cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound, and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the part responsible for getting a person high. The effect Dr. Gupta’s endorsement had was nearly instantaneous. He legitimized medical marijuana in the eyes of countless skeptics, and CBD was seen as the secret to harnessing the medicinal properties of the plant without the legal, social or moral baggage that comes with the stuff that Snoop Dogg smokes.

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