In the last few years, it seems like every ’90s video store has been transformed into the neighborhood CBD shop. The laundry list of products containing CBD—AKA cannabidiol, a natural non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis sativa plants (yes, the same marijuana and hemp plants THC is derived from)—has grown to include face masks, tampons, coffee, bath salts, gummy bears and more.

CBD can help manage pain, inflammation and discomfort without the high associated with THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, according to a 2018 study published in the Canadian Urological Association Journal. People dealing with pain—from arthritis to digestive issues—have the option of avoiding potentially addictive opioids and experimenting with CBD products and dosages as an alternative method.

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