What Is CBD?

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the main compounds found in cannabis plants. Odds are you've been seeing more of it lately, even in conventional stores where you may not have thought you'd see it—WBZ NewsRadio's Doug Cope spoke with Brit Smith, the host of Blunt Talk, about all things CBD. Listen to their full interview below.

What's the difference between CBD and THC?

"The THC is the compound that is produced by the cannabis plant that creates a psychoactive effect in humans, but CBD is a chemical produced primarily by hemp plants and some sativa plants, and it has no psychoactive effects," Smith said.

What is CBD used for?

"CBD right now is being widely used for insomnia," Smith said. "People are using it for anxiety issues. There are some studies going on to see if CBD could help for people with drug addictions. Some people use it just to relax at the end of the day. It's also a recreational compound."

Can you take too much of it?

"The thing about CBD is you cannot overdose on it, and you will not get negative side effects from it," Smith said. "It's really a calming mechanism on the body."

Why are we seeing more of CBD lately?

"At the end of 2018, the president actually signed the 2018 Farm Bill, and there was a provision in that farm bill which allowed hemp to become legal," Smith said. "Since hemp became legal, everybody is trying to grow hemp and use the compound that's found most prominently in it, which is CBD."

What are the regulations for CBD sale in Massachusetts?

"They're very much minimum," Smith said. "What they're looking for is that the CBD product that is being sold doesn't have more than 0.3 percent of THC, the stuff that would get you high. That's really the only regulation they're looking for. Anything that has above that amount of THC is going to be regulated by the state's Cannabis Control Commission."

Listen to the full interview with Doug Cope (@dcopewbz) and Brit Smith (@wbzbritsmith) below:

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