Cannabis confusion: Trendy CBD is in legal limbo. Here’s what you need to know. – SFChronicle.com

Ever since scientific researchers identified cannabidiol in 1940 and declared CBD to have no therapeutic value, the molecule in cannabis that purportedly benefits bodies but doesn’t mess with minds has been misunderstood. In cannabis’ late-20th century Prohibition era, black-market growers eschewed plants rich in non-intoxicating CBD in favor of moneymaking strains high in THC, pot’s primary intoxicant. Today, CBD, whether it’s derived from heady cannabis or its sober botanical twin, hemp, is being touted as a super-cannabinoid, both a wellness agent and a natural therapeutic medicine that’s predicted to be a $22 billion industry by 2020, sold online and in convenience stores and cannabis dispensaries near you.

Source: Cannabis confusion: Trendy CBD is in legal limbo. Here’s what you need to know. – SFChronicle.com

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