The booming CBD craze, explained Here’s What Happened When 1 day ago   04:51

This marijuana extract is everywhere. But does it work?

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Cannabidiol is having a moment. Increasingly common state legalization and loose federal regulation means that anyone in any state can go online or to a physical store and buy CBD products — from oils to dog treats to bath bombs — without fear of arrest. It’s been shown to help treat a number of conditions including psychosis, anxiety, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy and seizures. For years, people have used medical marijuana to address those conditions — but CBD is showing promise as a possible way to get the benefits of medical cannabis without getting high.

Here’s the catch: Most of the CBD products that have trickled down to the consumer market are poorly labeled and have extremely low doses. Granted, it’s possible that the placebo effect is providing CBD users with tangible benefits. And it’s also possible that low-dose CBD products can act as a form of microdosing, where users take small amounts of a substance to achieve milder or entirely different results than a full dose.

CBD isn’t a scam. It’s a powerful substance with a lot of medical potential. But most of the stuff on the market now probably isn’t worth your time. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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The CBD industry was valued at $350 million in 2017. By 2020 it could top $1 billion. But there's one problem: nobody can say for sure how CBD even works.

Zim O.E
Anxiety Economy!
I just make my own CBD Coffee. Blo had a CBD pod that even has caffeine already in it!!!
Lisa 123
I tried CBD oil for anxiety. After I took it, I starting laughing for no reason. I didn’t like the way it made me feel, so I stopped using it. I only used it for 1 day.
lol you do not need 300mg to get benefits from CBD. A threshold dose (small enough to notice tiny effects, at least) is around 25mg to 50mg for most people in my experience.
Tom Barry
Is this like the famous Snake oil ?
CBD is for old people and custies
Karan Mahajan
If you can claim everything, you can sell anything
Kevin Portundo
Thank YOU so so much for sharing this information!
August Celine III
Some CBD products contain THC? Well that would just about be the only reason worth buying them. 😂
Min Lee
There are several studies on the efficacy of CBD for dogs. Many of them from leading universities in Europe, Israel and the US.
Eric Zetterlund
I've tried some, I can't tell that it does anything at all. It's a gimmick
Anybody know any good CBD stocks I can invest in??
Ryan Thomas
CBD works beat with at least small amounts of THC which is why you find CBD products with THC content.
Bailey Near
CBD has nearly cured my crippling anxiety, has significantly reduced my chronic pain, and has been helping my grandparent's dog to stop having seizures.
Jeremy Rabsatt
Very informative.
Vox is trash
Legalize it. Don't criticize it.
Ryan Winkler
CBD is now legal due to the 2018 Farm Bill
Matteo Tonelli
It’s called a placebo... ppl think they’re getting CBD so they feel calmer, when it’s all in their head
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Here’s What Happened When The booming CBD craze, explained 1 day ago   06:04

Jamie Mosley is a successful entrepreneur, who started a company, and made a lot of money, selling a product you might not have realized there was a market for: E-cigarettes that are safe for jails.

Specifically, for his jail — or at least, that's how it started.

Mosley, a former state police officer who moonlights as a NASCAR driver, was elected Jailer of Laurel County Kentucky in 2012. Without the option to sell tobacco in his commissary, the jail saw a new set of problems emerge, like withdrawal issues, more inmate fighting, and an increase in black market trade of tobacco. Furthermore, Mosley found that corrections staff had one less thing to take away from inmates to discourage bad behavior.

"When I developed the product. It was really not with the intention of starting a company I was just trying to solve a problem within my own facility." Mosley told VICE News. So he got the idea to introduce a vape option to his jail, but all of the ones on the market were too easily turned into weapons. So he invented a solution.

"Everything out there had a metal casing or was a very very hard plastic, and could be hammered down into a shank," Mosley said, "We also wanted something with a very low voltage so that you couldn't utilize it for an ignition source to start a fire with."

Crossbar, as Mosley calls his product, is now in some 33 prisons and jails across the country, and is expected to do $3.5 million in sales this year.

It sells to prisons and jails for about $2 to $3, and the jails, in turn, sell it to inmates for between $10-15. One Crossbar e-cig is said to be the equivalent of about two packs of cigarettes, but inmates say they are still essentially luxury items. And while Mosley sells the ecigs to his own jail at cost, it’s not hard to see the excellent profit margins that would be attractive to other facilities. This additional revenue source is one of the main marketing points for Crossbar.

And while the e-cig trade has made Mosley a fairly wealthy man, he insists he has no plans to give up the job he loves: working at the jail.

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