Is CBD the miracle drug it’s made out to be?

Bottles of CBD Oil sit for sale inside the Mississippi Market Co-op.
Bottles of CBD Oil sit for sale inside the Mississippi Market Co-op in St. Paul.
Evan Frost | MPR News 2018

Cannabidiol (CBD) seems to be everywhere. Grocery stores carry it. Specialty shops sell it. Even veterinarians and pet stores offer CBD products.

CBD is a molecule found in cannabis. It is similar to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but doesn’t produce a high. The claims about this drug are promising: It reduces anxiety, it relieves insomnia and pain, and it can help with ailments like Crohn’s disease and fibromyalgia.

These promises could be true, but the science isn’t there yet. CBD has not undergone the same rigorous testing as other drugs on the market.

For pets: Should you give your pet CBD oil for anxiety?

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Related: Minnesota to see first CBD, hemp regulations in budget bill

What should interested consumers do if they’re considering adding CBD to their routines?

Three guests joined MPR News’ host Angela Davis to talk about what is known about CBD, what consumers need to know and what regulations Minnesota will put into place in 2020.


George Weiblen, distinguished McKnight professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Minnesota. He curates the Bell Museum of Natural History.

Dr. Cody Wiberg, executive director of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy.

Zach Robins, legal counsel to the Minnesota Hemp Association.

The audio from this program will be posted on Monday, July 29 in the afternoon.

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