Even if you haven’t yet tried it, you’ve likely heard of CBD, the trendiest new ingredient in the wellness and beauty space. It’s now available in everything from lotion to coffee to dog treats (and anything and everything in between). So, what is CBD? Also known as cannabidiol, it’s a plant-derived compound known as a cannabinoid. It’s most often derived from the hemp plant, though it’s found in other plants (including yes, the marijuana plant) as well. Because of this there is, understandably, a lot of confusion between CBD and marijuana. The most important thing to note is that CBD doesn’t contain THC, the psychoactive compound found in marijuana. In other words, ingesting or applying CBD won’t get you high. (Also worth noting: it’s legal in all 50 states, though with varying restrictions and laws.)
So why all the buzz? CBD interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system which affects, among other things, your immune system, your nervous system and mood. Simply put, proponents say that it can do everything from promote relaxation to help alleviate pain. Topically, it’s popping up in a host of skincare products, lauded for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. If you want to get in on the trend, check out these 9 CBD products below.