(HealthDay)—Many teenagers and young adults may be using so-called CBD products, often in the belief that they will aid health conditions, a preliminary study suggests.
Researchers found that of 200 U.S. teens and young adults who landed in their emergency room, 40% said they had used CBD oil. Some did it “just for fun,” but others thought CBD “can help to treat my medical illness.”
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of hundreds of chemicals found in marijuana. It differs from THC, the source of the famous marijuana “high.” CBD is present in marijuana but is more abundant in hemp—cannabis plants that have little THC.
CBD has exploded in popularity across the United States in recent years, being marketed in everything from lotions and capsules to cookies and coffee. The purported benefits are also wide-ranging and include relief from chronic pain, anxiety and insomnia.
But it’s not clear how often kids use CBD, or whether they believe the hype.
“You can walk into a gas station and buy CBD,” said Nicole Cumbo, a medical student…