Demystifying Cannabidiol: CBD And Why It's Popping Up Everywhere

Oct 18, 2018

Cannabidiol, often called simply CBD, is becoming big business in Vermont and across the country. Found in items ranging from baked goods to skin creams, it's often followed by claims it can help with everything from headaches to anxiety.

But there's a lot of uncertainty around CBD, its legal status, health benefits, and how it affects people. We're talking about CBD, how the compound is used and how it works.

CBD is derived from hemp and is distinct from the chemical THC found in marijuana and known to produce the "high" associated with the drug. While CBD doesn't get you high, proponents of the compound say it has noticeable impacts on mind and body.

Growing hemp is legal in Vermont, though federal law states it remains mostly illegal to grow.

Joining the discussion on CBD is Karen Lounsbury, a professor of pharmacology at UVM who's designed and teaches UVM's course on medical cannabis.

And Andrew LeStourgeon, chef and owner of Burlington bakery and restaurant Monarch and the Milkweed, will talk about the dozen CBD-infused food products he sells and why he's added CBD to his food and his business plan.

Broadcast live on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.