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What You Need To Know About CBD

Dr. Thomas Northrup of UTHealth explains what the compound found in marijuana is and what we know about its health benefits.

Edible products infused with a chemical found in marijuana called cannabidiol, or CBD.


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You've probably heard about Cannabidiol (aka CBD) and CBD-related products. And, if you have, you probably know it has something to do with marijuana.

But what exactly is it?

Well, for starters, it’s not THC, which is the compound that causes the psychoactive effects — or the high — of marijuana.

But CBD is another compound found in cannabis plants that has been used in some medications, along with commodities for public consumption such as oils, topical creams, foods, and other products that are promoted for supposed health benefits.

Bottles of massage oil infused with cannabidiol (CBD).

But what are some of those purported benefits — and are they true? And what do we know about how CBD affects our bodies?

In the audio above, Dr. Thomas Northrup from the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth demystifies CBD for us.

Dr. Thomas Northrup from the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.
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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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