What Is CBD? 12 Ways to Try the Chillest New Wellness Trend – Parade


CBD (short for cannabidiol) is being touted as a miracle cure for everything from stress to seizures. But what is it? Found in marijuana and hemp plants, CBD is not psychoactive (unlike THC, which provides a high). CBD may help reduce pain, anxiety and inflammation by interacting with your body’s own cannabinoid receptors.

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There’s no shortage of ways to test its effects—in creams, coffee, bath bombs, beauty balms and more. Just be sure to start small with your dose and keep your doc in the loop.


A More Chill Cup of Coffee

Who better to lead us into this brave new world? Willie Nelson and his wife, Annie, recently launched Willie’s Remedy Whole Bean Coffee, with 5 mg CBD per cup, soon to be followed by a range of other wellness products. $36 for 8 oz., williesremedy.com

For a stronger brew, check out Sträva Craft Coffee’s Elevate, hemp oil-infused coffee that has 240 mg CBD per 12-oz. bag. $54, stravacraftcoffee.com


Drop In

Bluebird Botanicals posts lab test reports for its Hemp Classic CBD Oil right on its website, a best practice for an industry still standardizing quality control for hemp extract supplements. Recommended dosage is 15 drops added to foods or liquids. $25 per 1 oz., bluebirdbotanicals.com

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For Adults Only

Fruit-flavored Lord Jones Old Fashioned CBD Gumdrops claim to promote a sense of calm and wellbeing (for grown-ups only). $45, lordjones.com


Rub Down

Recover from a tough workout with Aethics Muscle Rescue Body Lotion, which combines a substantial 1,000-mg dose of CBD with coconut oil and shea butter. $60, aethics.com


Eye Spy

Hemp seed oil and manuka honey team up to battle puffy eyes in Cannuka CBD Calming Eye Balm. $38, neimanmarcus.com


Tub Time

Slip a Joyful Bath Co. Peace Out Patchouli Bath Bomb into your tub for an extra-relaxing soak in Epsom salts and 35 mg hemp extract. $12, joyfulbathco.com

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Calming Candles

Aromatherapy gets a twist with Cannabis Coconut Wax Candles made with THC- and phthalate-free coconut wax and cannabis essential oil. From $22, urbanre-leaf.com


Lip Service

Cure chapped lips with CannaSmack Hemp Lip Balm in delicious flavors like Cherry Pie and Pineapple Express. $3, cannasmack.com


Stress Relief for Skin

Give your skin an overnight dose of calm with Peter Thomas Roth Green Releaf Sleep Cream Skin Protectant, which contains cannabis oil and oatmeal. $65, peterthomasroth.com

Kiehl’s also sells Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate, perfect for calming super-sensitive skin any time of the day. $49, kiehls.com


Top Dog

Treat your senior pup to HempBone Bacon Apple Donuts to improve joint health and ease anxiety. $34, phytoanimalhealth.com

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