By now, you’ve probably heard of CBD oil, one of the fastest growing elixirs in the wellness world. Likewise, you’re probably aware that it comes from the once-prohibited hemp plant, the same source responsible for (illegal) marijuana. And perhaps you’re skeptical of trying CBD oil because of this confusing scenario.

The chemical compound cannabidiol is where CBD gets its name. Extracted from the hemp plant, CBD does not work within the body like the plant’s more commonly known tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the compound with psychoactive effects. In other words, CBD does not get you “high.”

Instead, proponents of CBD claim it can calm anxiety, act as an anti-inflammatory (and therefore help with arthritis, muscle spasms, and pain management), and lessen the severity of many other ailments, from acne to insomnia to seizures.

“From our biological inception, we have an endocannabinoid system. Our bodies produce endogenous cannabinoids and use phytocannabinoids from the cannabis plant to supplement and help support good health,” claims Randall Snyder, co-owner and CEO of Carolina Hemp Company, LLC. “Prior to the prohibition of hemp, we likely took in these nutrient rich cannabinoids in the livestock we consumed as part of our daily diets. Until prohibition, our bodies were nurtured naturally.”

Because the FDA does not regulate CBD oil and because state laws vary, not all CBD oil products may be what they claim to be, and dosage amounts vary depending on product and individual. While no one can claim CBD oil heals or cures any ailment, medical research is underway. Talk with a medical professional who has experience in and understands CBD oil prior to purchase and consumption. As with any wellness initiative, results depend on the individual—though if popular opinion is any indicator, this trendy oil is a key contender for natural healing.

Where to Buy:

Anova Health
107 Miller Rd, Mauldin.
(864) 408-8320,

Bee Well Honey Natural Market
205 Hampton Ave, Pickens.
(864) 897-9955,

Drift Float & Spa
644 N Main St, Greenville.
(864) 414-2388,

The Farmacy
508 S B St, Easley.
(864) 442-6777,

Garner’s Natural Life
27 South Pleasantburg Dr and 1601 Woodruff Rd, Greenville.
(864) 242-4856,

Your CBD Store
1461 Woodruff Rd, Ste C, Greenville.
(864) 438-1142,