CBD: What you should know about the cannabis-derived substance – BurlingtonFreePress.com


Monarch and the Milkweed made their newest offering — two flavors of truffles containing 20 milligrams of CBD — available starting at noon on Thursday. Less than two hours later, about two dozen people had come in to buy the $10 confections. Wochit

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A combine harvests a stand of low-THC hemp last year at Borderview Farm in Alburgh, under the supervision of the University of Vermont Extension’s Northwest Crops & Soils Program. Photographed on September 16, 2016.(Photo: JOEL BANNER BAIRD/FREE PRESS FILE)Buy Photo

CBD is popping up all over the Burlington area — from the wellness department at South Burlington’s Healthy Living Market to the pastry case at Monarch and the Milkweed. 

What is CBD, and how is it made? 

CBD is an acronym for “cannabidiol,” a compound found in cannabis. Alejandro Bergad, the co-founder of Northeast Kingdom-based Green Mountain CBD, said his company makes CBD by extracting the compounds from hemp into coconut oil. 

“We take hemp and extract all the cannabinoids out,” he said. Green Mountain CBD is derived from cannabis, but cannabis that has less than 3 percent THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana that makes you high.

Bergad’s company sells CBD in pill or salve form in about 100 stores, and online to all 50 states, Bergad said.

More: Burlington bakery-bar branches into CBD oil confections

What are CBD’s supposed health benefits?

Sellers of CBD can’t make medical claims about the substance, which is not currently recognized by the FDA. But Bergad said many of their customers have told him that CBD helps them with anxiety, or helps them sleep.

CBD has also gained media attention for its effect on children with drug-resistant epilepsy. 

Dr. Nora Volkow,

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