New FDA Warning About CBD Raises Questions Use of CBD — cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive component in cannabis — has exploded in the last few years. But while it's marketed as a solution for stress, anxiety, insomnia, and pain, the Food and Drug Administration can't say it's safe. NPR health correspondent Allison Aubrey helps parse the science behind a new set of government warnings about CBD. Follow host Maddie Sofia on Twitter @maddie_sofia. Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.
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Is CBD Safe? The FDA Can't Say

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Is CBD Safe? The FDA Can't Say

Is CBD Safe? The FDA Can't Say

Is CBD Safe? The FDA Can't Say

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CBD can be extracted from marijuana or from another strain of the cannabis plant, hemp. Getty Images hide caption

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CBD can be extracted from marijuana or from another strain of the cannabis plant, hemp.

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Use of CBD — cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive component in cannabis — has exploded in the last few years. But while it's marketed as a solution for stress, anxiety, insomnia, and pain, the Food and Drug Administration can't say it's safe. NPR health correspondent Allison Aubrey helps parse the science behind a new set of government warnings about CBD. Follow host Maddie Sofia on Twitter @maddie_sofia. Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brent Baughman and edited by Viet Le.