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Its evangelists swear by it as a cure-all that can eliminate aches, relieve depression and even stop your dog from having a seizure. So is cannabidiol – otherwise known as CBD – merely a fad, or the future of pain relief?

It’s a billion-dollar business. It’s a salve for aching muscles. It’s a supplement to give your dog. It arrests seizures. It addresses depression. It’s an elaborate wheeze. It’s fun to smoke. It’s an ingredient in a cookie. It’s for angsty children. It’s for healthy adults. It’s for terminally ill adults. It’s a fad. It’s the future.

With cannabidiol, or CBD, it can be hard...

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