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CBD Topicals

You’ve most likely heard of CBD — as the focus of many exciting scientific studies, this cannabis compound is seemingly everywhere. If you are wondering how to incorporate CBD into your lifestyle, an easy way to do it is through topical products. If you find yourself wondering why and how you should give one of our creams, oils, or lotions a go, browse our frequently asked questions, there just may be the answer you are looking for. Happy Hemp has been nationally recognized by Forbes, as well as included in LA Weekly’s “best of” lists and we offer a range of CBD topicals for you to consider. 

Why use a topical CBD? 

People choose CBD topicals for many reasons. Some prefer the ease of use — just rub a dollop on the skin and you’re good to go. Others use it as a massage oil to enhance the effects of rubbing the muscles and still others use it to enhance muscle recovery or in an effort to limit post-workout pain. There is also pre-clinical evidence for the efficacy of CBD in reducing the amount of oil on the skin that contributes to acne. 

How does topical CBD work?

Scientific studies focused on cannabis and its associated compounds, including CBD, have been heavily restricted for the better part of the last century so there isn’t a huge body of evidence around the use of CBD topicals

Here’s what we do know, although the exact way in which is functions is not yet fully understood — the body has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) which manufactures and breaks down excess cannabinoids (this is thought to be the reason fatal overdoses are unheard of with cannabis.). This system also contains receptors for the endocannabinoids located throughout the major tissues of the body, including the skin. It’s possible that the topical application of cannabinoids like CBD triggers these receptors and that trigger is responsible for any observable benefit. 

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Can a CBD topical help with arthritis pain?

Although research on the relationship between CBD topicals and arthritis are just beginning, the pre-clinical studies that have been done are interesting to say the least. According to this study, researchers found that transdermal (through the skin) application of CBD reduced the size of arthritic joints in rats. The same study indicated that the pain scale of the animals was reduced after a week of application and the authors of the study concluded: “use of topical CBD has potential as effective treatment of arthritic symptomatology”. Of course, a study done in animals is not the same as one done in humans but with CBD finally entering the national awareness, there are sure to be some exciting developments in the coming years. 

Can topical CBD help with acne?

While this study is also pre-clinical it seems promising. Researchers found that CBD “normalizes ‘pro-acne agent’ lipid synthesis. What this means in lay terms is that CBD normalized the amount of oil produced by sebaceous glands, which may be beneficial because the oil may create a favorable environment for the acne bacteria to thrive. In the same study, it was also noted that CBD showed an anti-inflammatory effect in the sebaceous glands with researchers stating CBD showed “substantial anti-inflammatory effects, which would be very much desired in the clinical treatment of acne”.

Does applying CBD topicals help skin conditions like eczema?

A groundbreaking study was published in January 2020. In it, the authors wrote that their study ‘sets the basis for the use of topical CBD for the treatment of different skin diseases including atopic dermatitis and keratin disorders.’ Again, since this field of research is relatively new, there have yet to be peer-reviewed studies done with human participants so the results can be viewed with cautious optimism at best. 

Keep in mind that the same study found that there was potential for CBD topical application to actually increase psoriasis plaques, despite anecdotal evidence to the contrary so if you have this condition, consider using CBD with caution.Why Happy Hemp CBD topicals?

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We understand that you have a wide selection when it comes to choosing a CBD company, that’s why we set ourselves apart with our products. Our Premier Hemp Oil Pain Freeze cream was designed with athletes in mind. Glycerine based for a silky, not greasy feel and applied with a ball applicator for both glide and a targeted massage, it aims for maximum relief from sore muscles and joints. Our proprietary blend also contains menthol for an instant cooling effect while the extra strength CBD oil is absorbed. 

We also have a CBD infused coconut oil, perfect for massages or for use as a skin hydrator — it’s even edible! Try it as a hair mask for its smoothing and hydrating effects as well.

Our Premiere Hemp CBD infused Lip Balm is a fan favorite.

We use an independent lab to test our products to ensure that the amount of CBD on the label is inside the bottle and we post the results to our website, feel free to check them out — we stand firmly behind the products we sell. 

I’ve never used a CBD topical, what should I expect?

Depending on the product, you can expect almost instant cooling relief thanks to menthol while the CBD sits on your skin or, if you use a topical oil, you can expect some skin hydration while the CBD is absorbed. CBD is widely considered non-irritating and safe so if you have a dermatological reaction, it’s most likely to one of the other ingredients. If you have sensitive skin, definitely reconsider the application of CBD coconut oil on the face, coconut oil is hydrating but can be slightly comedogenic (pore-clogging), canceling out any possible benefit of the CBD.  

Are CBD topicals legal to buy in the United States?

We use only high quality hemp, grown legally in the United States for our products. The certifications we receive from our lab tests also show less than 0.3 percent THC in each batch, in alignment with federal laws for hemp products. Unfortunately, we cannot currently ship outside of the US. 



With recent surveys finding that over two-thirds of Americans have heard of CBD, it’s safe to say that it has entered the cultural awareness. If you haven’t heard of it, or if you have but you have questions about it, read on — our CBD primer might be just what you need. So let’s answer the question: What is CBD? School’s in session: CBD 101.

What is CBD exactly?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the many compounds found in cannabis sativa (also known as hemp) plants. It can also be found in cannabis indica (marijuana) but in generally lesser amounts. Since the indica species often contains high amounts of THC in addition to CBD, it is not often used to make CBD products. 

CBD on its own has zero psychoactivity, meaning that it won’t make you high or interfere with your ability to function. 

Consumers can find CBD infused into a variety of products including edible treats like gummy bears, oils, and even skin creams and lotion.

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil is extracted from hemp plants. You may see different terms when looking at CBD oil including “broad-spectrum” and “full-spectrum” CBD and although they are slightly different, they are often used interchangeably.

Full spectrum CBD means that all of the compounds found in the cannabis plant are in the oil, including terpenes (which give cannabis its flavor and scents) and other cannabinoids (the collective name for the compounds found in the different species of cannabis). Keep in mind that one of the other cannabinoids is THC but in order for it to be a federally legal product, the percentage must be below .3%, hardly enough to get you high.  

Broad spectrum CBD is similar to full-spectrum since it also contains many cannabis compounds, but there’s an important distinction — it has been processed to remove all traces of THC. 

The highest quality products use CBD derived from hemp grown in the USA, we’ve seen Asian grown hemp products and they just don’t seem to be up to a reasonable standard. The method of consumption varies with the user — some prefer CBD oil or CBD vape cartridges or tasty edibles like CBD infused beverages and gummy candies. 

Does cannabidiol oil really work?

The question of the effectiveness of CBD oil is a tricky one. Since hemp, and therefore CBD, was classified as a Schedule I drug for basically all of the 20th century, research has been limited. The studies that have been done have generally shown positive outcomes and this initial promise has made researchers excited about investigating the various possibilities of the compound. There is preclinical evidence (meaning animal but not human studies have been done) in its role in psychiatric disorders ranging from schizophrenia to generalized anxiety disorder as well as for its role in reducing chemotherapy related nausea.

Millions of Americans use CBD on a regular basis and swear that it helps them but many of these stories are considered anecdotal, with no scientific backing. 

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How does CBD work?

It is believed that the reason CBD has any effect on the human body is due to the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is generally believed to play a role in the regulation of hormones (including the production of hormones that play a role in sleeping) as well regulating appetite and even the transmission of pain signals. The system is not fully understood but in the simplest possible terms it is comprised of endocannabinoids made by the body, receptors located throughout the brain and every major tissue of the body (including the skin), and enzymes to break down the excess. Researchers believe that since the body has its own system for dealing with endocannabinoids, the ECS explains both the psychoactive effects of THC and the potential for a benefit of CBD. 

Are there any benefits of Cannabidiol?

While there is little irrefutable evidence as to the benefit of consuming CBD products, the studies that have been done are intriguing to say the least. 

There is some evidence that CBD may help regulate the sleep-wake cycle and be useful in treating anxiety. This large case series concluded that in most of the studies, participants reported a decrease in anxiety after the first dose. 

This study  looked at the anti-anxiety properties of CBD in a highly specific setting — public speaking — and found that subjects had lower self-reported scores of stress as well as lower scores on objective measures like palm sweating and heart rate, indicating a possible benefit of CBD. 

The treatment of chemotherapy related nausea is one area where researchers are confident there is evidence supporting the use of CBD. The evidence was used as a springboard to develop a synthetic form of CBD used in conduction with THC to treat appetite disorders including AIDS wasting syndrome. 

Is CBD oil safe?

A 2017 review on the safety of CBD concluded that CBD is non-toxic and generally well tolerated . The authors were careful to note that further studies about chronic, long-term use, as well as studies designed to investigate how CBD may interact with critical systems, like hormones, are also needed. CBD has no known abuse potential.

Keep in mind that “generally well-tolerated” does not mean free of any side effects. There may be drug interactions, similar to the compounds in grapefruit and milk interfering with a specific drugs absorption. There is also anecdotal evidence for side effects including diarrhea. 

The FDA has approved a synthetic form of CBD (Epidolex) but it is important to note that none of the commercially available CBD products have been evaluated by the FDA and are therefore not intended to be used to diagnose or treat any illness. 

 Is CBD oil legal?

The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the definition of marajuana in the Controlled Substances Act. Prior to this change, hemp was classified as marajuana and, therefore was listed as a Schedule I  drug. The same bill clarified the definition of hemp as having less than .3 percent THC. Since the removal of hemp from the CSA meant that the possibility of federal prosecution for ‘drug’ related offenses was no longer an option, many have interpreted this to mean that CBD is legal. 

Want to learn more about CBD? Read more on our blog or learn more specifically about CBD Gummies here.



You step out of the house long enough to get a few groceries and by the time you get back, your new puppy has wrecked the entire living room. Don’t be so quick to punish the little guy. It’s quite possible that he has separation anxiety.

To him, you stepped out for groceries and were never coming back. Before you leave next time, give him CBD dog treats. They’re safe for your dog and they’ll quell his fear until you get back.

CBD treats are good for more than easing a scared puppy’s fear. They can reduce nausea, give them some relief from common pain symptoms, and they’re good for their health overall. Keep reading this guide to learn more.

Is CBD Safe For a Dog?

Before we get into how CBD treats benefit dogs, let’s talk about safety. Are CBD treats safe for your pup? The answer is yes for the most part. 

You want to make sure you’re buying from a reputable provider or your dog may end up with a little THC in their system which isn’t so good for them. They also can’t have the same dosage of CBD as humans do. 

It’s easier to play with dosage when you’re giving them oil rather than treats but it’s still possible. Perhaps start them with half a treat to see how they handle it and then work your way up from there. 

Your dog may show signs of tremors, dry mouth, low blood pressure, and drowsiness but it’s rare. If your dog starts showing any of these behaviors consult your vet.  

It Works as a Pain Killer 

If you have a senior dog who is suffering from arthritis, CBD may be able to help its aching joints. There are a couple of ways it does this. 

CBD has been thought to be able to increase a chemical in the brain called anandamide. Anandamide is what’s responsible for lessening the pain signals being sent to the brain. 

CBD also has anti-inflammatory properties that can cut down the aching and swelling that comes with puppy arthritis.  

It’s an Anticonvulsant 

Your dog can have a seizure just as easily as you can. There are certain breeds that are more prone to them than others such as Belgian Tervurens, beagles, Labrador retrievers, Shetland sheepdogs, and golden retrievers.   

CBD works as an anticonvulsant by regulating the neurons in the brain that are responsible for seizures. So if you have one of the breeds listed above you may want to invest in CBD treats. 

Works as an Anti-Inflammatory

We talked a little above about CBD working as an anti-inflammatory. We’re going to get into a little more detail about it here. CBD activates the receptors that are found inside the dog’s immune cells. 

This allows it to take control of a bunch of different immune responses. One of them is you guessed it, anti-inflammation. This helps with any disease that’s caused by chronic inflammation such as IBS.

Eases Anxiety and Stress

The most common type of anxiety that your dog may suffer from is separation anxiety but it’s not the only one. Some dogs get nervous if they’re placed in a car for travel. Some don’t like certain noises or are afraid of meeting new people. 

Dogs who suffer from these phobias may tear up furniture, become aggressive, have tremors, bark constantly, and urinate in the house. 

You can help your fur baby in stressful situations and prevent the listed behaviors by giving them CBD treats. CBD works to increase the level of serotonin in the brain. This assists with puppy depression as well.   

Reduces Nausea 

It’s not uncommon for your dog to suffer from an upset stomach. This can occur because they ate something they shouldn’t have during a walk or they could just have a sensitive tummy. 

There are plenty of medications on the market that your vet can give them for nausea but these all have unpleasant side effects like drooling, diarrhea, drowsiness, and lack of appetite.  

CBD will activate the receptors in your dog’s system that are responsible for controlling nausea and vomiting. The best part is it does this with little to no side effects. 

Helps With Cancer Symptoms  

Even though CBD treats won’t be able to cure cancer there are a few things that it can do. It can slow down the growth of the tumor and give them some pain relief. If your dog is suffering from cancer chances are you’re having them go through chemo treatments. 

Your dog will have about the same reaction to the treatments that humans do like vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and fatigue. CBD treats can ease some of these symptoms and increase their quality of life. 

Good for Their Overall Health 

As you can see, CBD reacts to several different parts of the body. That’s why many pet owners don’t wait until their dog is sick to give them the treats.

They give them to them on a normal basis in order to promote good health. Kind of like the dog version of a one a day vitamin. 

Giving Your Pet CBD Dog Treats  

Are you thinking about giving your pet CBD dog treats? They’re the perfect thing to give them for separation anxiety and common aches and pains. They can even ease cancer symptoms.

They’re also good for their health in general so feel free to hand them a treat daily and keep the vet away. 

Are you ready to try CBD treats on your dog? Check out our shop to get started. 



Let’s tackle the question: “What are the benefits of CBD gummies?” With the federal legalization of hemp in the 2018 Farm bill, cannabis is no longer on the fringe, it’s in the news. A dazzling array of products containing CBD are coming to market — everything from CBD-infused gummy bears to dog treats. Along with the products however, there are questions — What are the differences between the compounds in cannabis? Is there any scientific evidence showing a potential benefit of CBD use? Is any one form of consumption better than another? Read on and find out!

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What is CBD?

Simply put, cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis. 

Cannabis is used as kind of a catch all term for any plant from the cannabis genus. Although there is a genetic difference between hemp (Cannabis Sativa) and what is colloquially known as marijuana (Cannabis Indica), all three terms are used interchangeably but there are big differences between them. 

CBD won’t get you high and hemp-derived CBD is federally legal in all 50 states (with a few individual states opting to keep it inaccessible) whereas products containing more than .03 percent THC have varying degrees of legality. Found predominantly in cannabis indica, THC is the compound that IS responsible for getting you high. Together CBD and THC, along with over a hundred other compounds, are known as cannabinoids.

There is mounting evidence that cannabinoids are useful in the treatment of various health conditions from multiple sclerosis to cancer, even less serious conditions like acne. After decades of heavily restricted access to cannabis, scientists are starting studies and trials and the results have been promising. 

Is there any scientific evidence for using CBD Gummies?

Benefits of CBD Gummies for pain

Anecdotal stories of using CBD gummies for pain are supported by studies like this one that concluded cannabinoids have a role in managing difficult to treat pain. The study looked at Sativex Ⓡ, along with other synthetic cannabinoids. Sativex Ⓡ is an FDA approved treatment for neuropathic pain in MS and for cancer pain but it is important to note that it uses THC and CBD in a 1:1 proportion. Another study explored how  cannabinoids can help treat neuropathic pain, concluding that cannabinoids may also help in reducing inflammatory pain. 

A large case series found compelling evidence for using CBD in treating sleep disturbances. After one month of treatment with CBD, sixty-six percent of participants experienced a betterment in the quality of sleep with a reported fifty-six percent still reporting improvement after two months. 

Benefits of CBD gummies for anxiety

The same case series found CBD may also help with anxiety. Approximately eighty percent of subjects experienced a reduction in overall anxiety levels after one month of treatment and after two months, seventy-eight percent still reported the treatment was effective.

While we’re talking about anxiety, there are other studies that document CBD’s potential in managing stress caused by public speaking. While relatively high doses of CBD were used (from 300-900mg), both self-reports of stress and scientific measures of stress (sweaty palms, heart rate),were decreased in subjects receiving CBD treatment. 

Benefits of CBD gummies for nausea

A particularly well documented potential benefit of CBD is in the regulation and treatment of nausea. Throughout studies with both animals and humans, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting responses are reduced with CBD treatment. Interestingly, the researchers themselves reported that patients reported a preference for natural cannabinoids over the synthetic ones.

Why use CBD gummies?

Although no studies specifically use CBD gummies as their method of delivery, many people prefer to eat their CBD. Here are our favorite reasons for giving CBD gummies a try. 

  • They won’t get you high. You won’t have to contend with side effects like paranoia or confusion so you can fully relax. As delightful as our CBD gummy bears are, they won’t have you giggling from a head change.

  • They’re tasty, sometimes it really is just that simple.

  • Easy dosing. With clearly marked strengths, ranging from 250mg to 3,000mg per container, it’s easy to decide your dose. Each containing around 10-12mg, our sour gummy worms are a delicious and quick way to nibble your desired dose of CBD. 

  • Edibles may last longer than inhalation. Since the compounds go through the digestion process they have a longer onset time but being metabolized by the liver is a slower process — meaning your gummy may also last hours longer than a pull on a vape pen. 

  • Some are one hundred percent vegetarian, like our chewy rainbows, so you can indulge guilt free. 

  • They’re discreet. No one will notice you popping a peach ring into your mouth the next time you’re feeling anxious in public so you can consume on the go with zero fear of any lingering stigma about vaping.

  • No coughing fits, there is zero chance of them irritating your lungs.

Are there side effects of using CBD gummies?

One common thread throughout dozens of studies is that CBD use is generally very well tolerated. The most commonly reported side effects were tiredness and changes in appetite or weight. Whether or not those are detrimental to you depends on why you are considering taking CBD in the first place. Researchers were careful to state that studies looking at chronic, long-term use are necessary to determine what, if any, side effects come with continual use. 

Benefits of Happy Hemp CBD gummies

We don’t want to brag so we’ll let others do it for us. Happy Hemp CBD gummies have been listed on “best of” lists by Forbes, LAWeekly, and Health MJ. They all recognize the quality, consistency, and great selection of our brand. LAWeekly noted “ Happy Hemp knows where it’s at for CBD users, relaying the best in taste, dosage, and variety.” We take the praise to heart as we strive to be an industry leader in CBD gummies, as well as other CBD products. 

If and how you want to consume your CBD is a personal decision but we hope you consider our CBD gummies when you do — they are easy to use and delicious!



An $867 billion farm bill that was passed in Congress December of 2018 will fund food stamps, crop subsidies and—to the glee of many stock promoters—legalize industrial hemp, a source of the popular ingredient cannabidiol, or CBD. Brace yourself for CBD-infused drinks, foods, candy and cosmetics.

The most significant impact of the farm bill will be its funding of 10 more years of farm subsidies. But hitching a ride on the farm bill wagon are provisions that decriminalize hemp. Technically speaking, hemp has been a controlled substance under federal law and could only be grown with a license under certain state research programs. The new farm bill will allow hemp cultivation without a license in every state.

Hemp has lots of CBD, but little of the buzzy ingredient known as THC that makes the plant’s cousin marijuana so popular at parties. In fact, the main difference between the two plants is their respective levels of CBD and THC. Marijuana will remain illegal under federal law, regardless of its legality under local law in dozens of states.

Cannabidiol (CBD) Properties
Products with a little bit of CBD as a “food additive” have been available for a while from small outfits such as the yet-unprofitable New Age Beverages (NBEV). With the farm bill assuring the federal legality of hemp production and distribution, big firms may now start putting CBD as a “functional” additive in drinks—along the lines of Coca-Cola ’s Vitaminwater.

Canadian cannabis leaders such as Aurora Cannabis (ACB) have long harbored hemp ambitions, and beverage giants such as Coca-Cola (KO) and PepsiCo (PEP) may finally make their long-rumored entries into the CBD-drink space. Cannaccord Genuity analyst Bobby Burleson estimates that CBD-infused beverages could become a $260 million market by 2022.

Fans of CBD have also touted the stuff as a panacea for anxiety, pain, and even inflammation. Another benefit of the farm bill’s passage should be an increase in the scientific testing of cures claimed for CBD and the hundred-odd other cannabinoids in hemp and cannabis. In the past few years, the FDA has sent warning letters to marketers of CBD-based products that the agency said were making unapproved drug claims, or which didn’t contain the levels of CBD advertised. In a 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers analyzed CBD products from 31 companies and found that 70% didn’t contain the labeled amounts of CBD.

One of the recipients of an October 2017 warning letter from the FDA was a Boulder, Colo., company that is one of the rare cannabis or hemp businesses that makes a profit. Charlotte’s Web Holdings came public this year on the Canadian Securities Exchange and sells CBD-rich oils in 3,000 retail locations. It earned $9 million, or 10 cents a share, on revenue of $48 million in the nine months ended September 2018.

The FDA’s October 2017 warning letter scolded Charlotte’s Web for its website, where visitors at the time could find discussions of CBD as a treatment for breast cancer and diabetes. The agency argued that Charlotte’s Web was obliged to test its product as a drug. In recent investor presentations, Charlotte’s Web says that it disagrees, but “is still in active discussion with the FDA” and has yet to resolve the agency’s concerns.

On the CSE, shares of Charlotte’s Web (CWEB.Canada) have climbed nearly 50% in the past week, to a current price of 16 Canadian dollars apiece. The company and other marketers of hemp-derived CBD think the farm bill will lift a cloud from their industry. The bill’s passage will be “a catalyst for growth,” Charlotte’s Web CEO Hess Moallem said in his company’s recent earnings release.

“We have contributed to and support this important legislation from the beginning,” said Moallem, “for the positive impact it will have on consumer access.”



If you only know three letters associated with cannabis, they’re probably T-H-C. But there’s another term on the rise. The active ingredient CBD, one of more than 100 chemicals in cannabis, is emerging as a popular wellness ingredient. The plant extract, often consumed as an oil under the tongue, is now the featured ingredient in high-end products including coconut oil, body lotion, face serum, olive oil, jam, bath scrub, cold-brew coffee, sports salve, lip balm, infused water, gummy snacks and dog treats. Products’ prices vary but may cost about triple what their CBD-less counterparts do.

Unlike THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD (Cannabidiol) won’t get you high, and it’s becoming so mainstream that even Coca-Cola may have interest in a CBD drink.

What is Cannabidiol?
CBD is a non-psychoactive chemical compound – meaning it won’t alter a person’s mental state – that can come from two different cannabis plants: The hemp plant (with less than 0.3 percent THC present) or marijuana plant (where there’s much more psychoactive THC). CBD products tend to be derived from hemp.

There are still plenty of unknowns when it comes to CBD. The FDA has only approved the use of CBD oil in specific cases of epilepsy. Epidiolex, the FDA-approved CBD drug, was placed in the “least restrictive” category of controlled substances by the Drug Enforcement Agency, meaning it’s in the same category with cough medicine Robitussin AC.

More: FDA approves first marijuana-based epilepsy drug: CBD oil

Laws surrounding the sale of hemp CBD are murky at best; products made with the cannabinoid are not legal in all 50 states, though the oil is legal in more states than medicinal marijuana.

Even in California, where recreational marijuana consumption is legal for adults 21 and older, there are complicated rules. And yet, even with new guidance on CBD use in food products in the state, the industry continues to grow.

“A lot of states only allow CBD for a limited amount of medical conditions. But they’re not checking the mail, not checking these other companies that are shipping in,” Kristen Yoder, host of podcast CannaBS Detector, said at the first-ever CBD Expo in Anaheim, California. “People are gonna push the envelope until they get in trouble.”

The appeal and drawbacks of CBD
The FDA has approved of the use of CBD to treat Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, two forms of epilepsy. So what’s the draw of the chemical compound for everyone else?

Pro skateboarder Matt Miller, who started CBD brand Miller Healer, turns to CBD sports salve and patches as his primary medicine. Stacy Verbiest, who founded therapeutic women’s cannabis line Wink with creams and tinctures, says CBD helped her friend manage severe pain. Pet owners buy cat and dog treats with the hopes of helping their best friend feel happier and more comfortable.

Greg Avetisyan is co-founder of the CBD store Topikal Everything Hemp, which just opened a second California location this year. “Though not medically proven, CBD’s main purpose is to help alleviate inflammation,” he said. “So when people use CBD by itself, they’re getting the medicinal benefits of the plant without the psychoactive effects. It treats a lot of different anxieties and pains.”

THC, meanwhile, helps with “pain relief, sleep and opening up the appetite,” Avetisyan says. He and his brother opened Topikal because they prefer treating their conditions – he has rheumatoid arthritis and his brother has anxiety – with just CBD. For them, THC induces paranoia.

Dr. Leeta Jussila, a practitioner of Oriental medicine who specializes in cannabis, says that everyone’s system is different, so the way people absorb CBD differs. She recommends new users consult with health care providers and closely track how small doses of the chemical effect them.

“They could get a headache. Sometimes people say, ‘I feel funny,’ but you’ll never overdose on cannabis. You’ll just start to detox,” she said. “CBD is an oil, fat, lipid. Some people might get diarrhea. I’ve had one person get nausea, dry mouth or dizziness. But it depends on the quality of the product.”

Excited to introduce others to CBD, Eppers watched market trends, talked to hemp farmers and decided to launch a brand-new company featuring his favorite chemical, drink brand Vybes.

The California-based hemp CBD beverage went on the market this January. Eppers projects Vybes will produce 1-1.5 million bottles this year and already has hundreds of retailers selling drinks across the country.