Five Plays on CBD: Speculating on Cannabidiol –

CBD — which is simply shorthand for cannabidiol — is a non-psychoactive component of cannabis plants, explains Timothy Lutts, editor of Cabot Marijuana Investor.

Some CBD comes from marijuana plants, so they may or may not have THC (the stuff that gets you high) in it, while other CBD comes from hemp, which is not only THC-free, but is also legal to grow and sell nationwide, courtesy of December’s Farm Bill.

CBD has been proven effective against two forms of childhood epilepsy and has been FDA approved for a drug made by GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), an English company.

But there have been no thorough studies of CBD in this country, because it was illegal to study until December, so no one knows for sure exactly what CBD really does.

Still, there is no shortage of claims! Migraines, backache, nausea, insomnia, PMS, anxiety, arthritis, acne, menopause, irritability, blood pressure, diabetes. You name it, someone has probably claimed that CBD can treat it.

Today millions of Americans are already self-medicating with CBD ahead of official approval from the medical industry, motivated both by word of mouth and the endorsements of celebrities.

Charlotte’s Web Holdings (CWBHF)

Charlotte’s Web of Colorado is possibly the most famous of the bunch thanks to early media exposure and its founding family, the Stanley Brothers, who are named (no kidding) Joel, Jesse, Jon, Jordan, Jared, Josh and Austin.

The company, which is not in the marijuana business, says it’s the #1 brand of CBD by market share, with more than 4,000 retail locations, and 300 acres of hemp planted in 2018.

Fourth-quarter results, released just last Thursday, showed revenues growing to $21.5 million, up 71% from the year before, with 57% of revenue coming from e-commerce. The stock has been strong and is now right back up where

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