Mainstream retailers embrace marijuana’s less taboo cousin

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s showing up in everything from skin creams to bath balms to dog treats — an elixir that can supposedly reduce anxiety and help you sleep. The ingredient? CBD, or cannabidiol, a compound derived from hemp and marijuana that doesn’t cause a high.Mainstream retailers are taking advantage of a sudden boom in the industry even as CBD’s health benefits remain murky amid a patchwork of state and local laws. And the flood of products is only testing how federal regulators can police it.EAT UP: New York restaurant chain releases CBD-infused menuRetail sales of CBD consumer products in 2018 were estimated to reach as much as $2 billion, according to Cowen Co. By 2025, that figure could hit $16 billion in retail sales, the investment firm predicts.Domestic diva Martha Stewart is working with Canada’s Canopy Growth Corp. to develop new

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