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CBD (cannabidiol), derived from the hemp plant, seems to be popping up everywhere recently. You can purchase CBD oils at smoke shops to add to vapes or have it blended into your smoothies at places like Raleigh Raw. There’s even CBD treats for your dog (photo evidence below). But that’s barely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ways CBD can be used, and — turns out — it’s pretty popular. According to a recent Forbes article, research shows the CBD market in the U.S. could reach $20 billion by 2024. 

Last year, I took a deep dive into the issue of youth e-cigarette use based on teacher questions. Now, I want to hear what questions you have about CBD. Anything and everything goes! Let me know what’s on your mind in the question box above.

CBD dog treats. Yasmin Bendaas/EducationNC
Yasmin Bendaas

Yasmin Bendaas is a Science writer.  A North Carolina native, she received her master’s degree in Science & Medical Journalism at UNC Chapel Hill, where she was a Park Fellow. She received her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology in 2013 from Wake Forest University, where she double-minored in journalism and Middle East and South Asia studies. As an undergraduate student, Bendaas gained insight into public health when she interned at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, a statewide grantmaker focused on rural health, including access to primary care, diabetes, community-centered prevention, and mental health and substance abuse. 

As a journalist, Bendaas has been funded twice by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for fieldwork in Algeria — first to cover a disappearing indigenous tattoo tradition, and again to look at how climate change affects rural sheepherding practices.