Can CBD oil help your pain or anxiety? What you need to know about the latest health craze

We’re in the midst of a CBD craze.

Cannabidiol — CBD — is a compound in the marijuana plant with purported medical benefits but very little (0.3 percent or less) THC, the plant’s psychoactive ingredient.

In other words, it won’t make you feel high or stoned.

Dozens of online companies sell it as a supplement. And it can be found in everything from cosmetics to bottled water to coffee. You can pick it up it in health food stores and smoke shops — even in states like New Jersey, where non-medical pot isn’t legal.

The most common reason for using CBD oil is to alleviate anxiety and depression, said Martin A. Lee, director of the nonprofit cannabis research group Project CBD and author of “Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana.”  more

The 30 Most Disturbing Human Experiments in History

Disturbing human experiments aren’t something the average person thinks too much about. Rather, the progress achieved in the last 150 years of human history is an accomplishment we’re reminded of almost daily. Achievements made in fields like biomedicine and psychology mean that we no longer need to worry about things like deadly diseases or masturbation as a form of insanity. For better or worse, we have developed more effective ways to gather information, treat skin abnormalities, and even kill each other. But what we are not constantly reminded of are the human lives that have been damaged or lost in the name of this progress. The following is a list of the 30 most disturbing human experiments in history.  more

Hospital Addressing Physician Suicide Crisis By Asking Doctors To Wear “Crazy” Socks

Since January, three female medical professionals — two physicians and a medical student — have tragically died by suicide in New York City. Their deaths have been bringing attention to a hidden mental health crisis impacting physicians all across the U.S. — one in which some hospitals are addressing by asking their doctors to wear “crazy” socks.

On May 30, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital — where a young physician leapt to her death in January — sent an email to staff about Crazy Socks 4 Docs, an initiative started by an Australian physician, aimed at bringing awareness to the mental health of doctors worldwide.  more