CBD products grow in popularity across the nation

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WINNEBAGO, Ill. (WIFR) -- CBD products are a growing trend across the nation. Some say the products have many benefits while others don’t think it’s good for our bodies.

"There's 0.0% THC, so you can safely take CBD oil," said Alejandra Kottke, Owner of Cornerstone Sun Spa & Boutique. Kottke began selling CBD products at her business after she began taking it for her stress and anxiety.

"I had tried medication, it made me really ill, so I thought there's got to be a better way. At the same time I heard about the CBD so I said I’m going to give it a try. I can't even tell you, I feel like a different person. I feel like just so lifted," said Kottke.

Cannabidiol or CBD is one of dozens of non-psychoactive cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. When taken, it interacts with receptors in the body that send signals to wake up and strengthen the immune system naturally according to Green Roads, a CBD product manufacturer.

"You’re getting purely the medicinal effects, so if you have any issues with inflammation, anxiety, depression, pain, it helps that," said Kottke.

CBD can be taken by placing drops of the oil under the tongue, inhaling it through vapor, ingesting it, or applying it directly on the skin.

"The worst thing that can happen if you dose yourself with too much CBD is you get sleepy," said Kottke.

But a doctor from the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford disagrees.

“Anything that's absorbed into your system whether you inhale it, ingest it, rub it on your skin and it's absorbed, those things will show up on the testing that we do in blood, in urine when we're looking for substances including marijuana or anything that's related to it. It’s not regulated so there's variability in what's in the product. We don’t know what the harmful effects are,” said Dr. Inis Bardella, with the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford.

Green Roads says it's not regulated because it doesn't have THC in it, saying it's more of a supplement.

Coca-Cola is even thinking about using non-psychoactive CBD as an ingredient for a functional wellness beverage.