Women's Health

The WH Guide to CBD

While training for a W triathlon back in 2009, Kristen Brooks flew over her handlebars. For years afterward, she couldn’t run, ski, or hike without neck or back pain. Cortisone shots and acupuncture didn’t provide relief, so when the now 41-year-old’s best friend said she was going to try a topical cream containing cannabidiol—CBD, a compound found in marijuana—to ease her own aches, Brooks figured: Within two months, her discomfort was gone. “It felt like witchcraft,” she says.

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