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CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the main active compounds from marijuana, known for lulling your body into a chill-vibes state without getting you stoned. (For that, there’s THC—the one that gets you high and makes you want to chow an entire bag of Kettle Chips.) While testing hasn’t been sufficient to know every aspect, there is moderate evidence—some of it scientific, a lot anecdotal—that CBD might aid with pain, sleep disorders, and anxiety. Want to give it a try? Here are a few products from local companies.

Mendi

CEO Rachael Rapinoe knows the toll being an athlete takes on the body. The University of Portland grad won an NCAA national soccer championship and played professionally in Iceland, and her twin sister is soccer legend/political activist Megan Rapinoe. Rachael used her years on the field, plus a master’s in exercise sciences from Portland State, to create a line of CBD products aimed at athletes; products include a no-mess salve stick with cooling menthol crystals. Salve stick ($50), vegan gummies and gel caps (both $60/30-pack)

Aurora Elixirs

Fizzy, aromatic bottles of soda come in three flavors: Lavender Spice, Rosemary Grapefruit,
and Cayenne Citrus. Each is infused with 15 mg CBD per bottle from hemp organically grown in Southern Oregon. $20/four-pack

Mata Kushna

A new line from a partnership between the founder of Juniper Ridge’s wilderness perfumes, Hall Newbegin, and beauty product maven Heidi Kaiser brings beautiful bottles of luxe face oils and sleep tinctures with woodsy and herbal scents. Heavy Meadow face oil ($42), Psychic Medium face oil ($42), and Beauty Sleep tincture ($48)

Make & Mary

Not only does Make & Mary have pesticide-free, solvent-free products with ingredients grown in a sunny field instead of the lab, the stuff they make is fun to play with. Try the cannabis-essential-oil inhalers for an instant respite or a CBD serum alongside a face cupping set for serious at-home spa pampering. Face serum and essential oil inhaler, both $22

Lazarus Naturals

Variety is king at Lazarus Naturals’ online shop, with offerings of tinctures, balms, lotions, capsules, and oils in various degrees of potency. The local company espouses accessibility for all, offering a regular 60 percent discount to veterans, low-income households, and those on long-term disability.

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