This November, at least nine states will decide whether to legalize either the recreational or medical use of cannabis, including populous California and Massachusetts. Twenty-four states have removed barriers to researching industrial hemp. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 has been proposed in Congress. This bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act to remove hemp from the definition of marijuana and subsequently open the doors to research and production. Several years after CNN’s Weed, more and more people are stepping forward with their stories of how CBD has positively treated their medical conditions and overall quality of life. As legalization marches forward, science will follow suit and we will learn more about the vast benefits of this cannabinoid. We are just scratching the surface in our understanding of the powers of this plant. Staying informed and deciding what’s best for you is vital as politics and medicine catch up with nature.