Whether it’s a tea latte, a cup of coffee, gummy bears, a vaporizer or a pain cream, cannabidiol products are on the rise in Cayuga County.
More commonly known as CBD, it’s carried by a variety of Auburn retailers in different forms. All of them seem to agree on one thing: It works, and it doesn’t have any negative side effects.
At this time, the Cayuga County Department of Public Health said that there is no countywide regulation of CBD products, nor a license needed to sell the products.
Luciana Torous, the owner of 3 Leaf Tea at 25 E. Genesee St. in Auburn, said she first learned about infusing teas with CBD at a tea expo in Brooklyn last March. At the time, she didn’t know much about CBD and learned that it was legal in all 50 states, had anti-inflammatory benefits and could help people relax and relieve pain.
“People do get confused about it; there are some people that think it’s marijuana,” Torous said. “It’s different biologically, industrial hemp from marijuana is structurally different. … It’s not going to affect your mental state in any way, but you’re getting the benefits.”
Industrial hemp is naturally high in CBD and only contains traces of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the primary psychoactive component of marijuana. CBD does not cause any euphoria or a high, as the distillation process removes the THC.
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