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MARK MORAN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Supplements, chocolate bars and other edible products containing cannabidiol oil, or CBD, are available for sale at the House of Nutrition in Luzerne.

Cannabidiol oil has quickly become all the rage throughout Northeast Pennsylvania.

Extracted from the flowers and buds of marijuana or hemp plants, area business officials said CBD does not produce the “high” that the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, causes. They are seeing a big demand for CBD products and they are touting its medical benefits.

The House of Nutrition in Luzerne sells CBD edibles such as chocolate bars, honey sticks and teas as well as gummies, supplements, capsules, oils that go under your tongue, topical creams and lotions.

“We have a full line of pet items, oil and droppers for pets and pet treats,” said Tiffany Roese, general manager of House of Nutrition. “We have a roll-on for migraine headaches. You rub it on your temples. We have CBD concentrate and if you’re cooking at home, you could easily add it.”

Roese said products containing CBD can help with a host of medical problems such as pain, anxiety, seizures and sleeplessness.

The products are popular sellers at the House of Nutrition and Roese said she receives “tremendous feedback” from customers.

“Most are coming in for pain management and to help with general aches and pains and chronic illnesses like Lyme disease,” Roese said. “The feedback has been very good.”

Terra Preta Prime restaurant at 301 N. Washington Ave., Scranton, plans to host a CBD five-course dinner on March 26 at 5:30 p.m. and general manager Trish Dickert-Nieves suggested people make reservations in advance by calling 570-871-4190.

Dickert-Nieves said the owner and chef are still working on the menu but the dinner will include an appetizer, a salad, a small plate, an entree and a dessert. She said CBD will be added to the oils they use, like butter, coconut oil or avocado oil. They might use it in salad dressing or as a special sauce for a sandwich, she said.

She stressed that they want to be safe about how they use CBD to make sure they give the proper amount in the meal’s five courses.

“If people have medical concerns, we ask that they consult with their doctors,” she said. “We are not advocating this as a cure for ailments. We’re just having fun with it at this point.”

Dickert-Nieves has multiple sclerosis and she has seen benefits first-hand from taking over-the-counter CBD. It helps her relax and sleep and it does not have the “psychoactive” effect of marijuana, she said.

She said customers have been asking if CBD could be added to juices and smoothies and that will be coming in the spring. In the future, the plan is to add it to food at Terra Preta Prime Restaurant, she said.

“I’m excited for us to start experimenting with it in the kitchen,” she said. “In the future, I’m sure we will have it especially in our desserts.”

Throughout Scranton, CBD can be found at a number of businesses.

Electric City Bakehouse at 314 Penn Ave. sells CBD-infused doughnuts with different flavors every day, including chocolate-covered potato chip, apple cider, lemon olive oil, chocolate peanut butter marshmallow and chocolate sprinkles, said owner Michelle Cadden.

“We sell them every day and every day that we’ve done them, we sold out,” Cadden said.

The bakery also has sold chocolate chip pancakes with a CBD-infused maple glaze and plans to offer CBD in cakes in the future, she said.

Electric City Bakehouse is collaborating with August Coffee at 120 Franklin Ave. to host an upcoming event about the benefits of CBD called “Doughnut, Coffee and Chill.” The event will be held March 10 at 2 p.m. at August Coffee and will feature live music as well as CBD-infused doughnuts, lattes and coffee.

August Coffee has a dropper and recently started adding CBD to whatever drink people want and it is featured in their golden milk latte, said manager Eric Lyons.

August Coffee owner Sarah McNany shares space with her husband Aaron who runs Veloce bike shop in the building on Franklin Avenue and he sells CBD products for athletes ranging for drinks to topical creams and ointments for sore muscles to powder to be used in shakes.

McNany said they were “super excited” to offer CBD as a more natural recovery option with less chemicals for athletes and to bring it into the cafe as well.

“It has a lot of different benefits. It helps some people with their anxiety or to manage stress. Some people use it for bad knees,” she said. “We think it’s a great alternative to expensive and addictive pain medications.”

Purple Pepper Deli at 825 N. Keyser Ave. offers a CBD-infused drink called Berry Yerba Matte.

Trevor Brown, owner of Purple Pepper Deli, said he has a farm and he plans to grow hemp this year to process and sell a variety of CBD products once harvested. The hemp industry’s growth has accelerated since President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law in December.

The changes included removing hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, meaning it’s no longer an illegal substance under federal law.

CBD oil is legal in some states where medicinal and/or recreational marijuana is legal. Its safety remains questionable as research about it is still in its infancy.

New York City health officials recently cracked down on CBD edibles, saying the cannabis derivative is unsafe.

In a statement, the health department said that New York City eateries were not “permitted to add anything to food or drink that is not approved as safe to eat.”

That included CBD, which had not been “deemed safe as a food additive,” the department said.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it remains illegal to introduce or deliver any food containing CBD into interstate commerce.

FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said the FDA still has the authority to regulate products containing cannabis and cannabis-derived components.

He said products containing cannabis and cannabis-derived components are still subject to the same FDA regulations as other products containing any other substance and the FDA will continue to “closely scrutinize products that could pose risks to consumers.”

“Where we believe consumers are being put at risk, the FDA will warn consumers and take enforcement actions,” Gottlieb said in a statement.

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