Uh Oh: CBD-Infused Foods Are Now Banned By The NYC Health Department

by Stephanie Maida · February 6, 2019

    Despite the fact that we're THISCLOSE to legalizing recreational marijuana in New York, the city's Department of Health is reportedly cracking down on the consumption of everyone's favorite cannabis byproduct: CBD.

    Since Cannabidiol (CBD) is actually a legal, non-psychoactive substance, which many hail as a superfood of sorts when it comes to easing anxiety and physical pain, it's been embraced by the wellness community and the trendy hot spots they frequent. From Chillhouse's CBD ricotta toast, by CHLOE.'s baked goods, and The Butcher's Daughter's CBD-optional menu, to high-end hotel room service and even Van Leeuwen's go-to vegan ice cream, the buzz-worthy ingredient is as popular as ever. Unfortunately, that's about to change.

    In a statement obtained by Eater, a spokesperson for the DOH said, "Restaurants in New York City are not permitted to add anything to food or drink that is not approved as safe to eat. The Health Department takes seriously its responsibility to protect New Yorkers’ health. Until cannabidiol (CBD) is deemed safe as a food additive, the Department is ordering restaurants not to offer products containing CBD."

    Bad news for homeopathic restaurateurs, good news for our drug dealers.

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