NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – New York City is cracking down on the sale of food and drinks containing the cannabis derivative CBD.
The popular additive is found in dozens of consumer products and edibles these days, but the city Health Department says it has not been deemed a safe food additive.
Health Department inspectors have begun an embargo on CBD products.
On Friday, health inspectors were at the Fat Cat Kitchen on East 14th Street sealing up $1,000 worth of CBD powder, brownies, marshmallow treats and chocolate chip cookies.
When the shop opened Wednesday morning, a worker told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond that he could not comment, but the owner CJ Holm said inspectors were vague about the seizure and didn’t seem to know exactly what they were after.
CBD is a chemical compound in the cannabis plant related to THC, the component in marijuana that gets smokers high – but it doesn’t have the same intoxicating effect and many have criticized the department’s move.
Dozens of stores sell products containing CBD, claiming the compound eases anxiety and increases focus, but those claims have not been widely tested and the FDA has not approved CBD for use in food and drink.