The NYC Health Department Is Coming for Your CBD Lattes


And they don’t care if that old guy in the Grateful Dead shirt who always talks about the ’60s says it cures cancer.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical compound found in cannabis and hemp plants. It’s the second most prevalent active ingredient in marijuana, but is not psychoactive, so it won’t get you high. When the compound was isolated in the first half of the 20th century, high-CBD and low-THC strains of weed became known as the “hippie’s disappointment.” It’s kind of like a drinking a mocktail or puffing on that empty mango Juul pod that your friend insists still has a kick.

But now, CBD is back as the latest health fad to grace your social media feed. It’s basically to urban yuppies as essential oils are …

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